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Supernatural recently aired the 15th episode of it’s seventh season; the average run of a season for this show is the low 20’s, so we can assume that this season is drawing to a conclusion soon. This most recent episode however, followed a more traditional formula of the typical monster hunt (quite standard for the beginning of the show, as well as stand alone episodes through out the seasons to break up the main arch). It was tad refreshing and fascinating to become privy to an adventure that we as the audience had not been aware of before.
We see a case the Winchester brothers had four years prior, in which a man was possessed. Instead of focusing only on the present, we are propelled back in time to the case itself in a series of flashbacks. During the course of the episode, Dean and Sam attempt to figure out who is going to be the next victim (which according to the previously possessed man (Jeffery) follows a list) all while Sam tries to keep Satan out of his mind.
Now, there is much debate as to whether or not Lucifer is in Sam’s head, or is he real and using Sam’s mind as a channel. As a side note I’d like to make a point on it as to what I believe. In the episode, Sam is sitting at a library table, Satan being Satan, starts messing with him (to keep the dramatic effect I shall not spoil it here). Long story longer, Sam eventually (after months of not responding to the devil) tells him to “shut up”. Now, this is the point that I want to point out. After Sam tells Lucifer to shut up, he gets up from the table, walks away. Lucifer doesn’t follow him. And then, just for us, the audience to hear (Sam’s now gone) says, “He told me to shut up.” If Lucifer wasn’t real, why would he stay behind after Sam couldn’t imagine him there, couldn’t hear him, and then get focused on by the audience? That’s just my guess. I believe that he is really there, using Sam as a channel, but still there. Only able to affect Sam’s mind but again, none the less, real.
Back to the main story line, come to find, the possessed man actually wanted the demon inside of him. Had felt free when the demon made him kill (which apparently was his true nature all along) and even seems to have been in love with the demon. And because of this, he was resentful of the Winchester brothers banishing his demon back to hell.
So, long story longer, the man (Jeffery I believe is his name) kidnaps the son of a woman (whom four years ago helped banish his demon; she is a good witch) and makes her find a spell to retrieve his demon from the pit. Even cuts off the ear of her child and sends it to her to show how serious his threats of murder were. Eventually Dean finds the warehouse where the kidnapper/kindnappee are, he gets knocked out/tied up, and is now privy to the events that unfold.
The best scene (or at least one of them) comes up when the man evokes the spell, the demon comes back, but instead of going into Jeffery (who wants the demon back inside of him), the demon goes inside of the one-earred kidnappee. It is a delicious bit of wicked humor that the demon proceeds to not only hug the startled and confused Jeffery (bloody side of head pressed against his face of course) but then waltzes with him, all as a thank you for freeing him from hell. Shivers of evil delight, the homosexual undertones that are played off by the demon in a sadistic humorous way (meaning the demon is subtly mocking Jeffery).
So as not to spoil the entire episode (which I’ve basically done so make sure you head the disclaimer at the top and check out my disclaimer page) I won’t go into any further detail.
Now, admittedly, this review has been difficult for me. I was asked to compared Castiel and Dean’s relationship to Jeffery and his demon’s relationship and I have failed to do so. So I will just do a pros, cons, and conclusion section and hopefully I will rectify this later on.
The episode played like a good o’ fashioned SPN, adventure of the Friday night death slot, episode. Some dark humor, characterization expanded or at least played upon, bad ass hotties taking out the monsters, all spelling out the tradition of the SPN episode. It is a breath of fresh air when during an intense arch (such as in seasons 5-7 in particular) there are the occasional stand alone episodes that make reference to the underlying main issues, yet take a time out to explore the characters as they stand and bring them back to their basic roots that is the foundation of the show itself. A particularly nice touch is the bringing back of Satan and showing him to us from the perspective of Sam (who is seeing the fallen angel in horrific, schizophrenic visions). There is a debate in and out of the show’s universe as to whether or not Lucifer is really connecting to Sam through his scarred soul, or Sam’s just so damaged from being in the cage for a year (120 years hell time seeing as every month=10 years) that it is just taking his memories and creating for him these visions. For the fans, seeing Lucifer in all of his sarcastic, twisted glory, gave many dogs ear aches. The whole episode in general was delightful for the forementioned reasons.
There isn’t much in ways of negativity I could give in critique of this episode. It had smooth dialogue, humor, characterization, etc. It was just that damn good.
This is one of the better episodes of SPN season 7. When the season started, it was rocky and must’ve been anxiety educing for the writers. But as it has progressed, it looks like SPN has a continuing future and the story line is just that much more complex. I would recommend this episode to any viewer.
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