Supernatural Episode Reviews
“Beat the Devil” -- 13 x 21
First thing first, it’s a Berens episode. And episodes that man write always makes me excited so I started with high expectation and I was not disappointed.
The road so far was enough to tell me I was either going to be rolling my eyes or going to cry in that episode and given I didn’t cry for a bro moment in years I was really waiting for it. So when the episode basically started with a big domestic moment in Sam’s dream that I loved and then the dick joke I was surprised but it was a pleasant surprise. Rowena and Gabriel were so funny. Looking at the whole episode, it was the lighthearted part it needed.
I admit I wasn’t thrilled about Lucifer, he tends to piss me off and I’m totally waiting for Sam to kill him already but it got to the point where any member of Team Free Will 2.0 (include Rowena) would be good enough for me. But despite my lack of sympathy for Lucifer seeing him losing it completely when he saw Gabriel then Rowena, people who where supposed to be dead, by his own hands, it was really enjoyable. The way he keeps seeing people he killed in the past show to Lucifer that he can’t even get things right when killing people and I thought maybe it would make him change. To see that his old ways are not effective at all. But no he doesn’t change.
Honestly no matter what people (myself included) think about Mark Pellegrino I think we can all agree on the fact that he is really a good actor. I mean if he wasn’t I wouldn’t be able to have such a strong reaction (even a negative one) to Lucifer.
When finally they went through the rift I knew serious things were starting. Sam is definitely in a bad place and it breaks my heart. I understand that it’s necessary for the story and his character development but it still breaks my heart. And a story exist to either teach us something or make us feel something, so I guess that means it’s well written. Gabriel on the other hand seems really lost as his conversation with Cas showed it.
When he called himself a screw-up I think it was important that instead of denying it Cas told him that maybe that’s what Heaven needed. Cause Gabriel and Castiel are screw-ups because they are not like other angels and that’s a good thing. They are different and that’s what Heaven needs, given that Cas has his family, the one he loves, and his purpose on Earth and that Gabriel is still looking for a purpose it means Heaven needs
Gabriel. Not only like some sort of magical battery to keep the light on but also to make things right up there. Angels need a structure but not one like Raphael or Metatron or even Naomi tried to create. Jo/Anael was right about something - more than one thing actually but that’s not the point - Heaven needs change. And Gabe will be that change. He didn’t left Heaven because he hated it he left because he was tired of the fights between Lucifer and Michael and didn’t want to pick a side. He hated what Heaven became but not what it used to be. And his excuse to Cas was not «I don’t want to go back to heaven» it was «angels wouldn’t want me back» which means Gabriel wouldn’t be against the option of ruling Heaven at all or at the very least going back to Heaven.
Going through the tunnel whenever the girl - I forgot her name - screamed, I wanted to scream back and tell her to shut up. Like you’re surrounded by vampires maybe stop screaming cause you’re basically calling them. That being said let’s face it as much as we all like to imagine being badass hunters like Team Free Will if put in the SPN universe we would most likely be like her screaming all the time.
And then THE moment happened.
While I understand people who roll their eyes whenever one of the boys die because we know he will come back, I didn’t rolled my eyes at all. When something like that happen I know that the character is coming back but the other characters don’t so what makes the death emotional is not the death itself it’s how other characters feel about it, the surrounding, the context of a character’s death makes it emotional. So I wanted to cry for Dean, for Cas and for Jack when Sam died. Cas running behind the vamps who took Sam with them and most likely seeing that Sam was dead was heartbreaking and when Cas came back and kept Dean from following Sam I’m 100% certain he wasn’t leaving Sam to die. We saw all the blood Sam was most likely dead by the time Cas reached him in the tunnel. He stopped Dean from not only going to his own death but also seeing Sam’s dead body. And Cas’ face as much as Dean’s face in that scene got me on the verge of crying.
They didn’t had time so for me they were going to go back through the tunnel once they got Mary and Jack and they would have been able to take Sam’s body back with them in their world. And later when Dean’s one perfect tear/single man tear made an appearance I finally cried. And it was beautiful (the scene not my crying of course).
Damn it’s starting to get long and the goal is for you to read it not to die from boredom so I’ll try (and probably fail) to end it quickly.
On Rowena and Lucifer’s side I will make it short by saying that Lucifer was acting like a child – but it was most likely planned as he wanted Rowena to make him angry - that Rowena was perfect when she called Sam, Dean and Cas «Jack’s three fathers» twisting the knife even more by adding that as far as Jack is concerned Lucifer is nobody for him. And then when Rowena stayed to try and help keep the rift open even if that’s a big risk for her life - for all she knows Lucifer might come out of the rift alone and try to kill her again - that shows how she was honest when she showed that she wanted to change. I felt like a proud mother with Rowena seriously. She grew so much since the first time we saw her.
I knew Sam was coming back one way or another. My only question was will Michael bring him back hoping to use him against Jack or will Lucifer do it to use him to manipulate Jack. And the later happened.
Honestly at this point it looks like the show is trying to scream that Lucifer does not want a redemption arc. That he COULD have one but doesn’t want one. When he said he wanted an apology from Chuck I was like «Didn’t you got one like 2 seasons ago after you threw a tantrum listening to music loudly in Sam’s bedroom?» When he then said that Sam would be a «gift» I was like «Come on dude! At least if you wanna manipulate Jack do it properly. You bring back Sam and then you help and then you leave without asking anything that way Jack won’t feel you’re trying to manipulate him and he will come to you by himself.» On the other hand and that’s kinda mean so I apologize I almost burst out laughing when he said «I’ve grown». I mean maybe he grew or at least think he grew but his action don’t show it. And while I don’t really care cause I don’t feel much sympathy for him it’s sad for people who love him. Lucifer might not deserve better - in my opinion - but his fans do deserve a better (as in good) Lucifer.
Lastly one of my favorite part will stay the contrast between Jack’s face when he saw Sam alive and then when he saw Lucifer. He got from a big smile to «why the hell is that other man here?». The conclusion? I came with high expectation as I always do with a Berens episode and I left with an episode meeting those expectations and even more. If Wayward get picked up - I’m totally waiting for it just pick it up already - I’m crossing my fingers hoping he will still write for SPN.
“Unfinished Business” -- 13 x 20
I’m going to try and make my thoughts about this episode organized but I can’t promise anything.
First of all I think that if Season 13 had a big main plot going on (cause I don’t consider saving Mary and Jack and stopping AU!Michael as a big main plot) the episode would have worked less well than late in the season. It would have been weird to have an episode about a secondary character that late in the season instead of taking care of said main plot. But because the main plot this season is not really happening in the Universe we know, that episode worked very well in my opinion. Team Free Will had two leads on Gabriel and I’m actually wondering if Gabriel tricked them cause he didn’t want them to find him or if there was something and Cas found it.
Knowing more about Gabriel’s past, his relationship with Loki… it worked really well and it was such an enrichment for the SPN verse to learn more about a character who is not Sam or Dean (not that I have something against learning more about their childhood I actually love it too). It also showed that revenge is a way to cope with all those years of torture for Gabriel and I liked it. When I saw Gabriel leaving in episode 18 I was kinda afraid that they would ignore his trauma. Being tortured for years every day is not something you forget. It doesn’t go away in two seconds. But while trying to act like his old self Gabriel also realized he changed and that the torture made him another man (or should I say Archangel). Having Gabriel acknowledging it and dealing with it - even if whether or not revenge is the good choice is debatable - was quite enjoyable.
To be fair I also probably enjoyed the lollipops case and Gabriel saying what happened while Dean is imagining it more than I should have. For the Alternative Universe, I really liked Kevin and he deserved better (they gave Osric the opportunity to show more of his acting skills and that was really good). I also liked that Mary completely adopted Jack and that Jack shielded her with his wings. But despite those things we saw, if we take into account the fact that the main plot of this season is tied to the alternative universe something more should have happened. Like at the end of the day while it was quite enjoyable it didn’t make the story really move. But it will have an impact on Jack so I guess the point of the AU in this episode was to develop Jack (and Mary) as a character more than to develop this season main plot. Showing us how much Jack trust his ability to beat Michael made me realize that Jack is really still a kid. He doesn’t take everything into account and it might end up hurting more people in the future.
On another note with Dean mentioning Sam’s reaction if he had a shot at Lucifer and Sam asking Gabe how revenge felt, I’m wondering if Sam is going to try and kill Lucifer. I personally think Lucifer will die one way or another but I admit that I would be surprised if it wasn’t in a Darth Vader way for Jack. Not that I truly mind but the closer we get to the end the less I’m sure about what they are planning for Lucifer. That being said given the episode was about Gabriel I really liked that they acknowledged how Sam felt even if it was for a second.
For Dean’s depression, and being suicidal, it is not something you get back from easily so seeing that the euphoria of Cas being back earlier in this season is letting the place to his issues once again is a good thing. At the end of the day unless Team Free Will acknowledge their personal issues I don’t think they can’t get better. I just wish Sam did acknowledge it instead of kinda encouraging Dean but given that Sam is not really in a better place I’m not surprised and I understand why it happened.
The conclusion? On top of the usual awesome acting (Richard directing himself fighting and other him was pretty awesome) and the Tarantino references, Meredith and Richard are definitely a good team of writer/director.
Really nice review. Apt and precise. Agreed with most points! :) ~ @2357silver