Well, that was depressing.
Was I hoping for fun? I think I was. Dean unleashed. And some of it was indeed fun. Booze, sex, Crowley and Squirrel, and Jensen Ackles doing Karaoke was a joy, too.
But Dean doesn't seem to want Crowley's version of fun, even after sharing dingy motel rooms, playing foosball and doing Winchester brother exchanges ("Jerk." "Bitch"). Crowley has been fantasizing about making over Hell with Dean at his side, like redecorating a great big living room together, but Dean is just not interested. Dean was also drinking like a fish, and going straight for the porn section at the Gas 'n Sip.
Is our Dean deeply buried in the demon Dean, or is the demon Dean just going through the motions of what he used to enjoy as a human? The scene where Dean beat up Anne Marie's bad boyfriend made me think that my Dean was still in there somewhere. But he's not, is he? Not if he could hang up on Sam being killed as if it were nothing.
But they were careful to tell us that Dean was alive, not dead, and Dean did leave that note ("Sammy let me go"). Why would he call him "Sammy" if there wasn't something still there? Crowley has been setting Dean up with "demon chum" in the form of Abaddon groupies because the Mark of Cain must be sated, or Dean will… become a demon. I thought Dean was already a demon. Maybe there are gradations of demon-ness and Dean isn't quite there yet? Of course, Dean must be retrievable, or what's the point?
Sam was depressing, too. Eating cereal alone in the bunker, spending all of his time trying to find Dean through Crowley. Sam's arm was in a sling because of what a demon "did to his shoulder". But it was a prophet, not a demon. Apparently, Jared Padalecki was wrestling with Osric Chau awhile back and separated his shoulder, and lost a lot of weight because he couldn't work out as much. It did work character-wise because Sam looked pale and thin and a lot weaker than usual.
Get well soon, Jared. We love you.
I doubt somehow that Sam is about to be killed. Tenth season, you know. This Cole guy -- what's his story? He isn't a hunter, even though he certainly had a big enough stash of weapons. What did Dean do to him, and when, and why?
While Dean was self-destructive and Sam depressing, Castiel was outright pitiful and in need of a year's supply of Halls Mentho-lyptus, since dying from a lack of grace appears to resemble consumption. I noticed that Cas's new buddy Hannah is like the Castiel of the past -- way too rigid and trying too hard to follow the rules. Castiel has changed over the seasons. He's been on earth too long, and has started to see things more as a human. He wanted to just let Daniel and Adina go, and I wish they had.
(Note the parallel of Crowley telling Dean to put some pants on, and Hannah gesturing to Castiel about putting some pants on. Castiel was just exhausted. Dean honestly didn't care.)
To sum up… even though it was depressing, I enjoyed this episode a lot. Sometimes a descent into wallowing is a good thing for a series, and even though it's been done many times, re-setting the Winchester brothers' relationship has always been the prime directive of Supernatural as a series.
And Crowley was delightful, as Crowley often is. He had the best lines in the episode. It's just too bad he's going to have to redecorate Hell alone.
A Very Special Supernatural Special
There was a Supernatural retrospective on Monday night (The CW acknowledging that Supernatural exists, and has an audience!) and to my surprise, it was very good. Retrospectives usually skip all over the narrative and confuse the viewer, but this one didn't. They even limited the spoilers, possibly hoping that it might pull in some new viewers.
They started out right by acknowledging that it was all about the Winchesters and their relationship, and that the first season episode "Faith" was the turning point in the series. (I always tell new viewers to try to hang in until "Faith"). Then they talked about favorite supporting characters, best episodes and memorable arcs, especially the strange and wonderful meta episodes. Good job, guys. This is a special I might actually want to watch again, instead of deleting and trying to forget it.
Bits and pieces:
-- The new credit card, an exploding blue pentagram, is gorgeous and might be my favorite so far. (I got it from a terrific wiki page that has them all.)
-- "The Road So Far" was set to Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker". Dean is a heartbreaker, and Sam's heart is broken, so personally, I thought it was perfect.
-- Mark A. Sheppard is in the cast, along with Misha Collins! Yay!
-- Metatron is in Heaven's jail with the door welded shut until he's once again needed as a character. I'm sure he'll be back.
-- Did anyone else think that Anne Marie the barmaid looked like Mary Winchester? Both Mary Winchesters?
-- This week's Most Obvious Symbolism was Daniel the angel's description of older and smarter fish who hide and fight for their freedom. Some angels just don't wanna go home any more, and who can blame them?
-- This week: the MoL bunker; Portage County, Wisconsin; Beulah, North Dakota. Note the Mount Rushmore mural in the "The Black Spur". Although Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota.
-- In this season's hair report, Sam's was a bit shorter, and Dean's was a bit fuller. And did they dye it darker to match the episode title and his new personality? Everything was dark in this episode. Even the bunker looked dark.
Quotes, and guess who said most of them:
Sam: "So when 'Porn Guy' came in, did he say anything?"
Convenience store clerk: "Where's the porn…?"
I liked the convenience store clerk. Nice performance.
Crowley: "Moose! Took you long enough. Your brother and I were wondering if you'd hit another dog."
Crowley: "He's my best friend. My partner in crime. They'll write songs about us. Graphic novels. 'The Misadventures of Crowley and Squirrel'. Dean Winchester completes me. And that's what makes you lose your chickens."
Dean: "You lied."
Crowley: "Who do you think you're talking to here? Does the Tin Man have a sheet metal willy? Of course I lied."
Crowley: "If I have to spend one more night in this fetid Petri dish of broken dreams and B.O., I will cut off my own face."
Crowley: "We've howled. We've bayed. We've done extraordinary things to triplets, all of which have been massively entertaining. I will treasure our Flickr albums forever. But now it's time to accept what we are and come back to work."
Castiel: "There's seemingly nothing but chaos, but not all bad comes from it. Art. Hope. Love. Dreams."
Hannah: "But those are human things."
Yes, Castiel has definitely gone over to the human side. I like it.
Interesting set-up, and they win the good TV award for not resolving everything in the premiere. Three out of four misadventures of Crowley and Squirrel,
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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