Wow. Talk about information overload. And we’re supposed to wrap this all up in three episodes? At this point I don’t see how. I feel like I ask myself the same question at about this same point every season; maybe more so the last couple of seasons when there have been so many seemingly unconnected story lines that somehow need to be packaged up and tied with a bow. Let’s just say I don’t envy the writers at this point in the season. Still I have faith that they’ll get it done. And who knows, with season 8 almost definitely in the works we may just carry one or two of these storylines over in to the next season with us. What do you think? Will we be bringing the leviathans with us in to season 8? Think we’ll wrap up the Bobby storyline this season? What about Cas? There is so much going on. 

If there was one thing that frustrated me about this episode it was the need for so many flashbacks. And when I say need, I mean that I needed them. It had been so long that a refresher was helpful. It seems like a weird thing to be complaining about; the writers giving me what I need to fully enjoy an episode. But the real frustration lies in the fact that we needed these flashbacks at all. So this got me thinking. Prepare yourself for a bit of a mind dump. The leviathans seemed to have been set up as the big bad of the season but we often went weeks without much more than a passing mention of Frank or a Dick joke.  So I want to argue that the big bad of the seasons wasn’t really Dick Roman and the leviathans. Over the course of the season we dealt with the loss of Castiel, we watched the deterioration of Sam’s psyche, we handled Dean’s depression for the majority of the first half of the season and we lost Bobby. So maybe for the first time, the big bad isn’t a creature or a demon or an angel. Maybe the big bad of the season is life and Sam and Dean learning how to navigate it alone. And maybe the leviathan were there to act as more of a catalyst then to take front stage. So maybe they didn’t really need to be in every episode, maybe it was ok that we went weeks without much progression of that storyline. What do you think? Am I totally off? Am I making excuses for poorly handled writing a season pacing? I have to be honest that the more I think about it, the more I like the idea that this was the intention of the writers all along. 

As overwhelmed as I am by how much is left to be wrapped up in three episodes I have to admit I liked the way ghost Bobby mingled with the Leviathan storyline. It certainly would be convenient to have a Ghost on the team. But it was made pretty clear in this episode that this arrangement can’t last. Bobby was close to going full vengeful spirit and if that happens Sam and Dean will be forced to put him to rest. Like I said before, I just hope that when Bobby leaves for good it will be on his own terms. 

Charlie was such a fun character and brought a lot of lighter moments to the episode. As a huge Harry Potter fan I had to laugh about her love for Hermione Granger. And I definitely laughed out loud at Sam knowing the intimate details of the series. But Charlie wasn’t just there to provide the laughs, there was a lot more to her character and I really liked that. She was smart and quick on her feet. Most of all she was able to handle herself which was refreshing. For a nerd, she was kind of a badass. I don’t know that we’ll see her again since she made it pretty clear that she had no interest in hearing from Sam and Dean ever again. But I hope so. 

We finally learned what Dick Roman is planning and it’s what a lot of people have been speculating. He plans to sedate the human race using a method reminiscent of the turducken slammer and then cure everyone of their diseases creating the “perfect herd”. Then, everyone gets eaten. But we still don’t know for sure what’s in the package that Sam and Dean intercepted. Whatever it was had been buried underground in Iran and I’m hoping it’s the one thing that can actually kill these Leviathans. I’m the eternal optimist. Do you guys have any idea of what might have been in that case? (No spoilers please!)

This episode had some interesting editing. There were lots of split screens and text effects. It was definitely not the typical style for Supernatural. I tried looking up the editor on IMDB and was unsuccessful. Does anyone know if there was a guest editor? I’m assuming they would be the one to make those types of decisions. The text effects accompanied by Frank’s voice was an interesting way to walk us through Charlie’s discovery process. I think it worked well and it kept her from having to mumble words to herself, which is a go-to method for getting inside a character’s head. But while the split screens were fun and different they felt a little too much like a procedural cop show. They weren’t my favorite. What did you guys think of the editing? Did you notice anything else unusual about it?

I worry that I’m leaving you with the impression that I didn’t like this episode. That’s not the case. I actually really enjoyed it. I thought the pacing was well handled considering all the topics we burned through. I liked Charlie and the advancement on the Leviathan storyline as well as ghost Bobby. And I’m so curious to see where we go from here. 

Time for the list of quotable quotes and other moments worth mentioning.

*What is with the promo for next week? Is it just me or do they get more confusing every week. I realize they don’t want to give anything away but there isn’t even a semblance of plot in them any more. 

*Dean: “How does this work? I leave the cap off and you just genie your way out?”

* Finally a mention of baby! That is going to be a glorious reunion. 

* Dick was full of jokes in this episode. 

  • “I’ve been running things for a while. Feels like since before the dawn of man.”
  • “Feels like the world is my dinner plate.”
  • “You’re kind of completing me right now, Charlie.”
  • “You’re more of a Tim Tebow, Joe Biden type.”

* There were oh so many nerdy references in this episode; Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars. I loved them all. 

* Charlie using “female problems” as an excuse to leave work is classic. 

*I was surprised when Dean pointed the flask out the Charlie and then let her keep it with her. 

* Charlie: “I’m gonna kick it in the ass” A nice shout out to Kim Manners.

*Dean acting as Charlie’s guide through her attempts at flirting was hilarious. He seemed a little too comfortable playing a woman. 

*Dean: “Pretend he has boobs.” 

* Dean: “You just got home and Scarlett Johansen’s waiting for you.” 

*It’s been a while since we’ve seen the boys in uniform. It’s the first time we’ve seen them working on a tarmac. Those headphones are a good look. 

*Charlie: “Peace out bitches”

  Dean: “She’s kind of like the little sister I never wanted.”