A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 12×13 (What Gavin didn’t tell them was they didn’t have to get on the boat at all)

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SUMMARY

Sam and Dean track a series of teacher murders to an old ghost named Fiona who had stowed away on the ship that Crowley’s son, Gavin was supposed to be on before being sent to the future by Abaddon. Together with Gavin, the brothers surmise that in order to make things right, Gavin has to return to his time and allow events to transpire as they originally intended. Crowley intervenes but Rowena stops him. Meanwhile, Kelly is found and attacked by two angels but then saved by Dagon, who assures her protection under her care. Later, Sam and Dean return Gavin to his time reverting the murders which causes Crowley to once more hate his mother who wanted Gavin to leave so that Crowley could feel the loss of a child like she did when forced to kill Oscar. After testing new weapons from Mr. Ketch, Mary returns to the bunker and finally tells her sons that she’s been working with the british men of letters. Unsettled by this development, Sam and Dean decide to hear her explanation. It is also revealed that Crowley purposefully diverted Lucifer’s soul into his old vessel as a means to keep him prisoner. Lucifer is not only aware of his son’s continued existence but that Dagon has found him.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Most filler episodes have a tendency to silo themselves against the main plot and mostly focus on either an aspect of dissention among the brothers, or on the characters specifically designed to carry the story for that short time span. I really enjoyed the overlapping subplots that not only continued in a forward direction, but also stopped to remind you about certain facets such as Rowena’s well kept anger over losing her adopted child not too long ago. I’m also one of those fans who normally don’t like the ghost episodes that are produced over the last few seasons, but this was a good example of a ghost plot that not only had relevance but also held a certain romantic quest outside of the typical revenge plot. Great developments all around, notwithstanding the only strange development in Dagon’s interest in Kelly and her unborn child.

THE GOOD

The main element here was the concept of family and what it means to pull together as well as tear itself down. Mary couldn’t exclude her sons from her activities any longer and finally let them in on her situation. It isn’t pretty, but at least there’s dialogue about it now rather then later when things go really sour. And they will. And then there’s Crowley and Rowena. At times I’ll forget certain things that have happened but knowing Rowena harbored such raw feelings over losing Oscar to help Crowley meant there really was no way for them to come to terms. Maybe now they’re even, but I doubt Crowley will ever see it that way. That kind of continuity is great to pull out during the appropriate times and this was one of them.

Mr. Ketch is astute judge of character as he remarked about Mary’s state of being when she’s engaged as a hunter versus a caring mother. His organization is appealing to that aspect of her life and it’s no surprise she’s intentionally hiding herself from it. The struggle is real for her and taking the first step in telling her sons about her involvement is an interesting step toward fighting against that nature, but I doubt it’s the last time we’ll see her so driven to that hunting style. She wants to keep that passion away from Sam and Dean when it’s so clear they’d rather see it then pretend it’s not there.

THE BAD

Dagon’s arrival in Kelly’s moment of fear means there are more layers of evil going on here than perhaps we’re aware of. It’s entirely possible, Dagon is pretending to help Kelly for her own purposes and has a dark agenda to set forth that involves the nephilim, however a case can be made that she’s genuinely interested in keeping the child safe from harm and using it for some purpose other than a power struggle. What doesn’t translate well is Dagon’s personality to begin with. Azazel and Ramiel had very similar personality, and now Dagon is way on the opposite end, sounding and acting very human-like despite being a prince of hell. She isn’t devious, or has any traits that make her stand out. All in all, she seems normal and that’s not what I expect from that kind of powerful and ancient character. Again, if she’s deceiving Kelly then we know what we’re in for.

FAVORITE MOMENT

The scene where Rowena stops Crowley after Gavin decides to go back in time and save Fiona. By all accounts, the plan itself was ridiculous, because all Sam and Dean had to do to verify the tether was destroy the locket. If it didn’t work, then they’d know and maybe time travel would be a possibility later. To play on the romantic nature of the dilemma, Gavin decided to return and Crowley wouldn’t have it. You could really see the hurt in his eyes when Rowena stopped him, taking away his one good link to the human world. I can promise, no one owes anyone anything from here on out.

CHARACTER MVP

With as much of a spread as there was on characters, I’d give it to Mary this week strictly because of the decision to include her sons in on her involvement with Ketch and the MOL. I’d have changed my mind if she held off only because it would have led her down a possible darker road. This way, everything it out in the open and she remains honest about keeping family first. If the season continued to market her as an untrustworthy mother, it could lead to some stranger stories down the road where Dean gives that look more often with disastrous results. This way, Mary holds onto that value of family longer and hides that inner hunter that Ketch believes wants to be free.

ENDING THOUGHTS

Let’s get into the Lucifer side-plot. Mark as always is amazing at the devil. He’s embellishing at this point, but that’s fine. His omniscience over the state of his unborn child means he’s in the know on what’s happening and probably what’s going to happen. His chilling admission that Crowley won’t see his end coming means a number of things. To be speculative, if the devil’s son has anything to do with dethroning him, I imagine the child will be in a state of absolute power quite quickly, or Sam and Dean will have something to do with it, and in that case, maybe he would see it coming. In any case, Lucifer is just biding his time. He’s a patient little archangel.

Now that we’ve seen Dagon, it shouldn’t be long before we’re given a front row seat to Azmodeus’s intro. I’m not expecting a demi-god of immense power, in fact I’m actually predicting something far more sillier, something akin to Gabriel, because angelic and demonic beings are either on one extreme or the other in personalities. I’d prefer if Azmodeus was more like old-school Azazel, but then again, maybe they can do something different and unique here.

It’s still anyone game on how this season will culminate. Will Sam and Dean get captured and taken to England? Will the Men of Letters play any part in the fight against Lucifer and the nephilim? So far, these two sides haven’t measured up against each other with the exception of the presidential episode but that was more for showcasing what kind of tech Ketch had on him. Still, there needs to be a strong climax with all players interacting including the angels and demons if this is going to get seriously interesting.

Have we ever really covered if time gives ghosts more power to work with? Fiona proved to be a little more juiced than most ghosts, but also having much to do with anger and revenge, I wonder if being a ghost for centuries would give that entity more potency or if it’s all strictly revenge that powers the battery of the undead.

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Supernatural compiled aspects of the main plot with a stand-alone ghost story that not only mixed well, but gave us an engaging storyline that brought in Crowley’s son and Rowena’s hidden anger. Lucifer is biding his time and Dagon is masterfully aligning with Kelly and her unborn son. A lot happened tonight and it almost seemed like there wouldn’t be that much development. Surprises all around. Our last prince of hell is still m.i.a, but the way things are going, he’ll make an appearance sooner rather than later. Mary gave her sons the trust they deserve and though they’re understandably defensive over her actions, they’re at least listening and that’s what the family does. Excellent episode and another great one for the season. Please keep them coming. Thanks for reading.

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