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Coming back from the winter hiatus, we meet up with the Winchester brothers as they are adjusting to life without one more member of their family and plotting their next move against the Leviathans. Dean seems to be succumbing to the Winchester Curse, a “revenge before all else” mentality, something that, out of six seasons, he has never experienced before. Traditionally he focused on being the voice of reason when either John or Sam became lost in their need to avenge loved ones. Meanwhile, a hunter’s child calls up Bobby looking for help, but finds Sam and Dean instead.
My dad asked me to call Bobby Singer specifically…
Our first image of the Winchesters in over a month is of them sitting quietly, avoiding each other’s gaze. For Sam fans, Dean fans and Bobby fans all, it is a heartbreaking moment filled with the pain of loss. The moment is cut short by a screen title informing us that we are now two weeks into the future, which is then cut to three before we are introduced to the brothers’ role reversal.
Dean’s obsession with destroying Dick Roman and Sam’s need to break Dean’s singlemindedness is fascinating to realize. My one complaint about the set up for these scenes are the “week two” breaks. The cutaways were jarring and minimized the emotion and depth the scenes were trying to create. A montage would probably have been more successful here, with one cutaway at the end to indicate the passage of time, in my humble opinion.
While we have a forgettable dual set of monsters and a slight overarching plot development (the reveal of the mystery numbers being coordinates to a specific field that is preparing for something mysterious and specific), the real stars of this episode are Dean and the 14-year-old mirror to his soul. The relationship between Dean and Chrissy is amazing to watch. A hunter’s child who lost her mother to the supernatural who’s learned far too much about what’s out there in her young life, it’s obvious that Dean can see a vision of himself and the way he was raised in her. Dean’s instant connection and the actions spurred by his long-held need to protect children at all costs are rewarding to see. From the moment they meet, Chrissy opens up to Dean and is far more honest with him that she was with Sam, kindred spirits recognizing each other. Dean’s insistence that she get out of the hunting lifestyle, something no one had ever said to him growing up, is made even more meaningful. Even though Dean has saved the world numerous times, he will choose to save the life of one little girl by having her never experience what a hunter has to live through. Even if she could also have the same potential to grow up to save the world.
For all the successes and failures of this episode, two very interesting points did surface. The first being the “ghost beer”, Dean’s mysteriously empty beer bottle. Dean is never shown to be drinking from it — in one scene we’re shown it to completely full, in the next we are shown it to be empty. This could be a subtle reference to the previous episode’s closing lines, where Bobby is given a choice: move on or remain as a spirit. Drinking Dean’s beer could be his attempt at communication. Or that Dean has become enough of an alcoholic that he can drink without even being aware that he is, as Sam suggested. It will be interesting to see if this will pop up again in future episodes or if it’s just a red herring… which leads me to my second point.
The time jumps. There were plenty of references to lost time. The first being the three weeks of Dean’s growing grief and obsession, the second being Frank’s inability to differentiate between four days and four weeks, and the final being Dean’s mysterious ability to sleep for 36 hours straight in a chair without any pain or discomfort afterwards. Now, any diehard Supernatural fan knows that the “The Road So Far” intros often contain vital clues or reminders of key points within the episode. I find it interesting that the intro specifically chose to quote Lucifer as he warned Sam that “His world is what I make of it.” With the dreamscape feel of the time jumps, where seconds are hours and days are weeks, it leads me to wonder how much of what we are seeing is reality, and how much of it is Sam’s long-lost delusions that we haven’t experienced or dealt with for most of the season. Is this also a red herring? It’s impossible to predict at this point, but hopefully the next 12 episodes will shed some light on what the writers have in mind.
- Chrissy. The one person Dean Winchester can fully relate to is a 14 year old girl.
- Dean in the cherry picker. Specifically, Dean attempts at working it.
- Sam’s tactic of pissing off the monster so it ate him instead of Chrissy’s Dad, thus extending Chrissy’s dad’s life until rescue.
- Trenchcoated person walking through a field revealed to be a female and a Leviathan/Leviathan lackey. Dick move writers. Dick. Move.
- The monsters. They were completely forgettable (gee, two ladies using sex to get victims, how original) and their only purpose plotwise was to remove Sam and Chrissy’s dad from the equation.
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Written by Aki Murphy (@blessedprime)
When not hosting her own segment for Pineapple Radio, a Psych fan podcast, or playing bass for a cowboy rock band A Life in Reverse, Aki spends most of her time doing a fantastic impression of a chicken with her head cut off. Her hobbies include catching up with her… More »
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