I shouldn't have been surprised that it was Lucifer causing Sam's visions. Of course. Interestingly, the last time we saw Lucifer was in season seven's "The Born-Again Identity", in which I thought Lucifer was trying to reach Sam from the Cage but it turned out that he wasn't.
Some serious gold acting stars for Jared Padalecki. He did a wonderful job in those Hell scenes showing Sam's courage overlying what had to be tremendous and completely justifiable fear. And Mark Pellegrino did his usual excellent job as Lucifer with the banter and flirtatious looks layered on top of smoldering menace. The way Lucifer looks at Sam has always made my skin crawl. It feels like he wants to eat Sam like a snack, or sexually assault him. Or both, possibly simultaneously.
Since this episode skirted around the Winchesters as sexual playthings of all powerful supernatural beings, let's talk about Amara. After a sequence of little girls that didn't work as well as it might have, Amara is once again an adult woman, complete with a sexy black dress, black nail polish, and some rather amazing cleavage. She was acting like every psycho ever, claiming that the bad things she did were all someone else's fault (this time God's). She told Dean that unlike God, she offered bliss. What happened to the people at the fountain and in the church didn't look like bliss to me.
Amara told Dean that the two of them would "become one" in the future, and she looked like she was about to soul-suck him when she leaned in for that kiss. Was she talking about storing Dean's soul within her? Or did she have something a bit more special in mind? The latter, I think. Is Amara a bigger bad than Lucifer? If they had a fight, who would win? She's sort of Lucifer's auntie, when you think about it. Or is it finally time to bring in the Big Burrito? Why is God so elusive in the Supernaturalverse? It just feels like he's been an unsaid punchline for way too long.
No Castiel this time, which was odd because there were angels all over the place: meeting secretly at PJ's Autobody to form a union, organizing the angels to smite Amara en masse before she can take over Heaven, if that's indeed what she has in mind. Did they succeed? Somehow, I doubt it. If Dean is Amara's extra special favorite (I liked how she whisked him away from the playing field so that he wouldn't get smitten -- or is that "smited"?), could he possibly coax her to use her powers to get Sam out of his current predicament? Crowley said that Limbo neutralizes Lucifer's powers. What can Lucifer do to Sam without powers? Would he be like Castiel in the convenience store?
Finally, I have to say that this episode looked absolutely amazing. They've shown the Cage before and it's awesome, but I also loved the trek through the hallway of Hell to High Security Limbo, and how the holding cell looked, with the flames and the warding. I also loved the way Crowley and Rowena leaned on the railing and watched Sam with Lucifer as if they were avid spectators of a particularly good cage match. (See what I did there?)
Bits and pieces:
-- The title of this episode was "O Brother Where Art Thou", and of course, the big unanswered question was, where were the two brothers we didn't see: archangel Michael and Adam Winchester? Still in the Cage, I presume? That's not a huge cage for three. I wonder if it's bigger on the inside?
-- The burning bush made me laugh out loud. Very funny, Lucifer.
-- Crowley and Rowena seemed to be less angry with each other this time. Maybe there's hope for those two yet.
-- Amara told Dean that she and God had no father.
-- Amara let Dean stab her so that he'd know he couldn't do it. That was sort of sweet.
-- What if the souls within Amara are released and there's no body to move back into, like that poor guy in the Lizzie Borden episode? Do they go to their final destination, whatever that may be?
-- No locations were given this time, but that church was very familiar. I wonder how many times they've filmed there in eleven seasons?
-- The next episode is January 20, 2016. I don't discuss previews because many fans don't get them and/or don't watch them, but... wow. That was one bizarre preview. Even by Supernatural's high standards.
Sam: "There was a burning bush."
Dean: "A burning bush?"
Sam: "Like in the Bible."
Dean: "You were in the forest. There are bushes there, and sometimes they burn."
Dean: "If Sam's not safe, it's not happening."
Crowley: "Goodness, Mummy. Loosen the grip."
If Dean had gone along, I bet Lucifer wouldn't have gotten Sam.
Amara: "So only dead people get to see him? And this makes sense to billions of you?"
Priest: "It is the nature of faith."
Priest: "God is the light, and it is the light that vanquishes the darkness."
Sam: "Do I look crazy?"
Rowena: "Well, you do have unresolved issues with your domineering older brother and your abandonment by your father."
Rowena: "He's so alpha, isn't he? Probably not relationship material, though."
Crowley: "Mother. You're drooling. Get a hold of yourself."
Lucifer: "That leads me to my next question. Where's the Big Burrito himself?"
Rowena: "It's not easy being a parent. Knowing when to hug your child, when to kill him..."
Four out of four angel union meetings at PJ's Autobody,
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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