"Supernatural" made a solid return this week with Out with the Old. It was a wonderful mix of monster of the week, advancement of the Leviathan arc (about time!) and some real attention to Sam's Lucifer infestation.
On top of all the obvious awesomeness that was this episode, there was also one of the most beautiful kill scenes. I'm a sucker for a good cross-cut kill scene, and while this was no Slice Girls, it was definitely beautifully choreographed. And in true "Supernatural" fashion, it ended with a nice spray of blood.
I definitely enjoyed the whole cursed objects concept. We've known about curse boxes since season three's Bad Day at Black Rock but haven't really come across them much since then. While I was a bit underwhelmed by the teapot, I thought the dancing shoes and the whispering gramophone were very interesting. I can't comment on the gentleman's magazine, though, since the details surrounding that cursed object were thankfully a little fuzzy. Perhaps the best part about these cursed objects was the way the ballet slippers called to Dean.
Sam: "Do they look like they're your size?"
I would have loved to see Dean put them on, but no such luck.
So, I'm confused. Dean knows that Sam let Lucifer back in. So Sam just told him? What is this honesty? It's such a foreign concept for these boys. I think I was subconsciously expecting a week or two of Sam keeping this information from Dean. Not because I think he's a liar but because that's how the Winchesters deal. They hold things in and push them down until they crack completely. What a breath of fresh air to share your problems with your brother right away. It certainly makes life easier. Now, about Sam's brilliant plan to just never sleep again. Yeah, that'll work. It already almost got him run down by a truck. Have we ever seen such a non-supernatural threat on this show before? It struck me as odd because I found myself thinking, "A truck can't kill a Winchester". Sometimes I forget they're human and susceptible to normal human danger. Anyway, I digress. We all know Sam will eventually need to sleep and just deal with his Lucifer situation. But what would that even look like? How do you begin to deal with the devil? (No, not make a deal with the devil. We've already done that.) What happens when Sam goes to sleep? Is it just hallucination after hallucination? I hope we get to see a little more about what's going on in Sam's head. I'm so curious, and I know you all are, too. And the other big question is how long will this last? Is this something Sam could have to deal with the rest of his life? Can he handle that?
We also finally got to see Frank. I actually wrote in my notes about how much I love Dean and Frank's chemistry and that I can't wait to see them in a room together again. Wellâ€¦about that. Maybe I'm just the glass-half-full type, but I'm thinking we'll see Frank again. Sure his trailer was a disaster and there was a good amount of blood, but there were also a few sprays of black goo here and there. Maybe he was able to escape? Or maybe he got eaten and the leviathan have assumed his identity. What do you guys think? Think we'll see Frank again? Think he'll still be human?
So as I mentioned earlier, we had some long overdue movement of the leviathan arc. We met Joyce and George, who I actually really enjoyed. Joyce was a strong female villain and George was an entertaining pushover. Notice the use of the past tense. I was a little bummed that they were both "killed" in the end. What do you call a leviathan without a head? (That sounded like the start of a bad joke) They're not really dead since they can't be killed. So before they were beheaded, we learned a few interesting tidbits about Dick's plan. He seems to have an odd fascination with real estate since he's buying it up left and right. Oh, and he's planning to build a cancer research center. Why would Dick Roman care about cancer? According to George, our leviathan friends are only here to help. What's not creepy about that? So what do you think the endgame is here? Any ideas? Because I can honestly say I have no clue.
Do you think we'll see Crowley again this season? At the beginning of the season, he tried and failed to start an alliance with Dick Roman, and he seemed to be laying the groundwork for an alliance with Sam and Dean, but we haven't heard a peep from him in weeks. Any chance he'll reappear for the climax of the season?
What did you guys think of the episode? Did you like the monster of the week? Were you happy to see the Leviathan storyline advanced? And how excited are you on a scale of 1-10 about Castiel's return next week? I have to say, I'm more than ready for a familiar face; this has been one lonely season.
As usual, there were a few quotes and things worth mentioning.
Dean: "I saw "Black Swan" twice; hot tutu on tutu action. Come on, Sam, what's wrong with you?"
I wanted to give a shout out to the effects crew. I know I'm always talking about how much I hate the leviathan effects, but I thought they did a great job with the dancing effects in this episode.
Sam: "Kid, this would be a really great time for a lesson in gratitude. Lucky for you, I'm too tired."
Dean: "I don't mean to double dip in your crazy sauce, no offense."
Frank: "None taken, fudge pop."
Joyce: "We have a chain of command here, George. You see a Winchester, you don't eat him. You tell me, and I eat him."
George: "You're welcome for saving you before she ripped into your ass like a Christmas present."
I also loved the reappearance of Bad Moon Rising. This song has been used a few times over the years, but I always love hearing it. It's become a theme song of sorts. I'd put it up there with "Back in Black" and "Carry on Wayward Son," among others.