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Supernatural’s Blade Runners Cuts Deep (And that’s a good thing)

March 20, 2014
Warner Bros/The CW

Warner Bros/The CW

I went into this episode cautiously, because these two writers’ efforts don’t always work well for me. But I try to always be open minded about this Show, and it paid off – because this time Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner penned a kickass episode that I LOVED! The dialogue, the plot, the characters, the progression, all worked for me. And Serge Ladouceur’s directing was spot on. What a pleasure to sit down and write a review full of squee (though also full of plenty of trepidation – this is Supernatural, after all!)

This season has been tough for actors and fans alike, and as we near the end, I know that some fans have felt like it’s been too much for them. As Jensen Ackles recently said in a Zap2It interview:

“There’s always been a camaraderie between the two brothers, and to have that basically shattered this season, it’s been difficult to look at the pieces of what it used to be… at the very least, they had each other. So to now sever that bond that seemed to be so strong has been really hard. It’s been dark in Dean’s world for a while, and I’m hoping that someone will open up a window soon.”

I think a lot of us are right there with him. Open the damn window, for godsakes! Luckily, he also said that “emotionally the story lines are going to start to come to a head here in the next (last) three episodes,” so there’s hope for the end of the season.

Showrunner Jeremy Carver, in a Give Me My Remote interview, also acknowledged how dark and difficult this season has been:

“I think we’re all constantly surprised at the ways …that the boys can find ways to argue with each other. And I think over the last couple of years, the hits they’ve taken at each other have been a bit more personal, and a bit more deeply felt, deeply wounding. But the moments they’ve come together have felt that much more rewarding as well if you think of the last year. We all love the brothers, and we all love that the brothers love each other.”

Carver also ended on a hopeful note: “And most importantly, how do the brothers find a way to repair their ruptured bond? There’s a lot on the plate, and it all gets dealt with one way or the other.”

I sure hope so! I don’t know how much more of this my poor heart can take!

This episode, ultimately, left me hopeful as well. There were a few random things that I wanted to mention first, before we get to the important stuff – some that I liked, some that I didn’t. The use of Snooki as a crossroads demon fell a bit flat, largely because it only would have worked if everyone and their brother didn’t already know that she’d be there. It would have been funny to watch the Winchesters’ reaction if it was one we shared, but as it is, we were in on the joke too soon and so it wasn’t funny. Also, acting is not Snooki’s forte – but I give her points for giving it a good shot and being a good sport.

Then there was Dr. Mackleroy, a minor guest character, but one that I kinda liked. One of the things I love about Dean Winchester is that he appreciates a variety of types of people. He doesn’t just appreciate stereotypically gorgeous twenty-something women (though he clearly appreciates them too). There’s something about Dean and a slightly older woman that totally works for me, though (let’s not analyze the Freudian implications of that too closely, okay?) Dean’s response to Dr. Mackleroy’s overt appreciation of him was adorable, as he first looks confused, then a bit flustered. She makes no secret of her interest in him, with her flirty response of “Compel me, what might that involve…” and her insistence that only Dean can have her business card. Dean looks after her with some consideration as she walks away, and Sam’s reaction to the whole thing made it even better – he looks so uncomfortable as he becomes an accidental voyeur to his brother and the doctor’s innuendo-filled exchange, which I have to believe has happened to Sam in all sorts of ways over the years. Hehe.

I found the little glimpses into the brothers’ grandfather interesting too, and I hope Show doesn’t drop the implications. Magnus was Henry’s mentor, and Henry snuck off to visit him even after he’d been banished. Apparently Henry Winchester was quite the wild one, according to Magnus. Hmmm. I’m intrigued.

I also have to give huge props to director Serge Ladouceur, who made this episode breathtakingly beautiful and so damn powerful. The scene in the park, with the brothers in dark suits and the park lit so eerily beautiful, was gorgeous – Dean puffing out a visible breath in the night chill was such a nice touch, infusing the scene with a bit of realism that anchored the viewer in the moment. And as always, Serge’s close ups were perfect.

Boys in suits. Yum.

Boys in suits. Yum. Edit lipglosskaz

CloseUp Sam GUH (edit lipglosskaz)

CloseUp Sam GUH (edit lipglosskaz)

Kudos to the VFX team too – Crowley’s red smoke was so damn cool, and the door to Magnus’ house that opened up in the middle of the field was amazing. You guys rock!

VFX magic (theadamwilliams)

VFX magic (theadamwilliams)

Let’s talk about Crowley before we get to Sam and Dean, shall we? Because Mark Sheppard stole every scene he was in, and that’s really saying something when you’re acting with Ackles and Padalecki! Crowley lounging with the boys drinking scotch and reading porn was especially priceless.

Sheppard is so good that you’re never entirely sure whether Crowley is being genuine or it’s all an elaborate and well-acted con – or both. In this episode, I think we got both, at times impossibly intertwined. Crowley’s addiction was certainly real, and I couldn’t help but feel for him as he’s overwhelmed by human emotions that he hasn’t felt in centuries. I have to admit, I wondered whether Crowley would turn out to be in bed with a woman or a man, because I think the character could go either way, but oh well. Lola was swiftly dispatched, and we see that even when Crowley seems entirely helpless, he never actually is. It’s a good reminder, for both the viewer and the Winchesters.

This episode will always be memorable for me because it gave me Lou Reed’s “Heroin” as the perfect music cue for Crowley’s addiction. I actually started screaming when the song started, because I couldn’t quite believe that my favorite Show was using one of my all time favorite artist’s music – I mean, holy crap, it was effing Lou Reed! I think I may have told everyone in the house that my Show is the most awesome show in the history of awesome and OMG can they all hear how awesome it is? (That cleared the house out pretty quickly, gotta say…) Good job, Show!

Addict Crowley

Addict Crowley

It’s a bit ironic that the brothers have to stage an intervention to get Crowley back to the less human and more ruthless King of Hell that they need him to be, and I hope that Show doesn’t take away all his humanity. It makes him a more nuanced character, and one that just about everyone loves, even if we don’t want to. What is more hysterical than Crowley knocking over a candy machine, and Dean and Sam’s exasperated reactions?

I actually think that Crowley’s feeling of a bond with Sam is also genuine – they really did share a “mo” in that church, and Crowley seems fascinated by that. I laughed out loud when we saw that Dean is categorized on Crowley’s phone as “Not Moose.” That says so much with so little. Crowley’s attempts to ingratiate himself with Sam and his too-long looks and musings on matching tattoos were a bit heartbreaking, as Sam understandably rebuffs him at every turn. I can’t help but wonder if Crowley would have turned on them in the end if Sam had thrown him a bone with just a “good job” or a “thank you”. (Probably not, but I can’t help but wonder). Nevertheless, Crowley seems genuinely sad when he says that he wanted to be “on their team” and laments that he can’t trust Sam.

Cellphones tell all...

Cellphones tell all…

So I liked the Crowley parts very much, and kudos to the writers for giving him some excellent lines to chew on. Now let’s get to the brothers, shall we?

I haven’t said this for a while, but DAMN, I love what happened with Sam and Dean in this episode!

Once again, we have Sam swooping in to save Dean (okay, it didn’t go so well, but still, he was trying!) And that gave us the line that made me squee at my television set:

Sam: “Take me to my brother.”

Mmm. Not only do I get all tingly when Sam takes control like that, but Sam calling Dean his brother has now become something wonderful. It’s funny how important a word can become when you aren’t certain you’ll hear it anymore, isn’t it?

Sam takes control. I get tingly.

Sam takes control. I get tingly.

I swear, if Sam saving Dean isn’t the way this season ends, I’ll be bitterly disappointed. It will be the perfect contrast to the lingering wound I feel from Sam not saving Dean from Purgatory (and that I think Sam feels too). And for Dean, it will prove to him the thing he never really believes – that he is loved, and worthy of love. That sense of security could allow him to let go of a tiny bit of his dependence fear, so he can see his brother more clearly and understand Sam’s own hurts and insecurities.

Fingers crossed, Jeremy Carver.

This episode also brought us a great side character in Magnus, who fascinated me even with the relatively small amount of time he had onscreen. He was creepy and sad at the same time, like one of those classic Star Trek characters who created a ‘utopia’ for himself only to find that he was lonely living in luxurious isolation – and perfectly willing to enslave others to remedy that. (Shallow observation: hey, I can’t exactly fault him for wanting to add Dean Winchester to his collection. I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted?)

Also I’m a little bit grateful to Magnus for giving me Dean chained to a pillar.

Warner Bros/The CW

Warner Bros/The CW

Which fandom, with its amazing artistic and creative talent, can always make even that much hotter.

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The next scene was pure vintage Supernatural, which is always a good thing in my book. Sam tries to save Dean, ends up tied to a post (as often happens to the Winchesters). Bad guy threatens Sammy, Dean goes big brother ballistic. He actually growled when Magnus cut Sam’s beautiful face, while I was screaming Nooooo, not that face!!! Dean growling when somebody touches his Sammy? Pretty much the best thing ever.

A threatened Sam...

A threatened Sam…

And a protective Dean

And a protective Dean

The last scene, when Dean reacts to the Impala being keyed by Abbadon’s demons, was one of the most emotional of the episode. (It also gave us Winchesters thrown up against the Impala wearing friggen’ thigh holsters, which… GUH). But it was ultimately a serious scene. Dean’s attachment to his “baby” is often played for comedic effect, but it’s clear that, for Dean (and to some extent for Sam too), the Impala is much more than a car. It’s the brothers’ link to their father and their past, it’s the only permanent home they’ve ever had. And the Show is very aware of this – they often use the Impala to symbolize what’s happening with the Winchesters, especially Dean. In “The End”, the Impala is discarded and left to rust, evoking Future!Dean’s disconnection from his past and his emotions. In “In My Time of Dying” as Dean seems too broken to fix, the Impala does as well – and Sam accepts neither of their fates. And in the time Dean lived with Lisa, trying to be something he wasn’t, the Impala had to be literally covered up so that Dean could try to forget who he really was.

In “Blade Runners,” Dean reacts to the violation of the Impala by something evil with despair, almost agony. So did I, because it seems to mirror Dean’s own violation, as the (evil?) forces attached to the Mark of Cain violate him as well. Dean values the Impala far more than he values himself, so his reaction is to the marking of his baby. My reaction is also to Dean’s complete dismissal of his own worth, his acceptance of the violation that comes with the Mark because he doesn’t care about himself, only what he “has to do.” But both of us were devastated.

Devastated

Devastated

Supernatural wouldn’t be Supernatural without lots of parallels, including Magnus’ threat to sap Dean’s will and take away his autonomy, which I’m hoping was a deliberate nod to what Sam has endured more than once. And Crowley’s addiction is set up as a mirror for Dean to become addicted too – to the power of the Mark and the First Blade. Dean’s first “hit” overwhelmed him, which Ackles made achingly clear as Dean gasped and shook when the blade was forced into his hand. (That scene probably should not have been as hot as it was either, but come on, a chained and restrained Dean, open mouthed, head thrown back, gasping and….okay, never mind) Although Dean became overwhelmed and dropped the blade, we saw a glimpse of the future hinted at in Magnus’ ominous words – “Next time it’ll be easier. You’ll get used to the feelings, even welcome them.”

When Dean takes up the blade again, voluntarily this time, he seems to absorb its power more easily, wielding it with a bloodthirsty zeal and looking like he’s literally been turned into someone else (and isn’t that exactly what addiction does to someone?) Dean was effing SCARY in that moment. He looks at Crowley and Sam as though he’s not even sure who they are – and even worse, as if he’s not sure whether or not he should kill them. His hand twitches when he tries to let go of the blade as much as Crowley’s foot was when going through withdrawal. He is, as Crowley so aptly puts it, “quite the killing machine.” *shudders*

Warner Bros/The CW

Warner Bros/The CW

Killer

Killer

The other clear parallel is to Sam’s addiction to demon blood in season four, and the lure of the power that gave him. Dean took on the Mark to do something he feels he “has to do” – Sam did the same thing with Ruby. We all know how that turned out, so there’s a terrible sense of foreboding hanging over the rest of this season. How far will Dean go, and who will be there to keep him from going over the edge? It was Dean who came to stand beside Sam after he killed Lilith, the brothers hanging onto each other literally and figuratively to face what came next. Will Sam do the same for Dean?

I think we got a glimpse of the hopeful answer in “Blade Runners.” It’s Sam who calls Dean back from the brink, when it looks like the Dean Winchester we know has already been buried beneath the effects of the Mark and isn’t coming back. It’s Sam who softly calls his brother’s name, using a voice that seems to echo from their childhood and evoke a time when there was so much love between them it could save the world. Sam who finally, in desperation, yells “Dean!” and gets through to his brother.

“Drop the knife,” he urges, and it sounds like Dean in the church urging Sam to “Let it go.”

That moment was masterfully played by both Ackles and Padalecki, as Dean slowly comes out of the dark place he’s in at the sound of Sam’s voice. It’s like he’s waking up, his eyes darting around the room, like he’s somewhere else and trying to find a beacon that will show him the way out. He’s seeking Sam, and when his eyes meet his brother’s, his expression softens. Dean’s been conditioned to respond to Sam’s voice from the time they were kids and Dean was acting as his parent. It’s instinctive for him to hear Sam. And so he drops the blade.

Sam talks Dean down (WeLoveSPN)

Sam talks Dean down (WeLoveSPN)

That moment gave me so much hope for the rest of the season and for the Show I love. I know some fans have given up, because it’s hard to wait for the brothers to find their way back to each other, believe me, I know. But it was so clear from that scene that all the love they have is still there. It may be buried under hurts and accusations and lies and anger, but it’s there. I think Sam knows it – and it will be up to him to prove it to Dean. After all, it was love that let Cain put down the First Blade too.

Fandom, as always, can express the overwhelming emotion that Supernatural can evoke in all of us. I might have needed some of those ever-present tissues for this vid, which traces all the reasons why Dean Winchester is “worthy” of the Mark of Cain. If only Dean could ever believe that he’s worthy of something so much more important – love.

Next week, we get to enjoy Misha Collins’ directorial debut. We’re excited for that, after chatting with Misha about directing last weekend at the Vegas Supernatural convention (interview coming up soon!) And hopefully we get to see Cas stage an intervention of his own for the brothers. As Ackles put it in his Zap2It interview:

“Dean’s had to do the same thing for Cas in the past, so I feel like it’s only right for Cas to want the same thing and do what he can to not only salvage Dean as a person but also to salvage Dean and Sam as brothers. At this point, part of Cas’ mission is to help these two brothers in not only what they mean to the bigger picture, but what they mean to each other.”

YES.

What did you think of ‘Blade Runners’? Comment below!

– Lynn
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

    I agree with your review – and I too like this episode more than I thought I would. It had some great moments and Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard knocked this one out of the ball park (once again).

    In general, this season has been very hit and miss for me, some really great episodes and some not so great, but overall, this season just feels like it’s not as strong as previous seasons. I was thinking about this a bit (because I’m always thinking about Supernatural), and I think that part of the reason that I’m not as enamored with season 9, is that there is too much going on so it’s hard to get attached to any story line because you learn a little about an interesting plot point, and then go months before the series comes back to that point. And while the series has always done this, separating episodes that address the main theme with hunting and humor episodes, this season just feels discombobulated with too many ‘main’ themes. There are fallen angels wrecking havoc and heaven’s closure, Dean and the mark of Cain and the battle for hell (which could/should be a stronger story line in my opinion), Crowley’s addiction, Sam and Dean’s split, and Sam’s possession by Ezekiel (did I miss anything?). And then there are all the short stories, where they seem to be trying to wrap up previous characters story lines [sending Charlie to Oz, Garth becomes a conservative werewolf (!?)] – it’s just too much.

  2. March 20, 2014 7:22 pm

    Loved this episode. But oh Dean. I am sooooo afraid for him. Crowley was exceptional! I have such mixed feelings about him. He’s a bad guy, but so love him in the show. Sometimes I wonder how realistically they can keep him around and why Sam and Dean don’t off him.

    My stomach is already in knots wondering how the season will end. Give me strength.

    thanks for another great review.

  3. March 20, 2014 8:33 pm

    (I think someone forgot to close a code tag thingy and everything is italicized after your PS, Lynn!)

  4. Amber permalink
    March 20, 2014 8:41 pm

    I generally liked the episode though, I didn’t really like the start of it with Crowley, it kinda made me feel as if he was nothing but comic relief, a shame for such an awesome character, same with the candy machine. Though the smoke-thingy was awesome and I really liked the rest of the episode. To be honest, I kinda ope that Dean will at some point succumb to the blade, without just coming back because ‘Sammy’ called him, because let’s be honest, at this point in there relationship that seems a bit to easy, maybe if that had happend in season three or so I’d have agreed with it….. Also I’m kind of hoping for Crowley joing team free will….but not as a human. It would be a nice counterpart for the angel/ Castiel.
    (sorry for any bad english, it’s not my first language)

  5. March 20, 2014 8:45 pm

    “I can’t help but wonder if Crowley would have turned on them in the end if Sam had thrown him a bone with just a “good job” or a “thank you”. (Probably not, but I can’t help but wonder). Nevertheless, Crowley seems genuinely sad when he says that he wanted to be “on their team” and laments that he can’t trust Sam.”

    Pfft, of course Crowley would still have turned on them! Crowley and Sam may have shared a ‘mo’, but the ritual wasn’t completed and Crowley is still a demon … a demon jonesin’ for human blood. And there was a big ol’ snack, sitting right across from him, named Sam Winchester. Crowley was doing his darnedest to get in Sam’s good graces, trying to con him into giving an inch. Thank goodness Sam stood his ground! Crowley is out for one person and one person alone: Crowley. Let’s never forget it.

    “I deserve to BE LOOOOVVVED!” (Me me me! So what if it’ll kill you, Sam, it’s all about meeeee!)

  6. March 20, 2014 9:46 pm

    For the first time in what seems like ages….No kleenex were harmed in the viewing of this episode!! What a relief to not be left in a hopeless puddle of emotional heartache at the end of an episode! Crowley (Mark) was fun, evil, and all around amazing as always and I have to say DarkDean is hot! Can’t wait to see more! Jensen Ackles = King of telling a whole story with just the expressions on his face! Outstanding!

  7. Dean Grimly permalink
    March 20, 2014 9:57 pm

    The depth and breadth of “Blade Runners,” along with other Season 9 episodes, makes this one of the best done of the Supernatural opus! All the planets (and stars) were aligned: Story, producers, writers, director, cast, and crew took the Show to another level, in my opinion. I can find no fault with this episode, nor with this particular review, except to say that we can trust implicitly that the brothers will find their true selves again. I do. After all, it’s all about Family, isn’t it?

  8. Mary Anne S permalink
    March 20, 2014 10:02 pm

    There was a parallel that was triggered for me in your descriptive of Magnus…he has his locked solitude with his collection which mirrored to me Metatron, his closed door to heaven and his ideal as to who HE wants included.

    I also see a parallel with The Marks effect on Dean and Sam talking him down to Sam’s internal fight against Lucifer’s possession in Swan Song and Dean reminding Sam he was there for him.

    Very thought provoking write up!

  9. Sara B permalink
    March 20, 2014 10:54 pm

    I really enjoyed ‘Blade Runners’, but to be honest I’ve enjoyed the whole season – feels and all – apparently I don’t mind watching the brothers fighting… huh.

    So much about this episode was just so good – the writing, the VFX, the acting (though Jared, Jensen and Mark are always brilliant) and more – that I don’t want to go into too much detail, because what can else I say?

    There are a couple of things I have to say though. The first is that I loved getting to see Sam dabbling in magic to get into Magnus’ ‘zoo’. I know we’ve seen the brothers summon supernatural creatures to them etc, but Sam felt more like a Men of Letters than ever before to me.

    Also, one thing you mentioned in your review was – “I swear, if Sam saving Dean isn’t the way this season ends, I’ll be bitterly disappointed” – I have to admit, that I’ve thought a lot about how the season could end and I feel like the finale will end a lot more tragically than Sam saving Dean. I think they’ll leave us on a big cliffhanger – like usual – where Dean’s in a really, REALLY bad place and Sam just doesn’t know what he can do to help him. Eeek! :O

    • March 21, 2014 3:29 am

      “I know we’ve seen the brothers summon supernatural creatures to them etc, but Sam felt more like a Men of Letters than ever before to me.”

      Yes, this!

      “I think they’ll leave us on a big cliffhanger – like usual – where Dean’s in a really, REALLY bad place and Sam just doesn’t know what he can do to help him. Eeek! :O”

      Oh, wow, DOUBLE EEEK! That will make 2014 a very VERY loooong summer!

  10. March 20, 2014 11:04 pm

    “He looks at Crowley and Sam as though he’s not even sure who they are – and even worse, as if he’s not sure whether or not he should kill them.”

    That was exactly what I thought too. When Dean first looks up at Sam, Dean looks confused. Like he should know who this person is, but he doesn’t. After Sam softly tells him to drop the blade, it’s as if Dean suddenly recognizes him and Dean’s eyes seem to say, ‘Please help me, Sammy.’ It was a wonderfully powerful brotherly moment. I also think that scene worked because Sam couldn’t physically touch Dean to snap him back to reality. I don’t think it would’ve worked as well if Sam could grab Dean or somehow knock the blade from his hand. But it worked because the only thing Sam had to draw on was the love he and Dean have for each other, and that’s what called Dean back. Such a great moment.

    I must admit that I’m genuinely surprised that I enjoyed this episode as much as I did since I usually don’t like this writing duo’s eps. They did a good job this time though, and I am DYING to find out just how much the Mark of Cain is going to affect Dean. I wholeheartedly agree with the entirety of your review. Nicely done!🙂

  11. March 21, 2014 3:54 am

    I’m not holding out much hope. The show’s dropped too many of Dean’s storylines. He’ll probably have to prove he’s a good person by saving Sam’s ass….AGAIN. And Sam won’t care.

  12. kate parrow permalink
    March 21, 2014 5:48 pm

    These boys…they drag us with them, kicking and screaming and sobbing on their Odyssey and argh! the cumulative awesome of the show…it kills me. WHY does it not HAVE at least one EMMY?!?! rhetorical…I know genre…small network blahty blah blah blahhh @sshats don’t know what they are missing. :throws up hands: Thanks for the review Ladies. On point, as usual.

  13. Freya922 permalink
    March 21, 2014 8:28 pm

    Wonderful, insightful review – on so many counts! I especially loved your observations about the parallels between Baby’s state and Dean’s. Also: all the addiction parallels!

    Damn, this season is getting good. Personally, I don’t freak out over the boys’ issues, although I do hurt over ’em. Tying conflicts up in a bow in an episode or two doesn’t feel very real, not with the how deep these wounds go. It’ll all be more profound when it resolves (I hope). Just look at how intense this episode felt, when both brothers were fighting for each other…

  14. Kimmie permalink
    March 21, 2014 11:54 pm

    I really liked this episode. I am/not ready to see what happens. I think Jared, Jensen and Mark were great as usual. The last scene between the brothers was what got me. I feel in a way Sam is realizing something is going on with Dean. Especially the look he traded with Crowley. Great review as always.

  15. blinderd8 permalink
    March 22, 2014 1:32 pm

    A show that exhausts the viewer emotionally with such fine acting performances and then still gets the viewer to emote for a car that has been vandalized by the Queen- well that is quite the tour de force. Even Baby has been “possessed”.Spot on review.

  16. March 22, 2014 3:58 pm

    I agreed with most of this review with one, small exception. I have found as the seasons go on, that Sam isn’t as smart as he used to be. This was the guy who had a full ride to Stanford!! A few seasons ago, the boys were looking at a heart (of course) and Sam realized that the brand on it was Enochian. Now, the Impala has scratches all over it and Sam can’ t recognize it. Really?? I find that very hard to believe.
    Now either the writers are getting sloppy and thinking the fans wont catch that, or…are they maybe saying that Sam isn’t the same Sam anymore. It was annoying anyway.
    Other than that, I thought the episode was a lot better than Slumber Party (which I really didn’t like- although I like Charlie) and Thinman which seemed to obvious and lost its humour even with the Ghostfacers.

    • blinderd8 permalink
      March 23, 2014 2:53 pm

      But Sam was super smart about gaining access to Magnus’ dimension the first time with legacies and the second with a spell he seemed to find in the journals-Crowley got the ingredients. He also seems to finally see that something is affecting Dean so deeply beyond their relationship issue. In any event, his brain has suffered physical burn out from the trials, so he is buys regenerating cells and forgot his Enochian. Maybe it is was in capital letters or a different script- maybe the writers are sloppy. Solid episode.

  17. March 22, 2014 4:51 pm

    Perfect review is perfect.

    Seriously Lynn, please e-mail me back my innermost thoughts because you seem to have taken them and posted them to your blog! Go figure.

    I am ridiculously optimistic for the rest of the season. I completely agree with your read on Crowley. Crowley loves Moose and fears Dean. And when I say “loves” Moose I mean it more from a “humanity” perspective although I think he’s always had a wee bit of a thing for the guy. But Dean. Dean has always scared Crowley I think. He’s always looked at Dean as one of the most dangerous weapons on the planet and used him as such when it suited him. It was Lisa and Ben that were taken to attempt to control the Winchesters at the end of S6.

    And now Crowley gives Dean the Mark of Cain? What was Crowley thinking? Was he thinking he’d be able to stop Dean from killing him eventually? Even Crowley must be a little concerned that he’s going to loose control over Dean. He’s taken the blade in a most blatant control attempt now.to get Dean to only have it when it’s time to kill Abaddon. Clearly he knows Abaddon MUST die, so he’s taken the most powerful “weapon” he can bargain with (Dean) and put it on steroids. But as soon as Abaddon dies? Surely he wouldn’t be stupid enough to take Moose as a bargaining chip? He better find something else I think. At first I presumed “the Devil You Know” would be enough to keep Crowley alive. Dean is smart enough to know Hell doesn’t need a power vacuum. But now? I’m not so sure. Crowley is both evil and he’s magnificent. I find myself awkwardly rooting for him.

    • blinderd8 permalink
      March 23, 2014 2:58 pm

      Crowley has done some horrible things to Dean. He seems fond of Moose and even now feels connected from the blood- if you trust what he says, b/c he is the most manipulative of demons. Dean and Sam both find it disgusting to work for Crowley in season 6 but have no choice. Here it is Dean’s choice because he is so focused on Abaddon not because he roots for Crowley who he has made it clear is on his kill list. Crowley knows it but also knows only Dean has the cajones to go after Abaddon and now with his mark and blade.. I doubt Crowley will ever let Dean keep the blade once the deed is done. Crowley has been both a torturer of the Winchesters and their loved ones and an ally. That is why we root for him at times.

  18. March 22, 2014 8:51 pm

    O really liked this episode. To see that Sam still has some love for his brother. This is the hardest season to watch so far. I don’t think there is any other season that jas me crying so much as this one.

    And Dean well what can I say about him! I think jensen did a wonderful job portraying the conflict he felt while he was holding the blade.

    Crowley as an addict was funny but I have a little thing for the king of hell.

    I really enjoyed this episode and I can’t wait for the next one!

    Thank you for this great review

  19. Kristen permalink
    April 18, 2014 4:15 pm

    I am a diehard fan and that means I Love every episode. Period. Either you like the show or you don’t. All the critiquing of the plot,history of the characters and whats happened in the past is just ridiculous. I have watched and been a fan from day 1. Is all this in depth conversation necessary? I mean really? The show is awesome, the actors and characters are awesome. That’s all I need to hear. Some of this sounds like some band-wagon fan type stuff. SMH.

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