When Sam and Dean learn of the death of their fellow hunter, Eileen, they begin to suspect the Men of Letters are responsible for the deaths of several other hunters. Meanwhile, Lucifer becomes aware that the power controlling him by Crowley has been slowly reversing itself allowing him to break free and finally kill Crowley, but not before Crowley’s soul escapes into a rat. At the Men of Letters compound, Mary is being slowly brainwashed into siding with them and has been taking part in the murder of a hunter and friend. Ketch and Bevell are pitted against each other by Dr. Hess for Mick’s position as Sam and Dean discover the bug in their bunker. They lay a trap and spring it on Bevell, but as they return home, Ketch and Mary are waiting and trap the Winchesters including Bevell who Ketch betrayed. As the air begins to dissipate in the locked bunker, Lucifer watches a sunset, finally free to find his unborn son.
The technical penultimate episode of Supernatural deals in real personal dilemmas with a dash of hyper-intensive, band-aid ripping, deal-with-it scenarios including the death of Eileen who most certainly didn’t deserve a ten second top of the episode death sequence. Moderately following were some calm yet never casual bad guy vs bad girl moments that are making me indulge in which one I would actually pick to win. If it were truly up to me, I’d have them both suffer Lucifer’s wrath equally. Mary’s downward spiral into the Men of Letter’s kool-aid mentality was by far the more potent of the plot giving Sam and Dean so very little time to react as they are stuffed and locked within the confines of their home with Bevell as the betrayed guest. All this and Crowley’s possible plan to follow Lucifer to his own child. If it’s an act, he surely played his part well. If not, he’s a very lucky little demon. All the right notes were hit giving us one more week to digest and wonder how Castiel and the brothers will handle another potential apocalypse once more pieced together by the devil himself.
The pressure is on for Mary who may or may not have any more fight left in her to battle against the personality Ketch and Bevell injected into her. I was particularly drawn in by Bevell’s chat about Azazel from her past and even more so by the tone in Mary’s voice as she begged Ketch to kill her. She almost withdrew into a younger version of herself, higher pitched and in complete fear of what she was becoming. Very well acted, and once more I thought Ketch would be sentimental but he was for all the wrong reasons. The pay off will be when Mary recovers and puts a bullet in Ketch’s head for all-time sake. If that resolution doesn’t happen then Ketch will be meant for seasonal villainy. I doubt that will be the case though.
The stakes are oddly higher and more personalized this season which I think really helps give credibility to their 12th go as a whole. For once, Sam and Dean aren’t at odds with each other but rather powerless as a duo to really combat what’s been under their eyes the entire time. Even as dis-trustworthy as they’ve become, they still couldn’t ascertain how embedded the Men of Letters were making themselves. Mary certainly didn’t help, but that’s the point of conflict is you make these good-natured characters deal with it in highly-combustible ways, more often solitary as well. If it wasn’t for Mary’s plight, Lucifer’s subplot with the nephilim would only make this season somewhat good, but with these combined elements actually has helped turn it into one of the better ones in quite some time.
Mentioning Eileen’s random act of death was an easy gripe, but there’s also something to be said for Crowley who has all but given up on his friendship with the Winchesters. Every now and then you want to believe that he will always have a softspot for them, but it hardly extends to anyone else including other hunters. His impenetrable wall of carelessness toward that front has in some ways turned him into an aggravating anti-hero who continues to make redundant decisions all in the name of power. If he really intends to control the nephilim for himself, he’s sadly mistaken. I want him to be in control of Lucifer’s escape, but then why let the devil get so close to killing him unless it was yet another way to sell the act? If Lucifer is actually free, he won’t be easy to contain at all.
Mary’s fall and attempt to convince Ketch to shoot her. It was darkly written and the desperation in her voice really sold the awfulness she was going through. How she will fight it in the finale is anyone’s guess outside of the sheer will she was afraid of losing in the first place, but she’s certainly one of the breakout characters on this season and has been very interesting to watch from start to finish. Ketch’s reaction continues to paint him in a strange light but realistically, he’s very loyal to a fault and has been extremely psychopathic since the start of the season. Mary will either break that mold and see his undoing, or he’ll stay a rancid evil act and become part of the major problem with only Lucifer his better.
Mary was fantastic tonight. Great acting, and the fear of losing herself was directionally efficient. A lot of her demons funneling out of this season led to the crux of her situation since her resurrection and if this turns out to be a one-season arc for her, so be it, was a damn good one.
Ketch wanting to let the Winchesters and Bevell suffer in death by asphyxiation was entirely too cliché for the villain. He had guns, he could have shot everyone like he did Mick and being a psychopath should have been an easy decision. That was pure laziness on the writing and I don’t have to like it one bit.
The CGI landscape with Lucifer was very odd and distracting from the tone of the episode. They mentioned Ireland since Eileen came back from there and that’s immediately where I thought he was based on that entire green hillside. You’d think he’d just show up exactly where his child was right then and there.
Escaping the bunker won’t be that difficult I’m certain, but where does that leave Bevell and the Winchesters once they do. She proved on more than one occasion she can’t be trusted and will likely stab them in the back just the same. She may hate Ketch more at this point, but Sam and especially Dean shouldn’t just let her walk away even if she agrees to take the Men of Letters and leave the country, which is what’s probably going to happen if she agrees to a stalemate by the end of this arc.
It’s kind of minor, but Lucifer didn’t react when there was no internal explosion of Crowley’s soul when he was stabbed with the angel blade. Lucifer had to have noticed that and if he didn’t, he’s an idiot or too gullible for his own good because he was entirely too ecstatic with being free. And with Crowley’s red spirit, you’d think they would have heard it leaving into the rat. I guess you can be sneaky if you really want to be.
8 out of 10. Mindless hunter killings aside, Supernatural brought Sam and Dean closer to the truth about the Men of Letters and the danger their mother is in including an obsessed Lucifer who’s free and wants his son back. Crowley may be playing a fool’s game but until we know more, on the surface, he was outfoxed, while secretly he probably still set the game up. Bevell is surprisingly the lesser of two evils between her and Ketch and she’ll need Sam and Dean’s help if they’re all going to escape their fate alive. I’m still not on her side, but at least she understands how serious Ketch is with wanting to be the next leader. Crafted in every way a pre-finale episode should be, Supernatural turns end over end to fuel our anticipation for an explosive finale that will hopefully see some big changes coming up. Will Mary be just a single-season character, or will she see the light of day and become another drifter like her husband? Double-episode next week so stay tuned and thanks for reading.
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