Supernatural Review: Sam Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Sam Winchester has suffered through a lot of problems.

First, he had psychic powers. Then, he was obsessed with drinking demon blood, followed by becoming Lucifer, going to Hell, missing his soul, and now, losing his sense of reality and hallucinating about Lucifer. It's truly a wonder he's managed to keep it together. To think, I only really have to deal with an occasional bad case of the Mondays.

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Sam's issues are clearly only just beginning, but it was nice learning that Lucifer was a hallucination and Sam wasn't really in the cage. Still, dealing with a break from reality is just as scary as any demon or monster. Maybe he needs a spinning top or Leonardo DiCaprio to help him out.

Mark Pellegrino made the mind games enjoyable to watch, as he gleefully pestered Sam. I want Sam to get better, but there's something about Pellegrino's portrayal that makes me wish Lucifer would stick around. Of course, after the episode's ending, it looks like he just might be.

Then again, I thought the same for Misha Collins and his chance to play a new character was extremely short-lived. Extremely. I was disappointed that he didn't even get at least one more episode before biting the big one. Is that really it for him? I sure hope not.

Overall, the episode was relatively quiet and reminiscent of season one. Sure, there was a lot of blood and and bearing of nasty teeth, but the Leviathan felt more like a creature of the week than this all powerful being (beings?).

What is the Leviathan besides a black oozy thing that likes to eat people? How many are there? Who is this "boss" that's been talked about? What's the big plan?

I'm still interested to see where this part of the story is headed and am curious to see in what ways Leviathan is different from other season's Big Bads. Hopefully, they have a different goal than simply world domination.

Plus, now that Sam and Dean are headed towards the hospital where the Leviathan are camping out, things are about to get pretty hairy. After all, supernatural creatures and the Winchester brothers don't really get along.

Is anyone surprised that Dean called an ambulance? I mean, I know that's what we "normal" people would do if injured, but it felt so off to see the brothers being aided by someone other than another hunter. I guess desperate times really do call for desperate measures.

How desperate are things going to get for Sam and Dean? With Castiel dead (say it isn't so) and Bobby missing, it looks like the brothers are going to have to rely on themselves. Guess it looks like the two will have to get back to basics.

All in all, "Hello Cruel World" brought out the good old fashioned Supernatural style and tone fans have come to know, but compared to the premiere, it wasn't as exciting or dramatically intense. Hopefully, things pick back up again next week.

What did you think of the follow up episode?


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I can't believe Cas is gone :.................( my brain isnt registering it yet i still think he's alive :....( it was really kewl how he died and how he was leaking all those fluids then just passed out in the river i cried when Dean was holding up Cas's jacket :..( This episode was just so emotional! Sam's situation just struck me right in the heart and when he was in the building with Dean and Lucifer, Sam looked like he was gonna cry, Dean looked like he was gonna cry and it just made me cry :...( I loved the part where Dean was like I'm real and we got some a hinge of brotherly love. The hallucinations were done so well


My thoughts on 7.02- I thought it was beyond fricking amazing it was downright fan freaking tastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


Leviathan is one of the seven princes of Hell and its gatekeeper So far I'm unimpressed by them. As for Lucifer he was good but the whole Sam can tell reality stick is boring. He's too controlled. If you believed you'd gotten out of hell and then it seemed as if you hadn't I believe I'd freak out a little more. I'd try to stay in control but there are other ways of showing freaking out. Sam comes across as if he's reading a dry and boring news item out loud.


I love the drama in Sams defiantley has the feel of a thriller and I am loving this season so far. I thought that it was time for Cass to go but I liked his character and felt they should've given him a little more disappointment with the boys "losing him" but other than that, I know his story is over. I look forward to the boys working together and I loved the scenes between Bobby and Dean in this episode.


brilliantbrilliantbrilliant episode. very surprised the reviewer didn't give this a 5 star. it also blew me out of the water -- i loved the premiere, but thought this was even more thrilling and extremely well produced episode. everything about it has me raving. i love the sam mental break story line -- so beautifully played by jared. mark pellegrino is beyond great in this episode -- hats off to all involved. really, really great episode. i'm so excited for the season.


This show is already a thousand times better than last season. Happy to see Castiel go. I was never a fan. And the new demons are really scary. I'm finally excited about this show again.


I thought it was my favourite episode in years, and I also think Castiel has served his purpose and should definitely be gone for good now, his time had long since passed and while at first an interesting addition he got too much storytime and changed too much of the overall theme of the show which was the brothers solitary, unaided and desperate. In my opinion that brought the show to something i didn't like as much. Thank god it seemed to have got back to that this episode. Season 7 is my favourite since season 2 already. Just the brothers and the road and things getting more and more contained and terrifying. It is precisely what i want and i'm yet to see a negative review so YAY. Keep it up writers. And Jared is doing a brilliant job with nutcase Sam, and Jensen is really bringing Dean's emotional turmoil too. Magnificent first 2 episodes but this blew the premiere out of the water for me.


If they kill off both Bobby and Castiel, then the powers that be should be ready for a cancellation notice. I am sure that Misha's minions will be abandoning the show. I don't care much for the drama within Sam's head. This is too drawn out. I will watch next week, but that may be the last episode that I am watching of this show.


Castiel is not gone, he will be back, actually he will apear in chapter 7.


"If your gone, I swear, I am going to strap my beautiful mind brother into the car, and I'm going to drive us off the pier"

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Supernatural Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

Well he was friend's with us, wasn't he? Can't get much dumber than that.


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