When tragedy strikes, when all is lost and lives are shattered, all that’s left are the pieces and the survivors. The family remains.
Ah, the double meaning title. Two families remain together, but they remain apart. So, why not put to them to the test through a horrific nightmare with a creep factor that we haven’t seen since season one?
On one side are the Carters, getting a new start in the country with a new house after a recent tragedy. Mom and dad aren’t on the same page, and their two kids are having issues over all the changes. Each one won’t listen to the other. Sound familiar? Yep, the Winchester brothers. Dean is not recovering well from his return from Hell and Sam is growing weary of humoring him, but neither will talk about it.
As the chilling mystery unfolds, we learn that despite the differences, these family members are still devoted to one another. They are willing to do what it takes to survive. The ending isn’t happy though, for both the Carters and the Winchesters are wise enough to admit they’re not okay. Healing is a long, arduous process. Watching this episode is arduous at times too, but overall, it’s entertaining and we’re thrilled to see the show back.
So What Happened?
First, the scorecard. Jeremy Carver is the writer (yes, my love for him is still strong), Phil Sgriccia is the director (plenty of blind love for him too), and the guest actors are Helen Slater (aka Supergirl) and David Newsom (a HITG from every TV show out there). Throw in Jared and Jensen, and the episode has many strengths.
After a teaser where some derelict in his own house meets a bloody end, “Family Remains” picks up one month later after “Heaven and Hell.” An exhausted Sam is stretched out in the back seat of the Impala (and looking pretty doing it), while Dean is researching the next case. Sam protests that they’ve been going non-stop for the last month and they won’t talk about what Dean confessed. Dean ignores him, for there’s a ghost in Nebraska that needs their attention.