It's clear that Bobby Singer will not be forgotten and I predict that as the rest of the season seven episodes air, the references and mentions of him will continue to pop up. And that makes sense because, like I've said before, coping with the death of a loved one isn't easy.
But if there's one thing that rings true it's that time goes on and this episode took the chance to push the boys forward and continue their lives doing what they do best, while literally dealing with time.
That's right, this truly fun and far more upbeat "Time After Time" was a nice change of pace that gave me plenty to laugh at and enjoy.
Right away, Sam and Dean were back into their regular routines, throwing down for a classic rock, paper, scissor battle. Sam even managed to get in a few one-liners, the best being, "You gonna look at more anime or are you strictly into Dick now?" I know the whole Dick Roman jokes have mostly been done, but hearing it from Sam made me pleased that a bit of banter between the brothers was back.
At the same time, it was rather fun seeing Dean one-p Sam on the computers. Not only has Frank seemed to have rubbed off on Dean, but it made for an interesting "tables have turned" moment. Still, Sam clearly remains dominant in finding all of the information about the hunt.
Of course, Dean really got to shine in his moment of pure bliss when he was transported to 1944 (if only we could all count in our heads like Dean.)
Specifically, Dean's star struck moments of meeting the leader of The Untouchables was pure awesome. It was very cool to see an iconic hero like Eliot Ness gain that Supernatural edge by making him a hunter, and it made perfect sense. It was also great that he was able to reference the fantastic Brian De Palma film, The Untouchables, with lines like "because that is the Chicago way" and punching out the witness because that's what he watched Eliot Ness do in the movie. At the same time, attempting to imitate the film fell flat for Dean, making it even more humorous for his character as he tried to fit in and seem as cool as his counterpart.
I loved Eliot Ness and Dean's conversation in the car when Eliot told him to quit crying about his problems. Everybody loses everybody and then one day, boom. Your number's up. But at least you're making a difference. So enjoy it while it lasts because hunting is the only clarity you're going to find in this life. I know Dean can be a bit stubborn, but this fantastic line hit the nail on the head and I can only hope that it sinks in with Dean. He really does need to know that his life is worth something and that the things that he does are worth something. He is making a difference in the world.
It's something that Sheriff Mills seems to have managed or is working on managing. She was eager to help the brothers out and save lives. She's come a long way from when we first met her as a character. While she's not Bobby, she was a nice throwback treat to have, as well as giving the brother's another person who they can rely on.
Sam and Dean aren't as alone as they thought.
I was a little shocked that the episode ended rather abruptly but left an ominous warning of the future. And while, I'm still waiting to really hop on the Leviathan bad wagon, the idea that they could be everywhere is a bit of a scary thought. I'm just curious to know what being everywhere would actually mean for the human race.
It was also a bit unfortunate that Jason Dohring didn't have more time to play Chronos, the God of Time. His screen time felt very brief and I almost wished that he would have had another episode to go up against Sam and Dean. At least his character was able to express a certain three dimensionality through his love for a mortal woman and the difficulties of bouncing around through time. But alas, it looks like his time was up.
And sure, I could nitpick at the rather extreme convenience of Sam figuring out the exact day and time Dean would be attached to Chronos. There was a certain contrivance involved to bring him back, but hey, I like Back to the Future and I didn't want Dean to actually be stuck in 1944, so I'll let the wrap up of the episode's time situation slide.
This season has had its up and downs, but this classic feeling episode was the right touch of action, humor, and lighthearted moments. It certainly could be a stand alone episode, but it's good knowing that in the context of things that Sam and Dean are moving forward with their lives and continuing to hunt down the things that go bump in the night.
Now that's the Supernatural way.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.