Supernatural Review: "The Mentalists"
Finally, some good old fashioned ghosts!
Sam and Dean have been so caught up in larger problems, that I was beginning to think they'd forgotten all about vengeful spirits. Of course, with this season going back to its roots and following the creature of the week aspect, it was certainly about time. Break out the salt and iron. Time to burn some bones.
I don't know what it is, but there's something awfully creepy about those stone faced olden photos. Not to mention, when the person in the photo, wearing the same garb in ghostly form, has an evil look in their eye. Why do ghosts have to be so dark and scary? Can't they just be like Casper? Also great makeup for the ghost, especially those yellow teeth. I guess there's no such thing as brushing in the afterlife. Yuck.
I loved the setting and backdrop of "The Mentalists" involving the fake psychics. The jabs at their tricks to make a quick buck was rather funny especially with Dean sarcastically commenting about each one of them. He had a great line about punching the waiter if they gave him another affirmation with his meal.
It was nice to see the brothers working together as well. After last week with Sam running off, I wasn't sure how long the two would stay apart. For one, they have certainly matured in how to handle their situations. I half expected Sam to storm off or leave when Dean showed up, but they were able to focus on saving people's lives. After all, that's why they do what they do.
Additionally, the two managed to reconcile and talk things out without any real big blow ups. Sure, there was some of the usual name calling and brotherly tension, but the two worked through the situation. Sam, as angry and upset over the death of his friend, was able to understand Dean's point of view. What bothered him more was Dean's lying. What a coincidence! That bothered Dean too and, surprise, surprise, Dean decided to open up. It was great to hear him speak of his guilt because we all knew he had it. It was understandable to hear of his distrust because of Castiel's own veering off the rails. Who wouldn't lose a bit of faith when one of your closest friend's becomes a danger to everyone?
One thing that was interesting was Sam shooting the psychic before getting to burn the bones. It seemed clear that he didn't want to hurt anyone, but the moment simply called for that drastic choice of action. It reminded me of Dean killing Amy, not necessarily because he wanted to, but because he felt it was the right thing to do.
That was also a great bottom line from both of them: the whole idea of a gut feeling. If they feel it's right in their gut, then it must be right. After all, these characters, no matter how many shades of grey there are, are the heroes of the show. They're the good guys who save lives and stop evil from causing harm. I believe in their gut decisions. Just, no more lying to each other.
I'm so glad the two were able to make up and work out the tension between them. Bravo, boys. You're growing up. Although don't grow up too much because your brotherly teasing and arguing is always entertaining.
I have to say I didn't really miss the Leviathan presence this week and I don't know if it's because they haven't been fleshed out beyond starving creatures who feed on people and bleed black ooze, or they haven't presented themselves as overly menacing. I just wish there would be a little more, so the larger story arc would prove to be more of a threat to the brothers.
Overall, I was pleased with the return to the case of the week and though I wouldn't say it was my favorite, it hit all the points on what makes a Supernatural episode. Now when will the brothers be able to get back their Impala?
Supernatural: "The Mentalists"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.