Operation Demonstruction: Supernatural Review
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Warning: Supernatural. Season Eight: Episode One. Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers.
Quote of the week:
“There’s a demon inside you and you’re going to your safety school. But it’s going to be okay!”
Guess who’s back? Back again. Nope, it’s not Slim Shady, but one previously Purgatory-bound Dean Winchester. And he’s back with a new found bloodthirsty demon killing determination. Supernatural came blasting back into our lives and thankfully Leviathan are nowhere to be seen.
It’s been a year. The episode begins like any other. We’re outside. It’s pitch black. The mist gathers in the trees. An unsuspecting couple has set up camp in the dreary, murky woods. Suddenly, a twig snaps and you can already imagine the guts and blood spilling. But this time, it’s not a monster covered in human blood. It’s Dean. Covered in monster blood. Nicely twisted, Supernatural writers.
Season Eight’s premiere has brought a lot of surprises and a lot more questions. Dean’s Ruby-esque hitchhiker Benny, Sam and Dean’s not-so-joyful reunion and Dean’s return from Vietnam Purgatory without Castiel. So, let’s begin.
Dean, dude, you’ve got a bit of vampire soul on your arm. You can’t miss it; it’s glowing red and seriously creepy. The Latin incantation, dug-up skeleton and undead vampire rising aren’t exactly getting rid of the creepy factor.
Supernatural audience: Meet Benny. 50-year-dead vampire who helped Dean out of Purgatory. They were seen exchanging words at the vampire’s grave. Benny, getting dangerously close to Dean says, “We made it brother!” to which Dean responds with a hug. Yes, a hug. What happened to “never trust a monster?” I’m pretty sure not trusting them covers all “brotherly” physical contact too.
Speaking of brothers, blogs have made it pretty clear that audiences are less than happy with Sam. Who can blame them? Sam seems to have taken the lyrics “carry on my wayward son” a bit too seriously. Upon their standard soap, holy water, and cut-my-skin-with-silver reunion, Dean finds out that Sam has stopped hunting. Sam has even stopped answering his phones. Sam has stopped everything, including looking for Dean. Now, the heartbreaking part of this revelation: Sam never looked for Dean.
Instead, as soon as everyone disappeared Sam put down his shotgun and picked up a dog. Or unintentionally ran over a dog, leading him to his girlfriend, a veterinarian. Confusing, I know, but Dean sums it up pretty well, “I was in purgatory. Sam hit a dog.” The older Winchester could even pick up the smell of a dog in his beloved Impala. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
One major thing Sam missed out on while playing house with the animal doctor was Kevin’s countless calls to his disconnected phone. Kevin. The prophet. The teenage prophet. Cue Dean’s daggers-for-eyes death stare. Throughout the voicemails, we can see Kevin has changed. You can hear a panicked wrath-of-Hell escapee morph into a drunken, resentful and abandoned mess. In the final message, we hear a soldier with no emotion and no desire to talk to a presumed dead Sam, whom he had been trying to reach for six months. There was also that gut-wrenching fragment of a conversation about Cas, where Dean states that he inexplicably “didn’t make it.” We’re going to need a clearer explanation, which sources (Google) tell me all shall be revealed in episode seven or eight. So, stay tuned folks.
It’s been three minutes and the brothers have already argued about Heaven, Hell and everything under the sun, literally. They might be in the same room for the first time since Purgatory, but they could not be emotionally and psychologically further apart. Dean’s head is in the game; he’s apparently a changed man who affiliates with vampires. And Sam, well he carried on like they promised they always would. But one thing he can’t move on from was that Kevin was his final responsibility, “one of the pieces” he had to pick up.
The name of this season’s game is “Find Kevin Because He Got Away From Crowley and Is All Alone Because Of Sam, Oh and We Don’t Know It Yet but He Might Know How to Destroy Demons Forever.” But, let’s just call it Operation Demonstruction.
de·mon struc·tion/ ˈdēmənstrəkSHən/
i. The action of causing so much damage to the demon system that it cannot be repaired, even by Crowley himself.
ii. The action of mercilessly killing demons.
Now, we need to talk about Kevin. Fast-track through the search for the involuntary high school dropout and the soap-squirting Leviathan check, and the trio is finally reunited. Let me just say this: Kevin Tran is a bad ass. Escaping Crowley’s grasp by reading the “Kill Every Demon in Sight” tablet instead of the “Open Hell’s Gates” tablet takes some serious guts. I guess all that Princeton prep finally paid off.
Kevin happens to casually mention that one of the tablets Crowley made him read said something about banishing all demons off the face of the Earth, locking them away forever. “That could be important, right?”
Yes, sir. Demons are on the menu this season, bringing the show back to its awesome roots and to the devilishly handsome devil, Crowley. A mention-worthy moment was their first encounter with the Ruler of Fallen Humanity; there was one fatality, Kevin’s girlfriend. She’d been possessed by a demon and as a grand gesture from Crowley to Kevin for the betrayal; Crowley snapped her neck post-possession. But one heart-to-heart between Kevin and Sam and a side order of tough love from Dean, and we have ourselves a substantial plot arc. They’re carrying on the family business–saving people, hunting things. They’ve got a plan. I smell trouble. But, that could just be the smell of Sam’s adopted dog in the back of the Impala.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars