After a frustrating winter hiatus, Supernatural is back! Post your thoughts on the first new episode of 2014. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for my quick analysis.
How great is Mark Sheppard? No, really, this was a great episode, but my main focus is on how Crowley is the best thing to ever happen to this show. He makes everything better and, in this episode, he saved the day by possessing Sam and helping to cast out Gadreel.
It made me think: Crowley, the King of Hell, is the most trustworthy character on the show. He’s a man of his word. Healways helps out, and he’s upfront about his evilness. But in an episode where Dean and Cas had a chat about how they’ve both been huge dumbasses in the past year (believing Metatron and “Ezekiel”), it only makes Crowley come off as vastly superior.
But there was a lot to love about this episode besides Crowley (although his dig about Abaddon being the “world’s angriest ginger” might be my favorite quote of the season). The opening, with Dean blaming himself for Kevin, was touching. Cas back in the trenchcoat is nice. And Sam’s dream (with ghouls and cheerleaders) was a great final showdown for Gad.
I like that we’re finally past Sam’s possession and he can get back to normal. I’m interested in what his response was going to be against Dean’s confession that he’s to blame for everything bad and that he can’t let himself be around others anymore. It seemed like Sam knew that was a bunch of crap, but decided against fighting again. Either way, we’re back to Dean trying to be a lone wolf, and we all know that the path will lead back to Sam eventually.
This was a nice mid-season premiere that set up the second half. We have the Crowley vs. Abaddon campaign storyline (and I hope they milk that for more election cliches). And then we have to find out what Metatron and Gadreel will do next. I liked Castiel’s rage over learning about Gad and can only assume that the whole “letting Lucifer into the Garden” thing will come back.
Finally, let’s take a moment to honor Cecily, who was my new favorite character before she was quickly killed. Anyway who refers to Cas as “Captain Sexy” is definitely a character who I love.