What’s this, a recap from Alice??? As you may or may not know, because of time issues, I decided to take a break from writing recaps right after “Like A Virgin.” Would you know that “Unforgiven” came up as the next episode, one of my absolute favorites of the season. I thought about ending that break right then and there, but, as I expected, time constraints won out. Now that I can go back in hindsight and tackle the remaining season six episodes, none thrill me more than taking on “Unforgiven.” It’s loaded with so many great things.
Anyone that’s read my reviews this season know how lukewarm I’ve been on soulless Sam. In “Unforgiven,” I absolutely loved soulless Sam. Why? Because his deplorable actions tied into the memories of the re-souled Sam, thus delivering horrified reactions that were genuine and raw. You know, like that of someone experiencing a deep trauma. You know, the very thing Dean fought to protect Sam from. When soulless Sam is coupled with a current Sam memory, suddenly the coldness takes on a different meaning. When forced to face yourself, the truth is brutal. Enough of the commentary though; let’s go through scene by scene and see for ourselves.
In going through the previews, it’s pretty clear Sam’s wall is dangerous. He’s told not to poke at it or scratch, but yeah, Sam Winchester. He’s so poking and scratching! Did Dean not figured this out after “Don’t scratch your nose” in “Bad Day at Black Rock?” You can’t blame Dean, though; what else was he supposed to do? As we’re about to see, the soulless version of Sam couldn’t be allowed to walk the earth.
Bristol, Rhode Island, One Year Ago. Judging by the very weird and ominous score in the background, bad things are happening. A gun is fired, and to no one’s surprise, one cold-looking Sam is behind it. Judging from the blood spatter on his face, he’s been doing some killin’. What is interesting is the entire scene is in color, where the flashback scenes later are in black and white. There isn’t much dialogue in this scene. Sam shoots, and Samuel looks rather unhappy about it. No, he’s actually very disturbed. Not enough, though, to actually stop Sam from doing this.
They leave a warehouse. There’s a lot of great director’s tricks in this episode, like focusing on the overhead lamp as they go. This episode is meant to have a noir-ish feel, definitely more noir than others this season. Which seems right since this is supposed to be a noir season. Considering David Barrett is new to “Supernatural,” maybe he comes to the show actually knowing what noir is.
It’s raining (shocker!) and Samuel is asking Sam about his bleeding arm. Sam’s in pain for sure, but he’s not going to worry about it until they get out of town. You see, even RoboSam can suck it up. They’re in the Campbell mobile (aka the totally suspicious-looking brown van that doesn’t attract any attention at all) and both are pretty quiet. As in Samuel is disturbed and RoboSam is looking sociopathic. They get pulled over by a cop. What a stupid fool. You don’t pull over two guys in a suspicious van at night without any backup.
Samuel acts all cooperative, and the Deputy calls them “Agent Roark” and “Agent Wyman.” I usually get aliases on this show, but that one stumped me. As soon as Supernatural Wiki told me it was from an Ayn Rand novel, I stopped there. We’ll put them in the “not fun” category. Anyway, the deputy wants them to step out of the van. They do so. Um, dude, two against one?
The deputy is in a bit of a snit. Seems he can’t find the sheriff. He sees blood all over Sam’s arm and tells them they’re coming with him. Yeah, I’m shaking my head, too. They offer to follow, but the deputy commands them to get into his car. Uh oh, now you’ve gotten RoboSam’s attention. “You’re going to arrest two federal agents. Really?” Then he laughs and Samuel isn’t laughing with him. Sam gives him a curt “Have a good night.” The deputy reaches for the walkie talkie, and that’s enough to uncork the unstable soulless dude. Sam beats the living crap out of the deputy, leaving him an unconscious heap in the middle of the road. He must be going on pure adrenaline since he’s beating him with his bleeding arm. I’m sure that’ll hurt more later.
“You think there are maybe calmer ways we could have done all that?” “Do we care?” answers Sam, coming off his little fit of rage. No, Samuel isn’t bothered by this at all (sarcasm!). He gets in the van with Sam anyway and they drive off, leaving the fallen cop behind. I love how the deputy is shown in the background in the middle of the moonlight road with the flashing lights of his squad car in the foreground. Great shot!
Shattered glass. This week, it’s a metaphor for shattered psyche. Cool!
The caption says “Present Day,” just in case we’re confused. Considering souled Sam is watching current events on TV about Mel Gibson, I’d say we probably didn’t need that. Dean walks in, wondering what he’s watching. Sam is trying to catch up. “So, Mel Gibson really took a turn this past year, huh?” Dean has what I think is the best explanation ever, and likely accurate. “Or he’s possessed. Seriously, think about it.” Ding, ding, ding! I say we have a winner. He throws Sam some food while Sam actually ponders that. Yeah, it makes sense.
Dean just got off the phone with Bobby, and they got nothing on Mother of “I don’t care about her” this week. Sam’s phone goes off, indicating he has a text message. Coordinates. From an unknown source. Oh, yeah, that’s not unsettling at all! Sam gets on the laptop, and they’re from Bristol, Rhode Island. No bells are ringing. Three women just disappeared. Sam still couldn’t find the source of the text and is willing to believe it’s from another hunter he met while working with the Campbells. That is some pretty blind faith there, Sammy!
Sam wants to go, Dean smells the obvious trap. “You got mysterious coordinates from a mysterious Mr. X that leads to a mysterious town. That doesn’t throw up red flags at you?” Sam’s wall obviously comes with a crap load of naivety, for he thinks they shouldn’t ignore missing girls. Oh. Sam, you fool. What’s even more foolish, Dean goes along with this, believing if it’s a trap they can just up and leave. Oh, yeah, when has that ever worked? Sam agrees. Well, at least they’re on the same page in the harebrained scheme department.