'The Hunter Games' felt like a continuation of the mid-season finale: Castiel and his vessel's daughter, Crowley and his mom, and Sam trying to fix Dean. So I guess what I'm saying is, not much that was new here.
Fixing Dean is of course the priority, and it doesn't appear that it will be happening any time soon. Except that after Dean carved up and nearly killed Metatron, Sam might have hit on the key: that Dean could control the Mark if he truly wished to do so, but deep down, he wants to give in to it. That makes sense to me. Dean has always had a death wish combined with an inferiority complex. (And yet, I love him anyway.)
Every time they bring Metatron back, I'm certain he's going to break loose and wreak havoc again, but no. And up until Dean started getting too free with that angel blade, Metatron was having the best time. He loves drama. Chained to a chair, eyes twinkling, his legs casually crossed as he screwed around with Dean, for some reason, Curtis Armstrong's Metatron reminds me of an evil Muppet. "Try messing with the Scribe of God, bucko!"
"The river ends at the source". Okay. The river that leads to Eden?
As Dean was having nightmares about his Randy-inspired killing spree, Crowley was experiencing persecution nightmares created by his dear Mumsy's hex bag. Clearly, Rowena is planning to overthrow Crowley and take over Hell. It's not that I don't find Rowena amusing because I most certainly do, but please, please, please tell me that Crowley is playing her? I'm going to be so disappointed with our beloved King of Hell if he is actually falling for her crap.
Meanwhile, Castiel was all wrapped up in trying to make things right with Claire, who still refuses to see Randy for the scumbag he was. I thought that couple moving in on Claire were demons or something, but instead they were nearly Dean's next victims. No big loss if they had been, but I do hope that Dean's killing spree is over.
As much as I love Castiel and as interested as I am in Jimmy, I don't think this Claire plot worked all that well. Maybe it's because Claire's motivations don't make sense to me. When I was a troubled teen way back when, I would have been so thrilled if a powerful supernatural creature came into my life and wanted to take care of me. Claire could have gotten Castiel to do nearly anything for her: set her up in a nice place, college education, new clothes, Playstation 4, he'd have done it. Instead, she decided on a life of poverty and danger on the road. Kids these days, what can you do?
Bits and pieces:
-- "The road so far" was set to ELO's "Long Black Road". Appropriate.
-- Dean staring at himself in a broken mirror. Gee, that's not obvious symbolism at all.
-- Poor Guthrie the butler. I liked Guthrie.
-- I'm glad they finally addressed that they can't just cut or burn the Mark off Dean's arm. I was imagining the solution would be amputation, and we absolutely cannot have that.
-- I love Crowley calling Dean "Squirrel." It's nearly as good as "Not Moose".
-- I also love it when Dean and Sam walk through all those hallways in the bunker.
-- Could I also add that I loved Crowley's selection of tasteful black ties?
-- Castiel exploded a door. That was cool.
-- "In memory of Matt Riley, 1971-2014."
-- Supernatural just got early renewal for an eleventh season. Eleven. Seasons. Eleven.
Quotes, mostly from the "Row and Crow show":
Rowena: "Darling, what can I do?"
Crowley: "Not a thing, you evil bitch."
Rowena: "Not a thing, you evil bitch… mother."
Dean: "There was a time I was a hunter, not a stone cold killer."
Rowena: "It was no environment for a child!"
Crowley: "So locking me away in a squalid workhouse was your solution?"
Rowena: "I will not apologize for being a career woman!"
Metatron: "Why do you assume I'm not going to be helpful?"
Sam: "Because you're a dickwad."
Metatron: "But I'm your dickwad."
Metatron: "I have a special place in my non-heart for you both. To which end, ta da! I would be tickled to help you pop this Biblical zit."
Rowena: "Of course, you recall the lovely lullaby I sang to you nightly after you fed the goat."
Crowley: "You never sung me a lullaby. You dosed me with whiskey until I passed out."
Rowena: "Even then I had a touch for pharmacology."
Rowena: "Shall I wait dinner for you?"
Crowley: "You don't cook. I don't eat. It's a perfect arrangement."
Castiel: "I like texting. Emoticons."
I have decided that I cannot be objective about a rating for Supernatural any more, unless it's a four out of four. So how many Biblical zits out of four for this episode?
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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