I’ve been really digging the Walking Dead vibe of the first two episodes. Combining the claustrophobic feeling of “Croatoan,” one of Supernatural’s all-time greatest episodes, and the eerie, post-apocalyptic stillness of TWD did wonders for a show that, the past season or two at least, has felt more than a little stale.
The episode fixed a long-standing issue with the show as well. The Winchesters die frequently verging on often. Fans don’t panic because, well, this happens all the time. One of them dies, the other does something stupid to bring them back, generally unleashing something evil that becomes the foe for the next season. With Death dead, that’s no longer the case according to Billie the reaper. If they die, they’re dead. Stakes successfully upped.
Another interesting thing about the episode was its fast pace, which I was not expecting. Sam’s infection spreading so quickly and its cure, Jenna and her grandma realizing there was something up with the baby (not to mention both of them dying)…I wasn’t expecting so much plot development so quickly. I think it’s a good sign for the season. It means the writers know where they’re going. At least I hope it does.
The weakness of “Form and Void” came in keeping the boys separate. I don’t like them apart. Castiel, being tortured in heaven, Sam, Nancy Drewing on a computer and trying not to die, and Dean falling into his buddy cop routine with Crowley. Okay, so the last part of that I didn’t mind. Crowley is at his best when playing off one or both of the Winchesters. I laughed out loud when he showed up as a priest of all things.
Supernatural just can’t stay away from the creepy child thing. Amara is now out of the crib and walking around in some of Lilith’s hand-me-downs. She eats souls because, of course she does. While I like that we’re facing another apocalypse, I’m not totally sold on Amara. She feels like a character we’ve seen before. Still, she is different in at least one way: Dean can’t kill her. For whatever misty magical reason the two are bound and he will feel himself obligated to protect her. That’s going to be an interesting hurdle to overcome. Will it be as simple as Sam being the one to kill her instead of Dean or will Dean end up choosing her over Sam the way Sam once did with Ruby?
I’m not sure at all what’s going on with Castiel’s curse thing other than it makes him look creepy. Hannah said she couldn’t heal him but she was interrogating him at the time so that might’ve been a lie. Is it just making him go all Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde? Is that why he killed Jonah and Efram? He seemed in control of himself at the time but afterwards he had that “what have I done” look on his face. Cas is my favorite non-Winchester character and I like that he’s being used more, but I sure have missed him being with Sam and Dean. Not to mention that I’ve found all the angelic drama over the past few seasons truly dull. The reason for keeping him away from the boys was that his powers made everything too easy, but since he’s been diminished by heaven’s closure, the loss of his grace, and now by this curse, I hardly think that’s an issue at this point.
Bits and Pieces:
-- Other things that happened in this episode: Hannah reappeared only to die. Always worry about beloved recurring characters popping back up after long periods of time. They are rarely long for this world. I never quite warmed to Hannah, but I know she had her fans so, condolences to you all.
-- Sam, being the brilliant (not so) little stud muffin that he is, figured out how to cure whatever kind of crazy the Darkness unleashed. Burning holy oil. Good thing the boys keep a supply handy.
-- The song Billie sings, “O Death,” was first heard in the season five episode “Two Minutes to Midnight” during Death’s first appearance.
-- Sam asked God for a sign and got a vision/memory of being back in the cage. Hmm…
-- I’m trying to avoid an angry feminist comment about how the ultimate, most ancient evil the earth has ever known is female. Whoops. Couldn’t help myself.
Jenna’s Grandma: “I mean this in the nicest possible way, but you look like poop on parade.”
Dean (answering phone): “Ghostbusters.”
Sam: “I’m sorry about Death.”
Billie: “It’s over.”
Sam: “What’s over?”
Billie: “You and Dean, dying and coming back again and again. The old Death thought it was funny. But now, there’s one hard, fast rule in this universe. What lives dies. So the next time you or your brother bite it, well, you’re not going to heaven or hell. One of us, and Lord I hope it’s me, we’re gonna make a mistake and toss you out into the empty. And nothing comes back from that.”
Hannah: “God help us.”
Castiel: “I wouldn’t count on that.”
Crowley: “Well, hello plot twist.”
Dean: “Listen, Velma, this isn’t the Scooby gang.”
Crowley: “I’m not your bloody sidekick!”
three out of four creepy children
sunbunny, who is not Billie Doux
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