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Season 11 Reviews 11.7 to 11.10

Continuing on a roll…

11.7 Plush written by Charmelo and Snyder

This could have just been a ridiculous episode. But it’s creepy and tragic…

Nice that they involved Donna in the case, it could have been a stand-alone with random cops but this makes the Winchesters’ world more concrete, to have people they already know in some of the episodes.

The mom, Rita, was another of those one-time characters that SPN does so well in making them real. Her dilemma over her brother, her love and her guilt all came through in the writing and acting, and the grayness of the accusations against her brother made everything so sad. And her speech about ‘fear keeps you from doing things’ was a lovely subtle push to Sam.

I was glad Sam was upfront about the latest vision even as I didn’t like his interpretation any better than Dean did. Jumping ahead to the end of the season, I am upset that for all the faith Sam Winchester had in God, God pretty much ignored him when he did get around to showing up!

11.8 Just my Imagination written by Jenny Klein              

Yet another writer I’m going to miss…

Sam waking up in the bunker and his zombie-like behavior as he’s fixing coffee was priceless, as was his reaction to Sully being real. Dean’s ‘just out of bed’ hair was disorienting…

When Sam and Dean pull up to the little girl’s house they are in their usual clothes, then they get out of the car in their sweaters. It would seem awkward to change in the car in public…

How much therapy is that little girl going to need? And why not include instructions to the mom to deep clean and repaint the kid’s room as well as shower together?

Did they drain the blood out of the swimming pool where the mermaid was killed? And what is Fletcher’s mom going to think about her kid’s sheet being torn and bloody? And Dean just tracks down that VW Bug in no time ‘cause he’s just that good…

The flashbacks with young Sam didn’t work for me. First off, the kid looked too young. I won’t hold it against show for not finding another Colin Ford to play young Sam but I would think they could have found someone a little closer physically…I went back and checked, Sam was 8 when he read John’s journal in ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’ so in these flashbacks he could have been 9. And John and Dean were okay leaving a 9-year-old alone for a few days? Really??? It would have been more believable and still workable if they’d left him with an adult, say an older woman who didn’t know about hunting and who wasn’t especially nice to kids. Why would Sully encourage a 9-year-old to run away?! And then Sam at that age getting a call to take a bus to Milwaukee by himself—just no, there is no way that is possible, so that just pulled me out of the story.

I did love that they used the young Dean actor in the flashback, though!

And there’s the whole Reese/Sully part of the story, which I know I shouldn’t think too hard about because the whole point is to make Sully heroic even though flawed as an example for Sam. Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed with Sully’s character—he was a little too wishy-washy for me.  And Reese just gets to drive away, even though she’s a murderer, because she murdered Zanna, not people.

The conversation between Sam and Sully about Sam’s visions and what he might have to do were spot on, however, as Sam confesses feelings he couldn’t ever share with Dean. Sam’s need to redeem himself is heartbreaking.

I chalk this one up as a good episode, but frustrating because a little more attention to detail and it could have been great…

11.9 O Brother Where Art Thou written by Ross-Leming and Buckner

Amara on the rampage. While there is still ambiguity in her character—especially talking to the priest in the church—her actions are crossing the line into appearing to have become the big bad evil. It’s not personal, per se, she’s just trying to get her brother’s attention, maybe killing his devoted will do it?

And the scene back in episode 3 of the angel/demon meeting in the bar comes to a pathetic conclusion with the angel from that scene giving a rallying speech and then he and 2 other angels get toasted by Amara at the end…So much for that plotline…

Seeing Dean being enthralled by Amara while Sam is simultaneously being mind-gamed by Lucifer really made this an edge-of-my-seat episode, fearing for both of the boys’ welfare! Each has a moment of triumph—Dean breaks free of Amara and does stab her, only to have the blade shatter, and Sam, in the moment I was most proud of him! says no to Lucifer.

It looks like Amara is going to suck Dean’s soul, but kisses him instead, and it is clear to me that Dean is her weak spot. From this point on in the season I was rooting for her attraction to Dean to be what takes her out!

And Sam, poor Sam—the only way to stop the Darkness is to let Lucifer use him as his vessel— my heart stopped while he was pondering, I was so afraid he would decide the other way—and Sam chooses saving himself over saving the world! Finally Sam sees that he doesn’t deserve to be punished like this for the mistakes he’s made!  Then Lucifer pulls Sam in the Cage and Sam still holds hope, saying this is how God showed him it would be in the visions—and Lucifer destroys him by revealing he was the source of the visions, not God…

And that was the mid-season finale which I remember being really upset about!

11.10 The Devil in the Details written by Andrew Dabb

This one felt epic—I held my breath through most of it!

Okay, the dream at the beginning was just silly, and Crowley getting a Sam Pop Funko was pure fan pandering. But then things got real…

Sam declares Lucifer can do his worst, but he knows his brother will save him—words that we’ve all wanted to hear, that Sam knows Dean will come—those words made the episode for me! And then it continues, with Lucifer gaslighting Sam with the 3 scenes of Sam’s past—kissing the coed, the battle at Stull, and sitting with Amelia—well chosen, Dabb! contrasting Sam of then and now, to make Lucifer’s point of Sam no longer being brave enough to sacrifice himself for the greater good…and I held my breath waiting to see if Sam would fall for Lucifer’s mind game…

But Sam showed his true strength of character by reasoning out that Lucifer was selling him a bill of goods and realizing that even if allowing Lucifer to possess him would allow Lucifer to destroy the Darkness, what Lucifer would do after that would still destroy the world, and Sam sets his jaw and says I'm ready to die and I'm ready to watch people I love die, but I'm not ready to be your bitch. Not gonna lie, I cheered the first time and this time too! I was so proud of Sam!!!

Cas and the angel Ambriel—she was adorable…and doomed…and her words were unintentionally deadly to Cas, preying on his self-doubt…And Amara cemented his belief that he was expendable, leaving him ripe for Lucifer’s mind-f**kery in the Cage…watching it now, knowing what will happen, is like watching a train wreck, unable to stop it…

Dean…the visual of what the smiting sickness was doing to him was very effective…He meets Billie, and what is her relationship with Crowley??? and then he pauses at the entrance to Hell. It didn’t register when I first watched it, I was so distraught for Sam, but this time I noticed Dean’s very long pause before he took the first step back into Hell and I bet someone could write a wrenching scene of what was going through his mind as he’s about to descend into the place that broke him…

‘Don’t worry about Sam’—‘Have you met me?’ Ha! Then Lucifer starts pounding on Sam and the melee in the Cage is brutal…Rowena finishes the spell and there is a sigh of relief, and the first time I watched mine was as big as theirs, but this time…this time I watched for the clues…

Rowena’s confession of why she can’t love Crowley was her most effective scene since she joined the show—she was real then, not a caricature, and her pain was so palpable, and suddenly she made sense…I knew, though, that she was dead meat as soon as Lucifer promised to reward her.

What an episode!!!