Two Leviathans take on the form of Sam and Dean and frame them for a series of murders. While the brothers take refuge with a surveillance expert, Bobby tries to figure out how to kill the Leviathans and clear the Winchester brothers’ names.
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Well, that’s more like it anyhow.
Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t great. In fact it’s got a number of problems, but compared to the past two weeks this is at least a step in the right direction.
Plus, there’s a guest appearance by Saul Tigh himself, Michael Hogan, so it can’t be all bad.
The episode was written by Robbie Thompson, and to be quite honest, the work he’s done that I have seen, hasn’t really impressed me. An episode of Jericho, an episode of Human Target, and an episode of The Cape are the things I’m familiar with and I wasn’t a fan of any of them. I am curious, though, about his webseries, Ark, which actually sounds pretty good and I may end up tracking down.
It stars Rene O’Connor of Xena fame and all nine episodes are available for viewing on Hulu as we speak. Since that’s his baby, I’m sure it’s worth a look.
However, back to his work-for-hire…
This episode finds the boys hiding out and trying to figure out just how to kill the Leviathan they’ve got tied up in the basement. His name’s Chet and he’s played with gusto by Sean Owen Roberts. Meanwhile, out in the world, two Leviathans have assumed the identities of the boys and have gone on a massive killing spree, making sure to plaster Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) faces all over the news.
Of course the boys won’t stand for that and head out to confront their doppelgangers. But not before stopping off at the home of a fella who owes Bobby (Jim Beaver) a favor.
Frank Devereaux (Kevin McNally) is a paranoid tech-geek who prefers to believe in government conspiracies rather than the supernatural and in a pretty entertaining scene he reads the boys the riot act for doing their business in a less than secure fashion. He makes a lot of excellent suggestions that anyone in their right mind would follow – ditch the car, change up their cell phones, lose the laptop for one with more security, etc.
Sure, that’ll all come back next week, but it was nice to hear someone tell them what idiots they were being. It at least shows that the creators are aware of the shows clichés and are playing with them.
By the time we discover, along with the boys, that the murders are taking place at the locations of their first cases together (during the series, anyway) in chronological order. So it’s clearly a trap designed to draw them out and kill them. And that’s where Saul Tigh comes into the picture.
Before the boys can confront their Leviathan alter-egos, Sheriff No Name arrests them. Which sets up an all-too familiar finale in a police station. It’s a scene we’ve seen over and over, as Sam and Dean sit in cells and wait for the monsters to come for them. But this time, Sheriff Tigh witnesses his deputies murdering and eating each other and quickly comes around to the boys’ side.
This is the first of three huge weaknesses in this episode. The boring familiarity of this final confrontation is so by the book that it could have been written by a piece of software. The second problem is with how Chet is dispatched.
Now don’t get me wrong. Beheading is always a great way to kill a monster. And when a monster can come back from that, the obvious answer is beheading plus forced separation of the head and body. Put the head in a box and dump it somewhere. There’s always the chance that the Leviathans can just grow a new head, though, so there has to be a twist.
And it’s provided in a very unsatisfying way.
Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) is back, stopping by Bobby’s super-secret shack in the woods to thank him for saving her life back in Episode Two. Maybe it’s just me, but while I can buy her stopping by to say thanks and maybe even make out with Bobby (he deserves it!!), I really don’t think she’d just volunteer to start scrubbing the floors.
Supernatural gets a raw deal sometimes with the way it treats women overall. Hell, if the number of times the word ‘bitch’ was used was any indication, women wouldn’t be welcome on this show at all. And of course, every female character comes to a messy end. But seriously, that’s not misogyny. Everybody on this show comes to a messy end.
That’s how Supernatural works.