I have to admit that this episode felt a little all over the place for me but I’m still really excited about the groundwork being laid out for the rest of the season. I think the beginning of any season can be tricky as the writers try to get their ducks in a row. And this episode was by no means a disappointment, it just felt a bit disjointed. So let’s dive into my slightly disjointed review.
One of the biggest questions we were left with after the last episode was how Sam would adjust to being unknowingly possessed. Would he feel different? Would he be suspicious? He usually knows when Dean is hiding something but so far he doesn’t seem to notice. He totally bought the fact that Dean could take on three demons with soldiers as their vessels. And he seems to be feeling better than ever.
Sam: “Honestly, I feel better than I have in a long time. I mean, I realize it’s crazy out there and we have trouble coming for us but I look around and I see friends and family. I’m happy with my life for the first time in...forever. I am. I really am. It’s just, things are, things are good.”
Is it wrong that this makes me really happy? I know that information is being kept from him and it’s something that he deserves to know. But he’s happy, damn it! Can’t he hold on to that feeling for a little while? Dean’s “Never better” said a mouthful. It obvious he’s still very torn about keeping this secret from Sam. And he’s also taking a leap of faith trusting Ezekiel. But did I also sense a little relief? Sam has had it rough over the years and the fact that he’s happy and healthy must be a real weight off of Dean’s shoulders.
Speaking of our friend Ezekiel, I’m finding myself more inclined to trust him. It helps that he saved Sam’s life (twice now), but it’s more than that. There is something trustworthy and no-nonsense about him. Ezekiel also understands Dean’s motivations. He knows that Dean is operating out of a place of love even if Dean is super uncomfortable with him saying it out loud.
I do realize that by saving Sam, Ezekiel is saving himself since he’s using Sam’s vessel to heal so I’m not completely team Zeke yet. But I also appreciate that he was careful to use the knife to cover up his tracks. I don’t want Sam ejecting Ezekiel until he’s fully healed. I do have to say that Zeke looked like a real badass when he came to Sam’s rescue; those glowing eyes and the shadow of the wings on the wall were so cool. Kudos to the people responsible for those special effects. By the way, did anyone expect Sam to catch on to the fact that he had the knife on him and then Dean somehow snuck up on three demons and killed them with the same knife?
Who would have thought there could be a king of Hell more reckless than Crowley. Ok, she may not be the king of Hell just yet, but Abaddon certainly has her eyes on the prize. Not only is she creating an army of super-strong demons, but she’s suggesting doing away with crossroads deals altogether.
Abaddon: “Why should we pay for what we should be taking?”
And she’s not messing around either. It seems she gets what she wants by any means necessary, very devil-may-care. Oh, I see what you did there, Supernatural. But despite her reckless determination there is still one thing that makes her weaker than Crowley. She is foolish enough to underestimate the Winchesters. Crowley has learned his lesson on that front and he’s stronger for it. So while I think Abaddon is certainly a force to be reckoned with, I’m more worried about the king of Hell in their basement.
Speaking of Crowley, I’m still not sure what’s going on with him. Has he completely reverted to his old ways? He was having flashbacks about his time in the church, remembering wanting to be loved, and wanting to seek forgiveness for what he’s done. The memories seemed to affect him, I’m just not sure how. Was he ashamed of himself because the ritual was working or was he upset that it hadn’t been completed? What do you guys think? Either way he is certainly not a good guy. Just look at the way he played with Kevin’s mind and tortured him with the uncertainty of his mother’s death. And now he is trying to make a deal with Sam and Dean in exchange for the names of all the demons on Earth. That’s the work of the Crowley we know and love to hate.
Crowley also managed to get into Kevin’s head about Sam and Dean.
Crowley: “They’ll toss you aside without a second thought because they can, Because they think they’re special. Because there’s always another prophet waiting in the wings. “
This isn’t the first time Crowley has convinced Kevin that Sam and Dean don’t really care about him. It is sad to think that Kevin is so easily swayed into believing it. Thankfully, Dean was able to convince him otherwise.
Dean: “We need you man.”
Kevin: “Because I’m useful.”
Dean: “Because you’re family. After all the crap we’ve been through. After all the good you’ve done. Man if you don’t think we’d die for you, I don’t know what to tell you. You, me, Sam and Cass. We are all we’ve got. But hey, if none of that matters to you, I won’t stop you.”
It was clear that these words touched Kevin and they certainly got me misty-eyed. It must have been really difficult for Kevin to feel so alone in the world and I’m happy that Dean made sure he knew he was family.
The Winchesters don’t have many allies these days so it was nice to meet a few new hunters this week. I’m especially interested in whether we’ll see Tracy again. We didn’t get to know much about her besides the fact that she blamed Sam for the death of her family. Dean advised her to remember who the real monsters are and she seemed to come around by the end of the episode. And thankfully Sam didn’t seem to hold on to the guilt too much. What do you think? Would you like to see Tracy again?
It looks like next week we’ll get back into the Cass storyline. I’m interested to see more about how he’s adjusting to life as a human and how in the world he plans to remain hidden from all the angels who are trying to track him down. I am also really interested to see how he’ll feel about Ezekiel possessing Sam. Hopefully he thinks Dean made the right call.
Last but not least, here are some quotes and moments worth mentioning.
Dean: “I thought to myself, what would Sam Winchester do?”
Sam: “I’d stab him in the brain.”
Dean: “Oh yeah, he is the junk in my trunk.”
I laughed when Dean called Kevin Katniss.
Kevin: “I haven’t slept or eaten. And I’m pretty backed up.”
Dean: “Ok, overshare.”
Crowley: “Can't wait to see Sam in stilettos and a leather bustier, really putting the S-A-M into S&M” Oh Crowley, you have a way with words.
Dean: “It’s gonna be a busy year.”
Abaddon: “He’s a salesman. A king fights. A king conquers.” Those are fighting words!
It warmed my heart when Dean talked about Bobby’s werewolf siamese twins story.
Kevin: “Cause I’m Kevin freaking Solo.”
Dean: “Hey Kevin, good job buddy.”
Crowley: “Kevin, I know it’s you. I’d recognize the pitter patter of those little feet anywhere.”
Dean: “So this whole place is poison?”
(Dean grabs his crotch.)
Sam: “That’s not gonna help.”
Dean: “It doesn’t hurt.”
The recording of Dean yelling was a bit unbelievable as a ploy.
Dean: “Are we gonna fight or make out because I’m getting some real mixed signals here.”
Abaddon wants Dean as a vessel if he doesn’t hand over Crowley. I wonder if anything will come of this threat?
Dean: “I’m trusting you, Zeke. I just gotta hope you’re one of the good guys.”
Ezekiel: ‘Dean Winchester, you are doing the right thing.” I hope so!
Dean: “If she is alive, then she’s dead. in every way that matters, she’s dead Kevin.” This broke my heart.