This show is making my brain hurt. That’s always been a hazard with Supernatural but this season my head wants to explode only two episodes in. When Kripke stated his goal for season four was to hit the ground running he wasn’t kidding. I’m thrilled.
I mean, look at episode two from the previous seasons. Wendigo, Everybody Loves A Clown, and The Kids Are Alright are hardly mentioned among the series greats, the first two making many worst lists. The latter was an improvement because the season three opener was a stinker, but it wasn’t a ground breaker. Here the ground is not only broken, a giant chasm has opened and is sucking in us all. How awesome.
A Musical Intro in Episode Two?
Bonus, another classic rock intro! On comes “Lonely Is The Night” by Billy Squier, and the sequence put together is better than last week's. That song is off of one of the most overplayed albums in the history of classic rock, “Don’t Say No.” Now I have a new great memory to go with that song instead of having to turn it off in boredom. This show has already done that for me with Styx’s “Renegade” and Asia’s “Heat Of The Moment,” so why not Billy Squier?
A woman is asleep on the couch, holding “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.” That’s some pretty heavy reading to fall asleep to. I’m saving all philosophical discussions for the next part, so make note for now. Lights flicker, she goes to the arsenal, and we know from “Born Under A Bad Sign” that anyone with that collection of arms in their closet is a hunter. She booms away the first spirit, draws the salt line, and the spirit comes back to scare the crap out of her. Apparently she knows him. She turns to find another spirit has stuck its hand into her chest. At least she went down swinging.
This episode was written by the always entertaining Sera Gamble, and the director was the always fantastic Phil Scrigga. That’s likely why this episode feels comfortable and familiar to fans, even with all the new mythology we now have to overanalyze.
The conversation gets heavy right off the bat. I’m pleased though because if the whole angel thing had been glossed over or if Dean had kept that from Bobby and Sam, I would have been upset. I’m especially impressed he didn’t try to hide the truth from Sam. Dean can’t accept this is an angel while Sam is more than open to the idea and we're taken back to “Houses of the Holy.” I guess Sam still believes in angels and God. They argue while Bobby’s face is buried in books and wisely staying out of the discussion. Considering the words “fairy dust” came up, I don’t blame him.