Lots of bright sunshine and flowers in this episode, at least in the beginning. Were they going for a thematic contrast, perhaps?
Man, zombies are so "in" right now. Except that these zombies are using fists and tools, and I think they can drive. I kept suspecting that Jenna, the nice three-weeks-on-the-job deputy, would turn out to be evil, or infected, or something else. So of course, it was the baby who is "something else".
The Darkness told Dean, "No matter where I am, who I am, we will always help each other." So she can be other people. Is she the baby, since she has a tiny little mark on her shoulder? Are we going to get all kinds of people who are secretly The Darkness with tiny red marks on their shoulders? For the sake of my sanity, please tell me Dean doesn't have one of those. Enough already.
At least we finally got Dean back, even if he and The Darkness appear to be bonded and hot for each other. But even though Dean didn't deserve the suffering he experienced with the Mark of Cain, a lot of people in Superior, Nebraska just died because Sam made Rowena remove it. And a lot more are going to die, too. Except that I am betting Sam will find a cure, especially now that it's creeping up his own neck. It's somewhat karmic that Sam was infected, since he was the one who set it free. Not that I want Sam to die a rabid zombie, of course. I'm pretty sure he won't.
For me, there were two things I loved about this episode. The first was Sam saying to Dean that they had to change, that they're only doing half of the "saving people, hunting things" bumper sticker. I'm really, really glad that they finally addressed this, because much like the scene in last season's finale where the brothers talked about whether or not they had become part of the evil they hunted, it was way overdue. How about exorcising the possessed instead of stabbing them? How about saving the baby and her father? (Not this time. Poor Mike.)
I'm not sure I'm on board with all this set-up for
I'm also wondering if there will be fallout from Death's death? I hate that Death died. I liked Death. How come The Darkness didn't know who Death was? Because The Darkness is from before Death?
What happened with our good/evil supporting cast seemed disconnected from the main action. Of course, I'm unhappy with what just happened to Castiel. I don't get the feeling his "brothers" (and I mean brother angels, not the Winchesters) are going to help him with Rowena's bloodshot eyes curse. Will Rowena herself have to remove it? And what could possibly make her do that, since she's tremendously powerful and on the loose with The Book of the Damned and the codex?
At least Crowley was fun. Why not have an orgy of sex and death with some hicks before returning to his old body? (The scene where the husband was explaining why he was on board with the wife swapping was pretty funny. Okay, maybe a little condescending with the Fargo-like stereotypes.) But wouldn't Castiel have known that Crowley isn't that easy to kill?
Bits and pieces:
-- This season's new credit card is gold letters, with the Darkness in the background. Not as awesome as last season's, but it has to be hard to keep coming up with these things. (I got this one from the terrific wiki page that has them all.)
-- If The Darkness only saved Dean, how come Sam was okay back in the car? Unconscious, but okay?
-- Mike's description of how his wife Janie gave birth sounded weird to me. Was it the performance? The script?
-- "Her name is Amara." The baby's name? The Darkness's name? She needs a name. "The Darkness" is a bit generic and doesn't lend itself to nicknames. (Anyone else thinking of the gem of Amara? Do they make cufflinks, too?)
-- Jenna was played by Laci J. Mailey, whom I recognized as another character the boys didn't save in "There Will Be Blood". She also had a continuing role on Continuum as Dillon's daughter.
-- So Jenna just walks off with the baby? Adoption isn't that simple. I hear there are forms.
-- This week: Superior, Nebraska and outskirts.
-- Why haven't I noticed before that angels and demons have pretty much the same black, white and gray wardrobe? Or did I notice it before? Eleven seasons, guys. Eleven.
Sam: "And she told you she was the Darkness?"
Dean: "No, she was wearing a name tag. What do you think?"
Dean: "She's been locked away since the beginning of time. Does she even know what a cheeseburger is?"
Jenna: "Show me some skin."
Jenna: "Both of you!"
Dean: "Is this, like, a Magic Mike moment?"
I thought we were going to get a glimpse of the anti-possession tatts.
Jenna: "This job is supposed to be saving people."
Dean: "Well, it sounds better on paper, doesn't it?"
Hubby: "So I called Dale, and he said…
Dale: "H-E-double hockey sticks, yeah!"
Hubby: "Dale ran it by Deb…"
Deb: "We were only gonna get buffet, anyway."
Hubby: "And here we are!"
Castiel: "The Darkness is a woman?"
Dean: "That's what we're asking you. We were hoping you could tell us what kind of DefCon screwed we are."
Crowley: "What about the other white meat suit?"
Demon #2: "It's just, you barely escaped assassination, you're arguably on the run from the most powerful witch on earth, not to mention an angel of Heaven, uh…"
Crowley: "And, uh?"
Demon #2: "You didn't call for help until after the orgy?"
Sam: "Saving people means all of the people, Dean. Not just that baby. Not just each other."
There was a lot of set-up here, and I'm not sure I'm on board with all of it. What did you guys think?
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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