|Given a choice, I'll always pick a shot of the boys.|
This one looked like it would be our standard Supernatural (tm) ghost hunt.
So of course, it wasn't.
I'm not really getting into the Amara thing. She's the Darkness that is coming to do something awful to the world and we don't know what that will be, but right now she's currently a twelve-year-old girl "stuffing her face with souls". She's even being all touristy and fangirl about famous killers, which was why she was in Fall River and why the boys ended up there. But little Amara isn't striking any fear or creepiness in me. Not yet, anyway. Maybe she's not supposed to.
At least they seem to be going somewhere interesting with the soulless thing. Apparently, being soulless isn't a standard experience at all; people react differently. If I remember correctly, soulless season six Sam had no conscience but stuck around with Dean because he enjoyed the violence and satisfaction of hunting. Sydney the blue-haired babysitter was killing everyone with an axe, but she was blissed out by Amara and taken completely out of the anger and misery she carried due to the prior extreme abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents.
Len, the geeky Lizzie Borden fan, went the other way. Instead of being blissed out like Sydney, he was freaked because he felt like a "robot puppet man" and upset because he had lost interest in fandom. But he also remembered what it was like to do the right thing, and he saved the Winchesters from Sydney. (Or maybe Amara made Len help Dean because she's bonded with Dean?) But then Len decided to turn himself in and confess to the ax murders so that he couldn't hurt anyone else. That couldn't be related to Amara's bond with Dean, and was more than "going through the motions". Maybe there's still a remnant of the real Len inside there, directing his actions.
I was actually a little disappointed that the Lizzie Borden murders were just a red herring. I've read two or three books about the murders and I've seen a movie or two. No one knows for sure if she did it, although it seems likely. I'm not sure what Supernatural could have done with the real thing, but it might have been fun. I thought that the "Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum" had to be made up, but it's not -- it exists. Honestly, who could sleep in Lizzie Borden's house? I'd possibly go for a tour if I were passing through, but stay there?
At least the boys are still themselves again, and it was fun to see Sam indulging in his serial killer "fetish" and Dean talking about the "new rules", as in, saving people as well as hunting things. They did save Len, sort of. And Sam was a little sensitive about his previous soullessness. Can't blame him.
-- The previously on "Then" was all ghost stories. Misdirection. So was Mason the desk clerk, who was very Norman Bates with his mother.
-- The murder victim in the teaser mentioned the Ghostfacers, and I did a little woo hoo.
-- I guess Baby spent some serious time at a body shop in between episodes?
-- When Len lost his thumb, he experienced the pain but it didn't upset him, and he wasn't wigged out at all picking up his own thumb. At least he's comfortable licking any body part now.
-- By the way, nice work by Jared Gertner, who played Len. He made me laugh, I liked him, and I wouldn't mind seeing him return.
-- Oooh! I just remembered another blue-haired Sydney!
-- This week: Fall River, Massachusetts. The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum had a penchant for rose wallpaper. I'm sort of sorry we didn't see Dean and Sam trying to sleep in that room, in only one bed.
-- Sam was Agent Collins, and Dean, Agent Gabriel. I'm pretty sure they've done Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel before.
Dean: "What do you want to do about Cas?"
Sam: "Oh, he's knee-deep in binge-watching The Wire. Just started season two."
Dean: "Oh yeah. He's not coming out any time soon."
Dean: "I don't know where to put my eyes. I think I'm gonna throw up."
Sam: "We're surrounded by doilies. They're everywhere."
Dean: "Bottled toilet water? Why do you keep spraying it?"
Dean: "Yeah, but you're better with that whole sensitive verbal massage."
Sam: "There is no sensitive way to tell someone their soul's been sucked out by a prehistoric tween."
Sam: "That's kind of the way I felt the whole time I was soulless."
Dean: "Oh, yeah. You were one chilly droid."
A serviceable Supernatural episode that made me hope that there will be some complexity with what they're doing with Amara. Two and a half out of four doilies,
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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