Good episode, solid premise, but “Blade Runners” had its flaws. It was poorly balanced, often rushed, and a bit overstuffed. [PS. This is sunbunny writing. Billie has the week off.]
My biggest problem with the episode was that there was too much set up for what should’ve been the main course: Magnus’s house of horrors. How much fun would it have been to see Sam and Dean forced to battle a slew of old school Winchester monsters? Instead we got a lot of unnecessary setup. Crowley’s intervention made for a solid B story, but the tracing of the First Blade was too elaborate. The clandestine meeting in the park, the attempted theft, whatever was going on between Dean and Dr. McElroy, and the tracking down of Magnus. None of it was standout amazing and most of it was not strictly necessary.
This week’s ultimate baddy Magnus was an obvious member of the Evil League of Evil from the get go. He might as well have had ‘bad news’ stamped on that ridiculous bow tie. Good guys don’t keep private zoos of supernatural creatures. It seems like a pretty basic rule. It bothered me a bit the Winchesters didn’t see through Magnus faster. That bit about Henry Winchester being a “wild hair” was so obviously fabricated. Henry was as by the books as they come.
Now Crowley has the Weapon Of The Season (similar to the times he had the colt, the location of the third horseman, and the vial of blood needed to send Dick Roman back to Purgatory). If the pattern holds, they should get the First Blade back with relatively little trouble. But what will they do once they have it? Dean’s trance-like state when he was holding it reminded me of Sam back when he was dosing himself with demon blood and that didn’t end well.
I’m so glad that the Mark of Cain and the effect it is having/will have on Dean is finally being explored. I had found it odd that neither Winchester seemed overly interested in researching Dean’s fun new piece of body art. I mean ‘Mark of Cain,’ sounds pretty damn sinister. Way back in season three, Dean was terrified that he was going to turn into a demon after he was sent to hell. Could that still happen to him?
Crowley taking the First Blade to ensure the Winchesters didn’t kill him doesn’t make a wild amount of sense. The First Blade is a very particular weapon needed to kill a very particular foe: a Knight of Hell. Crowley may be King of Hell, but he’s just a run of the mill demon. He could also be killed with the colt (what happened to the colt?), the burning of his bones, Ruby’s knife, an angel blade, and Cas’s newly returned angel powers. All Crowley really accomplished was pissing off the Winchesters. Unless he’s going to try to use the First Blade to bargain with Abaddon somehow? He does love a good demon deal...
Bits and Pieces:
I’m afraid I must echo the sentiment of fans the internet over: if Misha Collins is supposed to be a regular cast member this season, why did Snooki get more screen time than Cas this episode? (This isn’t to degrade Nicole Polizzi in any way. She did a serviceable job and the bit was relatively funny, if more than a little random.)
Dean is listed in Crowley’s phone as “Not Moose.” Sam is so Crowley’s favorite.
Boys, must we discuss our plans to kill Crowley in front of Crowley? What am I going to do with you two?
Sam began the season with his body taken over by a supernatural force he couldn’t control, now Dean is experiencing something similar with the Mark of Cain. Will this contribute to their inevitable reconciliation?
I pity the demons dumb enough to screw with Dean’s car.
Dean: (about Snooki) “Well, that explains a lot.”
Crowley: “You don’t know what it’s like to be human!”
Sam: “Wait a second. We just want some answers.”
Develin: “Read Sartre.”
Crowley: “Were you two dropped on your heads a great deal?”
Magnus: “Let me teach you my secrets. Be my companion. I have to be honest with you, it has gotten lonely here over the years.”
Dean: “When you were saying any of that, did it feel at all creepy?”
Sam: “Remember: stay close, do what I say, and shut the hell up.”
Crowley: “I’m growing on you, aren’t I?”
Crowley: “Combine a little derring-do on my part, a little dumb muscle from squirrel, a little bleeding from moose, happy ending, roll credits.”
three out of four First Blades
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