We got our Ackles Episode!!! I was very excited for it because our beloved Jensen was directing and I was not disappointed. Jensen said in various tweets and at conventions that the episode had been challenging to film but it was quite a success.
The opening was Rowena in a very hot red gown trying to bribe the remaining members of the Grand Coven into joining her and forming a- wait for it- MEGA Coven on the pretense that she had the Book of the Damned and was more powerful than ever and had also managed to kill her son, the King of Hell. When one of the witches reveals that someone she knew just made a deal with Crowley recently, Rowena becomes a child and explodes the witches. The only issue I had with the entire scene was the very cheesiness of it; Mega Coven was too silly for me, Rowena losing her temper the way she did felt badly written and the eventual killing of the witches felt childish. We all know Rowena is pretty above that behavior and the dialogue felt green.
Rowena also tried to hire other scattered witches from the Grand Coven and the Mega Coven jokes continue. I disliked those jokes because they felt over-done and beneath the standards of Supernatural script writing, guys come on! I did enjoy the sass with which Ruth played Rowena’s exit, especially with the flying chairs, that I enjoyed a lot.
Seeing the boys at the bunker with Cas bundled up in blankets felt familiar. I’ve missed Team Free Will and seeing them together felt more normal than anything. Sam calling Cas’s car crappy and Cas’s reaction to it reminded me so much of Dean. I guess our Angel of the Lord has picked up a thing or two from his favorite human.The lightheartedness was good despite Metatron being mentioned a few zillion times and Cas replying to Sam that the Scribe liked ‘waffles’ and that they should start there. Well done Cas, you’re still fairly angel. The fit that Cas had because of the curse was a bit scary and his description made it worse. They really know how to make a fangirl worry.
I loved the shout out that was for Danneel Ackles (Cafe Elta). It’d slipped my mind while watching the episode but when I saw other review posts, I remembered and proceeded to facepalm myself. Anyway, the boys in FBI suits interrogating a witch too scared to leave the police station and Sam and Dean giving the perfect example of physical Winsync combined with Dean replying to the witch that ‘he had a fake badge’ *wink* when she says that she has rights *faints*. Too hot to handle.
This episode was surprising in more ways than I thought possible. Dean dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and a straw hat and Rowena in a blond wig? Wow, that was something. I will forever be enthralled by Ruth Connell’s acting skills and her flinging around Dean while being sassy as hell was absolutely brilliant. I loved the dialogue she used when Sam handcuffs her- ‘I guess blondes do have more fun’. I laughed too hard at that.
Rowena’s insight into emotional situations deserves a whole lot of credit. The way she looks at Dean when he’s trying to act all cool and just looks into his eyes and sees the burden and voices it out loud surprised me and also added another facet to her personality. There have been moments when she’s been perceptive but this felt like the most blunt of those moments. Very well done again.
I was surprised to see a certain amount of maturity exhibited by Dean when Sam, himself and Rowena were going to find Cas. When Rowena revealed that Sam had made a deal with her to kill Crowley in exchange for removing the Mark, I expected a bunch of fireworks from Dean towards Sam but he dealt with it with maturity. We’ve seen them fight over things like this for so long that Dean using the word ‘secrets’ was enough for Sam to know that his brother was shocked and hurt. I’m sure it’ll come up in the future but I also don’t want it to happen. I’m hoping they’ll have a very mature conversation about it and move on.
The one scene I found more than useless in this sequence was Dean walking past a hot chick and him saying ‘hey’ to her with a smile and her telling him to get a life. Guys, we get it, he’s a flirt but don’t you think it’s older than anything now and we can do better than that?
One of the funniest scenes that I found in the episode was Cas reading off instructions from a notebook to search for his missing car from the police database and ends up accidentally opening Dean’s Fortune Nookie folder. I’m a sucker for cheap dirty jokes and laughed for a good 10 minutes after I saw it. Cas’s reaction was so angelic that it was impossible not to find it funny.
I also loved the Angel-Demon showdown in the bar. The minute that scene started all I could think was- An angel and a demon walk into a bar, terrible joke– which was important in its own way. Both of them discussing the goings-on upstairs and downstairs and toasting with whiskey when just moments before they were ready to tear each other apart was something that caught me off guard. Based on the conversation they had, is it possible that angels and demons will join forces to fight the Darkness? That’d be something to see.
We saw glimpses of the curse in the past few episodes and more in the second one but seeing Cas hunt was chilling. Ackles did a great job of directing it and I was genuinely worried that he might kill the girl he was after if Dean hadn’t intervened. The beating that he got was reminiscent of season 8 and just as horrifying. I’m glad Rowena and Sam got there right in time to save Dean and lift the curse from Cas. Sam having a gun pointed at Rowena and telling her that the gun had witch killing moments was such a purely nerd scene and I absolutely loved it. It’s good to have Sam be himself again. It wasn’t surprising that Rowena got away and it’s going to be really interesting to see what she gets up to next.
The saddest thing was Dean refusing to be healed by Cas once they got back to the bunker. I loved the little ‘are you okay’ scene between Cas and Dean at the warehouse when the curse was lifted but seeing Dean refuse the angel’s help just hurt. He shouldn’t let himself feel all that pain and guilt, he did nothing wrong. Dean really needs to be bundled in blankets and be told he’s loved and adored and be fed pie, burgers and beer. The entire scene was sad but also normal, with everyone back to normal and hunting the next big thing.
Crowley and Amara, my goodness. This was over the top creepy. Crowley needs to understand that no matter who the Big Bad, they want nothing to do with him but he never learns. From what I could glean about the conversation young Amara had with her future self in the mirror, everything on Earth and Heaven and Hell, in her opinion, are God’s creation. She doesn’t care about Crowley and will probably destroy Hell the first chance she gets. Amara is using him until she gets to full power and then the King’ll be running to the Winchesters again with his tail in between his legs. Can we stop making Crowley a drama queen and let him be the awesome King of Hell he’s supposed to be? It’s as though he’s trying to raise a daughter or Princess of Hell which is kind of stupid. Also, anyone else get the feeling that Amara is made from Demon Souls? The smoke is very similar and if she consumes enough Demon souls, is it possible that’s what she would look like in her smoke form?
Let me know what you thought of the episode down below. I can’t wait for the episode tonight (especially the car wash scene) and will be live-tweeting it. You can join in if you like my twitter handle is @susannah_deanw. I will see you in another post soon!