Did the Supernatural writers watch the 2014 horror movie It Follows?
In that film, a curse is transmitted through sex, and a supernatural being will hunt down and kill the person who the curse was passed onto and then back on down the line.
Supernatural Season 11 Episode 13 involved a curse passed on through a kiss and a supernatural being that would hunt the receivers of said kiss, before going back to the start.
The similarities were definitely evident, and I hope it was supposed to be more of an homage than a blatant copy... though Supernatural did at least add a witch behind the scenes and a Qareen to carry out the ripping out of hearts.
I was expecting perhaps a rogue cupid for the Valentine’s Day-related episode, but it was good to see a new supernatural force for Sam and Dean to face.
That said, the Qareen felt very much like an old school case of the week for Sam and Dean.
And as much as I haven’t really enjoyed the episodes involving witches, I didn’t mind the one doling out the kissing curse. I also couldn’t help but wish that Rowena had been more like this particular witch. She had far more of a menacing presence, something that Rowena just never was really able to capture, no matter how powerful she was.
But really, the Qareen was far more of a plot device to reveal Dean’s “deepest, darkest desire.”
Sure, Dean’s quip about it being Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach or Jessica Simpson didn't matter to him) was humorous, but it was pretty obvious it was going to be Amara.
It was even funny that when Sam returned to tell Dean he had cut the heart and defeated the witch, he didn’t know Dean had almost nearly died by the Qareen. Though, the giant holes around the room were probably solid clues.
But with Sam not knowing it was Amara, I figured it was just another example for the audience to see, and we’d get another final shot of Dean conflicted and unsure what to do when it came to his connection with the Darkness.
Thankfully, and probably one of the best moments of the hour, Dean admitted to Sam that he saw Amara when the Qareen came after him. It was a big step for him, and a welcome one at that.
Now things are all out in the open.
Except, what made the moment even better was Sam refusing to judge his brother. He knew that Dean probably would see Amara, but he was far more understanding of what Dean was dealing with.
It was so good to see them talking things out, even if they didn’t quite have an answer. In a lot of ways it was similar to when Sam didn’t have an answer on what to do about Lucifer and Dean was there for him.
Plus, it was great to not have to see the two brothers fight over something ridiculous and then separate for a couple episodes because of it.
If anything, with the way that Sam and Dean have been relatively united on Supernatural Season 11, I can only hope we get more moments like them playing rock, paper, scissors.
Dean’s look of pure glee at beating Sam and then walking off victorious was funny. More of that brotherly stuff is welcome.
Overall, this was a standard case of the week. There wasn’t anything too scary or revealing, but we did finally get Sam and Dean on the same page. And it’s good to see that even with their concerns in beating the Darkness, they are sticking together to fight the good fight.
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NOTE: Supernatural Season 11 Episode 14, "The Vessel," airs Feb. 17 at 9/8c.
Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.