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That’s our big takeaway from this week’s episode, “Proverbs 17:3’. It took me week to come up with my last review on “Atomic Monsters.” This week, it’s only taken me a few hours. Why? Because the episode can be summed up in just one word. Depressing.
Nah, I’ll give you more than that. How about anvilicious? I won’t say that “Proverbs 17:3” is a bad episode. It was actually good in terms on construction and flow. The farewell episode for writer Steve Yockey stayed within the “navigational beacons” so to speak, offered some humor, and we always savor a directing outing of from our favorite son, Richard Speight Jr. But pushing all that aside, it was no fun to see Sam and Dean finally come to a realization of something we saw a mile away. It was every bit as hopeless as anticipated. What a bummer.
THEN: Sam's vision from last week - the bunker in red light, Dean battling his way through the halls until he reaches Sam who kills him; Sam jolting awake; "God's gone; it's just us and the ghosts"; the ghosts and Belphegor; Rowena's death; Dean and Cas arguing.
NOW: In Black Forest, CO, three young woman sit around a lantern in a tent. They're all blonde and all dressed in a safari-style camping gear. Although they're celebrating graduating college, this is their last trip together. Two of them have jobs, but one is sad because her future doesn't look so promising. She was a philosophy major and, instead of having a career, she's driving an Uber. One friend callously remarks that it's her own fault, but the other steps in to explain that she's chosen the more challenging path. They encourage her to drink rum: it'll help. They freeze at the sound of crackling and rustling outside, then begin giggling. It must be a deer, and a deer can't kill you. "There's nothing out there!" insists one girl. She's going to prove it by unzipping the tent and going out to get more rum. Her friends wait, then are startled by a distant scream followed by crunching sounds. "Julie? You OK?" they question nervously. One of them stands and timidly approaches the tent's opening. With painstaking slowness, she reaches out toward the zipper and begins to pull it down when she's suddenly snatched out into the night. The final girl screams in horror.
Davy Perez really opened a can of worms in “Atomic Monsters,” hasn’t he? I spent a good long week trying to process the underlying messages about the writers vs. the fans and it’s clever. Wickedly clever. It all leads to a three way struggle for between the characters, the writer, and the fans. Meta has just gone wild.
I am completely and utterly FLOORED by the depth this episode provided, not only for the storyline of the Winchesters but for the story of Becky and Chuck. I mentioned that I had some thoughts about this episode on my Twitter, and I'm hoping that I can make them cohesive here. Before I go anywhere, I must give kudos to Mr. Ackles on his incredible direction. Using his keen eye and knowledge of the story being told, he crafted an incredible story through the visuals and the editing that he did. Every shot was for a reason and every cut or change was with a purpose.