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.
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