I’m not really sure where to start. For me this episode was a bit of an information overload. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, just that there were so many different bits of plot going on that it took me a while to see what the episode was trying to accomplish. Looking back, it was a fairly simple goal; get the tablet in the hands of a Winchester and hold on to it.
I think part of what got my head spinning was the cold open. A man walks into a bank vault wanting access to the contents of his safety deposit box. There is a very old, very expensive, and very crusty looking bone in there. I personally would assume that the bone is going to play a pivotal role in the episode. But it really doesn’t. Granted, the man does end up at the auction, bidding on the tablet, later in the episode so it’s not completely out of the blue. I just found myself waiting for the bone to do something or effect the plot line in some way. And to my knowledge, that never really happened. Am I the only one confused by this choice? Am I just being way too picky? Either way, it threw me for a loop!
Things began running a bit more smoothly for me when Sam and Dean brought Kevin to check on his mother. I laughed pretty hard at their reunion being cut short by a splash of holy water to the face. I really enjoyed Linda as Kevin’s mother. She is a no-nonsense kind of woman; something it was clear Dean admired. I will say she was shockingly cool about the whole “your son is a prophet of the Lord” thing, but I’m willing to look past that for the sake of time in this episode.
What about that reverse exorcism? That’s new. Funny that this is the first time Sam thought to try it. Thinking back, they could have stopped dozens of escapes that way! I know some will no doubt question introducing something like that so late in the series, but I personally like a little mythology change up every now and then. I enjoyed the introduction of burning demon bones, and I like this. What did you guys think? Think we’ll be seeing that more often now?
The flashbacks to Dean’s time in Purgatory were, for me, the star of this episode. I love the way Sam and Dean’s flashbacks are working together to construct the tone of the season. I especially loved the intercut interrogation scenes. The camera angles and choreography were flawless. I just knew Dean was doing bad things in Purgatory! He has enjoyed torture in the past, and it seems he’s gotten another taste of it. Who knows how bad it got for him this time, though. Hopefully not as bad as when he was torturing souls in Hell, but there’s no way for us to know yet.
The very last flashback was easily the most troubling. Cas reaching for Dean, yelling his name and getting left behind. This scene is taken out of context, so there’s always a possibility that Dean was reaching back for Cas and just couldn’t get to him. There’s also a chance that whatever loophole Benny found to get out of Purgatory didn’t include angels. Let’s face it, there’s about a million possible scenarios that don’t involve Dean just leaving Castiel behind. But there is always the chance that Dean did leave Castiel behind. After all, Cas admitted to doing the same to Dean. I just hope this isn’t true. I can handle damaged Dean Winchester (I’ve been doing it just fine since day one) but he is in a bad way since he got back from Purgatory. It has definitely changed him to some degree, but I would hate to see it change him enough to abandon a friend. What do you think? Is Dean capable of abandoning Castiel? I am holding out hope there’s a better explanation!
A good part of this episode took place at the most bizarre auction I’ve ever seen. There were a few good jokes sprinkled throughout the auction scenes, and I got a good laugh out of Sam using the hammer of Thor, but I must admit that some of it went a bit over my head. Full disclosure: I’m always a little uncomfortable with scenes dealing with a bunch of new or different creatures/gods. It can sometimes feel a little too nerdy, even for this nerd. But I was uncomfortable with angels for a good part of season 4 and I got over that. So all this to say that this is really less of a critique of the show and more of a personal preference.
I did, however, enjoy the surprise appearance of Crowley at the auction. What a sneaky little King of Hell. He manages to pop up everywhere, which is great for me because he’s one of my favorite villains. One of the funniest moments of the episode was Crowley offering up his own soul only to be told he didn’t actually have one. But as much as I may enjoy his witty retorts, Crowley does pose a huge problem when it comes to closing the gates of Hell forever. And now that he has the tablet, he’s an even bigger threat. And with Kevin on the run, he’s that much easier for Crowley to find. When will people learn? You cannot run from the Winchesters. They will find you. You just better hope they find you first.
Quote time! Fill in any that I missed.
Dean: “We have got Crowley by the short and curlies.”
Plutus: “I’m Plutus, actually.”Dean: “Is that even a planet anymore?”
Dean looked so proud of himself for that comment.
Mr. peanut - That was perfect. All he needed was a monocle.
Crowley: “Listen to Moose, Squirrel”
Alphie: “Too much heart was always Castiel’s problem.”
Benny seemed to be very protective of Dean. I’m very interested to see where this friendship goes.
Dean: “Cas, buddy, I need you.” This melted my heart.
Crowley: “Maybe you should try plan D for Dumbass”
Crowley: “The Winchesters, well, they have a habit of using people up, and watching them die bloody.” That one hurt!
Kevin: “I don’t want to hear any more of your crappy speeches.”
Dean: “What’s one more nightmare?” This line is a good indication of Dean’s mental state right now. Part of me tends to agree though. What do you think?
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