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Supernatural Review: Tales of the Tablets

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"A Little Slice of Kevin" was the perfect slice of Supernatural heaven.

I'm not sure if it was due to the mythology, featured basically the entire cast, revealed Dean escaping Purgatory or because there were plenty of crazy new twists, but this was the engrossing and exciting episode I'd been waiting for.

The last four installment, while fine in their own rights, seemed to immediately interrupt the premiere/second episode combo that was setting up the tone and direction of Supernatural Season 8. And I've been really looking forward to seeing what that core story arc would involve, considering the more or less dud that was the Leviathan of season seven.

Return of Castiel

For one, Sam and Dean weren't fighting, arguing or ignoring each other. They were actually talking to one another without jumping to conclusions or judging the actions taken. Dean was open about the horrors of Purgatory and Sam was was sincere with his understanding.

Even their collaboration of working at the hotel was all about them getting things done and trying to figure it all out. They were a team.

Similarly, it was entertaining to see Kevin and his mom work together, despite the fact that Mrs. Tran was in full-on mom duty. Their efforts were great, from Kevin checking out the witch to Mrs. Tran constantly dousing everyone with holy water.

Although, Mrs. Tran getting the upper hand on Crowley's demon pal seemed a little far fetched, even if I didn't want her to be killed off.

That said, Crowley's personality is so amped up with menace and scare that it's actually chilling. I've been so used to him just making cracks all the time that in a way I even underestimated him.

But there was no mistake about his ruthlessness and all around evil. From the torturing of the angel to the snapping of his fingers and his exploding the future prophet - and even cutting off Kevin's finger - Crowley was proving his role as the King of Hell.

I've got far more belief in him as a big bad now than before.

The same could even be said for the brief encounter with the Leviathan in Purgatory. They just seemed so much cooler than last season. Not that I want them to come back, but the attack on Dean and Castiel wasn't full of campy political turducken.

I do find it interesting that Dean was placing all the blame on himself for not saving Castiel, when, in reality, Castiel didn't want to be saved.

It's even an interesting notion that Castiel mentioned to Dean, that Sam even brought up before, about not saving everyone. The brothers really always have taken up the responsibility of the world.

I think Castiel opened Dean's eyes. Now whether Dean will get over his time in Purgatory seems unlikely, but I liked the turn of events that led to their talk together.

And topping off all the character moments, the small name drops from Metatron to Chuck really spiked my enthusiasm meter.

Mentioning that there can only be one prophet at a time is an intriguing concept which really begs the question: What happened to Chuck? And, consequently, was he even a prophet to begin with?

At the same time, who and where is the archangel, Metatron?

The personal note that Kevin read talked about Metatron and his father leaving and letting the humans have responsibility of the tablets makes me wonder about Metatron and God's role in this season.

Is God out there, maybe with Metatron? And why have they not been involved in any of the major problems the brothers have faced?

Those type of questions lead into the other head scratcher of the new angel, Naomi, and why she wants reports on Sam and Dean from Castiel, and at the same time doesn't want Castiel to remember any of it?

And even what was the deal with Super Castiel and his major glow and blue eyes? Is that a new power?

This was the perfect episode to get the show back on track and really proved how promising the new story and direction are looking to be. Not only am I curious as to what will happen, but all of the questions that keep popping up make me excited for what's to come. Plus, you can't go wrong when Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley are all at the top of their game in the same hour.

After a fun and packed full Supernatural episode like that, I'm ready for a second helping.

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

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Fifty

Yeah Crowley's back and Supernatural at its very BEST!!! Makes you wonder why writers even need fillers when the core story is that good. Dean ca be the good old burger lovin' , jokes cracking Dean that we all love now that Castiel has set his guilt straight. Got to say Supernatural is as strong in its 8 season as it was in the earlier ones,and keeps getting better.Love it!!

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10/10!!!!

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YES! Supernatural is back! A Little Slice of Kevin is the Very First and only episode this season to give reason to come back to Supernatural. It's as if this was episode 1 of the season continuing on. Pretend those first six episodes (they were just a filler) didn't happen this season, get them out of your head. This episode beats the first six episodes this season and is very well executed. A little slice of Kevin is very enjoyable and would like for this to continue this way. I have the same feeling of this episode along with Death's Door and Adventures in Babysitting episodes as being the tonal touches to the show. There's that level of feeling you can realize to from those similar episodes. It's that GREAT.

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Now onto the subject of Metatron and the Word of God. I have the biggest feeling that Naomi is Metatron, I don't know how I got the impression that it's her, but I'm making an early prediction and saying it's Naomi. The fact that God and Metatron left and let humans take the responsibility says to me that Chuck is and has always been God. The fact that only one prophet can exist at a time, just shows that the way he went out at the end of season 5 means that he has to be none other than God. I have always felt that Chuck is God since that moment he poofed out in season 5, and I stand by my prediction that he is God. I'm really starting to love this season!!! Can't wait to see how everything pans out :)

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I think this was an amazing episode. Cas making it clear to Dean that it was not his fault that he got left behind in Purgatory was good, and I hope Dean will begin to understand that he simply can't save everyone and that he should not feel guilty about it. I enjoyed the Trans and can't wait to see more of them. Cas and Crowley's confrontation was great and I believe Cas's eyes glowing was him manifesting his true form.

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Last nights ep showed once again why this season is GR8!

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Actually it's Dean who said to Sam first. Sam just parroted it back at a later date. It would of meant more if he didn't toss out retreaded advice and then left. Cas showed more effort, more concern.

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As much as I am enjoying this season, I felt as if this episode was really redundant. I understand the need for what happens for the storyline to play out, but it's the same old stuff just being told in a different manner.
On another note, I was glad to hear the mention of Chuck, but when Cas said he was dead I just laughed so loud. Are the angels still unaware that Chuck was not actually a prophet, but actually God himself?

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Castiel and Crowley were amazing as always.

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Honestly i want to meet god in this series (fingers crossed for Morgan Freeman!) But this episode really proved why the show only shines when cas is back, it has been really hard to watch without him now.

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