This Friday’s episode of Supernatural (preempted from last Friday) is destined to be a series classic based on all the advanced reviews of the show. While every review agrees they can’t divulge too much about the Sam stuff, what they can reveal is fantastic. First and foremost, they all agree that the Dean and Sam of earlier years are back. The interaction between the brothers now is very different from those we saw in the first half of the season. The best of Dean and Sam’s brotherly dynamics is in play. Many agree the boys are most like the brothers of season two, though ‘Sam’ of season one has been suggested as well. Regardless, the loving brotherly relationship has been something fans have been wanting for two years, and according Sera Gamble’s interview with Mo Ryan, the brothers’ relationship will be “puppy dogs and rainbows” from now on. Let’s hope it’s true!
But let’s start at the beginning. The episode starts with a two-minute “Road So Far” montage set to classic rock music which reminds you of everything that’s happened so far this year. Reviews also report there are several excellent music cues in the episode, including a piece that seems very magical and medieval in tone.
“Like A Virgin” picks up immediately where “Appointment in Samarra” left off. It is minutes after Death has returned Sam’s soul and Dean and Bobby are awaiting Sam’s fate. Cass responds to Dean’s call, and confirms Sam’s soul is back in place, however, Cass restates he objection to Sam being re-souled, and has more warnings for Dean about the condition Sam’s soul is in.
If you’ve seen the promos, you know Sam is back on his feet in plenty of time to help slay the virgin-stealing dragons, although once awake, Sam has no memories of his time on earth without his soul. Jared Padalecki turns in a wonderful performance that is a great change from Robo!Sam, especially if soulless!Sam was not your thing to begin with.
By all reports, the emotional reunion of the boys is a scene we have all been waiting for since the first episode of the season. (I, personally, am hoping for a brotherly hug beyond any brotherly hug we have ever seen in the series’ 5 years!) There will be quite a few tender moments of hugging, camaraderie, and special chats between the boys once Sam wakes up, including a classic impala chat more towards the end of the episode. Sam and Dean do appear to be on the same page — at least momentarily.
But there is also some residual tension, at least on Bobby’s end, for the way Sam treated him. He is glad to have Sam back, but it’s not everyday you forget and forgive someone you love holding a knife to you. Seems the relationship between Bobby and Sam has suffered seriously, but not irreparably.
And who would have thought that Bobby was a Harry Potter fan! But yea, he it! Apparently he really does read everything. And there are a lot of other one-liners that keep the episode from getting to ‘dark and dreary’, according to one reviewer. Here are some of the ones we will be treated to on Friday (compliments of Danielle Turchiano’s review – LA TV Insider Examiner.)
“Just because it kills your liver don’t mean it ain’t medicine.” – Bobby Singer
“I’m sending Death a damn fruit basket!” – Dean Winchester
“What was that?” [Re: Bobby’s attitude] – Sam Winchester
“One part age, one part liquor.” – Dean Winchester
“Nobody’s judging anybody here, but should you really be wearing that ring?” – Dean Winchester
“What kind of thing likes virgins and gold?” – Sam Winchester
“P. Diddy?” – Dean Winchester
Castiel and Sam also share a scene together. It’s a big one by all reports which includes an awkward and very funny moment as Cass tries to show his true feelings about Sam’s return. It was also revealed that while Cass is only in the show a short time, he plays a crucial role in the episode overall.
And, oh, the comedy! All of the reviews raved about the comical parts of the episode. A scene with Dean will make us laugh out loud. Basically, Dean fights a stone which is all part of Dean’s quest to acquire the dragon-slaying sword. TVOvermind reports Kim Johnston Ulrich makes a guest appearance as Dr. Visyak, a â€˜sassy female medieval expert’ who is a professor on all things dragon, and apparently has a history with Bobby. She does some awesome facial expressions during Dean’s fight with the rock. By all reports this scene is comedic to the max, and Jensen does a superb job with it.
Also Dean does a 40min commentary on virgins which is something none of us want to miss. In one of the trailers we see Dean telling Sam about the missing virgins and the way he said ‘virgins’ was so much like the old Dean, it gave me goose bumps. Yes, seems old Dean is back, and what a welcome return.
As for the case and the MOTW, it’s a classic Supernatural tale with glimpses at a scary creature and girls who need rescuing. We learn a great deal more about the mythology of season, as promised by Sera Gamble, and are also introduced to a new villain who is ‘more formidable than those who have come before’. SCARY!
While waiting for Sam to wake, Bobby works on translating a really old manual, to figure out why the virgins are being taken. Dean makes a mention of Crowley and then holds a somewhat lingering gaze after finishing his thought. The moment leaves one reviewer to wonder “if when all is said and done there is a ritual somewhere that could unleash all of the previously vanquished demons back on Earth.” EVEN MORE SCARY. Can’t imagine Lilith, Ruby, Alistair, and Azazel all back in the Winchester world!
All of the hints about Purgatory and the alphas start to come together. Obviously we don’t get all of the information yet, but we’re certainly are given more than what we’ve seen to date. As for the dragon, it’s an ‘original twist on a timeless legend. Basically, the coolest dragon ever.’
The official synopsis: DEATH RETURNS FOR A MEETING WITH DEAN â€” Dean and Bobby anxiously wait for Sam to wake up to see if Death was able to restore his soul without causing Sam to lose his mind. Meanwhile, Dean and Bobby investigate a disappearance of virgins and discover dragons are behind the kidnappings. Bobby sends Dean to a doctor who owns the only weapon in the world that can slay a dragon, but Dean must prove himself worthy enough to take it. CW Publicity
The CW promo videos for the episode are below.
All reviewers agree “Like a Virgin” is emotional, funny, action-packed, and full of lighthearted banter between the brothers with many pop culture references. Adam Glass gets a lot points from reviewers for his well-balanced script and director Phil Scriggia keeps the story moving along, with some very ingenious camera shots, including one of the boys from the back seat of the impala.
The episode seems to be a classic blend of Supernatural emotion and humor and definitely one episode you don’t want to miss.
Hope everyone, everywhere welcomes the boys back in style! It has been a long time coming.
Happy episode all! Come back and tell us what you think!