Warning!!! If you haven't seen "As Time Goes By" yet, read no further! There will be plot discussion and lots of spoilers, so don't ruin it for yourself! Watch the episode before you come and chat about it.
I have a feeling I'm going to be in the minority with this opinion, and that's totally fine, but I did not like this episode. Like, at all. I just had so many issues with it that I couldn't enjoy it. In fact, I disliked it so much that I'm going to do a little speculating and then bullet point the rest because I honestly don't feel like writing up anything more than that. I don't want to spend more time on this episode than I have to. Bad, right? Yep, that's how much I disliked it. Feel free to try and change my mind in the comments section!
Speculation Station (shh, just let me have that bad rhyme)
10-1 there's a tablet in this "supernatural motherlode" repository or whatever it is. I'm hoping it's a really mundane one, though, like "How To Make Coffee the Way God Likes It" or "Gabriel's Favorite Dirty Jokes" or something like that. I'd settle for a "How To Resurrect Fallen Angels" though. Think they're gonna have Garth and Kevin hole up there? I know Garth would love to get his hands on that kind of material. And this key thing, is that just to open the door to this secret knowledge area or does it translate everything for you or what's going on with the key? Honestly, I did not understand most of that exposition between Sam and the old man. I kept getting distracted by the whole "inside the box there is a key," and I was like, "there must be a lock, then. Damn it!" And what do you think Sam and the old man were talking about by "that thing" Abaddon really couldn't get her hands on, like it would be a game changer? Tablet is my guess.
Umm, that's kind of all I've got because everything else is just gonna be me poking at what I considered plot holes. So here goes!
- I felt like this episode tried to set up too much. Men of Letters, Knights of Hell (really, though?), the origin of Ruby's knife, this supernatural book repository, John Winchester's sudden father issues. There was too much going on, so none of it got fleshed out properly.
- I also felt like this was a little repetitive, with the whole "Sam and Dean have a family member with a secret life they never knew about" thing. Mary's reveal was much better.
- I guess Dean's favorite gun got restored from feathers at some point in last week's episode.
- The John Winchester Dean met in a diner did not seem like the kind of person with crippling daddy issues. In fact, another patron told John to "say hi to his father," and John replied that he would. Who is this other father? Stepfather? Continuity error? John had a lot of issues, but daddy issues? I don't see it. Retcon of the worst kind.
- Speaking of John, Dean is suddenly his champion again? Sam suddenly is angry at him now? Because when we last dealt with John issues, these two came down on the opposite side of where they did tonight.
- Did anyone else find it a bit odd that Dean was SO gung-ho about saving Sam and being so demonstrative about how important he was to him, etc.? Like, I get that when Sam is in trouble, Dean's gonna save him. No brainer. But the Dean of now, who has very recently had some serious issues with his brother, would be more likely to say something along the lines of, "he's my brother, and no matter what's going on between us at the time, I'm gonna save him if I can." See what I did there? I acknowledged things that happened in previous episodes!
- If Henry was such a bookworm, where did he learn that handcuff trick?
- So now angels leave real feathers lying around? And Dean just happens to have some in his trunk?
- Dean and Sam are both very smart people, and we've seen them be innovative countless times. Neither of them thought about a devil's trap on a bullet before? That was pretty cool, though.
- Abaddon and Crowley needed to have some screen time together in this episode. Snark city!
- Can one person on this show NOT have daddy issues?
- Just a casual reminder, Dean, that you do have family aside from Sam. He's your half-brother, Adam, and he's in HELL. Remember him? No? Okay then.
- Normal, Illinois. Nice try! No one is normal on this show, not even Illinois!
- "Dudes travelling through motel closets, that's what we've come to?" That was a good line.
- Henry broke Baby's window. Bad John! No! No! But Dean miraculously got it fixed before the drive at the end. Unless that was some really glass-like plastic sheeting.
- That demon smoke spying thing was pretty rad. I'm guessing only the Knights of Hell (again, really?) can do it, though, since we haven't seen it before?