The latest episode of Supernatural saw our creators return to the basics and bring back a few favorite characters. The episode featured our beloved Sheriff Donna Hanscum and some of our classic villainous creatures.
I have to give the Show major points for integrating main arc references in MOTW episodes as well. I absolutely loved the interaction between Sam and Dean when Dean catches him praying to God, asking for guidance as to what the visions he was having could possibly mean. Dean asking Sam to rely on them and not an absent entity was classic him and reminded me of the days when the brothers relied on each other so completely, when the trust wasn’t as broken as it has gotten in the past few seasons.
This episode also reminded me of Season 10’s episode 19, The Werther Project. The Always Keep Fighting campaign had just been launched when the episode came out and it dealt with suicide. For Show to talk about such mature themes and reaching out to their audiences in the way they do is a strong indicator of how much we as a fanbase have impacted the show writers and creators. The week’s episode dealt with sexual violence and even though there was no concrete proof presented in the episode that our ghost violated any children before his death, it seemed like the writers were trying to let their viewers know that if there is someone they know or if they themselves are being hurt this way, they need to speak up and let their loved ones know. For this, I applaud them. They also integrated trust issues in the case of Donna and New Doug. Donna was emotionally scarred from her previous relationship when her boyfriend said mean things to her and insisted she lose weight which created self-doubt and bad body image for her. I loved that Sam told her that she should give New Doug a chance and that just because both Dougs share the same name and profession did not mean that he would hurt her. A lot of young girls and boys suffer from body image issues and Show writing it into their episodes even though it might not seem like a big deal at first is a really big one. Supernatural has kept many a fan alive, giving them a reason to keep fighting to live another day or not hurt themselves and seeing this little thing they slipped in really does warm my heart. Thank you again Supernatural for helping us fight for each other.
Getting back to the crux of the episode, we got Killer Bunnies, Killer Jesters, Killer Crowns and Killer Deer. The number of deer jokes that flew around during the live tweet on twitter were just amazing. They were corny as hell but that didn’t mean that they weren’t funny and absolutely great.
Our spectral shapes changed as well, taking on a more Voldemort-ish look from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Loved the new weaponry too. The heavy iron nails to keep ghosts were more than handy and worked really well in the episode.
One of the funniest scenes in the episode was when Sam sees a picture of Chester, the ghost, dressed as a clown when he was alive and gets scared and Dean smirking when he slides the picture over to him. This is followed by Sam in the elevator with a guy dressed in the same outfit holding a bloodied scalpel who gets in when Sam is in it and he controls his fear long enough to overpower the clown. Excellent acting, Jared Padalecki.
The rabbit jokes were everywhere and they’ve graduated to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Points to Sam for trying but Dean does the Bugs Bunny jokes better.
The final BM scene in the Impala was absolutely beautiful. Sam confessing to Dean that the reason he prays to God is because the visions he’s getting aren’t self explanatory and they’re confusing him. He finally tells Dean that the Cage is the main part of those visions and Dean’s more than horrified. His explanation that the Cage is a suicide mission and that there was no way in hell he would let Sam go down that road was more than justified but the look that Sam gave Dean when he agreed and said he wouldn’t do anything makes me think that he will be going back to the Cage.
Based on the episode names around the mid-season finale, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Don’t You Forget About Me, Sam might very well be making a foray back into Lucifer’s Cage which scares the daylights out of me. I don’t want to lose Sam again! I can’t have my heart shattered all over again and if that does happen, I don’t think I’ll be able to recover from that. Chuck help me, I hope Sam doesn’t do anything stupid.
In the mean time, Richard Speight Jr.’s directorial debut is airing next week! That’s going to be really interesting and it’ll be even cooler to see who Sam’s imaginary friend was when he was growing up.
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