This episode was written by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder and is a MOTW focused on the digital age, digital natives, yeah, the young ‘uns and their damn technological devices.
The episode opens with a boy and girl in a truck. They are using a navigation app called Trini that eventually takes control of the car, tells the girl to get out and then drives the boy to his death with a great one liner.
The episode has an old school case feel even though the mark still haunts the edges of the story. The plot reveals that a ghost is hunting down and killing college kids. Sam and Dean follow the case and investigate the murders.
They figure out that the murders are being committed by a ghost who’s haunting wifi signals and as they learn, the ghost is one Andrew Silver who was killed in a car accident. One of the college girls reveals that she and her friends, the ones who were murdered, caused the car accident when they were playing on their cell phones. While Andrew didn’t die from the impact, he did die from being electrocuted and burned by a broken power line.
As Dean is protecting the last surviving member of the group, Sam goes to see Andrew’s wife. She knows about Andrew, as he’s been keeping in touch with her online and she is having a hard time letting go, even though he demonstrated strange behaviors and was focused on revenge. As Andrew’s ghost goes after Dean and the girl, Sam gets the wife on the phone and she video chats with her husband’s ghost, pleading with him to let go, which he does.
The episode ends with the girl going to the wife’s house to seek atonement while Sam and Dean discuss the mark. Dean decides he just wants to live, help people, and do what he is doing until he can’t anymore. Sam balks but Dean seems resigned to there being no cure for the mark.
Usually I try to avoid judgment of episodes but this was a first class effort in my opinion for the latter years of the show. It had a great old school feel and the storyline was very much a stand alone but connected emotionally to what the brothers are experiencing right now without anvilish or cartoonish comparisons. Well done, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
What do you think of Dean’s attitude about the mark now?
Return of SmartSam! Yay! So what do you think of Sam’s reaction to Dean’s emotional statements tonight?
Writer note: Don’t text and drive. It’s not cool.
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