I didn’t mind the main plot, except I suspected the young girl’s motives from the start and therefore was unsurprised by her double cross. I loved seeing Crowley again, because the boys actually have a relationship with him, the way they most decidedly do not with Dick Roman. It’s much more fun to try and discern whose side Crowley is actually on than to see yet another smug Dick Roman scene. We get it, he’s a soulless corporate fat cat. Sadly, he’s a rather one note fat cat, which helps neither the surface plot nor the social commentary. The writers need to figure out more Roman/Sam and Dean interaction and fewer Dick jokes.
I felt let down with this episode after Ben Edlund’s masterful entry last week which made me care and worry about everyone. However, the writers do not carry all the blame. Part of the problem is trying to cover too much narrative ground in too little time and having to skip details to get to predetermined plot points. Yet again, I have to point out the series could not afford to center “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” on a guest star at this stage of the season. The time was needed to give this season’s critical arcs the time to play out with depth and resonance. Instead, the show is racing to make up lost time and relying too much on exposition to do it.
I still have hopes this season will end with an emotional punch. All the pieces are in place. It’s just disappointing to have a lacklustre set up going into the finale.