[Spoilers from episode 2 from here on out]
I will be the first to admit that last season was not my favorite, and going into season 8 with that seed planted firmly in my head, I thought it would take a few nuggets of gold to turn this new season into the “Supernatural” I know and love. It did take a few nuggets of gold — dwarven nuggets to be exact. I can’t predict where the season is headed, but I want to stay in to find out.
Here are the Good, the Great, and the Brilliant moments from last night:
The Good: Tiger Mommy, an appropriate name for the episode and also a clever moniker for Kevin’s mother. Let’s talk about Kevin. After Crowley killed his girlfriend, the Prophet kid was dealt with another dose of hunter-reality. His confident and sassy mother went through the ringer with him. How cute was it to see mother and son share a bonding moment at a tattoo parlor? They were, however, inking their arms to ward off demon possessions, which didn’t work out so well for Ms. Tran. A demon burned her flesh, thus searing off the ink and enabling icky Crowley to inhabit her body. At the end, Kevin ran off with his catatonic mother, leaving the Winchester brothers a note in their wake.
The Great: The Word of God is up for sale. And the Winchesters need money to bet on the prophetic tablet. Sam gestures to the Impala to which Dean says, “No, you say it, and I will kill you, your children, and your grandchildren.” As the bidding begins, the auctioneer says, “Let’s start the bidding with three tons of dwarven gold.” The hilarity with the currency only progresses from there. The boys couldn’t pay, but Tiger Mommy offered up her soul. Crowley ends up sneaking away with the tablet, leaving Sam and Dean back to square one. The struggle for the Word of God works on so many levels — especially allowing for comedic interludes from here to there. The Hammer of Thor pops up, and Sam actually swings it to bust a baddie’s head.
The Brilliant: What happened to Dean in Purgatory? Every so often, Dean looks ill with post-traumatic stress and we dive into a flashback. Dean’s on the hunt for Castiel in Purgatory, and while he interrogates a man in the present by wrapping a tie around the guy’s throat — a horrified Sam looking on — spurts of Purgatory’s not-so-happy-times flash, showing Dean plunging his knife into a monster. Have we seen this side of Dean before? I don’t think so, and with a series that has seven full seasons on its belt, that’s a big achievement. Last season, it was Dean who struggled with the idea of a family, and from next week’s preview, Sam professes his wish to retire from the hunting business (you can try, buddy. You can try). Through another flashback, we also learn about Castiel. In Purgatory, he ran from Dean in hopes that the Purg monsters would leave Dean alone. He says, “I am an angel in a land of abominations,” making him the number one enemy and not a good companion for anyone. Also, a highlight was super cool Alfie (only cool kids can pull off a Wiener Hut hat with excellency), an angel who surrounded himself by demons in order to bid on the Word of God.
What did you think about the episode? Were you happy with Castiel’s reasoning to hide away? Do you like the military war-torn Dean Winchester? Is Sam making smarter decisions? Or is he still naive to think he can have a real life? Do you think Tiger Mommy’s going to stick around for more demonic exchanges? And lastly, is Purgatory just the backwoods of “The Vampire Diaries.” I wouldn’t be surprised. Plenty of things have died in those woods — they could still be lurking around.
Here’s what you had to say last night:
A perfect tweet for the Tiger Mommy episode:
ⓢⓐⓡⓐⓗ ⓜⓐⓡⓘⓔ (@sarahluvsyou_) October 11, 2012
Andressa Holiday (@andressaholiday) October 11, 2012
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— Becca Ritchie