Love hurts, love bleeds, especially on this week’s episode of Supernatural, and really on the show in general. Just about all of the show’s characters have experienced heartbreak and terrible relationships, beginning with the death of John Winchester’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wife, Mary (Samantha Smith), and continuing on with Dean’s doomed relationship with Lisa (Cindy Sampson). It’s worth noting that only two characters in the series’ ever-expanding universe are currently happily married: hunter Garth (DJ Qualls) and his werewolf wife, Bess (Sara Smyth). So, it was easy to suspect that this Valentine’s Day-themed episode wouldn’t be the sort of thing you see in jewelry commercials.
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Among fans, most talk about this week’s episode of Supernatural has revolved around the rumor/wish that it was set up or a test pilot for a “Wayward Daughters” spin-off series, in which Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and her two live-in wards/adopted daughters became hunters who save people and hunt things together. Considering the CW’s love of female-oriented teen dramas, it wasn’t too far-fetched of a possibility. But while some seeds were sown in that direction tonight, the conclusion mostly deflated that theory.
We open on a familiar teen trope: a young couple (Ty Wood and Angela Palmer) alone in a car on a moonlit night. But before you think you know what’s coming next, Claire (Kathryn Newton) interrupts them by holding a blade to the guy’s throat and accuses him of being a monster. He isn’t, however, and herein lies her problem.
Last week on Supernatural, Castiel (Misha Collins) was willingly possessed by Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who (presumably) killed off the show’s beloved villainess, Rowena (Ruth Connell). But whenever this show kills off one strong female character, it has another waiting in the wings of a stand-alone episode.
And this week’s (mostly) stand-alone episode, “Into The Mystic” opened with a happy family listening to The Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” before being brutally attacked by a rather impressive-looking flying creature.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through season 11 of Supernatural, partially because we’re still stuck with so many questions and unresolved plot lines. It feels as if not much has happened this year, and in many ways, nothing really has!
This week’s episode opened with the familiar sight of Amara (Emily Swallow) killing innocent people, this time devouring a circle of religious protesters in a park. Amara’s older now, but she still loves wearing little black dresses and acting like a spoiled brat. Her most recent major malfunction is to blame God for everything, destroy souls, and then wonder why God won’t talk to her. If this didn’t make her annoying enough, she eventually tells Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) her plans for world domination, which include the two of them ruling “as one”. In case what she meant by that wasn’t obvious enough, she then pulled him in for a passionate kiss. Dean’s answer to all of this is try to stab her with the standard angel/demon knife, but it just crumbled apart in her presence.
Supernatural returned this week after a short Thanksgiving break, but there were no signs of the holiday season in this episode. Also, despite reports to the contrary, Sheriff Donna (Brianna Buckmaster) didn’t make an appearance. (I’m not sure why that is, but she’ll likely turn up in another episode soon.) Instead, we got a very dark, slightly disturbing exploration of childhood and regrets.
The central plot revolved around the brutal murders of imaginary friends, starting with Sparkles the unicorn/man (Everrett Shea), and continuing with Nikki the mermaid (Ida Segerhagen), and the near-fatal stabbing of Weems the magical Deadhead (Eduard Witzke). (If this sounds confusing and ridiculous, that’s because it is.) As it turns out, “imaginary friends” are actually zannas, creatures from Romanian folklore who guard children.