Season nine. It's really season nine. My favorite shows never get nine seasons. Hell has frozen over. So to speak.
Even with the number of times Sam has died in the past, this particular situation was fresh and new and full of interesting quirks. I particularly liked the way Coma Sam worked through his interior conflict, with "Dean" as the part of Sam that wanted to fight, and "Bobby" the part of Sam that was ready to hang it up. I was even thinking of Bobby before he showed up, because I could swear Sam was dying in the same hospital room that Bobby did. (Of course he didn't, though. Bobby died in New Jersey, and this particular hospital was in New York. Except they were both in Vancouver.)
Yes, I don't want Supernatural without Jared Padalecki and I certainly don't want Dean to have to soldier on without his brother. But Sam was so, so ready to die. He was totally exhausted, mentally and emotionally as well as physically, and he'd purified himself with the trials. And Death even made a personal reaping trip for Sam, which was impressive. Hey, I'd be honored. Sam's heartfelt plea to Death that this time it would be final, that no one else would get hurt because of Sam? he obviously meant it. Dean may have won this time, but he really should have let Sam go. Dean can't live Sam's life for him.
Sam would never have agreed to be an angel's vessel, even a friend of Castiel's, even to be healed. When Sam finds out, and you know he will, he'll have a cow, man. I wonder if we're going to get more Tahmoh Penikett? Yes, the vessel isn't around any more, but will they use him like they used Mark Pellegrino to represent Lucifer in Sam's head?
The opening music was "Who do you love?" Dean loves Sam. And Castiel loves Dean, and I don't mean either in a slashy sort of way. (We all know Crowley wants to be loved, too. Who would love Crowley?)
This was not an auspicious start for Castiel's adventures as a human, but at least he's more familiar with Earth than the other fallen angels. He didn't seem all that bummed about losing his wings, either. I liked that Castiel was so unselfish that he didn't ask Dean for help after he learned that Sam was dying. I also liked the stripdown in the laundromat, and his inner battle on cleanliness versus food. Personally, I've been waiting for him to get out of that trench coat forever. (Castiel also needs to learn about dry cleaning.)
Grace Phipps, who played Hael (the Kathy Bates role in Castiel's version of Misery) also plays a clueless character named April on The Vampire Diaries that shows up at the weirdest times. Her creepy limbless death scene reminded me of the walker in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. Apparently I can't look at this actress without thinking of other characters.
So there was a lot of great stuff, Misha Collins is back in the cast, thousands of fallen angels are stories waiting to happen, and I'm a happy camper. But I think my favorite moment in the episode was Dean knocking on the trunk of the Impala. And we didn't actually see Mark Sheppard. We didn't need to. He was funny anyway. What are they going to do with Crowley? What about the trials? Can Sam still cure a demon and close the gates of Hell without dying? What sorts of powers do these wingless angels have?
And what happened to the Men of Letters bunker? It looked like it was going to Def Con 1. Please, please, please, don't blow up the bunker! I love the bunker!
Bits and pieces:
-- This season's credits feature burning angel wings. Striking.
-- It was just lovely seeing Bobby again. And Death. I'm fond of Death. I'm also pleased that the good samaritan that nearly hit Castiel didn't wind up accidentally bystandered into oblivion.
-- "Ezekiel" is a prophet, not an angel, but the name apparently means "May God strengthen him." That certainly works with what Ezekiel is doing with Sam. While checking on the name, I noticed that Ezekiel in Supernatural has already been added to Wikipedia.
-- Lots of broken glass during the angel attack on the hospital. A little callback to the season four opener.
-- This week: Randolph, New York; Longmont, Colorado; Sam's brain. The doctor called Dean "Mr. Dougherty".
-- Have we seen that cabin before, the one in Sam's head that Bobby said had everything Sam would need? It didn't look like Rufus's cabin. [Okay, quick addition. Jared Padalecki said on Twitter that it was McGyver's cabin. Was it? If so, it was a great joke and I missed it.)
Sam: "We got a major freaking crap fest on our hands. Thousands of superpowered dicks touching down and we got no idea where to start."
Doctor: "I'm afraid that's in God's hands now."
Not the thing to say to Dean, for sure.
Biker: (to Castiel) "I'm gonna finish this call. Then I'm gonna stab you."
Grief counselor: "Unless you're telling me you have a direct line to those angels that you were looking for…"
Dean: "Yeah. No, I guess I don't. (has a thought) But I might have something better. I've got the King of Hell in my trunk."
Grief counselor: "Is that… I'm sorry, is that a metaphor?"
Dean: "Crowley? Listen up, you sonovabitch. One for yes, two for no. You alive? Come on, don't be a pouter."
Dean: "If heaven is locked, where do you go when I do this?"
As I said, I'm a happy camper. Supernatural is back. Three out of four… well, I want to say "superpowered dicks" but that sounds dirty,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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