Supernatural: The Prisoner. Dean’s Quick Surrender to The Mark.

For weeks now we’ve heard all about how Dean was out of control and needed to be cured and I’ve been saying that he seems totally normal. Even better than normal. Now I’m going to say that I see what all the fuss was about. Dean is full on crazy right now.

They start by trying to make us feel sorry for one of the Stynes and it kinda works. So there’s one dude out of this huge family of psychos that isn’t all bad yet and there really isn’t much he could do to get away at this point in his life. Your whole family is still a bunch of monsters though. I’m sorry you get picked on by a young Daryl Dixon and all, but cutting his arm off seems extreme.

Over in Sam and Dean world Dean is understandably upset with Sam for going behind his back and involving Cas and Charlie. I’d say he could have eventually gotten over it if Charlie hadn’t been killed last week, but she did so. . .

Thanks Han Solo.

Dean makes an impassioned speech about how he’s going to rip apart the Stynes and everything they love. I’m gonna go ahead and say that I believed him. So Dean goes off on his mission of death after tracking down where the Stynes live and manages to get arrested (on made up charges because the Stynes were waiting on him). Now he’s in custody and it looks like he’s going to be handed over to the Stynes to be used as spare parts.

Sam is off with Rowena trying to get her to read the spell for the cure with the handy dandy decoder ring that Charlie emailed him right before her death. She doesn’t want to assist until Sam follows through with his agreement to kill Crowley. That’ll go smooth right? I think we should do what Cas wants to do.

This. This is what we should do. Can’t we find another witch? Like the one that’s a hamster right now?

Back to Sam and Dean– Dean is super upset because these cops hit the Impala while they were arresting him and making Dean more upset right now is mostly a bad idea. I’m going to take a moment and address the Freddie Mercury fake ID though. It’s like the SPN writers are trying to whip up a frenzy with the Destiel shippers by throwing in a fake ID with the name of a very famous bisexual. I don’t buy into Dean being gay or bi though. I know that many of you do, but I feel like if they incorporated that into the cannon now it would be just for all the Destiel fans. I don’t think that’s how the show should work. If something the fans want works into the plot organically that’s one thing, but Dean has always been depicted as a womanizer.

Back to this episode though, Dean shows off his ability to figure his way out of any situation. Which is important again in a moment.

So much confidence. I love evil Dean.

After a quick beat down of the Sheriff he finds out where to find the Stynes and gets warned off trying by the guy that’s getting beat down.

Sam on the other hand isn’t haven’t as good of a day. He traps Crowley with a devil’s trap bullet and then places the hex bag from Rowena into Crowley’s pocket that is supposed to kill him. But here’s the thing. Crowley hasn’t been himself lately making it easy to forget that he’s the King of Hell and super scary in his own right. It appears to me that all the hex bag managed to do was remove the timidity from Crowley. Which isn’t great news for Sam.

I like Crowley better when their working relationship is rocky so it’s looking good for that right now.

Dean has made it to the Styne manor and quickly dispatches the outside guards and promptly walks into a trap. Strapped to their operating table he warns them that he will turn into a demon if they kill him, but when that doesn’t work he takes matters into his own hands.

Welcome back scary, crazy Dean. I’ve missed you.

There is a lot of gore in this episode between the Styne’s, Dean’s attack here, and then the fights at the end, but I think the fact that they don’t show Dean fighting his way to safety, but just show him covered in blood afterwards is way scarier. We don’t know what he specifically did, but we know it was bad.

Sam calls Rowena to tell her her hex bag didn’t work and we see her somewhat shaken and scared. I don’t think she knows what her son is capable of. But I have a feeling she’s about to. Cas finds the destruction at the Styne’s and tells Sam that Dean is on his way to the bunker. So they both head that way to see what is going on.

Dean was told right before he killed Papa Psycho that his home and family is about to be destroyed which sent him back to the bunker. This is the showdown that Dean has been after. Dean is now face to face with Charlie’s killer and relishes getting to tell him that he’s killed all of his family before shooting him right between the eyes.

Young Styne that is trying to not be crazy begs for his life and tries to tell Dean he doesn’t have to kill him. Dean responded the only way he could in this mind set though. Do I think he should have murdered Baby Styne? No, but I get why he did. Now there’s no one left to come after him. No loose ends.

I will say that this scene began to make me upset to my stomach. This is definitely the most violent we’ve seen Dean which is saying a whole lot.  How far will he go? Well we get to see almost immediately. Cas shows up right after Dean shoots the boy and begins to berate Dean for his actions. Dean fights back pointing out that Cas has been acting behind his back and acting against his wishes. Cas finally explains it in a way that makes sense to me. Dean had seemed pretty well adjusted up to this point and Sam and Cas were just looking ahead.

My biggest question is is the Mark of Cain making Dean stronger or is Cas becoming weaker as an angel? When Dean was a demon Cas was able to grab him and take him to be tied up. Now Dean easily takes out Cas.

I wasn’t scared that Sam was going to kill Crowley or that Crowley was going to kill Sam, but I did worry that Dean was going to kill Cas. I in no way want Cas to die, but it really would have driven the point home that Dean was off his rocker. Plus even though Charlie just died, this would have been a Bobby level death.

But I’m glad it didn’t happen.

Next week it looks like Death is back (and he’s one of my favorites) and I’m curious as to his solution to the Mark. I just know one thing though:

Supernatural: The Executioner’s Song. The One Where I Was Sadly Proven Correct

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So a while back I made this prediction about Dean when he took on the Mark. This seems like a huge thing for everyone to be ignoring. The Mark of Cain came from one brother killing another so if Dean has the Mark. . .

However up to this point Cain gave Dean the Mark and then took a hike. Yeah they talk about him every now and then, but they’ve avoided this one huge point. We start this episode finally getting to see him again and we see him killing a horrible nasty murderer on death row. So far I don’t have many issues with that. Plus Cain looks pretty amazing. Life off the farm has done him well. His hair alone is pretty fabulous.

So we now have a mystery to solve, but more importantly we have a reason for Dean and Cain to meet up again.

Cut to Crowley and Mom. Rowena is definitely trying to manipulate Crowley still. I don’t quite get her end game. She’s causing issues in his court, but if he is weakened she will also be weakened. She needs to die. . .soon, but I’ll come back to that later. She tries to get Crowley to kill her enemies for her and even though he sees through it he still seems like he’s going to do it. She also does her best to cause strife between the Winchesters and him. Which isn’t that hard since their working relationship has never been smooth sailing.

Meanwhile Sam and Dean have figured out that Cain is killing whole families and while they are telling that to Cas Cain shows up. Once again I really like Cain. He’s killing people like crazy, but unlike other crazed demons we’ve seen in seasons past he’s not killing because he’s enjoying it. He’s killing because he sees it as his duty. And he doesn’t want to kill people that aren’t on his list of descendants. BTW that would be so many people. That long ago his descendants would be a crazy amount of people. Which they touch on, but still— so many people. One might even say that he’s on a mission from God, Blues Brother’s Style.

Finally the boys figure out where Cain is headed next and they prepare for a battle between Dean and Cain. They do this by pulling Crowley in to help (and by lying to him in the process which just help’s out Rowena’s case) and by using some misdirection to trap him. Long story short he is trapped and Dean comes in to finish him off.

This is where it gets interesting. Cain puts up a good fight, but is it just me or does his heart not seem in it. I’m just saying with the power we’ve seen from Cain it seems like he should have been able to make short work of Dean. So maybe he just wanted to talk to Dean before getting him to take his life. Cain has lost his family, his love, and now his humanity again. The only way he can control himself is to live in isolation. I don’t blame him for wanting all of that to end. So even though the boys have won this fight I don’t think they were ever meant to lose it. Cain seems almost bored with this turn of events.

But what he revealed is what is most important. He finally said what I’ve worried about all this time. Dean taking on the Mark means that he will eventually kill Sam. What I found interesting is that Cain states that Dean will kill Crowley first, then Castiel, then finally Sam, So here’s my new prediction: Crowley is about to die. Once Dean kills him it will cause Dean to panic and really try to find a cure (which they already know if they would just think hard). Other reasons I think Crowley is about to dies are: the writers don’t seem to know what to do with Crowley these days. He’s not near the bad guy he used to be and with his control over demons that whole storyline has kind of fallen to the wayside.Also Rowena is undermining his power which will come to no good end.

As much as I don’t want Crowley to die it feels like the way things are moving.

Although I’m sure it was detrimental to Dean’s mental health to kill Cain I feel like it was more because he wanted to believe that he could keep the Mark under control and everything that happened up in that loft told him that he was doomed to go down the same horrible path that Cain had gone down.

Sam is really worried about Dean now so maybe he really does see the writing on the wall.  I know Sam will do everything he can to help Dean so hopefully he’ll get Rowena or Crowley to cast a less extreme age spell on Dean to get rid of this curse.

I can only hope.

What do you think? Will Dean kill Crowley? Will they finally put together the answer that is right in front of their face?

Supernatural: Halt and Catch Fire. The One Where They Forget How to Fix Dean.

There are many things I love about this episode and probably an equal number of things that frustrate me. Last week we found out how to cure Dean, but evidently no one but me picked up on that. Now the boys are still moodily trying to find a cure and hunting down Cain for help.

So other than the fact that they are ignoring the oblivious answer to fixing the Mark I thought this was a good monster of the week episode. After all we haven’t had a killer truck for a bunch of seasons!  And this one wasn’t even racist. We get to see the navigation system take over and kill the crappy boyfriend which kind of is my nightmare. Not really that my navigation system is going to kill me, but more that it will talk back to me one day. It doesn’t seem too thrilled when it has to recalculate.

The boys find the truck and make short order of it and since it happens so easily and quickly we know that’s totally not the bad guy.

Enter in basic white sorority girl that seems to be having fun screwing her way through college. We soon find out that someone is sending her messages online “I Know What You Did Last Summer” style which, of course, freaks her out. This chick reminds me of early 2000 Brittney Spears so I wasn’t too sad when her power cord came to life and strangled her.

It’s been a while since we had some comedy (other than Dean restraining himself around co-eds). Therefore we have a scene that informs Dean that deleting his Internet history isn’t doing what he thinks it’s doing. Plus he eats a lot of food. Then Sam who hasn’t seen the answer to their Mark problem somehow figures out what the random 810 message on sorority girl’s computer means. They just happen to be in front of the house with the address that has 810 in it to see a woman walk across the street to throw away a bunch of flowers on a telephone pole. Fun Fact: this woman is the same actress and the same name as the woman in season 9 that finds the invisible guy in the women’s locker room (remember the teddy bear doctor episode– if you don’t go watch it again now. It’s one of my favorites).

OK I’m going to take a moment to talk about Dean’s ogling of girls in this episode. I’ve seen a lot of complaining about how this is out of character for Dean or how they are just trying to cram down our throats that Dean is straight. OK seriously people when this season started out Dean was sleeping with some chick he’d met in a nasty bar and just last episode he was trying to pick up Tina. He didn’t hit on her after she became a teen, but she was a teen! I don’t care that he was a teen for a moment too because he was still thinking as an adult and would have seen that she looked like a young girl. Also as much as I enjoy some Destiel fun it’s not real. We have made all that crap up in our heads. So don’t get mad when Dean doesn’t act like he’s pining away for Cas.

OK back to this episode:

The wife talks about her husband’s horrific death and the acts confused when Sam questions her about anything odd. So obviously this totally has something to do with what’s going on.

Switch back to some more college kids talking about their big secret. Boy wants to keep the secret and Girl (basic white girl’s roommate) wants to come clean before they get in more trouble. Boy is a super douche and shortly gets his brain liquefied by his loud music (cause that is totally a normal way to kill someone). Still no big loss yet.

Delilah (last standing sorority girl) finally breaks down and tells the boys what happened and what exactly 810 means. Turns out that a few months ago all the victims and her had been driving around while texting and checking Facebook which caused another car to crash into a telephone pole. Instead of stopping to help the guy they drive off afraid of the consequences of driving in a suspended licence. While driving away they see that a power line fell on the car catching it on fire and killing the guy inside. OK I totally believe that would happen. College kids are idiots. She has been wracked with guilt since the incidence and feels relieved at actually being able to admit what she was a part of.

The boys go to work trying to figure out how to vanquish this ghost who has been cremated and they can’t figure out how he’s holding on. Sam goes off to try to figure it out while Dean stays to protect Delilah. It comes to light that the telephone pole was connected to an Internet tower and so the ghost is travelling through wifi.

While Sam is working Dean and Delilah have  a hear to heart chat about how to cope with doing bad things. Dean is somehow both horrible and great at this.

 Way to go Dean, recommend excessive drinking and repression. It seems to be working for him right now though. This is the happiest I’ve seen Dean in a long time. Well after this interlude of feels Sam realizes that they need to get away from all wireless signals to protect Delilah. So yeah about that. . .there’s a lot of wireless devices. When the image of the dead man starts showing up on all her devices Dean does the calm rational thing– and hits them all with his crowbar. He evidently had never heard of unplugging and removing the batteries. Then $4000 in damage later they abandon her room to hide out in the basement only to be cornered by a cell phone that had been lost in the couch cushions.

Never fear!  Sam is to the rescue with a short talk with the widow of the ghost he gets her to talk to her dead husband– Facetime style– saving Dean just in time and allowing her husband to move on.

The big thing that I don’t understand is the wife’s openness to meet with Delilah at the end of the episode. I know that Delilah was feeling bad, but I don’t know that I could be nice to the chick that caved to peer pressure instead of saving my husband. Of course having my husband go psycho killer ghost might help with the healing process.

The boys round out the episode with a heart to heart in the Impala about how Dean wants to stop looking for a cure and he just wants to live his life. Pretty sure you’ve already figured out a cure a hell of a lot easier than finding Cain, but sure whatever. I am glad that Dean seems to be coping and happy.

I would have found this so much more touching if the obvious solution wasn’t right in front of their faces.

Next week: Cain is back!  And makes Dean look super sane and well adjusted.

Supernatural: The Hunter Games. Which characters are coming back and which ones need to leave.

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Well we’ve had a lengthy break so of course this episode involves a lot of set up for the rest of the season. What we got was a tease for who might be coming back, who already surprisingly is back, and I also was reminded of people I want to die already.

Who’s back

Metatron. OK he also classifies as someone that I’m ready to die.  He’s back right now in all his horrible glory. I’m a little unclear on why they’ve been keeping him alive. I also can’t help but think that he had Dean bring back the First Blade, not to remove the Mark ,but to corrupt him more. It definitely looked like he was trying to get Dean to kill him or at least seriously hurt him to make the Mark’s influence grow even more. I second Dean’s motion though. All in favor say aye

Aren’t they dead already?

Rowena. Why is Crowley keeping her around? This relationship is confusing me. He seems to see right through her crap, yet allows her access to the underworld and plays right into her traps. I’m guessing she’ll be around for a while messing with Crowley and trying to take him down. Although I can’t understand her motivation for that either. If he’s no longer in charge she will be made vulnerable. Why can’t she hang out with Dean for a while? That’d end amazingly.

My only thought could be that he’s looking for a reason that she left him. But really I think the answer is easy. She’s heartless and never cared about him. Finally why would he tell the boys where his bones are? For the story I know Rowena needed to know, but that seems like something that Crowley won’t share with anyone after Bobby tried to burn his bones.

Shouldn’t she run away again?

Claire. OK I get that she’s a misunderstood teen that has had a crappy life, but I’m done with her whining. She’s trying to manipulate everyone around her and can’t figure out that Castiel is trying to help her. I know that Castiel’s advent into her life was the end of all that is normal and can see why she is bitter. Still doesn’t make me not tired of her character. I think I would have liked her more if she had joined them in the bunker and was fighting evil with them. Right now all she’s managed to do is distract everyone and almost get people killed. And evidently air all their dirty laundry to nasty hobos. How were those weirdos not scared by her story about Randy and her dad?

She does speak some truth here though.

Who’s coming back

Charlie. OK we know for sure that Charlie will be back next episode. Assuming this isn’t some dream or hallucination that means that she’s back from Oz and for some reason wants to hurt Dean. Obviously hurting Dean right now is a bad idea all around. First of all it doesn’t help Dean trying to get rid of the Mark and secondly he might accidentally kill Charlie with all the emotions from the Mark running through him. I’m interested to see where this is going.

Cain? I really hope so. I love the actor that plays Cain (Timothy Omundson who played Detective Lassiter in Psych) and I want to see him come back. Sam brings up valid points though that Cain has been living in the woods eating corn for years without going on killing sprees so it is possible to live with it. My thoughts are though that Dean is not really going to be able to be a hunter AND have the Mark. If this was the last season I might would think that this was their way to end the series without killing them off.  I also wonder why they haven’t gone to talk to Cain yet. Surely he makes more sense to talk to over Metatron.

I’ll have to just let the image of Cas texting to hold me over until next week.