The Boys Are Back in Town
(Probably Time To Flee)
Episode seventeen might not be a finale, but definitely it has some action and some propelling motion when it comes to the final chapter of the season. Characters die, players begin to make their moves, plans start to unfold: episode seventeen is where it finally starts to take shape towards the end.
If you’re like me, your mind is consumed with holiday and year end lists right now – gift list, shopping list, grocery list, to-do lists (multiple) and the get-it-done-before-Dec.31 list. As much as you want to obsess over Supernatural’s mid-season cliffhanger, you run out of hours in the day before you run out of things to do so there is little time left for important things, like figuring out what really happened in “The Spear”. Hopefully, this Threads review will lay it all out for you.
Aww man, things were going so well. The last few weeks were really promising and we were going into the midsession finale with tons of momentum! Figured that the creative wind would go out of the sails at the wrong time.
I don’t get the struggles this show has with midseason finales. The purpose of a mid season finale is to go into the weeks long winter break with a little amped up excitement, all ending with a mini cliffie that makes you excited and/or devastated for the upcoming second half of the season. No matter what the outcome, you should by dying for those off weeks to get over so that answers can be given.
Dean’s voice is heard talking about how their family fights monsters and how someday it would be nice if monsters were scared of them. THEN: Michael/Dean killing Lucifer, Michael taking over Dean, Michael enhancing the monsters, Jack getting sick and dying, Dark Kaia and the spear, the Empty and Cas’ deal, and Jack being alive again.
NOW: The cheerful holiday tune “Rocking around the Christmas Tree” plays as we see a wide view of Kansas City, MO at night. The lights of the city mingle with the added Christmas lights, creating a festive scene. From the wide angel, we zoom in to a close up of a richly decorated tree in an office building. Large red and gold balls lavishly fill its branches. Wrapping paper and other party detritus are scattered on the floor. But instead of laughter, screams come from another room; the litter on the floor isn’t just holiday leftovers but blood. A man in a suit and a green tie runs panicking into the room and slams a frantic finger into the elevator button. He’s desperate to get away, but before the elevator arrives, a man with long dark hair and a Santa hat appears next to him. His mouth enlarges with the emergence of werewolf fangs. Reaching out for the terrified businessman, the monster looks up to see mistletoe hanging above them. He leans in, then twists the man’s neck, killing him instantly. Entering an office, the werewolf approaches a tall, slim woman with an upswept hairdo; dark, professional clothes; and a confident, calmly superior air to her. She is standing in front of a huge window looking down at the lights of Kansas City. It’s Michael in a new vessel. The werewolf reports that they’ve killed everyone in the building and didn’t feed, but he does wonder why Michael is here. “I like the view,” the archangel replies simply.
Thank you for a stunning, emotionally captivating “Byzantium”. My recent "Threads" review of 14.05 “Nightmare Logic” praised your talent, as evidenced by the exceptional episodes you had written for Supernatural. “Byzantium” confirms your place on the list of the series’ best writers.
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