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Supernatural Review: Mind Games

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It's good Supernatural finally stepped back into the world of Sam's hallucinations this week.

Not only was it one of the major story arcs at the start of the season, but it's almost felt like it hasn't been as touched upon as of late. Sure, Dean and Sam have mentioned it, questioned it, and persisted that it has all been under control, but viewers haven't gotten to see the real problem it has been for Sam. We've simply had to take his word.

Which I guess is what Dean has had to do, so it's no wonder that he thinks that Sam has it pretty much handled. It makes sense to believe his brother.

Thankfully, "Repo Man" gave us Sam's view and, boy, was his mind raging with problems. Dean should definitely be worried.

Mark Pellegrino on Supernatural

Lucifer continued to be that irritating bug that flies around your head and yet you can't swat it away no matter how hard you try. Sam tried to ignore him, and it seems he has been doing so for months, but I can't imagine giving anyone the silent treatment for that long. That's a lot of dedication and strong will, especially when it's all in his head.

Of course, Lucifer had his own persistence and Mark Pellegrino did a fantastic job in portraying Sam's shadow. In fact, Pellegrino has consistently excelled as Lucifer, giving him a perfect personality that doesn't ring in classic cheesy villain, but a manipulative, calm, collected, and devious enemy that is memorable despite having been in only eight episodes overall. Whether it's his exasperation or glee or just animatedly chatting it up with Sam, Pellegrino makes his character a delight to watch. Sometimes I wish he was back as the main villain again.

And yet, even as he brings out a sense of humor, the episode reminded viewers just how evil and scary Lucifer really is. The scene where Sam watched the people repeatedly smash their heads into the table was disturbing, especially with Lucifer just smiling and pointing out his boredom. If that's what Sam has been dealing with for months, then his outlook doesn't look to good. How long can you deal with something like that?

But it was the final moment of Lucifer happily revealing that Sam can't get rid of him and the ecstatic shouting of "Good morning, Vietnam" followed by the maniacal laughter and images of hellfire that took the final cake. It reminded me of when Sam first entered Hell and the cage. When will Sam's wall break and he turns into a catatonic mess?

And I know it's been mentioned before by Lucifer (but how reliable is that guy?) but what if Sam's hallucinations really do mean he never escaped Hell? Would the show pull a twist like that? Or is it more dramatic that Sam has come back tainted and potentially ready to break not by any creature but his own mental state. Which is a scarier premise?

It was rather interesting that the plot of the episode involved an exorcism from four years ago that the audience was never privy to. I guess that means we have to assume that we haven't seen every journey the brothers have been on, but I don't mind. I love the throwbacks and references to Lillith. I even miss the demon arcs mostly because they really seemed dangerously evil, something I'm still having a hard time finding in the Leviathans.

Additionally, rather than make it just about a demon, the problem lay in Jeffrey longing to be controlled. People are just plain crazy sometimes. And how weird was it watching Jeffrey and the demon dancing around the room? That guy has some strange taste.

I couldn't even believe that he killed the puppy! Now that is just sick.

The episode was certainly a darker turn from last week's rather hilarious and more lighthearted episode (despite all the killings) but it was good seeing one of the larger story arcs progressing. The tone evoked was perfect for that return to the demon phase of Supernatural and I wonder if they will ever rise back to power at some point? Is that even possible?

As for now, despite all the good things that the show continues to do, I'm still worried about the season finding a way to solidly and successfully find a satisfying conclusion for the Leviathan. They have felt so in the background (Frank seems to be doing all of the work when it comes to them) that not only do I still not see them as threatening as they are, but I'm not sure what their end goal is. What is their purpose and more respectively how will that affect Sam and Dean in the long run? Is it possible for the world to be taken over by black ooze creatures?

Either way, the brothers' journey looks like it's about to take a sharp turn into major problem town and I'm excited to see what comes up next. (HINT: this return.)

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

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Fifty

Mark Pellegrino was amazing in LOST and brilliant as the Lucifer.... Seems like the two demon overloads Lucifer and Crowley are the best when it comes for villanous role playing.
You almost feel as you want to vouch for the bad guy.

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Morgan
March 4th, 2012 7:17 PM
Im confused as to why no one has thought of this idea. what if lucifer was using sam as a sort of ladder to escaper the cage. as sam was also in the cage lucifer could have some sort of connection with sam and be using that to try to escape which is why is trying to make sam crack
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Good points. I think Lucifer is a bit more than just a figment of Sam's imagination.

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Im confused as to why no one has thought of this idea. what if lucifer was using sam as a sort of ladder to escaper the cage. as sam was also in the cage lucifer could have some sort of connection with sam and be using that to try to escape which is why is trying to make sam crack

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Lester-"Clearly, Lucifer is a manifestation of Sam's inner thoughts. He was guiding Sam through the investigation. I believe Sam is punishing himself. Beisdes, Lucifer would not be spending ALL of his time torturing Sam. He wold be busy taking back Hell."
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True. If all of Lucifer was out, he would be going after Crowley. Thats why I'm wondering if just a part of his essence escaped the Cage. Not enough to be powerful enough to re-take hell, but enough to screw with Sam. When Sam told him to shut up, he got up from the table and walked away. Thats when the Lucifer/hallucination said to himself that Sam told him to shut up. Sam was out of earshot when he said it. Thats what has me curious. Hallucinations are not real, so I don't think they can have conversations with themselves.

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Remember that the demon that possessed Jeffrey probably didn't get Crowley's memo as he was locked away somewhere in Hell for his earlier betrayal. It's the reason that the first summoning spell didn't work and Havlok had to create a stronger one. Ialso think there's a third option. What if Sam turns out to be the villain this season and the Levis are just another red herring like The Mother had beenThis season we've been seeing a lot of human and formerly human villains and I just wonder how this episode fits into the larger narrative arc.

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Clearly, Lucifer is a manifestation of Sam's inner thoughts. He was guiding Sam through the investigation. I believe Sam is punishing himself. Beisdes, Lucifer would not be spending ALL of his time torturing Sam. He wold be busy taking back Hell. I was puzzled by your comment about the demon dancing with Jeffrey. I found the scene somewhat homoerotic. Is that what bothered you about it? Don't do a Roland Martin, please.

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I'm afraid I turned off when I saw Jeffrey with the dog. I just dipped in after that. Couldn't watch the puppy being killed! Too sad.

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I also love this story line with Lucifer! Entertaining on many levels. Anyway a question for you guys...Dont the "host" for Demon always die when the are made to leave? jeffery or the collage kid at he end both survived?? is it me or is that something we dont see often and I missed the explanation? thanks

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Shannon-I also have another question about this episode. Technically aren't all Demons supposed to NOT kill Dean or Sam? Didn't Crowley, who is the man in hell now, say that demons are told not to hurt them so they can hunt the leviathan in peace?
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Correct. Those were Crowley's orders. This demon disobeyed him, so Crowley will probably have a special punishment in store for him.

Shaunieb

To those saying about Dean coming from hell and being fine....first of all he wasn't fine and if anything he hasn't been the same since. Also, yes Dean was tortured but by Alastair and not Lucifer and he was only tortured for 30 years before he starting cutting people up himself. Sam on the other hand was locked int he cage with Lucifer and Micheal for about a year and a half so Sam was being tortured for approx. 180 years....that's why Sam's situation is so much worse the Deans.

Supernatural Season 7 Episode 15 Quotes

I'm pretty sure this guy is the boring kind of chubby chaser.

Lucifer

C'mon, Sam, pay attention to me. I'm bored.

Lucifer
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