The Morning After

Delightful. Supernatural’s 14th episode this season provided a much needed break from the deeply emotional, intense trauma that the cast and the fandom have endured for the past several episodes, if not indeed most of season 14. Let’s review why we all needed a few fleeting moments of peace of mind:

Sam, Mary and Castiel frantically searched for Dean, not knowing if there would be anything left to save, if they ever found him. When Dean returned, the only way he could save the world was to be condemned to a fate so horrible, Sam broke down into sobs just talking about it. Jack died. Castiel bargained away his life to save Jack. The family got their dad back, only to have to let him go again. All of the people Sam worked so hard to save, train, nurture and protect were slaughtered in his home. Jack freed Dean from Michael and saved the world from a reign of terror, but it cost Jack some or all of his eternal soul.

We all love these characters as our own family, so that’s a lot of trauma to experience with them week after week. “Peace of Mind” let us all (cast and fans) catch our breath, and allowed both Jared and Jensen to share their comedic talents with us - with hilarious results!

THEN:  Jack handling the snake.  Flashbacks of Dean nervously freezing as giant yellow python glides over his shoulder.  Michael in Dean’s head.  Dean getting knocked unconscious.  Donatello the prophet getting his soul sucked out by Amara.  Rowena talking about the power of the soul.  Jack defeating Michael.  Jack’s eyes glowing and wings spreading their shadow on the wall.

NOW:   Running feet.  A terrified young man dashes down a sidewalk at night, past a movie theater advertising a Scooby Doo matinee, a bowling alley, and a record store, up to a diner where he bangs on the door, calling for Sunny.  A cute young woman in a pink waitress uniform opens the door, and they hug.  The girl tells the desperate boy that she can’t.  They share a kiss before he dashes away.  A large billboard is displayed on the side of the road depicting a cheerful family – dad, mom, son, and daughter all in 1950s garb down to the dad in a suit and hat – advertising Charming Acres, five miles away, “Where everyone’s happy.”  The youth runs past the sign and up to a gas station minimart.  He dashes inside, asking for a phone from the startled clerk, then grabbing the employee’s phone when he’s slow to respond. As he stumbles away, he begins to clutch his head.  There’s  a shrill ringing sound.  He collapses, then BOOM!  His head explodes.  “Dude?” ventures the clerk.  “Do you need help?”  He walks around the counter and sees the body sprawled on the tile, the upper part a disgusting mess of blood and tissue.  Suddenly a gooey chunk of flesh falls from the ceiling to plop on the floor,  and the clerk promptly bends over and upchucks.

Everything we know about Supernatural season 14 episode 15.

Aww nuts.

I mean come on, things were going so well!  The season was humming along, producing something of at least mild entertainment value each week.  Sure the scripts are still reserved and safe with the both plotting and action, but at least the season wasn’t a total train wreck (I’m looking at you season 12).  What happened?  If this is the true catalyst for the concluding episodes to come, it’s looking like my cautious optimism again will suffer from the late season crash and burn as it has the past several seasons.  It’s all very disappointing. 

Before I get into my thoughts and feelings about this episode, I need to give huge thanks to Nightsky and the people here at The Winchester Family Business, for allowing me to write a few reviews while one of their usual people is out of town. I am honored to be able to contribute my thoughts about this episode.

Speaking generally, I loved "Ouroboros". I felt like everyone got their own story line, which in and of itself doesn’t often happen. It is also gratifying to see these characters staying true to themselves while also developing and changing. One of the main reasons that I keep watching the show is because of the constant and interesting character development. None of these characters are the same as they were when the show began, or even last season for some of them. They’ve all grown and changed, which makes them not only more compelling, but more rounded and honest people. Because I feel like each of them was so wonderful, let’s talk about them specifically.

Moments before her death, a mother gives birth to Lucifer's child then begs a servant of the Lord to save her baby. The rescued child is secretly raised by two fathers who teach it to love and defend humanity from all forms of evil, natural and supernatural.

The twist?

The child is a girl, her name is Lilith, and she becomes the most powerful exorcist in existence. Added bonus: she is a fierce martial arts fighter by the time she is a teen. 

This is the story behind the new series Demon X. Created, written and co-directed by Supernatural's Production Coordinator, Jason Fischer, Demon X was released on January 21, 2019 by Jason's production company, Frostbite Pictures. Besides Jason and the obvious genre and subject correlations, Demon X has strong ties to Supernatural and the Supernatural Family. Three of its four lead actors have had multiple roles on Supernatural, including fan favorite Osric Chau (Kevin Tran) who plays Lilith's evil counterpart, Damien. Members of Demon X's production team are also Supernatural alums. 

Demon X puts a different spin on the classic demonic characters of Lucifer, Damien and Lilith. The hero in this good vs. evil battle is a strong, young woman who has advanced fight training and knowledge of occult lore but is struggling with her demonic lineage, and thus her place in the world. The series' format is also non-traditional by network television standards. Season 1 consists of 10 one-scene episodes, ranging in length from 5 to 8 minutes each. Hence, the entire season can be binged in just under one hour. It is also only available online, easily found through multiple streaming channels and subscription services. 

Jason and the Demon X cast shared their thoughts on the series, their characters and Supernatural with The Winchester Family Business'  Nightsky in this exclusive two-part interview! In Part 1, Jason talks about the creation, casting, filming and future of Demon X

The Morning After

Shocked!! What a surprise ending to both Jack and Michael’s plotlines! Chalk up a major win for Team Free Will 2.0, and a major relief for a fandom dreading a season cliffhanger of Dean being buried alive in a coffin at the bottom of an ocean! Let’s look at the scoreboard. Michael is not only out of Dean’s head, he’s definitively dead (well, sent to the Empty at least). Dean is completely free of Michael’s possession, the fear of humanity’s downfall being his fault, and the looming threat of an eternity of torture and solitude. The world is saved from another psycho archangel. Jack is back to fully-powered Nephilim, and from the terminal diagnosis of being either a soulless human or a grace-less Nephilim.  Rowena is herself again. The price of all this? The AU hunters’ lives. Rest in Peace, Maggie. I really liked you.

So let’s talk about this unexpected turn of events!