What a bruiser of an episode that was! So much pain and grief, along with some kickass action BAMF Winchesters, I was reeling by the end.
First a little rant: I was so very disappointed by those in fandom who called for the firing of two long-time writers. So much for SPNFamily. That’s not what we do. It’s not who we are. Like an episode, don’t like an episode, REALLY, REALLY don’t like an episode – fine. But calling for writers to be fired from their livelihood is just plain wrong. It’s a form of social media bullying that we in the SPNFamily usually rail against, but not this time apparently. Honestly, it was just shameful.
Writers on the show work together. They are a team. They all work on each episode to some degree, or at the very least they are directed by the Show runners on what has to be included about where the story is going and when it’s going to get there. The Buckner-Leming writing team has written some fantastic episodes, even when those episodes included the death of a character. I’m starting to wonder if they don’t get those ‘killer’ eps to stand as a sort of shield for the other writers on the team.
Unlike previous situations where a beloved character was offed, (Bobby, Kevin, Charlie to name a few) we were given AMPLE warning that Eileen Leahy was in terrible danger. I’m not sure where the shock or the righteous indignation is coming from. It’s particularly nauseating when outrage over Eileen’s death is uttered in the same breath (tweet) as ‘kill Mary’. Kinda negates the whole ‘show kills all the strong women’ argument when so many want Mary dead. EVERYONE is in jeopardy on this show. That includes beloved inanimate objects like the Colt as well (and Chuck forbid – Baby!). If there were any sacred untouchables on Supernatural, it wouldn’t be Supernatural.
“What show you been watching?” (Dean Winchester S8.23)
End Rant – On to the recap and thoughtful thoughts…
Eileen’s death was brutal. She was scared, running, and alone. Death by hellhound has always been one of the most horrific ways Supernatural has to kill someone off. I still can’t watch Dean being killed in 3.16. Sadly, in this particular case, I was pulled out of the moment by the visual effects they used. Didn’t work for me at all. Whether it was wire work or computer animation, or what – it looked fake. Maybe it’s the new time slot that means they aren’t allowed to show someone being shredded like Dean (and others), and if that’s the case (I suspect it might be) – this show does not belong in this time slot.
Regardless, I’m still sad that Eileen died. I liked her. I liked that she was an accomplished hunter. I liked her and Sam together, and the idea that maybe they’d end up with more between them than the friendship that had already blossomed. While the actual death left me feeling flat, Sam’s reaction killed me. That’s when it hurt to the point of tears. The saying ‘when Dean cries, everyone cries’ is true and I’ll add when Sam cries, we die. Sam saw in Eileen the possibility of having a relationship with someone who understands his life. He alluded to that possibility back in S11 after meeting Eileen the first time.
The possibility of that kind of future gets dangled in front of Sam (and us) every now and then, even when he accepts the life he has, and just when he starts to think that chance exists, it gets yanked out from under him. The death of that hope was harder for me to watch than Eileen’s brutal slaying.
The paint is starting to peel off the veneer with the BMOL for the boys. Eileen’s death and the letter she sent alerted them to big trouble and finally, they found the bug in the bunker. That was a beautifully filmed scene with Sam and Dean searching every inch of their home. Smart Winchesters used the bug to trap Lady Bevell. I adore smart Winchesters. The way they caught her, with Sam breaking the car window and drawing her fire while Dean disarmed her while distracted, followed by Sam coming back around when Dean went down from being kneed, to put that gun in her face. Ah! Be still my heart. Pretty sure I’m not the only one who yelled SHOOT HER at their tv. The in-synch take down was executed to perfection. The shootout in the Bunker was epic badassery!
With just a look between them, they charged into action. Sam grabbing Toni Bevell and containing her while shooting! Dean, in the act of pulling his gun, with his arm behind his back, shooting to kill! Holy hell! Going up against these guys is difficult, to say the least … though not everything goes as planned. Which leads to…
Mary. I’ve understood Mary’s reasoning for getting involved with the British Men of Letters, even if her good intentions gave her a severe case of blind spot. I don’t think she’s seeing her sons as they are right now, right in front of her, or that family she so desperately wanted all those years ago. They are RIGHT THERE, ffs, and yet, she’s stuck in the past and can’t see NOW. She feels responsible for everything that happened with Azazel. She’s the reason, or so she believes, that her boys ended up in a life she never wanted for them. Well intended or not, the blind spots – not seeing her own sons and not seeing the BMOL for what they are – has now come home to roost, and she is in real trouble.
I was quite uncomfortable with her break down. Winchesters are sometimes thought of as impervious and indestructible, though of course, they aren’t. We’ve seen Sam and Dean break down many, many times, under semi-similar soul-crushing circumstances. We’ve forgiven them both for the mistakes they’ve made, and we don’t think less of them when they’ve been broken by tortures or guilt. Mary was also being tortured, made to be aware that she was losing control over her own mind. Maybe it’s because Mary is a woman and a mom, and her begging, pleading with Ketch, much less trying to take her own life made her seem so weak. She keeps getting knocked off that pedestal, when of course, she’s human and fallible.
I’m not, however, convinced that her emotional breakdown wasn’t all an act. Maybe I just don’t want to believe it. ‘There’s Something About Mary’, the title of the ep, might be taken this way – that despite what she showed Ketch, underneath all that there’s something else going on. Even though Mary’s attempts to spare her sons a life of more hunting have been misguided, I do believe her efforts come from a place of love. I don’t doubt that she loves her sons, her family. She may not be the best at showing affection – that’s a pretty Winchester thing after all (and maybe a Campbell thing too). I’m having a hard time believing that anything can really break that bond.
But it looks pretty bad right now, with her showing up at the Bunker and taking the side of Ketch, as if completely under his spell. Dean (and the rest of us) asks ‘what’s wrong with you?’ as she leaves and locks them in.
I’m going to keep hoping it’s a ruse she’s pulling off so she can stay on the inside and be the Achilles heel at the perfect moment. Jury’s still out on that. Guess we’ll find out more -and soon. We’re running out of time for all the questions to be answered!
If there’s something about Mary, there’s also something about the Brits. Their actions can’t be defined as anything but monstrous. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck. So when it acts like a monster, maybe it is a monster – one unseen as yet, pulling all the strings. That last Prince of Hell springs to mind. Regardless, I’m in a kill them all frame of mind. Though now Show has forced me to pause and consider that Ketch and Lady Toni were both more than likely subjected to the same type of torture. Can they really be blamed for being mind controlled? Should they be killed?
Oh and surprise! Crowley is working with the Brits! What a rat! (Heh) However, there’s way more to that too. Maybe the episode title ought to have been There’s Something About [insert character name here]. Cas, Mary, the BMOL, Crowley, Lucifer. There is something about each and every one of them that is not quite right at the moment.
Which brings us to Crowley vs Lucifer. They’ve been going back and forth in their ‘who’s on top’ game since we discovered Lucifer was in the Nick cage and not the cage cage. One moment Crowley is aces and the next Lucifer is weaseling his way out of the King’s control. I didn’t quite understand how. I still don’t know who is ahead on the scoreboard since clearly, Crowley did not die. There was no sparking, fritzing demon death. It’s devilishly appropriate that Crowley ended up in a rat! That made me laugh.
I also laughed at Mark Sheppard swinging on a wire. Pretty sure that’s not what show was going for there at that particular moment. Again, I was taken out of the scene, though very briefly and less so than with the hell hound death scene. On the other hand, Lucifer’s power up with the wing display was spectacular, so I’m only going to complain a smidge about effects that don’t work.
Bottom line, Luci is out in the world, on top of it, if that last scene is any indication. (Also a cool visual effect!). How cool? This cool!