Can anyone believe we’re almost done with the season? It feels like a minute ago we were watching Sam shout, “ENOUGH!” at some demons. What a journey it’s been and I don’t think there is any slowing down for the last two episodes, if this one is anything to go by.

With the second to last season drawing to a close, this episode emphasizes a lot of the primary themes of Supernatural:  family, betrayal, trust, and loss.  The title itself, “Absence,” conveys the sense of loss, driven home by the final scene at Mary’s funeral pyre.  They’ve also physically lost Jack, he may have lost his soul, and they certainly have lost the ability to trust him if an explosion of temper can cause the death of someone they love.

Then:  “I am a Winchester!” shouts Jack as he kills Michael.  He inhales grace:  “I’m me again!”  He heals Sam after Nick’s brutal attack.  Cas is concerned about Jack’s soul.  Jack disintegrates Felix the snake to dust.  Nick viciously beats the policeman and escapes custody.  Nick tries to resurrect Lucifer.  Mary tells  Jack to “do it” (use his powers to help his family).  Jack feels overwhelmed and pressured.  Mary is trying to talk to him.  He hollers, “Leave me alone!” then whispers, “Mary?”

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No, no, no.  That’s how they’re kicking off the season closing mytharc?  I have so many problems with this.  Why are we getting recycled plot-o-rama that’s once again crushing my hopes of a proper season ender?  Especially when there’s only one season left after this?  Aww man, this is so not improving my cranky mood. 

Okay, deep breaths…  I really do strive for a calm, constructive review, but after an hour like this, it’s so damn hard.  I mean come on, Meredith Glynn is a great writer.  She’s been on fire this year.  If I look semantically at “Game Night,” this wasn’t a bad episode. By that I mean that the scenes flowed together well and the dialogue was well done, etc.  I really enjoyed a lot of the shots done by director John Showalter.  The scene with Nick being led into the MOL Bunker was especially riveting in the way it was framed, capturing perfectly Sam’s anger.   

But yeah, that’s all I got in the praise department.  The problem is, what the writers and directors have been given to work with, even the good ones, is awful.  The originality in the plotting is not only missing, once again it seems like they’re trying to re-enact the entire history of “Supernatural” as if the past events never happened.  It all feels so wrong, and after this episode it’s another huge insult to the prior seasons I’ve grown to love. 

Honestly, I loved this episode; we’re in the ramp up to the finale, and stuff always seems to happen around that time, so I expected the episode to be shocking. However, I did not expect the degree to which I was surprised by the episode.