Color me surprised! I went into “LOTUS” with some incredibly low, sub zero basement low, if not totally despondent expectations. I mean, how in the world were they going to turn around this fiasco known as season 12? The synopsis had me believing this, to quote Comic Book Guy, would be the worst…episode…ever. Given the fact that I’ve been hardly impressed to downright angry with the episodes all season long, not to mention bitterly disappointed by all the midseason finales over the last several seasons, as well as my fear that the Lucifer storyline has dragged on way to long, it was going to be a near impossible task to win me over.
Go figure, it happened, and we can thank…*gulp*…Brad and Eugenie. Suddenly, I’m on board again. I loved it.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t call “LOTUS” epic or gorgeous, or even standing up to the series classics. But for season 12, I’m calling it the best episode so far. I liked that everyone played their part. Sam and Dean got to be heroes (with a twist), Crowley and Rowena had moments that were quite enjoyable, and even Castiel was slightly better than useless, getting to deliver the big news of Lucifer's offspring thanks to the angel radio. I also want the British Men of Letters to only be Mr. Ketch. He’s awesome!
I know, this wasn’t an epic emotional story that involved brotherly bonding or strong family moments. Emotional elements have never been Brad and Eugenie’s strength, so that expectation was never there for me. The episode dragged in parts like during the presidential scenes, which got too much air time, even if it was Lucifer. But overall the story had my attention the entire hour. It was actually fluid and moved very well. All the parts added up and had a logical progression instead of being a random mess. Tonally it was very even. It also moved forward a season that seemed aimless and going nowhere by merely presenting mytharc pieces in an interesting way. But best of all, the eye rolling moments were at a minimum. In today’s “Supernatural” landscape, I call that a win.
So what made “LOTUS” so extraordinary from all the other season 12 selections? Let’s take a deeper look.
This week’s episode was written by the duo and focused on Lucifer’s rise and fall to political power. The episode begins with a news report of a billionaire’s death as we journey through the halls of a church.
Robert Berens slices up the dark side of idol worship, the industry, the stars, and the fans.
Episode seven was a dark, depressing and flashy look at the gritty underbelly of Hollywood life in the best way as onlySupernaturalcould achieve. Some great venues reinforced a strong atmosphere all around and delivered a deep, gritty episode for us to enjoy.
You know, on the first watch, “Rock Never Dies” wasn’t so bad. No, it wasn’t very exciting. I remember when it was half over I thought, “There’s still 30 minutes left of this?” Pacing was glacial to say the least. But honestly, three things made it a watchable episode for me. First, I’m still loving Crowley and Castiel together. I believe that those two have more value together than apart. Second, I really loved Rick Springfield as Lucifer. I’m not sure I wanted to see him be the permanent Lucifer going forward, but for the stint he did have he did a great job. Third, I loved the setting of Los Angeles. The fact that it was Crowley’s town was so perfect, especially after I’ve visited the so called City of Angels a few times. People would easily make demon deals in that town! The stock shots of LA seemed a little over the top and a time waster, but hotels like that do serve cucumber water and people are very much into their veggie smoothies and yoga. I’m with Sam and Dean, veggie infused water isn’t half bad!
Beyond that though, it gets messy. Uncomfortably messy. There were plot holes and attempts at humor that fell flat, but overall it ended up being a stern slap in the face to the idea of fandom, one that probably hit too close to home given “Supernatural’s” avid fans. For those that didn’t notice the insult, it was slow and lackluster at best. For those that did notice, we’re left wondering exactly what are the writers trying to tell us? It isn’t a celebration of fan loyalty and devotion, that’s for sure.
The Morning After
I realized something rather interesting (at least I thought it was interesting) as I was considering my reaction to Supernatural’s seventh episode of season 12, “Rock Never Dies”. A pattern is emerging in the look and feel of some of the episodes. It’s as if there’s a “thread” in the approach to telling some of the stories this season. Without knowing where the plot is headed, I can’t yet judge if the style foreshadows future developments or simply reflects storytelling preferences of the new head writer, Andrew Dabb and his executive producing partner Robert Singer.