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TV Review: ‘Supernatural’ – ‘Captives’

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CaptivesThis week’s episode of Supernatural, “Captives,” deserves a gold medal.

Written by Robert Berens and directed by Jerry Wanek, “Captives” is cohesive and well-executed. It revolves around two primary storylines: Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and his younger brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) discover that Kevin Tran (Osric Chau) is haunting the bunker; the deceased prophet passes along information from behind the Veil to help them save his mother, Linda Tran (Lauren Tom), whom Crowley has had imprisoned for over a year. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is captured by angels working for Bartholomew (Adam Harrington), who served under Castiel’s command in the war against Raphael (S6). While Bart initially welcomes his former comrade, the forced reunion quickly loses its friendly facade.

I like how “Captives” deftly handles the storylines and the nuances of our beloved characters. In a season of fractured relationships, subtlety can go a long way, and while it’s not a substitute for reconciliation, little nods to what (I hope) will be a positive end help. For example, as “The Purge” demonstrates, there are at least two narratives spinning: The one heard, and the one seen, and the two don’t always agree. In “Captives,” Sam shows this split again, as he continues to maintain distance from Dean, yet when Dean calls, Sam comes running, and when Dean needs help, Sam delivers. Bart and Cas offer an interesting parallel: Bart calls Cas friend and reminisces warmly, but Cas discerns that the opposite is true. Unfortunately, it seems that Dean doesn’t “read” his own situation as clearly.

CaptivesThere are other subtleties that indicate that Sam is more torn about the situation with his brother than his words suggest: I see this especially at episode’s end, when Sam hesitates before going into his bedroom, as if he’s considering talking to Dean. I wish Dean could have seen this split-second of hesitation. Alas, Sam enters the room and shuts the door, closing out his brother and us.

This is in keeping with Sam’s characterization all season; except for glimpses here and there, we’ve seen little of what Sam really thinks. Part of that’s been circumstance (Gadreel’s possession), but I miss knowing what’s going on in Sam’s mind because right now there’s mostly just speculation. We don’t even get a response to Kevin’s confirmation that death isn’t currently a “release” as all spirits are stranded in the Veil, which is “DMV lines x infinity bad.”

There’s a lot going on with Sam. His anger and how he’s handling it speaks to his own internal conflict, which isn’t shown. In the Impala, for instance, Dean talks through Crowley’s possible involvement in the case, and Sam responds somewhat aggressively with “So…what? You want to give him a medal?” But Dean isn’t excusing Crowley; he’s simply “talking it out…business-like.” Sam responds with an eye-roll, but there’s no further discussion. Is Sam still upset that Dean left him and Cas only to partner with Crowley? That’s the insinuation, to me, but there’s also the question of why doesn’t Sam see Dean working with Crowley as a means to an end? What else does Dean’s temporary partnership with Crowley “mean” to Sam?

The brothers’ verbal sparring continues throughout the episode. Dean taunts Sam with “thought you said [the bunker] was the safest place on earth” (when Dean, of all people, knows that’s not entirely true). Sam digs at Dean with “maybe he’s just not that into you.” They bicker in the car, and so on. There are moments of near-normal conversation that are all too brief and generally followed by dialogue that reiterates that Dean and Sam are at odds.

Dean’s volatile emotional state continues, from the scruff to his tearful confessions to Kevin to his persistent solitude; to what end, though, we don’t yet know. Dean punishes himself, taking on guilt for things beyond his control; I’ve always believed this stems from his own “programming” from outside influences. And, now, I wonder just how far his self-isolation is going; considering Cas’s support in “Road Trip,” I find it odd that Dean hasn’t contacted Cas (assuming it hasn’t happened off-screen). The only explanation that makes sense to me is that Dean isn’t allowing himself to call or pray to his friend.

Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 5.41.15 PMRegardless, Dean’s isolation has progressed with the season, and the visuals in “Captives” emphasize where he is now. After the heart-wrenching “Then” and haunting opening sequence, we see Dean lying on his bed with its single pillow; his eyes are shut, and he’s wearing headphones, music blaring. When we first see Sam, he’s dressed casually, as if he was in bed. Does that mean that Dean is back to sleeping fully clothed on top of the covers again instead of indulging in actual pajamas and his favorite “dead man’s” robe? If so, that also says something about Dean’s mindset now.

Dean is motivated after Kevin offers him a task that will, as the prophet says, help to make things right. And after Kevin and Linda are successfully reunited, albeit in different planes of existence, there are a few moments where Dean seems like his old, deflecting self. He cracks a joke about Kevin’s PSAT scores to Linda, and then during their emotional goodbye scene, Dean teases Kevin about the “uninterrupted, 24/7, no escape quality time” with his mom, prompting (what looked to me like) a smirk and eye roll from Linda along with the protest of “dick” from Kevin. All in all, it’s a rather touching scene, particularly when Dean waves goodbye, and one that – I thought for a moment – would lead to a real conversation between the brothers.  Instead, Sam leaves the room, and the episode’s last scene is Dean alone in his room, headphones back on, music blaring, and tears in his eyes.

Supernatural’s ninth season is definitely forcing its characters to reconsider “Who am I?” It’s been quite painful to watch Sam, Dean, and Cas at some points, and I anticipate more pain will come. While Sam and Dean remain at something of an impasse in terms of their relationship, Cas’s journey appears to be progressing. And the way that “Captives” plays with constructions of captivity makes me wonder if Cas isn’t foreshadowing, to a degree, what Sam and Dean must individually deal with before reconnecting as brothers. Because if “The Purge” is about catharsis, then “Captives” is about physical and imagined binds.

Cas’s character trajectory has put him through these paces a few times, as he’s questioned God, heaven, humanity, and so on. Now that he’s (briefly) been human and CaptivesstoIen another angel’s grace, Cas is essentially a hybrid, and it’s interesting to watch him figure out where he belongs now. He wants the angel fighting to stop, even though both Malachi and Bart have told him that his past actions inspired the fighting (9×9, 9×14), and while he angeled-up to prepare for war, Cas has shown no real interest in leading and has sought Metatron on his own.

In his search for Metatron, Cas discovers the neutral angelic faction, The Penitents. Almost immediately, he’s captured by Bart’s hench-angels and taken to headquarters. Thankfully, there are no tortured-Cas scenes in this episode; instead, the shrewd negotiator, tactician, and all-around BAMF is on display. Through Bart, who’s finally given purpose beyond “bad guy,” we learn that, basically, everybody wants Castiel. He’s remembered for his bold moves in battle, and he’s known as “The Rebel.” While some see him as dangerous, others admire him, and he is still a polarizing and galvanizing figure in heavenly circles.

While, canonically, angels have “sought revelation” about orders and God’s supposed plan, “Captives” delivers its own brand of revelation, subtly framing the Cas’s confrontation with Bart with bible verses on the wall referencing God’s will and office designs eerily similar to Naomi’s. At first, Cas refuses to be violent, saying that the angels’ killing “might as well stop with me.” Cas wrests the first angel blade away from Bart, who says, “There can be no peace without bloodshed. He lunges again, but this time, Cas doesn’t hesitate.

Once Bart is dead, Cas doesn’t seize power as he has before; he tells the now-wide-eyed hench-angels, “Let me pass,” and they do. While Cas is at the grave of The Penitents’ leader, telling her that he respects her choices, one of the hench-angels approaches and says, “Yesterday, you showed me I had a choice,” and he, along with a few others, “choose you.” This is Castiel’s revelation: Solo-flying angel or not, he’s a leader by example. Will Cas actively lead? Or will he only do so because he feels hemmed in by obligation?

If Cas is a BAMF in “Captives,” so is Linda Tran. Held captive and tortured, she hasn’t lost her will or her spirit – and I’ve missed her spunkiness. When Sam says it will take a while Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 6.28.53 PMto reroute the control panel, she delivers a classic Mama Tran eye-roll and does it herself. Mere seconds later, when Sam tells her with an anguished look that Kevin is dead, Linda shows her resiliency again. And when the Winchesters let her kill Del, she only stabs him once, cutting off his protests that he was only following orders (adding a new wrinkle to the season-long “I did what I have to” theme).

The reunion at the bunker between Linda and Kevin is heartbreaking. Her conversations with Dean are also poignant; by that point, she had to know what had happened, yet there’s no animosity expressed on-screen. Linda is there for Kevin because, as she tearfully tells Dean, “He’s my son. It’s my job to keep him safe for as long as I can.” And when Dean nods in agreement, I can’t help thinking of Dean’s belief (impressed upon him by his father) that it’s his job to keep Sam safe. Meanwhile, Kevin is telling Sam that he feels responsible for his mother. There’s a lot going on in these scenes, and I wonder just where Linda and Kevin will wind up and what their mutual sense of responsibility suggests about Dean and Sam’s. (I also wonder if Dean’s warning about spirits is foreshadowing…)

Before Linda and Kevin leave, we get one last exchange between the prophet and the Winchesters, wherein Kevin speaks for much of fandom: He expresses aggravation at their continued drama and tells them to “cut it out…this is stupid.” He points out, “My mom’s taking home a ghost. You two – you’re both still here.” Though both agree, when Dean turns, Sam is leaving the room, and the episode ends without the two reconciling.

So what happens next? Tweets from various writers support the reading that Dean and Sam’s relationship is being rebuilt. And if its breakdown enables a relationship between equals that nurtures their bonds of brotherhood and comrades-in-arms and maybe even Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 6.34.17 PMallows them to have fun once in a while, I’ll cheer. (I really miss the glimpses of the friendship that Dean and Sam used to enjoy.) But what will it take to get there? Is Dean’s patience going to wear out first? How much darker will Dean go before some kind of resolution is reached? We haven’t heard much else about the Mark of Cain and its aftereffects, so who knows where that will lead. (Somewhere exciting, I hope!)

As for Cas, what will be his role in the angelic fray? When will he meet up with the Winchesters again?  What is he going to say about Dean taking the Mark? And will the trouble brewing behind the Veil shift the battle lines between heaven, hell, and earth?

All I know for sure is that I thoroughly enjoyed “Captives,” and if Supernatural continues to deliver episodes of this caliber, then I’m excited about what’s to come.

Next week’s “#THINMAN” brings back the Ghostfacers – Will the episode live up to “Captives”? Watch the preview here. Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9 pm EST on the CW network.

Other notes:

  • I’m still loving Dean’s scruff. I also would like to thank whoever expanded the Winchesters’ wardrobes. Dean’s new coat is especially appreciated.
  • If Sam is certain nothing got into the bunker from outside because it’s been warded and sigiled, then how did Gadreel and Cas enter the bunker? Or are angels exempt from its protections? That could make sense if Cas’s comments in early Season 4 are still canon (regarding angels avoiding interaction with humans pre-Cas-gripping-Dean-tight-and-raising-him-from-Perdition).
  • I really appreciate this episode’s continuity, including the radio allowing communication behind the Veil (“Dark Side of the Moon” 5×16) and Castle Storage (“No Sympathy for the Devil” 5×1).
  • Crowley using the alias Daniel Webster made me laugh.
  • According to the map in Bartholomew’s war room, Metatron has only been sighted three times, in Washington, Michigan, and Georgia. For all his bragging about having eyes everywhere, Bartholomew has incomplete data (or at least shared incomplete data with Cas). Considering how often Metatron has met with Gadreel, he’s been on earth more than that…
  • CaptivesBartholomew takes Cas’s angel blade as a security measure; later, after their initial physical confrontation, Cas releases Bartholomew and throws the bloodied angel blade to the floor. Then, when Bartholomew attacks, Cas takes the angel blade Bart’s brandishing and uses it to kill him. It seems that Cas drops that blade (his blade?) behind too. Does that mean that Cas is now walking around unarmed? Or does he have a spare angel blade up his sleeve?
  • As with other episodes this season, the Winchesters and Cas have separate stories, though the lack of direct overlap (neither refers to the other even in conversation) doesn’t present as a lack in “Captives.” Our main characters are all embroiled in emotional, life-and-death situations from the beginning to the end of the episode that understandably consume their attention. This differs from the “The Purge,” for example, which (for me) didn’t depict enough distraction to justify Dean and Sam not expressing concern about Cas.
  • If Kevin can materialize as a ghost, couldn’t he continue working on the tablet translation? So, unless Metatron just overlooked that possibility, why did he kill our favorite prophet?!
  • Now that Kevin’s officially a ghost, do we have to change #KevinLives to #KevinHaunts? (…too soon?)
  • And if you wondered about the third hostage, Jerome, writer Robert Berens assures that, if he was still alive, Sam & Dean freed him off-screen.
  • “Captives” scored strong ratings again.
  • The Supernatural fandom had another Twitter party! Trending terms included #CastielReturns, #Supernatural, and Sam and Dean. Robert Berens live-tweeted the East and West Coast airings; other tweeters included Misha Collins, Jerry Wanek, Osric Chau, Lauren Tom, Jared Padalecki, Robbie Thompson, and Adam Glass. (If I overlooked anyone or any trending terms, please share in the comments below.)
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About Lyda Scott

Lyda Scott is a freelance writer and editor, among other things. A good day is one spent over-analyzing film, television, and literature. Follow her on Twitter @Lyda_Scott.
  • Robin

    Thank you for another insightful and balanced review. I too thought Captives was a great episode which gave us character development for Castiel and a furthering of the Angel wars story line. I loved that while Cas does not want to be a leader again and does not want to kill any more angels he will do both if it becomes necessary. As you said a real BAMF indeed.

    To be honest the show is being a bit heavy handed in trying to show that no matter the difficulties the boys are having with their relationship they will still always have each others back. Almost the exact same scenario was played out in both The Purge and Captives, Dean yells (or phones) for Sam and he comes running. I think even if we aren’t seeing Sams POV his love for his brother isn’t or should never be in question. I do like your pointing out Sams hesitation before locking himself away again, and hope it isn’t too much longer before he and Dean have the reconciliation that the whole fandom is waiting for. Person I want them to have a better relationship not just go back to same one that brought them to this point.

    The appearance of both Kevin and Linda Tran was a delight and Mama Tran was tough and resourceful and heartbreaking in turn. I’m glad that Robert Berens figured out a way to bring Kevin back that makes sense and doesn’t go against canon. I look forward to Kevin and Mama Tran in future episodes.

    My only real criticism is one of omission, it has now been 3 episodes in which The Mark of Cain has not been mentioned, and unless Dean’s downward spiral is a result of that and we see that in up coming shows, I’m wondering how they can just drop or at least “forget” about something that seemingly important.

    • Lyda Scott

      All good points! I’ll also be disappointed if D&S don’t wind up with a better relationship – otherwise, S9’s heartaches will be harder to deal with. And I *loved* how Berens handled the Trans too. I’m really hoping that Dean’s warning about spirits is just a nod to canon and not foreshadowing; I want the Trans happy (or, as happy as they can be, considering the circumstances).

      The Mark of Cain!! I have great hopes for where that might go and how it will affect Dean – like you, I wonder at it being glossed over. (Though isn’t there a brief reference at the beginning of “The Purge,” something about how Dean can’t find research on it? I can’t recall.) But maybe that means it’ll come back big at the end of the season – and that we’ll see Omundson too?! Fingers crossed!

  • dottweets

    Thanks for the thoughtful review. Especially liked your points about what characters see, vs what is actually happening and how that applies both to the angel storyline and the conflict between the brothers. I agree that we need to see more of what’s going on in Sam’s head. We’re given small moments and hints but we do need a lot more, and it would help support this arc much better. However, I can understand both Sam’s side and Dean’s side in this and feel bad for both, and I’m glad we didn’t return to Sam and Dean putting their game faces on and getting over it and sucking it up, putting all their issues and hurts to the side just to keep going. Much as I kind of agree with Kevin, and am fatigued with the brother conflict, that quick band-aid approach has done damage along with the actual mistakes they’ve made. Like you I feel that the only way the brother relationship can repair is if Dean and Sam each get a better sense of who they are, and self worth and identity–I agree that Castiel’s story in this episode may be telegraphing what has to happen for the brothers as well. It was also fantastic to see Castiel’s character development for his own sake, thinking about what he’s been through the past few seasons, that made me happy.

    It was sad but wonderful seeing Kevin and Linda again and I’m glad SPN handled them, and Castiel, with such care in this episode. The three stories–the brother conflict, the Trans, Castiel and the angels, all interconnected thematically even if Castiel’s didn’t overtly intersect, it all felt connected, and the connections between the characters, the different relationships, were poignantly handled. Even Castiel’s physical separation had an unspoken link to the Winchesters.

    I hope SPN gets back to the Mark of Cain story soon. I do wonder how bad things will get for Dean before it gets better, and when we’ll see more insight into Sam’s inner turmoil.

    • Lyda Scott

      I’m hoping we’ll get more of Sam’s POV soon — it really would fill in some of those gaps that are bothering so many fans. Narrative-construction-wise, I feel like there’s a reason for them that we haven’t fully seen yet… and if that’s the case, I hope we get there sooner rather than later! As you say, though, the quick-fix won’t work here (and if we got one, I’d be disappointed. After witnessing all of this heartache, I want real resolution!)

      There’s so much for the last third of the season to cover! And while episodes like 9×14 buoy my excitement for what’s to come, I’m already wondering how much will be carried over to S10…Hellatus may really seem eternal this summer!

  • Jessica

    Thank you for your review. I too am hoping that we learn more about the Mark of Cain and that all this mangst we’re going through will have the follow through of a more healthier relationship for the brothers. I have no doubt that Sam and Dean love each other, but yes, I’d like for them to like each other again, to be friends as well.

    I’m glad Robert Berens is on the writing staff this year. He seems to have a good understanding of the story and the characters. I’m excited for what we’ll see from him in the future.

    • Lyda Scott

      I’d love to see Dean and Sam be friends again – remember the prank war in “Hell House” 1×17? I know they’re older now, etc., but it’d be nice to see them get something of that dynamic back. Also, “mangst” is a great word! :)

      Berens’s eps are on my favorites list for the season – I can’t wait for the next one and really hope he’ll stay with the show!

  • Kate

    Thanks so much, Lyda, for another really thought-provoking review. I think this episode had so much in it, the weight and meaning of which may only become clear at season’s end.

    This did seem to be a transitional episode for the brothers, with those moments where it was so clear that Sam *did* want to talk. ITA we could really do with his POV at the moment. But the Js are really nailing the undercurrent of frustration both Dean and Sam are feeling, because while bickering is their norm to some extent, this incarnation of it is so bitter and *hurt* that it hurts to watch. That said, what has gone down between them is way too big for a simple spackle-over-the-cracks. It needs to be worked out realistically, I think. I’m still hoping that the show is going to follow through on ending
    codependency and the dramatic, damaging gestures that have gone with it
    on this show (though a part of me still worries that they are
    foreshadowing Sam doing something similar to Dean, and thereby
    re-entrenching them). I’m also hoping that there is a bonus to this isolation for Dean, and that it is leading to something really meaty wrt the Mark of Cain storyline.

    I so, *so* love how Robert Berens writes Cas. I think he’s the first writer to truly *get* every aspect of Cas since Ben Edlund (and Jereny Carver too, actually). I think this episode more than any I can remember for a long time really emphasized how Cas is the character in this triumvirate who has progressed the most and learned the most from his experiences. I only wish the show would highlight him more than it has this season.

    What lovely performances from Lauren Tom and Ostic Chau, seriously. I actually didn’t expect that from Tom especially, since mama Tran has tended to be written in a rather cracky manner. I really hope they return and that Kevin somehow buck the trend when it comes to spirits going bad…

    • Lyda Scott

      I think you’re right about 9×14’s meaning becoming clearer later on. The further along we get, the more I think that *all* of S9 will read at least somewhat differently by the end. (I can’t say I’ll ever fully appreciate a couple of the earlier eps, but maybe they’ll “fit” better when all is said and done. Maybe.)

      How Ackles and Padalecki are playing the brothers at odds is absolutely painful to watch at times, even while it’s amazing. And I’m also hoping that the Mark connects to Dean’s isolation and that however Dean’s situation (whatever it becomes) is played out, it reconfigures the relationship(s). I will be disappointed if we wind up back where we started (again).

      Gold stars for everyone involved with this episode! Cas was awesome, so were the Trans, and everyone else too. :)

      (And totally with you on the please don’t let Kevin go vengeful thing… I’m hoping that Dean’s comment was just a nod to canon and not foreshadowing! Do. not. want.)

  • SEpeum

    You write some of the greatest reviews. :) The episode was a fundamental turning point for Cas, who finally found and chose who he wants to be, who he IS, after seasons of trying to handle this difficult free will concept. But most of my comments are about the Winchesters (and they say us Destiel shippers don’t care about the brothers’ relationship…) and the messages offered to them by the Trans, their mirror little family of two.

    Mama Tran: “He’s my son. It’s my job to keep him safe.”

    This clearly parallels Dean and Sam, but the thing that’s slightly OFF about it is also something we’re so used to, so trained (conditioned – almost like Dean) to accept as normal, that it didn’t even strike me until someone else pointed it out: Sam is not Dean’s SON. Younger brother, yes, but grown-ass extremely capable man in his thirties. It’s NOT Dean’s job to be Sam’s mother (anymore), and the fundamental problem between them is that he seems incapable of letting go of that job. As he’s said himself: “But more than a job… it’s kinda who I am.”

    Kevin: “Stop fighting, this is stupid.”

    I think this scene highlighted that it’s just not that simple. This is more than just fighting. They can’t resolve this by just talking or hugging it out. I don’t know what it will take to resolve this. Sam doesn’t know it either. Dean certainly doesn’t know. In real world terms, it would probably take years of therapy among other things. SPN will probably apply its own unique, unlikely blend of nitty-gritty and supernatural, with blood and angst guaranteed.

    Sam’s response to Kevin was “Of course”, but from the way he said it and then immediately cleared his throat, it was clear he only said it to appease Kevin. He had no intention of talking to Dean and quickly left before Dean could even turn to him with awkward expectancy. And I understand why Sam acted this way. He’s TRIED talking to Dean, but he can’t really find the right words and Dean isn’t getting what he’s saying at ALL. Every time Sam tries, he just seems to make everything worse. Sam is just as stuck as Dean here, at a loss for what to do. They’re both captives. And while it may seem like a good idea to just open up and talk about it, in Sam’s particular case, he kinda needs specifically NOT to do that. Sam’s problem with Dean is that he was violated by a brother who does not respect Sam’s autonomy and boundaries. Sam needs to create/reinforce boundaries against Dean. His “terms” of “working together but not brothers” is an attempt to do that. To draw a line. He’s in the same situation as a family member at an intervention for a drug addict – he still loves his brother, but he’s refusing to be his enabler anymore. Sam needs to prioritise his own boundary work right now and leave Dean to figure this out on his own. It’s extra complicated since Dean’s “addiction” is Sam himself, in a way. I don’t think Sam sees any alternative but to withhold Dean’s “drug”. Dean’s going through withdrawal. It’s painful as hell and Sam probably has no clue if he’ll even make it, but it has to happen.

    • Lyda Scott

      I like your reading of that scene! Dean and Sam’s relationship *is* so much more than just “siblings,” and while it’s always been complicated I think that now that they’re in their 30s, it’s really become this tangled up thing that neither seems to know how to negotiate anymore. I completely agree that they’re both captives… and I’m wondering, too, how exactly the Show will free them.

      I also think that Sam’s not talking because he knows Dean can’t “hear” him right now, and I’m also wondering when we’ll see Sam fully acknowledge his role in their dynamic. This season, I think it’s been more subtly played – Sam following Dean’s orders w/o question (9×12), etc. In 9×13 and 9×14, since Sam set boundaries, he asserts himself more – like when he doesn’t back down even though Dean swears the ghost isn’t Kevin. There are still moments that ping for me, though, like when he rolls his eyes at Dean or shuts down – I agree with you that Sam sees the “problem” (however that winds up being defined, if it ever is!) more clearly than Dean; I’m not sure, though, that Sam has recognized how his behavior/choices have enabled their situation too.

      Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

      Sam’s so much more aware that I suspect he’ll fully understand what’s going on before Dean does. On rewatch, I can’t help noticing Sam’s face when Kevin talks about feeling responsible for his mom because of everything she’d gone through on his behalf. That seems a fairly direct mirror of Sam and Dean too – and Padalecki plays that moment in a way that makes me wonder what Sam *really* wanted to say to Kevin then: I understand? Don’t feel that way? What. did. Sam. think? (I *really* want Sam’s POV :))

      Sam’s rightfully upset at Dean’s violation, and I feel for him. Dean makes me sad, too, especially because he doesn’t seem to understand *why* Sam’s upset. I can’t help wondering now if it’s the revelation that Sam would’ve rather died that helped pushed Dean, maybe even as much as Sam saying that he wouldn’t have made D’s choice in the same circumstances. Because if “keeping Sammy safe” is Dean’s job, and Sam would prefer to be dead, then Dean (must think that he) really has failed…

      There’s so much to unpack with these two! What a tangled web we tackle when we talk about the Winchesters :) However Show works this out, I am all for the brother’s relationship changing. If it didn’t need to before, after all they’ve been through this season, it certainly does now! Let’s hope Chuck is merciful and gives us (and the Winchesters) some resolution soon!!

  • Debbie

    I too enjoyed captives all the main chars in this episode Dean Sam Castiel kevin Mrs Tran were spot on Dean and Sam have alot of issues to sort out between them were professional enough to put that aside to help Kevin find his mum which they suceeded . The scene were Sam touches Mrs Trans hand when she asks about kevin was so heart wrenching the pain in Mrs Trans eyes when she knew kevin was dead brought tears to my eyes. Castiel has provern his finally learnt from his past mistakes not to trust Bart who is no better then a demon and although Cas seems reluctant to use violence he still a BAMF when he is pushed, i hope now Bart is dead most of his followers will relent in angel on angel killing and look to Cas as a guide he can teach them alot about humanity and what the true nature of angels are supposed to be guardians of humankind. As for Dean i feel his pain and guilt but he has to come to terms that he screwed up big time sorry i love Dean but im with Sam this time if it was me and my brother did exactly the same i too would be pissed

    • Lyda Scott

      It was such a good episode! The scene between Sam and Mrs. Tran really got to me, too — I hope we’ll see her again!

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I hope we’ll all enjoy tonight’s episode too!