I know, I know, I’m falling behind. Besides being a mom, and a seamstress, and a property manager, oh and a band manager I’m also the volunteer coordinator for some area beer festivals. So I’ve been knee deep in festival organization lately and although I’ve gotten to watch I haven’t had the time to write anything. So here’s my catch up article.
“Blade Runners” accomplished many things plot wise. First off we finally got to see Crowley get back in action. His struggle with his human nature is interesting, but not as interesting as Dean becoming increasingly disturbed. Crowley’s desire for approval from Dean and Sam throughout the episode was slightly pitiful to watch. However I didn’t blame him at all for taking the first blade away at the end of the episode and threatening the boys. Here’s my question though: Why kill Crowley? Abaddon has shown what the other options look like for the ruler of Hell so why not stick with the Devil you know? Is Crowley a bad guy? Yes. But aren’t the other options worse? Why not accept the King of Hell that you can actually work with every now and then?
Also Magnus proved to me definitively that The Men of Letters are just as big of douches as the Angels. I am not sad that Dean chopped off his head even if it did speed along his crazy that much faster.
He just has a head meant for chopping off.
Sam doing everything he could to get into save Dean tells me that he’s moving towards the realization that he needs to forgive Dean for saving him with Gadreel. I can now officially call crap on his act that Dean is just a partner to work with and nothing more. That was panic on his face when he got thrown out of the house.
Now to move on to “Mother’s Little Helper.” There is so much I love about this episode. On the basic level I loved that the “monster of the week” played into the main plot. The middle seasons did this the best and I love it when this works out. It feels more cohesive that way. After all if they are searching for the big bad it makes sense that pieces of the big bad would cross their path. Some of my favorite episodes have the boys doing their thing and then having issues with a part of the big bad of the season (When the meet War when the go help the other hunters, all the manipulation they encountered while going against Yellow Eyes, etc.)
Dean jonesing for the First Blade is remarkably similar to Sam’s hunger for demon blood. That being said I hope that Sam can empathize with Dean’s struggle instead of being all judgey like Dean himself was. Sam is also getting a taste of how much it sucks for your brother to be all douchey. The exchange between Sam and Dean when Sam leaves to go on a hunt was satisfying. I really think Sam thought he could pitch a fit, ignore Dean and then finally see Dean crawl back apologizing. But of course in reality what we are seeing is that while Sam was on his period Dean accepted the Mark of Cain and pretty much agreed to become a monster himself (I wonder if he’ll ask Sam to kill him because of this? After all he usually takes a hard line on monsters).
I know it’s all very deliberate, but it will be interesting to watch now that the shoe is on the other foot. Dean loves control and I wonder how he’s going to react while losing it.
The new Dean/Crowley friendship is enjoyable as well. Dean seems to know that working with Crowley is a bad idea, but his actions seem to show that he’s enjoying teaming up with him as much as I am watching it. I wonder how Cas will react when he shows back up in the next episode and sees them working together. I mean that as in an angel seeing Dean work with a demon, not in a Destiel way. Although there is that aspect too.
I’m glad Crowley finally seems to be playing his own game. As much as I hate seeing Dean manipulated Crowley needs to be on his A game to get rid of Abaddon. Especially with the revelation that Abaddon is creating an army of new demons everyone needs to be focusing on that small task. Maybe Dean and channel all that rage and love of killing into killing demons. Maybe. Hopefully.
I think the biggest unasked questions so far are: Once Dean kills Abaddon how will Dean get rid of the Mark? Will he be able to? I’m assuming the actual Cain isn’t dying to get it back and if he doesn’t take it who will? Does Crowley want it? Is that part of his end game at this point? That would be a lot of power for the King of Hell to have. And does the original Cain have an ulterior motive?