If I actually cared about the whole angel, demon, witch and (now) Darkness plot I might have actually enjoyed that episode. As it is, that episode wasn't designed for me so I feel like I can't really comment too much about it. So often now, I catch myself watching an episode and thinking "why am I watching this? This isn't the kind of television I usually enjoy". There are quite a few supernatural themed shows (Vampire Dairies etc) that I don't watch because they just don't appeal to me. Doesn't mean they are bad shows, they are just not my cup of tea. (Of course, it just takes Sam and Dean to appear on the screen and I am remembered why I continue to watch the show. ;D)
So yeah. I found it pretty uninteresting. I went from feeling *meh* about that to getting annoyed about it (and hence not posting the reaction sooner. I had hoped to change my view on it before I posted anything).
So, for what it's worth, here are some thoughts on it.
I thought Jensen did a fine job directing. He clearly knows his way around a camera and there were some nice shots and mostly good performances. I thought the little girl who played Amara did a very good job
My favourite scene was the random!demon and random!angel in the bar. I actually laughed out loud. It seemed to sum up everything about demons and angels at the moment. "TPTB don't know what they're doing, someone has to do something". The sense of the utter mundane-ness in that scene was perfect. It also helped me put the Supernatural universe in perspective. Demons and angels are no better (or worse) than humans. They exist side-by-side with humans and they have the same bitches about their bosses that we do. I am still laughing.
Dean trying to get Crowley on the phone. *headdesk* What happened to summoning him, like they used to do. Again, it emphasises that mundane quality of demons and angels. "Hang on, I'll just get the King of Hell on the phone. He's on my speed dial".
Dean telling Cas not to heal him because he had it coming - I think I should be feeling sorry for someone here maybe? But I kind of don't. Dean beat up Cas in the last season, Cas beat up Dean. They are even (for the moment at least. Until the next beating session).
I thought we'd be moving past guilty boys this season. *sigh*
The only other thing I think is worth mentioning (because I am sure you don't need to read me describing how underwhelming everything else was) is Rowena goading Sam and Dean to fight by mentioning the deal that Sam made to save Dean.
It felt like such a lame excuse to set the brothers apart again and I am so totally sick of it. Dean being pissed that Sam made a deal to kill Crowley in order to save him makes just *sigh* very heavily. I figure it's the "secret" that he's actually pissed about, but…really? Isn't Dean carrying a rather huge secret at the moment too? Jeez. And all that in front of Rowena. The Dean I know wouldn't fall for the bait - let alone be pissed because Sam had made a deal to kill Crowley. I am SO tired for Dean being cross with Sam about - well, whatever. After all the verbal abuse that Sam copped last season from MoC and demon!Dean surely they could make Dean a little more sympathetic toward Sam. I don't expect an apology but why have we had 3 episodes of this uncaring Dean toward Sam? Is is caring some resentment for Sam saving him and releasing the Darkness maybe? We saw Dean care more about Cas in one episode than we've seen from Dean since…I can't remember when.
I hope this is building up to some major healing between then soon. It is getting SO SO tiresome (and I swear to god if Crowley becomes a reason for a rift between Sam and Dean I will fucking scream. Dear Dean, Crowley is the ENEMY. Remember what he did to Sarah? Remember how he tortured Kevin and kidnapped his mum? You should have been high-fiving Sam on his deal. Crowley's life for your life? Sound like a damn good deal to me).
No mention of the infection that was so urgent during the first 2 episodes. And, unsurprisingly, no mention of the cure Sam found.
Dammit. I ended up moaning about it when I didn't want to. I really really don't want to moan about the show because it will always hold a special place in my heart. As I said, this episode wasn't created for a viewer like me. I know they have to have them, so I really have to learn to just accept them and move on.
(oh forgot to mention Sam mothering Dean was sweet. "Keep ice on that". <3 A tiny moment but we gotta take what we can get).
Bring on next week!
5 = AWESOME!! 1 = Nope.