A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 12×18 (That one time you don’t answer yes when asked if you’re a god)

SN 12x18

 

SUMMARY

Ketch posing as Mick online sends Sam and Dean to Wisconsin to investigate the disappearance of a local. While they’re out, he and a team comb through the bunker for information on the brothers and leave bugs for recording. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean discover the god of sacrifice had until recently been used to make and keep a family rich for over a hundred years while being captured and fed humans once a year. The Winchesters find the Sheriff who is the most recent member has been against this but his half-brother continued the tradition and allowed the god to escape. Together, they foil the half-brother and use the colt to destroy the god. Afterward, Sam and Dean wonder what legacy they will leave on the world as Ketch listens from his base of operations holding a picture of Mary, whom he’s grown attached to.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Creepy and charming in its own right, Supernatural tells of human collaboration with evil creatures in exchange for money and power, a tale as old as Faust. The satyr might have been an interesting choice, but didn’t serve much more than a quiet heavy breather that remained faceless for the entire plot. A true boogeyman in every sense, Sam and Dean utilized their most valuable weapon and did away with the monster proving yet again that the colt is designed to wipe away powerful entities with a single bullet. The road to a final strike again the Men of Letters is drawing closer but with Ketch’s subterfuge it’s likely Mary who will find out before her sons do. Other than some highlights in conversation and a rather uplifting ending for the brothers, there wasn’t much to save this episode from its own forgetful fate.

 

THE GOOD

The sheriff was an interesting choice to keep in the realm of good considering where his family history had put him. He certainly didn’t abuse the relationship with the satyr but didn’t do anything to provoke it either. Any person willing to turn away from greed with a powerful god would probably be left with a hefty job of maintaining a low profile and staying introverted. This lent to the growing theme that not everything is black and white in the eyes of the Winchesters anymore and someone like Ketch likely would have put an end to the sheriff much as he has in previous episodes.

 

THE BAD

Logistically, the god of sacrifice was too easily captured and too easily kept under lock and key. Without any prior knowledge with how the satyr was put in a cage, it seemed poorly written that such a creature would have a tough time staying put or at the very least without help from other gods of its kin. If they left the “god of” concept out of the research, it would have been much easier to believe a creature was tricked or lured into the trap considering its need for human blood. It seemed like more of an excuse to put the colt back in action so we don’t forget about it.

 

Dean’s one-off with the waitress felt very thrown in as a cliché to keep us remembering that food and women are always at the top of Dean’s mind. I thought it was going to reveal some evil plan the satyr was playing on him, but the two never connected that way. It wasn’t even put there as a red-herring, just a standard one-night stand that Sam rolled his eyes about the next day. We know Dean gets around, no need to remind us if it doesn’t enhance the plot.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Nothing really popped out as a favorite moment. I think if anything, Ketch’s obsession with Mary is staying on the front to keep us looped in on how dark things may get so his staring at the picture at the end was very ominous. This may be what we need to verify that his intentions are and always have been of a darker place. He won’t be redeemable and Mary may be forced to kill him, an act I can see her having no trouble with. But if Dr. Hess tells Ketch to kill her, well then we’ll see what he’s all about. I’ll also say that Sam and Dean chiseling their initials into the desk was a fond moment meant to be cherished.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I’d give it to the sheriff for the same reasons stated above. As a minor character he didn’t succumb to a tradition of evil his bloodline set on him and that takes a lot to go against to remain objectively good. It’s just ironic that a satyr which is naturally influential by historical standards wasn’t able to influence him to keep killing. I guess he was missing his flute.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Was it necessary to show us an additional scene with the second kid who was taken and placed in the freezer? It was essentially meant to introduce us to the god itself, but they could have done that at any point. In fact, considering they never really put the god in any actual light would have made his presence that much more creepier if they waited until Dean saw him to show us for the first time.

 

The bug under the table was a horrible place and one that should be easily found. There are many different hidden locations they could have put it and considering the thorough atmosphere they showcased, that seemed very poorly handled by Ketch, who may have been distracted by the picture of Mary, but still. It better be found by the next episode.

 

I almost want to see an entire episode of Castiel going through his events as he’s still drifting away from the Winchesters. His place in the world is murky but it would be cool if somehow he encountered Azmodeus and had to do something to get his bearings straight before returning to his friends.

 

It would also be a clever ruse if Mary was busy gathering other hunters under the radar of Ketch and the men of letters. If somehow, she’s already aware with how shady the group is and is taking steps in helping take them out by going and finding all the American hunters. She’s always been resourceful, but this would take it to a whole new level if done right.

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. Basic campy atmosphere with a god-like character that should have been more powerful than they let on. Ketch is studying his enemy rather than destroying them outright, which they could have done given how easy it was to break into the bunker. Much of this plot felt like a filler within a filler, creating scenes that never really go anywhere or enhance the basic formula of man’s obsession with money and power and the lengths they’ll go to to seize it. Whether Ketch is truly chaotic in an evil way isn’t explicitly shown, but steps are being taken to show he’s enamored with Mary which should prove to be his downfall if he doesn’t switch sides by this season’s end. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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