Supernatural: A Little Slice of Kevin


by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)

Warning: Spoilers – Season Eight Episode Seven.

Supernatural is back on track this week, bringing the major plot arc back with Kevin Tran, Crawley and Castiel in “A Little Slice of Kevin.” The episode focuses on the mysterious disappearances of otherwise unlinked people from around the world. The connection we can immediately establish through the flicker of dead-black eyes is that demons are behind it. But what do they want with these random individuals? Turns out our Wiener Hut angel from “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?” had succumb to torture and told Crawley the names of all future prophets. I believe Prophet Hunting is the sport’s official name.

Meanwhile, a hallucinating Dean constantly saw Castiel everywhere and in a very uncharacteristic move, actually told Sam about it. Refreshing. Thankfully, Dean wasn’t suffering from Season-Six-Sam-Syndrome as Castiel arrived muddy in their hotel room with no recollection of how he got out of Purgatory. Cas is back! Bearded, but back. Castiel had arrived in the nick of time to inform the Winchester boys that the names they couldn’t link were indeed names of future prophets. “Future prophets” because only one can exist at a time. In a throwaway statement, Castiel suggested that Chuck, our favourite novel-writing mystic, is dead as Kevin is the present-day prophet. It would be a shame if Supernatural killed off a series favorite with no feasible explanation. Speaking of feasible explanations, how did Castiel escape Purgatory? Firstly, and to counter Dean’s “I fail everyone I care about” monologue, Cas came clean about what really happened in the pit. Dean didn’t leave Castiel behind, as the previous flashbacks of the season have suggested. Castiel stayed behind, in order to atone for his mistakes. Major Leviathan-waking mistakes.

This episode also brought Kevin and mother dearest back into the mix. Their plot this episode was important but dragged out. The important conclusions were:

1. The Winchesters now know where the Trans are and they’re not letting them go

2. Crawley knows the Winchesters can close the gates of Hell forever

3. There are other tablets in existence

4. Crawley cut Kevin’s finger off…and Kevin is not happy

In “A Little Slice of Kevin” Mrs. Tran, attempting to make an endless stash of Demon-Bombs, hired a witch off Craigslist to acquire the ingredients needed. Never trust Craigslist; their variety of witches tends to be double crossing. And into the belly of the beast Kevin went. Thankfully, feisty Mrs. Tran turned the tables on the demon whose job it was to dispose of her and tortured said demon with a holy water pistol and Dean’s handy dandy demon knife into telling them where Crawley took Kevin.

After Kevin’s rescue, we have ourselves half a tablet, a nine-fingered semi-functioning prophet and a better idea of what happened in Purgatory. In the final moments of the episode, after the “Crouching Cas, Hidden Power” showdown between Crawley and Castiel, the angel was buzzed back…to Heaven. Unfortunately for him, after deciding to stay in Purgatory to repent for his sins, a band of angels came to his rescue. In return, he is Heaven’s new snitch. An interesting twist on this seen-before tale is that Castiel has no idea what he’s doing. The angels have made him spy on the Winchesters and report back to them, but simultaneously erased any record of their meetings from his memory. This could get ugly.

Side note: Kudos on the “A Little Slice of Kevin” pun. Slice… Finger chopped off… Get it? No? Okay…

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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