7.04: The Egyptian god Osiris wreaks a bloody trail of deaths as he tries and executes anyone guilty of past mistakes. Sam is forced to defend his brother when Osiris targets Dean for his guilt over all the things he’s believed he’s done in his life… and calls Jo as a witness.
7.05: Sam and Dean deal with a witch who is using her powers to terrorize a small town. They soon discover that she is taking out her anger with her husband, who she discovered was having an affair.
Supernatural airs Friday nights at 9:00 on the CW.
And what we’ve had for the past two weeks have been two different examples of how to not keep viewers interested.
Episode Four, “Defending Your Life,” does an admirable job trying to establish relevance by focusing on Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) overwhelming sense of guilt. However, the conceit used to address the issue just doesn’t work, no matter how guest-star Faran Tahir chews the scenery as Osiris.
Of course it’s not as straight-forward as that, with the accused actually judging themselves with Osiris then calling up spectral assassins who hunt down and kill the judged.
Which is bad news for Dean.
Tahir lights up the screen with a flamboyance that is refreshing, but there was just no other energy in the entire show. Not even the surprise appearance of Alana Tal as the ghost of Jo can liven things up.
But it was a tedious, vaguely annoying way of getting us to that revelation.
Last week’s episode, “Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” hearkens back to standard Monster-of-the-Week episodes that kept me from watching the show during its first season. And not only is it a throwaway monster hunt, but the concept of the feuding married couple who happen to be centuries-old witches isn’t funny.
It could be, but it’s just not.
If it weren’t for the stunt casting of Buffy and Angel alumni James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter as the witchy couple, there wouldn’t be a single reason to watch this one. And it’s still a stretch.
Neither actor really brings anything special to the episode, and it really does seem like someone realized this script was weak and something had to be done to get eyes on the screen. And it’s not a bad idea.
The only real contribution this episode makes to the season overall, is Spike is able to magically zap the Cheesy Leviathan into a temporary coma, allowing the boys to truss him up, toss him in the trunk, and head for Bobby’s to see if they can figure out how to kill them.
I’ve got my fingers crossed for the next episode.
Especially after two episodes in a row.
Paul Brian McCoy is the writer of Mondo Marvel and a regular contributor to Shot for Shot. His first novel,The Unraveling: Damaged Inc. Book One is on sale now for Kindle US, Kindle UK, and Nook, or can be sampled and/or purchased at Smashwords. He is unnaturally preoccupied with zombie films, Asian cult cinema, and sci-fi television. He can also be found babbling on Twitter at @PBMcCoy and blogging occasionally at Infernal Desire Machines.