There we go! Thatâ€™s much better. The "award winning" Supernatural returned tonight with a new episode and it was a good one! It was no secret that I was in the camp with Ardeospina that thought that â€œAdventures in Babysittingâ€ was a disappointing return. â€œTime After Timeâ€ fixed any doubts I had from that!
The fact remains, there has been a lot of filler and absence of sharp writing this season. Robbie Thompson, a rookie writer for Supernatural, in two scripts has delivered action packed, sharp dialogue filled, very exciting episodes that remind us of the days of one Jeremy Carver.
No, â€œTime After Timeâ€ wasnâ€™t an episode that revealed a lot of answers or moved the Leviathan story forward any. It was just good old fashioned fun. Sam and Dean both had some great moments, even if Dean got to live out another boyhood fantasy. It seems that Dean loves the movie The Untouchables and thinks Elliot Ness is a hero. He quickly learns Elliot Ness in real life isnâ€™t exactly like the one in the movies. In my mind, heâ€™s even better!
Nicholas Lea, known to us X-Files fans as Mulderâ€™s foe Alex Krycek (and yes, the subject of all those Mulder/Krycek fics), was incredible as Elliot Ness! Cool, calm, funny, looked great, and the whole idea of the supernatural didnâ€™t freak him out one bit. He wasn't scarred for life or bitter, although he did take up a small drinking habit.
This was Elliot Ness later in his career when he lived and worked in Cleveland (even though the setting was Canton), after the days of the Untouchables. He discovered hunting when he caught vampires turning people in Cleveland. Dean has certainly needed a pep talk lately, but the one he got from Ness had to be the best one heâ€™s ever gotten. He sold me! â€œAre all hunters as soft as you in the future? Everyone loses everybody and then one day, boom, your numberâ€™s up. But at least youâ€™re making a difference. So enjoy it while it lasts kid cause huntingâ€™s the only clarity youâ€™re going to find in this life. That makes you luckier than most.â€
Jason Dohring as Chronos was good too, although that ending shot of him telling Sam and Dean about their future, so wonderfully chilling. Nice job!
Another great guest appearance came from Kim Rhodes, aka Sheriff Jody Mills. How great was Sam and Sheriff Mills together again? I always loved their working together in â€œDead Men Donâ€™t Wear Plaid.â€ I love how she threatened using the mother voice to Sam. She sent the moose to bed!
There was also our token time clue for the week, convincing me that all these time references are leading to something. Sheriff Jody said it after finding the bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue from Rufus. â€œItâ€™s weird, huh? Itâ€™s like their lifeâ€™s a big puzzle. Just keep finding pieces of it scattered all over the place.â€
There were as expected several Back to The Future references again. Kind of unavoidable with time travel episodes huh? Needing to do the spell at the exact day and time and finding out through a message from Dean in the past when that was definitely ripped from those films. I liked it anyway, especially Dean figuring out where to leave Sam the message. I guess he was glad Sam won Rock/Paper/Scissors after all!
Then there were the great lines. It was so good to see Sam and Dean ribbing on each other again:
Dean: It is called Anime, and itâ€™s an art form.
Sam: Looking at more Anime or are you strictly into Dick now? - That further supports my theory that Richard Roman was created just for the writers to work in their dick jokes. Bill Hicks would be proud.
Elliot Ness: How does that fill you with awe?
I love how Ezra Moore was the equivalent of a Bobby Singer. She even called Dean and Ness â€œidgitsâ€.
Ezra: The Chicago way?
Ness: Who talks like that?
Dean: Talk to me.
Ness (confused): I am.
Ezra: You stick this end in his heart. Miss, he has you for supper. Make sense?
All in all, itâ€™s great to have an enjoyable one going into the three week break (Supernatural will be back on February 3rd). It reminds me again everything I love about this show.
So, itâ€™s time to speculate. What did you all think? Are all these time references leading to something? Did you love Elliot Ness as much as I did? And Dean in a Fedora and zoot suit? How many fan girls had to pick themselves up off the floor from that? How many are freaking out over the shirtless shot of Dean in the promo? It's time to share.