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Supernatural Review: "Like a Virgin"

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It has been way too long since the last episode of Supernatural, but the episode, “Like a Virgin,” was certainly worth the wait.

Sam’s soul was back and oh, yes, he has feelings again. It was almost weird to hear him expressing concern or compassion, but it was a welcome return. Even Dean was back to his usual quips and it felt like the brothers were sliding into their natural roles.

That included Dean obviously chosing to hide Sam’s soulless antics and Sam needing to figure out what everyone was hiding from him. I knew Sam would eventually discover what had happened, but I expected him to get angry and leave. He’s done it before.

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I was pleased that he reacted with understanding for his brother, but also with a desire to atone for his actions. Sure, he may not have been there, but it was still his body. Sam really does seem to be stuck with a lot of burdens and problems. He could use a good therapist in the future.

If anything, the brothers need to trust each other, talk about their problems, and work together. They always end up getting in trouble or a tight situation when information is withheld. It would be so much easier to discuss everything, no matter how the other person might feel.

Then again, if it always worked out so simply, it would be an awfully boring show.

Virgins and dragons were the focus of Sam and Dean’s case, despite their questioning of its believability. You’d think the brothers would assume that any and everything has the potential to be real, especially after all the weird and strange things they’ve encountered.

I’m talking about the dragons, obviously.

Of course, where would Supernatural be without its humor. Dean gets some cleverly written one-liners that he delivers with great timing. What better target than virgins for Dean to offer insightful comments like “It just goes to show that being easy is pretty much all upside.”

Even a sword being pulled from the stone initiated a comedic moment. Dramatic music and lighting for a dramatic hero was perfect for Dean… if he could actually pull out the sword. Watching him struggle and attempt to prove his manly worth was worth a chuckle or two. Plus, his idea of a clever option to blow up the stone was met with him breaking the sword instead. Whoops, but funny just the same.

What is This?

What made this episode even better was taking what otherwise could have been a “monster of the week,” and making it apart of a larger story arc. It’s great when the story can be self-contained, but works on the grand scale as well.

I knew the Purgatory storyline wasn’t complete, but I wasn’t expecting the dragons to summon the “Mother of All” from it, and certainly not in the same episode her presence was revealed to Sam and Dean. I was prepared to wait for her arrival in the finale much like Lucifer’s coming in Season 5, but (if that’s even her), then wow. Good luck boys.

Another great episode, I’m definitely glad Supernatural is back. Viewers can rest easy, Friday nights are whole again.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I think the Mother of All thing is really the Mother of All Evil look it up

Lawrie

this episode was great and made me realise how much i actually like this show. it makes me laugh and it always surprises me. i didn't expect sam to suddenly stand in the middle of the room all healthy and bearing his soul xD
the mother of all thing was a great turn and together with the vampire army stuff and the purgatory storyline will make for an interesting second half of the season and an awesome season finale (or so i hope) :)

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so good to see sam back to himself n dean too ... this brought me back to the good old days ... love this show

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I feel like I'm the only person who thinks this season is terrible. Sure, there were some laugh worthy jokes, but other than that it was pretty bad... and why is the big bad this season the first? that whole "mother" thing seems a lot like the first, from season seven of buffy. just sayin'.

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ummm. episode didn't air in my market. time warner, los angeles. what is going on? and the cw site has no full episodes anymore. they are making it really hard to keep up with the show? long breaks, changed dates, simply not airing it, and not making it available online. this has been a really sloppy season.

Addict666

I like this mother of all idea

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My most laugh outloud moment of the episode was actually a very subtle one. We see Bobby cooking his meal when Dean calls. By the time Bobby gets back to Dean, we see that Bobby's food is sitting there, probably cold, because he was doing research all day. Amazing call back to "Weekend at Bobbys". Great episode.

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Last night's episode was great. Loved having Sam back. I can't wait until next week and to see what "The Mother of All" comes up with.

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Last nights episode was awesome, it did not disappoint . I'm glad that Sam has his soul back, I love the part in the episode where Dean is trying to pull the sword out of the rock and he can't pull it out, that was funny lol. I just laughed at that. This episode had grabbed my attention, and had my attention the whole episode. I hope next week is as good as this week. Can't wait.

Elenalovesspn

This episode was really great, as always.