More often than not on Supernatural, if you see a “regular person”, chances are that his or her life is about to be ruined. Tonight’s episode opened with yet another scene like this, as a teenage girl (Dani Alvarado) found her soul sucked out by Amara (Yasmeene Ball) seconds after she complained about how horrible life is with her mother.
Back at Crowley’s headquarters, which feature tablet-carrying demons and beautifully decorated table lamps, we’re treated to Crowley (Mark Sheppard) giving Amara a stern talking-to. Apparently, his goons have had to find and kill all of her soulless victims, and he wants it to stop. This leads to a lot of half-baked references to parenting that seem to be intended as a spoof of stereotypical father-daughter relationships on TV. (At some point later on in the episode, while he’s supposed to be listening to reports from his minions, he’s actually reading a book with a chapter entitled: “Why She Fights: Understanding Your Rebellious Teen”.) But unlike most family dramas, Crowley’s answer is to push her around with his telekinetic powers and assign a demon to keep guard outside of her room; an approach certainly not in any decent parenting manual. Regardless, Amara has grown into a new woman, one who refuses to eat human souls and has a growing interest in life on earth.
Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are investigating the death of last week’s tragic innocent, Len (Jared Gertner), the soulless yet conscientious prisoner. Dean (Jensen Ackles) soon turns his attentions to Castiel (Misha Collins), who has spending way too much time watching garbage TV while recuperating back home at the Winchester bunker. It’s not all a waste of time, however; Castiel pauses and rewinds a local newscast when he notices Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) filming a local news story.
After declaring himself God at the end of season nine, only to lost his powers completely last season, Metatron has been living what he calls “a pitiable excuse” of a human life, which, appropriately for the pop-culture obsessed former scribe of God, is a direct rip-off of the movie Nightcrawler: filming violent stabbings, accidents, and the like, and selling the footage to local TV news stations. Being human has somehow made him even more of a monster, as he’s willing to let a man bleed to death in order to get a good story (and steal his wallet). As he’s in the midst of picking the poor man’s pocket, a seemingly renewed Castiel is there to save the day. In possibly the best moment of the season, Castiel announces that he’s found the demon tablet that Metatron has been hiding (under his mattress, apparently), and beats him to a bloody pulp. Metatron’s cockiness finally gave way to pleading, as he eventually revealed this season’s big reveal: Amara is God’s sister.
Sam and Dean also received some valuable information, as a trapped demon sent to kill a soulless teen told them about Crowley and Amara’s partnership, which allows the brothers to figure out the location of their secret demon headquarters where she’s being held. A more experienced Supernatural viewer might wonder why the brothers had such an easy time breaking into this demon-filled place and getting into Amara’s room, but I guess this helps narrow down the episode into a manageable 42 minutes. Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) debilitating visions of “The Cage” cracking apart in Hell, however, were truly surprising.
Unfortunately, the rest of the episode was a lot more predictable, as Crowley declared that his “bromance” with Dean was over, and threatened to kill him. Amara finally unleashed her powers upon Crowley, and forced him to allow her and Dean to leave safely. Amara continues to be fascinated by Dean, whom she sees as the epitome of “the sweet triumph and the even sweeter folly” that is God’s creation. As she walks the streets to the tune of “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”, we’re left wondering: has she changed for the better or does she need to be killed? We’re not likely to find out soon, as next week’s episode deals with a rather unlikely monster-of-the-week: a six-foot tall rabbit.
Despite the familiar beats in this episode, it’s nice to see Supernatural finally making some progress this season. There’s been a lot of repetition in the subplots (Castiel’s weakness, an ancient woman with vast power, battling angels), but it looks as though things are heading into fresh directions. As we near a short Thanksgiving break and the upcoming winter hiatus, this episode offers enough intriguing possibilities that should keep Supernatural fans on the edge of their seats.