I find myself in awe of how after all these years, this show continues to surprise me. I have been chomping at the bit for more information about the Mark of Cain and the First Blade since we learned about them weeks ago. So I was very excited about this episode. And it did not disappoint.
I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the solo Crowley scenes in this episode. It was fun watching him spin out of control as he fell deeper into his addiction. (This may be the only time it’s appropriate to say that watching someone crumble under addiction is “fun”.) Anyone who knows me knows that I love to hate Crowley. But recently, it’s been getting harder to hate him. He has always been such an interesting villain because you can’t help but like him a little. And ever since the attempt to cure him, I’ve been even more inclined to feel sorry for him. In this episode I even found myself wishing that Sam wouldn’t be so hard on him. This is Crowley we’re talking about! He is arguably the most dangerous villain that Sam and Dean have ever faced and I’m over here wishing that Sam would be nicer to him. I would be the worst hunter.
It didn’t take long for Crowley to snap back into his old ways though. Being the only Supernatural villain to survive as long as he has, it’s clear he knows that Sam and Dean are not to be trusted. He’s the only baddie who has not made the mistake of underestimating the Winchesters which is probably why he’s still alive. Now that Crowley is clean, I wonder if he’ll revert back to his old devilish ways or if he has been forever changed by his addiction? I’m rooting for Crowley with a dash of humanity. What about you?
Can I just take a minute to gush about Magnus? What a cool character; living in luxury and completely hidden from everyone. There was such an ease about the way he used spells to alter anything he wanted. That seems to be a recurring theme among the Men of Letters. It’s so different from the way we see Sam and Dean use spells on the job.
I was so excited about the possibility of a surviving member of the Men of Letters, even if he turned out to be a total douche. Since the whole concept of the Men of Letters was introduced I have been hoping that the writers were planning some sort of comeback for them. Maybe not to the extent that they were operating before the massacre, but I had hoped that a few remaining members would crawl out of the woodwork. I guess that’s still a possibility, but it certainly seemed like Magnus was the last of them. I have to say I was kind of bummed that he was killed off so quickly. I think he could have made an interesting villain during the Mark of Cain story arch. But I suppose we have enough villains this season.
Speaking of the Mark of Cain, what the heck just happened? I don’t think I can fully explain just how excited I am about this story arc. To me, it feels like a breath of fresh air; something new to work with. Yes, I know that the Mark of Cain is doing bad things to Dean but I can’t wait to find out exactly what that means. I’m a glutton for punishment. We know that Dean suffers from some sort of rage when he holds the blade and it sounded like the more he held it, the more those feelings would take over.
Magnus: “Next time it will be easier. You’ll get used to the feelings, even welcome them.”
Well, that doesn’t sound good. But is it just rage or is there something more behind these feelings? And who will they be directed towards? Anyone who stands in his way? I have to know! Does anyone have any theories?
Either way, Dean is really going to need Sam to get through this. Sam is the only one who can talk him down when things get overwhelming. I don’t think Dean could have put that blade down if Sam wasn’t there to urge him to do so. Thankfully, it seems more and more that Sam is willing to try and patch things up. The tension between the brothers has started to ease in these past few weeks and things felt practically back to normal in this episode. Sam even referred to Dean as his brother! “Take me to my brother.” That made me grin like an idiot. I’m not stupid, I’m sure there is still some trust to build and some car-side conversations to be had. I just think we’re on the path to reconciliation and that makes me happy.
Well, it goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I am so excited about all the possibilities that the Mark of Cain brings. I’m also thrilled to have Crowley back in action. And not a moment too soon since it looks like our favorite red-headed nemesis will be making an appearance next week. It really has been too long since we’ve seen her. I can’t wait to see what she’s been up to. So what did you all think of the episode? I’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions below!
Now, time for quotes and stray observations.
I could listen to Crowley’s “drunk dial” on repeat.
Dean is listed as “Not Moose” in Crowley’s phone.
Snooki shows up at the crossroads – Dean: “Well, that explains a lot.”
I also want to take a moment to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Snooki’s performance. I’m not ready to hand out any Emmy’s but it wasn’t bad.
Crowley: “You tried to play me? I play the tune. Everyone else dances to it.”
I loved the use of “Heroin” by Lou Reed. It’s not a song I know well, but I think it really worked.
Crowley: “You don’t know what it’s like to be human! It’s your DNA. It’s my addiction, my cross, my burden.”
Crowley: “You and I both know we shared a mo back in that church. On some level, we bonded.”
Sam: “Crowley, the only reason you are alive is because we need your help with Abaddon because she is an even worse pile of crap than you are. And that is the extent of my concern for you. Got it?”
Dean: “You’re the king of rotten, act like it!”
So I guess Busty Asian Beauties is acceptable coffee table literature now?
Crowley: “Were you two dropped on your heads a great deal?”
Crowley: “Like he’s gonna open his heart to you lot, because you’re such prizes.”
Dean: “Better, we’re legacies.”
Dean: “When you were saying any of that, did it feel at all creepy?”
Magnus: “Anything we want to own or destroy is ours.”
Sam: “Remember, stay close, do what I say and shut the hell up.”
Crowley: “I’m growing on you, aren’t I?”
Dean: “Demon mitts all over my baby.”
Poor Baby, you’ve been through too much.
Can’t wait for next week when Misha makes his directorial debut!