This was a sort of 'walk a mile in a monster's shoes' episode.
And that was because Dean is sort of already a monster, or will be a monster. I'm still unclear about where they're going with that, or what the point of this episode was. That Dean probably cannot be saved? Or that he can be?
I did like how the focus was on saving the veterans that were becoming monsters, though. It just seems like there has been too much killing of demons and not so much exorcising lately. Dean and Sam probably would have just killed Kit without trying so hard to save him if Cole hadn't been there. Even though it turned out to be too late for Kit.
Much of the episode was about Cole's point of view. He's gone from an obsession with avenging his father's death by killing Dean, to learning about the world of hunters and monsters, to seeing Dean (okay, and Sam, but this was more about Dean) as a warrior without medals or recognition, an unsung hero who does what is necessary until he dies an early death. I really liked that, because it's true.
I haven't warmed to Cole before, but I sure liked him by the end of this episode. He had the chutzpah, or will power, or just plain courage to endure several shots of a car battery and hours in a sweat lodge in order to dislodge the worm monster and go back to his family, and he was honest with Dean the entire time. Dean felt it, too -- he almost couldn't make himself keep hitting Cole with the jumper cables, and then he felt guilty about drinking water in front of him.
(I may like Cole now, but I'm not interested in them spinning him off. Just for what it's worth.)
A different version of the Khan worm appeared in season six's "…And Then There Were None", a better episode, but with a similar theme: the terrible life and early death of hunters. Sadly, it was Rufus's swan song (although it wasn't his last episode, since this is Supernatural). It also had a Three Stooges type of moment that I loved.
Bits and pieces:
-- This episode was heavy on the gross out, even for Supernatural.
-- Sam is still researching the Mark of Cain. Not porn.
-- Loved Dean stealing a taste of cake frosting.
-- The first thing I thought of when Cole finally ejected the Khan worm was that it had reproduced and he would die, anyway. I guess not.
-- This week: Fayetteville, North Carolina. And a very picturesque deserted cabin.
-- There was an exterminator truck in an early scene. A little clue there.
Dean: "The guy Molotov cocktailed himself. That's bonkers. That's like demon possession bonkers."
Dean: "When in doubt, eat."
Wisdom for all of us.
Cole: "I'm sorry, I should have let the Machete Brothers cut my buddy's head off."
Dean: "All right, let's fire this puppy up."
Cole: "You say that like it's just another Tuesday."
Dean: "Oh, buddy, it's only Monday."
Dean: "Nothing like a sweat lodge in the woods, huh?"
Cole: "Dino, would you do me the honor of tying me to this chair?"
Nicknames, even. Although I don't like anyone but Dean calling Sam 'Sammy'.
Cole: "Thanks for the talk, Coach. But honestly, all I can think about is slicing your wrist and drinking you like a fountain."
Sam: "I couldn't save this one."
Dean: "You know, you can do everything right, but even still, sometimes the guy still dies."
Again, what was the point? That Dean is absolutely going to die, or that Sam can save him?
I wasn't crazy about this one. Two out of four sweat lodges in the woods,
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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