Season 8 Episode 8
Supernatural has always had a knack for juggling dark and serious drama and wacky, over-the-top comedy. It’s one of the show’s more endearing qualities actually and was something that the X-Files was able to pull off as well. Supernatural does it with flair and this week was one of their finer moments, especially for the special effects crew who put together some terrific visuals.
The boys may have been investigating a case straight out of Roger Rabbit, with cartoon craziness abounding, but we were also treated via flashback to a glimpse into Sam’s relationship with Amelia and we got some definite heart to heart between Dean and Castiel. It’s no easy trick, navigating waters such as these, but so far, Season 8 has been mostly getting it right. There have been very few missteps so far and I’ve got high hopes for the rest of the season.
“Is there a link between Heartbreak Hotel and Free Fallin’?”
— Dean Winchester
The highlight for me this week though was the continuation of Castiel’s visitations to Heaven and Amanda Tapping’s manipulation of our favorite wounded angel. That’s the story I’m invested in, which is a neat rick considering it takes up about 30 seconds of screen time. What’s her and Heaven’s plan for the Winchesters? Why are they spying on them? It can’t be good. For Sam and Dean, it never is.
Next week’s promo for “Citizen Fang”, which I’ve included below, is billed as a mid-season finale, and we’re being treated to the return of Benny. Now there’s an episode I can really sink my teeth into.