There’s something about the sound of a V8 hotrod with dual exhaust, cruising through the screen with the sound of classic rock ‘n roll playing in the background as scenes of Sam and Dean Winchester and their associates play…that makes me want to eat pie, or at least a highly sweetened food product. Krispy Kremes will do.
And so begins another epic season of Supernatural, as Sam (this time) tries to cheat Death (only on this show would I have to capitalize that name). The plan to close the gates of hell didn’t go so well after Dean realized Sam would definitely die, so, stopping the conversion of Crowley mid-stride, Dean saves Sam, sort of, and in the meantime witnesses the downfall of heaven. So, what has two legs, two wings, a sucky personality and plummets to Earth like a meteor? Apparently angels…those bastions of brotherly love are now trapped on Earth. Sucks to be them! Good ole Metatron stole Cas’s grace and locked the gates of heaven, kicking everyone out. We still don’t know the implications of this but one thing is for certain, the whole host of heaven knows why and Cas is on the hit list.
These trials have done a heck of a number on Sam though as he proceeds to argue with manifestations of Dean and Bobby within his psyche. Dean, the perpetual fighter, represents his will to live and Bobby his desire to end the struggle. Dang, I sure have missed Bobby’s smart-mouthed sarcasm. One item I could have done without was the sappy background music which played while Dean sent out the emergency broadcast signal on Angel Radio. Maybe he should have stated it was only a test since his message resulted in a not-so-friendly helper showing up. It turned out okay though because Capt. Karl Agathon from Battlestar Galactica showed up just in time. Unfortunately, he is damaged goods and his help is a bit limited. As he and Dean discuss options, Sam visits with that most respectable of gentlemen, Death. In the nick of time the fallen angel Ezekiel comes up with a plan, albeit an unpopular one: try on Sam’s meatsuit and see if he can fix it from the inside out. It seems to work but results in a couple of moments where Sam seems to channel Data from Star Trek. I am glad that didn’t last long, it freaked me out a bit.
Cas has his own problems. He has picked up a groupie along the way, another angel named Hael who just won’t take no for an answer. This crazy chick whacks Cas on the head and kidnaps him, just because she wants company on her trip to the Grand Canyon! Talk about needy. Well Cas may be a sucker but he’s not a pushover. I cheered a little bit when he fastened his seatbelt and jerked the wheel, sending the car careening into a tree. The scene of him talking with Hael post-accident made me want to puke though. Seriously, a little warning might have been nice. I am glad my doughnut wasn’t jelly-filled. Poor Cas has to be the bad guy and knock her off when she threatens to make waves. Ever conscious of social norms, he then visits a laundromat, where he decides against using his last coins for a wash and goes for a drink instead. I am just impressed he seemed to know how to operate the machine.
We are left to wonder if Ezekiel can make the necessary repairs to save Sam before he evicts him. We are also left to wonder where exactly do croaked angels go? What did the trials do to Sam’s physiology to damage him so much? Will I choose to eat a doughnut again next time, or should I make a pie for the occasion? Only time will tell.