It’s the second-to-last episode of season 8. I have to assume “Clip Show” won’t be a typical clip show, so post your thoughts on the episode. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for the highlights.
Well, they certainly packed a whole lot into this episode. Maybe too much. I wish they spaced this stuff out more over the final few episodes, because some of it felt kind of rushed.
We have Sam and Dean learning how to cure a demon with some new form of exorcism, Crowley making a last-ditch effort to save himself by killing Sam and Dean’s old saves and, as if that’s not enough, there’s this whole new storyline with Cas trying to close the Gates of Heaven.
I’ll start with that last one first. I like the symmetry of closing Heaven and Hell, but I feel like it should’ve been introduced sooner. Like, the Metatron episode should’ve been maybe two weeks earlier so it didn’t feel like they added this at the last minute. Also, it feels a bit repetitive. Someone comes up with a big plan to stop the fighting and unify all the angels? Isn’t that kind of what’s been going on for about three whole seasons?
But does it really matter when you have a scene of Cas grocery shopping and demanding pie? This show needs to have Cas do regular, human things more often, because it’s always fantastic.
As for the demon cure, I like bringing back Abaddon, and wow, that scene of her saving herself by having her hand yank the bullet out was so cool.
The Crowley stuff was also quite clever. How cool and weird was it seeing season 1 flashbacks (especially Sam’s hair). More importantly, I loved that they killed off Sarah. Having someone they saved die in front of their eyes really raises the stakes and made Crowley’s evil plan even more sinister, especially since he quoted back their family motto. In fact, that whole monologue by Crowley was well-written.
The only other real highlight for this episode was the MoL HQ having a dungeon. Of course it has a dungeon. Best set ever. It’s like the TARDIS on Doctor Who, they could literally have anything they want in there. Maybe it has its own bowling alley. Or an old-school arcade with air hockey! Or a professional grade pizza oven. The possibilities are endless.