Supernatural Review: "The Third Man"
So, is Dean back to full hunter capacity? Sort of.
He's having dreams of being with Lisa still, as the residual effects of suburban life haven’t left him yet. As for getting prepared, the two brothers are on two different wavelengths. Dean is all about a couple twists, stretches, and some food, while Sam pushes his body to pull ups, push ups, and hookers.
Hookers? Yes, the changes in Sam are certainly becoming more evident.
On "The Third Man," the initial problem the boys face is a group of corrupt policemen being stricken with bizarre deaths: blood, boils, and locusts. The brothers attempt to find out who or what is behind the killings, but not before a little competition.
As Sam is driving towards the house, Dean pulls his car out from a side street and cuts him off. Just because Dean’s been out of the game for a year doesn’t mean he can’t mess around with his brother every so often.
It’s the return of Castiel that reveals the real situation behind the killings. An angel has stolen some powerful weapons from heaven. This includes the Staff of Moses, which is being used on the policemen. Surprisingly, it’s only a kid trying to avenge his wrongly convicted brother with a piece of the staff. What other weapons are out there?
When Castiel explains he must harm the child to discover the identity of the angel, Sam doesn’t attempt to stop him. He is just as determined to discover the name, but is it for the same reasons? Castiel wants to fix the problems in Heaven and end the civil war that is raging amongst the angels. What does Sam want?
Dean clearly is not happy that Sam is not agreeing with him and acting so differently. He is aggressive and often cold. The fact that Sam is no longer the compassionate, puppy-eyed, contemplative guy, does not sit well with me, either.
What is truly surprising is the fact that it is the angel, Balthazar, who is selling pieces of the staff for people’s souls. What exactly are souls worth by the way? Maybe if you collect a certain amount, you gain some sort of power or even a weapon?
Balthazar blames Castiel for the angel civil war. He thinks because Castiel rebelled against destiny, he could as well. In fact, so do many of the other angels. It’s kind of a heavy blame for Castiel, but I wouldn’t place it all on him. I’m sure though Castiel will take this strongly to heart and it could affect his later decisions.
Unfortunately for Castiel, the archangel Raphael is also seeking Balthazar. If he recovers the weapons, he can use them to gain control of Heaven and set the apocalypse back on track.
Why is that angels love to wear suits? Do they just like looking super professional all the time? Maybe they simply want the cover of GQ Magazine.
Raphael kicks the crap out of Castiel. Luckily, Balthazar is there to save him by using another weapon of heaven, a stone that turns people into pillars of salt if they look at it. The angel problem is definitely just getting started.
The title of the episode, “The Third Man,” intrigued me. In fact, this is also the title of a 1949 British film about the broken city Vienna recovering from World War II. Sound familiar, Heaven? The story goes on to illustrate that the main character is looking for an old friend who wants him to work with him. It is learned that this old friend has faked his death and committed atrocious crimes. The main character attempts to stop him and is forced to kill him. Could this be paralleled even further down the line? Might Dean be forced to kill Sam or even more likely Samuel Campbell?
I’m glad the angel storyline is continuing but with a twist. Plus the fact that it finally brought back Castiel, a great addition to the cast, made it that much better. I admit this season was slow out of the starting gate, but the development of major storylines hasn’t really faltered. I’m hoping Dean can discover some answers as to what has happened to his brother because I’m starting to think maybe Lucifer never truly left him at all. This season is certainly gearing up for something big.
Do you like how the season is going so far? Do we deserve some answers or is it nice that things are slowly progressing forward?
Supernatural: "The Third Man"
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