Post your thoughts on the third episode of season 10, directed by Jensen Ackles. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for my quick thoughts.
I hate to say it, but I was kind of bored of this episode. I’ve seen it all before. Dean and Cas got temporarily cured, but the underlying problems are still there, just delayed. It’s the same thing that happened when Death put the Wall in Sam’s mind to allow him to get his soul back. It kept him normal for half a season, but then the Wall came tumbling down and he was a total mess again.
Dean still has the Mark of Cain, which is what turned him into a Demon in the first place, and Castiel’s borrowed Grace will only keep him recharged for a while. Neither of these are permanent solutions, and it feels like the writers’ way of allowing the show to get back to doing normal episodes, and around mid-season we’ll deal with all of this big stuff again.
And while I’ve enjoyed the previous episodes directed by Jensen, this one felt stale. Take the scene in the bunker after Dean escapes. He’s wandering through the bunker looking for Sam and the whole scene just kind of dragged on without much dramatic tension. It felt dull, even as Demon Dean was trying to kill his brother.
In a way, I felt like the demons in Hell, sick and tired of the status quo and desperately wanting a change. Even Crowley is bored of the same old thing.
None of this would be a problem if the show would do a better job at introducing new, larger elements. In the first two episodes we had Cole, who I assume will come back at some point. And now we have this random red-headed lady with bodies on the ceiling in Tulsa. The show just hasn’t done a very good job explaining what these things are or how they fit into the larger mythology of the series. I find that frustrating.
On the positive side, I liked how the Lester storyline and the demon Sam tortured in the premiere all tied together. That was a nifty bit of continuity. And while I would’ve enjoyed seeing them play the Demon Dean storyline out a bit more, there wasn’t really anywhere interesting to go with it since he was so far-gone. So it’s nice to have regular Dean back so the show can find itself again.
But SPN really needs to find something to do with Cas and Crowley. I feel like both of those characters are just treading water, and unless there’s some bigger arc for them, I don’t really see the point.