Then there’s Sam, whose been wowing us with his leadership and self-confidence in the face of danger the last few weeks. Sadly he did a total 180 and goes back to being a pathetic, worrying basket case. The boy’s mood changes like his hair. He’s supposedly not sleeping these days and wearing himself thin. I’m hoping this is a setup for the next episodes otherwise the lack of consistency in his character is baffling. Also, casting Matt Frewer as Pestilence is sheer brilliance, writers trying to out-gross one another is not. The super disgusting scenes from the second half of this season are fun the first couple of times but now... I’m over it. You win, Dabb and Loflin. Can we move on now?
The episode isn’t a total waste. If there is one major plus, it’s the return of Dean Winchester in classic form. No, he’s actually better than ever. He’s funny, sexy, brilliant, tough, and all the things that make us fangirls swoon. Welcome back, Dean! Also, I tend to use the season one episode “Bugs” as my yardstick for bad episodes. “Hammer of The Gods” isn’t that low because the guest acting of Richard Speight Jr. and Mark Pellegrino is through the roof. Both are so amazing, so dynamic in their roles and their standoff scene together is sibling rivalry at its most intense, despite the less than satisfying outcome. Lucifer is truly broken up over having to kill his brother, but as Gabe so skillfully pointed out earlier, “No one makes us do anything.” Luci missed that memo and that sets him up to be the truly scary nemesis he should be in the showdown to come.
The idea of the luxury hotel mysteriously in the middle of nowhere is pretty cool too, but man, the pacing really kills that promising setup. The episode crawls along for most of the scenes, even if it is really amusing to see Sam and Dean in a nice place for once and Dean declaring that the pie table at the all you can eat buffet is better than Heaven (he should know too). As a matter of fact, only two scenes are above average. One I already alluded to, the Lucifer/Gabriel showdown. The other is after Kali talks about Westerners being savages before brutally spiking Gabriel with what turns out to be the fake archangel blade. When Dean gets up and does his conceited speech to the Gods, all while Sam throws him looks of “What the f*** are you doing?” I haven’t laughed harder at a Dean moment in a while. He’s all confidence and arrogance on the outside, but when he turns away he’s completely freaked out. My favorite part? “We can either take on the Devil together, or you lame ass bitches can eat me.” Then it dawns on him. “Literally.”