WOAH. WOAH. WOAH.

As I'm sitting down to write this, I've just finished watching the episode, and HOLY CRAP what a thing this was. This whole episode was so perfectly Supernatural that I'm a little stunned. Meredith Glynn, all of the kudos. This episode had depth, humor, pain, and above all, I was at the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. It's been a while since I've felt that an episode was perfect, but I felt like this one was. (I was thinking about it, and I think Glynn has written some of the best episodes in recent years. She understands what makes Supernatural so unique and she is able to bring that into her writing. SO WONDERFUL!)

The Morning After

Jack: It’s time, isn’t it?

Dean: It’s time.

How many times have we heard that declaration (and tracked that foreshadowing thread) this season? It would be an interesting rewatch exercise to learn that answer.  But this time, FINALLY, the Winchesters and the Supernatural family, who have been in a year-long holding pattern, endlessly circling the ultimate conclusion to this journey we’ve all been on together, have begun our approach to the show’s final destination. Even if it’s still unclear what that destination will be, and as much as we dread breaking the bond that has united us all to these characters for so long, it was a relief to “light the fuse” of the final confrontation, as Dean so blunted stated.

Supernatural’s “Unity” was an exciting, intense, perplexing, complex climax to so many storylines (and threads!). It took several rewatches to take in all the explanations and confessions that were being thrown at us rapid fire – and even that late night effort led to only the most superficial grasp of what happened. I think it was once again brilliant writing by Meredith Glynn, but it’s hard to separate my shock at what happened from my awe at its delivery.  Let’s begin to untangle this mess of emotion and cosmic gaming.

Then:  Dean is telling Sam that Jack's supposed to kill God and the world is saved.  Chuck is seen destroying worlds, "clearing the board."  Dean tells Amara, "We need your help."  The Empty tells Cas, "I'm on Death's side."  Billie talks about Jack's transformation.  Dean is driving and tells Sam that Jack is going to die.  Sam yells, "Just STOP!"

NOW:  The episode begins with the shot of the night sky absolutely brimming with stars.  Pine trees stand around a large, clear pool in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Lights make their branches glow.  In the pool sits Amara, reading a book and sipping on a glass of wine as vapor rises gently around her into the air.  A young man asks her if she wants more wine, but she declines.  She glances up at the magnificent Milky Way and sees one shooting star, then another, then dozens mixing their fiery trail with the green aurora borealis and are reflected in her eyes as she stares up into the night.  "Welcome home, brother," she says.  

SUPERNATURAL - "Unity"

A computer and open books sit on the library table in the bunker.  "Nothing?" Sam asks into his phone.  Cas is on the other end out in the countryside telling him that what he was searching for was a dead end; he has nothing.  He doesn't know what else to do.  "We'll find another way," Sam tells him.  Dean enters the room and asks if it's Cas.  Sam ignores him.  "So it's the silent treatment?" Dean remarks.  "I thought you got it.  Killing Amara, Jack dying -- it' our only way.  We don't have to like it, just get it done."  There's a crash from another room, and both brothers head downstairs to find Amara rummaging through their liquor supply.  They stare at her.  "My brother has returned," she tells them.  

Everything we know about Supernatural season 15 episode 17.

Okay, not bad?

Don’t get me wrong, “Drag Me Away (From You)” was a solid episode.  Well constructed, well paced, a little bit of current day drama woven into a good Weechester flashback, and it closes with a rather powerful argument between the brothers that frames just how much Dean has lost his perspective.  Writer Meghan Fitzmartin has a lot to be proud about for this first solo effort.  Then why am I not all psyched and singing it’s praises, waiting with bated breath for the next episode?  Because, just like last week’s episode, the timing just doesn’t seem right. 

Before I get started, congrats to one of our former editors, Ardeospina.  Back between season 5 and season 6, one of the creatures on her wish list to appear in “Supernatural” was a Baba Yaga.  Yeah, it took about 10 years, but one wish has come true!  I hope it lived up to expectations!

How should one judge an episode? By what it wanted to be? Or could have been?

This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. ? “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
Supernatural is a show that continually shocks me with its ability to be creative, while still keeping us grounded in the reality of the world. Over fifteen seasons, the show has been amazingly consistent with its world-building and storytelling, and it thrills me that we continue to see that world expand. I'm not quite sure what I feel about this specific episode, though. I just finished watching it, and for the first time this season, I'm not in love with an episode. I've been confused about episodes this season, sure, but this is the first one that I haven't loved, and even then, there were parts of it I really, really, liked.

Before we get into details, I need to thank the writers for leaving Chuck out of these most recent episodes. He's been driving me nuts all season, so not having to see him makes it easier for me to like an episode. His presence is felt, no doubt, but he's not there in person, chewing up the scenery. We feel his presence, but he doesn't need to be there in person. It's really, really nice. So thanks, show. I appreciate it.