You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve had a terrible time concentrating all day, and not even Sam and Dean could get me focused. Plus, I’ve got a cat with a sharp-clawed paw at my carotid right now and if I don’t pay enough attention to him, I’m afraid of what he’ll do. I knew I should have been more diligent with the claw clipping. I didn’t know the furry beast had a thing for my neck. Anyway, so. Supernatural.
I liked good portions of this one, though it was, of course, not without some issues. I hate seeing the brothers separated. I DO get why Sam’s angry, but the beginning was just so heartbreaking. Dean alone. No Sam, no Baby. Please, Show, don’t keep Baby away too long. They can’t drive that old junker Dean stole permanently, no. I LOLed and knew right away when Dean went into that restaurant that Sam would be there. Props to Sam for being very Joe Friday for awhile there. I get it, I do, and I think Dean does too. But also props to both Sam and Dean for finally putting it out there, in a carside convo that had more heart than pretty near anything else this year. I know the carside convos are sometimes schlocky and a bit stale, but they’re one thing I really like. Call me a cheeseball if you want. It’s not like they have ample time during the course of cases to have truth-baring conversations, right?
The good news about this episode is that there were LOTS of women in it. (And Bob from ReGenesis!) The bad news is what happened to a good chunk of them. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. On the whole, even the guests with the biggest speaking parts did all right. Melanie and Camille (poor both of them) were sharp and fought, though Camille was a tad more victimy. She also had the unfortunate “psychic Voodoo priestess” persona thing, which I can almost forgive since it was a persona and she was not like that at all in her daily life. I was most distressed about losing her, of the people who got killed this episode. (Lordy, does saying that sound bad to anyone else?)
I liked that Melanie, while a quasi love interest for Dean, was smart and adult. I totally loved that she was essentially a profiler and she pegged Dean and Sam within seconds. (Honestly, you’d think this would be a skill they also possess. I’m not sure they could do their job without having a good meter for reading people, and I don’t mean EMF.) Anyway, Melanie didn’t dress sexily and there weren’t any overt “DEAN WANTS TO BANG HER AND SHE WANTS TO BANG DEAN” overtones with their interactions, just genuine attraction and, well, friendship brought on by extreme circumstances. I actually felt bad thinking we won’t see her again. But at least she didn’t die. If Lisa had been introduced more like this and continued to be as awesome as she was, the whole Dean/Lisa & Ben thing wouldn’t have rubbed me so wrong. Poor Lisa, I think, had less agency than this one-off guest character; nothing about her wasn’t actually about Dean, really.
Ellen! From beyond the grave! That was a lovely touch, I’ll give them that.
The case itself was eh. Haven’t we done the ghost-mistaken-for-baddie-when-it-was-just-trying-to-warn thing a few times? I know we’ve had repeats before, so that’s not a real gripe. Just … predictable.
There’s fake woo-woo crap, and then there’s real woo-woo crap.