Supernatural Review: Curses!
Sam and Dean continued their road trip adventures on Supernatural this week, pirouetting on to some cursed Black Swan shoes (although no tutu on tutu action) before spinning straight into a rather odd twist with the ever hungry Leviathan.
All in all, the episode was pretty standard fare, basic Supernatural trouble, some cursed objects, and a sprinkling of the larger mythology to keep things moving. Nothing over the top knock your socks off, but entertaining enough for that classic feel that has been utilized heavily throughout this recent season.
The focus of "Out with the Old" centered on a variety of cursed objects that happened to get out of their respectively sealed boxes to wreak havoc on the unknowing people who ended up buying the particular items. Blood splatter shots everywhere and mysterious ancient pornos that well... let's leave their certain ways of damage up to the imagination.
I was certainly hoping that Dean would end up wearing the ballet slippers, if not to twirl and spin, but to at least show of some fancy dance moves. I'm sure he can shuffle like LMFAO with a style and finesse for The Nutcracker.
Yet recapturing the devious artifacts was more of a side mission that ultimately led back towards the Leviathan. It's felt like ages since the show has even touched on them.'
I know, I know, Frank has been stalking Dick Roman with all his grumpy banter and computer wisdom, but the big bad guys of the season have been more backseat than driver. I'm glad we got another glimpse of these teeth gnashing villains, even if they turned out to be realtors, although, I'm surprised they weren't used car salesmen with their persuasive selling attitudes.
I've teetered on the edge of middle ground with respect to Dick Roman and the Leviathan. Sure, I know there are plenty of clever innuendos to hear when referencing the smarmy leader but it's been hard feeling the fear or recognition that Sam and Dean might understand when it comes to not being able to defeat them.
But what does it mean that the Leviathan want to cure cancer? Is it a crafty plow that will reveal the true power play at some point or, dare we say, they actually are going to help? Let's be real, they like eating each other. How can they possibly be doing something selflessly good?
As viewers, we finally know what building in the field means. Was it what I was expecting? No. Was I waiting for an in depth alien conspiracy or a facility that would give them more power? Sure. But curing cancer? It just felt so, odd.
Even as odd as the Leviathan helping Sam and Dean defeat his own kind. I'm sure it was weird for the two brothers gaining that knowledge, that help, and just letting the brothers go on their merry way.
To enhance the weird situation was the revelation that the Leviathan were going to do something good was contrasted with Frank's destroyed and blood smeared trailer home. I hope he's not dead. I've enjoyed his gruff and arrogant banter with Dean, or his ability to just not care. He's no Bobby, he's no Castiel, but he was a fresh character unlike we've seen and in a way helped ground Dean.
Is it possible Frank faked his death. I know the man is paranoid but would he do something like that and not tell Sam and Dean?
And what of Sam slowly losing his mind? The guy needs a chance to sleep without a million distractions, but at this point it seems out of Sam's control. He really does catch the worst breaks. I did wish that we got to see Mark Pellegrino instead of just believing he was there but I know you can't have Lucifer for every scene.
Things are not looking good for the brothers and although any extreme tension that we might feel for them, wasn't fully there. It was easy to see their confrontation of taking on jobs intermixed with dealing with a persistent Leviathan, but I'm still waiting for a sense of fear or death. The Leviathan are certainly problems, but scary? Not seeing it yet.
So, after what's felt like forever, Supernatural came back with a decent episode that enhanced the show forward a bit without losing that everyday is a case sensibility. Just what is the plan for the Leviathan anyhow? And how will Sam and Dean be able to truly handle it? And will they ever be able to defeat the Leviathan?
Supernatural: "Out with the Old"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.