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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This episode was much better than the season premiere, but to be honest, it felt like a part two to the first episode.
I don't like how they disposed of Jimmy/Castiel's body. I mean, I don't know if Misha Collins will be back, but if the character Castiel is, it doesn't seem as though Misha Collins will be portraying him.
As much as I do feel sorry Sam and his issues, I still cannot stand him. It's too much character drama for one character. I actually feel sorry for Dean. He's stuck putting up with everything and for the first time in a while, he's been asked how HE is doing.
I sure hope Bobby is okay, as I like his character. I wish they'd upgrade his character to regular status, as I'd feel much more safer about whether or not he would be killed off. It mainly sucks that his house was burnt down. I love Bobby's den!
As for the Leviathan, they seem like an interesting creature to be the main focus on this season, especially if this season is the last.


I must say I liked this episode more than the first one. I loved the cliffhanger ending, good old days indeed :) I have a feeling Crowley will be back soon to help out the Winchesters. Cas, I am not so sure. It's not that Misha Collins doesn't do a great job but the Castiel storyline wasn't that strong last year, imo. Maybe Jimmy will be back, it's Supernatural after all ;)
I would really like that.
I don't know about the Levitians either, they can't be killed till now so that might get interesting. Really looking forward to next week!

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