Supernatural Review – “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” S11E1

Guys! GUYS! Supernatural is back! Last night’s season premiere, “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” hit audiences hard with a few answers, even more questions and a healthy serving of fear.

Pros:

Supernatural is back!: It may not seem like a legitimate pro simply that this episode aired on television, but trust me, it is. It’s been a long summer and Supernatural is finally back. Count it.

And off to such a strong start!: Sometimes Supernatural season premieres move a little slower, mostly because of whatever amount of time was supposed to have passed since the finale. But not this time. The premiere picked up maybe 5-10 minutes from where we left off and kept a steady pace throughout. “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” is one of the best premieres I’ve seen from Supernatural because while it acknowledged the grief and turmoil between Sam and Dean considering all they’d just been through it wasted no time throwing them back into terrifying action and getting the audience ready for another hell of a season.

Supernatural -- "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire" -- Image SN1102B_0221.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Laci J. Mailey as Jenna Nickerson -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supernatural — “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” — Image SN1102B_0221.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Laci J. Mailey as Jenna Nickerson — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The season long storyline seems like it’ll be really good: We were all left shocked and confused when season 10 came to a close – what is the Darkness? What happens when you kill Death? Did Cas just kill Crowley?! Where the hell is Rowena going and what is she up to? Not all of our questions were answered, but what was established in this first episode has the makings of an incredible season. I don’t understand the Darkness yet, as I’m not supposed to, but the havoc it wreaked so far makes it look like one of the scariest season long monsters we’ve ever seen. The idea of the Darkness infecting people and turning them into 28 Days Later-esque rage zombies is something completely new for the series, and the fact that the rage is a communicable disease makes it all the better.

And let’s not forget that Sam has already been infected which means a cure has to be coming soon. Sam is special, so he’ll probably be able to fight the transformation longer than other people, but either way the sense of urgency will add some great drama and conflict to his relationship with Dean.

Oh, and the Darkness has already taken a reincarnated form, in the shape of the newborn baby girl Amara that Sam and Dean were so determined to save.Supernatural11-2

Not to mention that Castiel is still under Rowena’s spell, which is likely trying to kill him from the inside out and the last we saw him his angel (dicks) brethren were putting a black bag over his head and taking him away to god knows what.

Holy strong season premiere, Batman!

The return of Lucifer?: I don’t know if this will really happen, but I sure am excited that it was at least mentioned. Lucifer and Michael are still trapped in the cage, and barely anyone acknowledges that anymore. Crowley is only in charge because Lucifer is absent and something tells me Satan himself will not be too happy what what the little old King of the Crossroads has done to his Kingdom.

 

Cons:

The Darkness, herself: Or at least the dialogue between her and Dean. It felt unnatural and oddly sexual in a way that didn’t work for me.Supernatural11-4

Predictions:

More angel bullshit (those guys are dicks): Man I hate those guys, but as long as there is no resolution in Heaven we can’t do away with the angels. Also Cas did pray to them for help so naturally he just invited them back into the plot in the worst possible way. Metatron (that ass) will be back since he ran off with the tablet, but I hope that doesn’t happen for awhile as I’m way more into what’s currently happening. Maybe, maybe God will show back up since the Darkness is free and then the angels will have to answer for all the shit they’ve pulled the last few years. And it will be awesome.

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Amara will be the most heartbreaking villain yet: Oh man, please don’t let them kill a baby. I mean, I know they won’t, Amara will probably grow at an accelerated rate if there is to be a showdown between her and the Winchester’s but still. I really don’t know where things are going to go with Amara, all I know is she has the same Mark of Cain that the adult Darkness had and that in the preview for next week’s episode Crowley said she eats souls. For now though she is just a newborn baby, and chances are her journey will be a sad one.

 

Hush Comics gives “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” an A+ for wasting no time getting a very well written story going and reminding the fans why we love this show so freaking much.

Supernatural Review – “Brother’s Keeper” S10E23

Supernatural season 10 packed more drama into the second half of their season than ever before. This finale is left us all with a giant “screw you” of a cliffhanger, possibly the biggest one in the series. While the final moments were intense, the overall episode took a more familiar path than I was expecting. Everything was lined up for the events to happen, but the preceding episodes have all had such shocking moments, I was a little let down that the finale lacked that pop I was hoping for.

Pros:

Sam pleading Dean back to his humanity: Did you tear up? I did. There was something about Dean looking down at those pictures of him with his mom, and the look of defeat, despair, and acceptance on Sam’s face that was so moving. The brothers have had more than their share of heart to heart moments, but this one really got me. They’ve both had so much brushes with death (and they’ve both died a handful of times) but this one stood out because it wasn’t in the face of danger per se. This one hit deeper because Dean killing Sam was argued to the point of reason, not rage. There is a scary truth behind his arguments, that the Winchesters may in fact be the ones who are evil.

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Death: I love Death. I can’t imagine better casting or writing for the character. He is extremely fearsome, and almost completely neutral to human mortality. And yet, he has such affection for junk food. I always love when he pops up in episodes and I really hope he’s not actually dead. How do you kill death? More on that later.

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Rowena: If you are a Rowena hater you may be reading the wrong blog. She’s amazing! Of course I know she is exceptionally evil. She clearly demonstrated that when she killed Oscar; the only thing she’s ever loved. The reason she’s a pro is because of that decision though. Without even a second thought she stabbed Oscar in the neck, with tears in her eyes. Crowley thought he would get the best of her and she would be heartbroken, but instead her plan worked out perfectly. The spell worked, she is free, and Castiel and Crowley both seem pretty damn scared of her power now. I can’t wait to see what she does next season, hopefully she’ll stick around as a series regular.

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The Darkness: That was so freaking cool! Seriously, the way The Darkness came on screen as something tangible was downright bone chilling. I was in love with all of the angels falling to earth in the season eight finale, but I think this was actually more awe inspiring imagery. Dean and Sam were terrified, and frankly, so was I.

Cons:

Death’s Death: I didn’t like this one bit. First of all, Death has always been kind of an ally for the brothers. He’s helped them on more than one occasion and while he’s creepy he’s still been kind of a friend. Second, you can’t just kill death, at least not without some SERIOUS repercussions. They tried this once before; people weren’t dying in season five because the reapers were being kidnapped. It was a pretty big problem. Now they’ve created a world where no one can or will die? I have no idea how that is going to work out well. This is going to be a hard one for them to write themselves out of.

Prediction Grade Book:

Here are the predictions I made throughout the second half of the season. Let’s see which ones I was right about-

  • Rowena will remove The Mark, and unleash something WAY worse: Right
  • The Mark will cause a brother vs. brother battle: Right, although it wasn’t as epic as I thought it would be.
  • Crowley will die: Wrong
  • Rowena will become the Queen of Hell: Wrong
  • The season finale will be amazing: Right. It was!

Season 11 Predictions:

The Darkness: While I would love it if this was actually just going to be the band known for “I believe in a Thing Called Love” I doubt that such an evil force would end up being so hilarious. Right now I’m imagining this a lot like The First Evil from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. An evil that predates god is bound to be a terrifying thing like nothing anyone has seen before. Perhaps there will be an angels/Winchester team up to fight it, but I hope not. Other than Castiel, I’ve had it with the damn angels for now.

Crowley vs. Castiel: Don’t worry guys, Cas didn’t kill Crowley. If he did it would have played out in “Brother’s Keeper”. Something will come up. He will either be able to move or Castiel will fight off Rowena’s spell.

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Hush Comics gives “Brother’s Keeper” an A for being a solid finale, and tying up some loose ends while also revealing the next big chapter.

All images belong to The CW.

Supernatural Review – “The Prisoner” S10E22

Pros:

Dean: Dammit I love how amazing Dean was in “The Prisoner.” He was cold and heartless and slaughtered people without a second thought. Charlie was a fan favorite, so I can’t be the only one who was rooting him on to kill the Styne family. The most interesting part is that I was expecting him to go all Deanmon during his rampage but he didn’t. He’s still Dean, and he is an incredibly scary version of himself. I was cheering him on most of the time, but by the end I was terrified of him. He went through a really great transformation in last night’s episode I am very excited to see where that takes us in the finale.

Supernatural -- "The Prisoner" -- Image SN1021B_0296 -- Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supernatural — “The Prisoner” — Image SN1021B_0296 — Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Take that, Sam: Maybe I’m just mad at Sam because of his all his bullshit this season, but I kind of enjoyed seeing Crowley throw him around. First, it means that Crowley is not just the weak ass he’s acted like this season, and second Sam deserved to have everything blow up in his face. Now, not only has he gotten Charlie killed, but he’s fallen off his pedestal and realized that maybe killing the King of Hell isn’t that easy of a task. Perhaps he should have thought something, anything through, before making a deal with Rowena.

Castiel vs. Dean: Cas stood up to Dean in a way he hasn’t in a long time. He played the martyr card but he still contributed to the most powerful scene in the episode. Dean killing Cyrus had a great impact, but his beating the shit out of Castiel stood out more. I cannot understand why the hell Cas didn’t fight back, what with the grace and all, but the outcome wouldn’t have been the same if he had. It was hard to watch, and to be honest, I really thought Dean did kill Castiel at the end because it this point it seems like he is that far gone. It was the peak climax moment in Dean’s journey with The Mark and there was so much drama and power behind it.

Cons:

Dean’s rampage was kind of anti-climactic: Of course I’m happy he went on the rampage, but he dealt with all the Styne’s so very easily. The ease in which he was able to do away with an entire family surely was a testament to where his head and heart were but there was just something unsatisfying about it all. I was expecting him to go all Deanmon and rip people limb from limb, so my thirst for carnage to avenge Charlie was not quite quenched.

Sam: Oh poor baby Sam. It must be so hard being manipulative and having everyone be mad at you because you got someone killed and really set the King of Hell on the warpath in the process. He’s so concerned with justifying his actions that he’s not even really considering what he’s done and who he’s hurt. Frankly I don’t understand why he and Castiel were so anti rampage. Why is Dean the only one who wants to destroy the people who killed a member of their family?

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The arm swap: Okay, when a person goes missing, the police typically tell people to look for distinctive markings to find the person in question, like say maybe a giant horribly bad tattoo. It was just so cheesy that Eldon took the obviously fake tattooed arm of the college bully and started sporting it as his own. People would notice that. People who knew the victim would notice that. And Eldon doesn’t strike me as the type who would want to sport a flaming skull tat. I get what they were going for, but instead of creepy it was campy.

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Predictions:

So I may have been wrong about Rowena: I didn’t expect Crowley to come back into the game and be so powerful. Perhaps both I and his mother underestimated him. Either way, the writers are obviously trying to reestablish him as an evil force to be reckoned with and I think I may have been wrong about the possibility of his mortality. Rowena is obviously afraid of him and she’s currently in chains. I’m not sure she’ll die in the finale, but it’s more likely to be her than Crowley at this point.

Sam + Castiel vs. Dean(The Mark of Cain) x Crowley vs. Rowena = Possibly the best season finale in years.

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Random Musings and Questions Not to be Asked:

Sorry guys but this week my snarkiness must take a backseat. Other than Eldon’s new tattooed arm there was nothing in this episode for me to lovingly poke fun at. “The Prisoner” was all drama, and no comedy, so I’ll be a respectful person and keep my smart mouth shut. This week.


 

Hush Comics gives “The Prisoner” an A for adding drama and successfully building up to the finale’s climax.

All images belong to The CW and are credited to Diyah Pera.