Supernatural has always been pretty light in terms of race and quality female and LGBTQIA characters. Having stupidly killed off one of the only female and the only gay recurring character in series history, there has been a gaping hole in both departments since the demie of Charlie Bradbury. As a longtime fan and a black woman, it’s been a constant point of frustration with the show. It’s not about checking boxes or filling quotas, but when a show regularly references saving the world, all of factions of it should be represented.
After last week’s devilishly disappointing episode, I had no expectations for “Into The Mystic," a monster-of-the-week case about people who die after hearing a primal scream. Fortunately, thoroughly enjoyed this episode! Grab your favorite vinyl, and let’s dive in, shall we?
*Dean’s getting old. It’s hard to believe that when Supernatural began Dean (Jensen Ackles) was 26 years old. Eleven years and a few lifetimes later, Dean is stealing a dead dude's Viagra, letting his little brother (who has flecks of gray in his hair himself) finish digging the graves, and using this week’s case to shop for a retirement home for him and Sammy in a few decades. It’s awesome to see the change in his “I’m-Gonna-Die-With-A-Gun-In-My-Hand” deathwish. I’m sure doing it a few times has helped to sway that mentality.
Sam. After encountering Lucifer, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is understandably traumatized, and while I don’t see how Lucifer’s “highlight reel of his biggest failures” could effect someone who’s endured centuries of torture, but I'm a sucker for continuity. Sam’s not leaving the bunker. He’s barely sleeping. He’s field-stripping his gun for hours on end, and the last time he did that was season 7’s “Hello Cruel World” to stave off Lucifer hallucinations. Sam is haunted by his failures—namely not finding Dean when he was blasted into Purgatory. Even though he has every reason too, Sam hasn’t lost his faith, he just transferred it to the man who’s always there for him, who came screaming into The Cage for him—his brother. And now he’s revealing that he’s never forgiven himself for not looking for Dean when he was stuck in Purgatory.
I understand the guilt, but I hate that for whatever reason the show’s writers never stressed that Sam thought Dean had died. That his entire family was dead. I'm a little miffed Sam’s struggles aren’t about his own traumas but those that specifically relate to his duty as Dean's little brother (and not that he tried to kill him with a scythe that one time). But it speaks to Sam as a human being that his greatest fear, his greatest pain comes from letting his brother down.
Dean has already forgiven him. “All that matters is that now, all that’s ever mattered, is that we’re together now, so shut up and drink your beer.” The state of the brotherhood appears fortified by all the ridiculously cute broments. However, I'm terrified it'll inevitably could come crashing down once Sam learns of his connection to Amara (the one that makes him vulnerable to the banshee, and Mildren mistakes pining). Will Casifer tell him? Will Dean, who’s now struggling with the weight of his secret, crack and spill the beans? Place your bets in the comments section.
*Sam's box of memories. I know there was the amulet from the 200th episode, and then the other items were blurry because it was raining on my face.
"Into The Mystic" is an entertaining and well-done episode, and my favorite of 2016 thus far. Hee!
I’m still not finished counting the sheer number of sharks jumped by Castiel deciding to let Lucifer possess him. It would have made more sense to have Rowena hex him so Lucifer could force his way in or have Cas say yes to Michael, not Lucifer. For sanity's sake, I'm focusing on how grateful I am that Misha Collins finally has a new challenge to channel his underused talent.
What did you think of the episode? Let me know!
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