Director: Philip Sgriccia
Writer: Andrew Dabb
Staring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark Sheppard, Misha Collins, Samantha Smith, Elizabeth Blackmore, Bronagh Waugh
Synopsis: Dean comes face to face with his mother while Sam fights for his life after being shot by Toni.
My Thoughts: It’s been a while since Supernatural has had a season kick off right where the previous season left off. Thank goodness that’s what they did for this season because Mama Winchester is back! I’ll be honest here, at the end of season 11, I was a little torn about the return of Mary. It’s been 33 years since this character was alive, but after watching Keep Calm and Carry On, I am excited to see where this season leads.
Andrew Dabb did a wonder full job writing a script that gave such beautiful moments for Samantha Smith (plays Mary Winchester) to really react to this crazy world she has been thrown into. It’s the little details that make Mary shine in this episode, the pauses for Mary to realize she has been gone for 33 years, to see how much the world has changed, and most importantly that her sons are not only adults, but are also hunters and that John is gone. There is so much to process for a character and the audience gets to go through it with her. I’m sure little moments will happen here and there threw out the season, but it was key for the pace to be set for Mary in the first episode of the season. Even better, through out the episode we got to see glimpses of Mary’s personality, my favorite being when Mary gets to see the Impala again. At first its this touching moment of getting to see the car that he husband loved, but then you see the smirk on her face and you know its not just the car she is thinking about! Dean’s face was priceless! Dean isn’t the only one that has had fun in that back seat!
The episode wasn’t all rainbows and Mama’s welcome home. Sam is in a bad way during this episode. He is a prisoner of Lady Antonia Bevell, but Sam is a tough cookie, after all Lucifer has tortured him before. Not willing to give up any information that Bevell is wanting, they start to the torture on Sam. First is a long cold shower. I’m like 99% sure this was just to get a rise out of all the fan girls, I didn’t mind at all, more torture showers please for both boys! That was the easy stuff though, the blowtorch and the little ride down memory lane was not so pleasant for poor Sam. Seriously, though, a blowtorch? So mean. His true character shows in the end though, when he has a chance to kill Bevell and to escape. Sam leaves her alive though and because of that he doesn’t make the get away. It’s clear, because of his actions thought, that she is starting to have doubts in what she is doing.
I really did enjoy this episode, it was a great way to start the season. The episode is a good change of pace, taking a step down from such a huge apocalyptic battle from the end of last season and moving to a more grounded issue for the boys to deal with. The show needs a non-end of the world battle for the boys to face. Plus, watching Dean get to interact with Mary was everything I wanted it to be. Jensen Ackles and Samantha Smith already have such good chemistry it makes the relationship between them flow so nicely. Plus now Cass wont be the only one on the show that doesn’t understand current day technology. I look forward to more funny moments with Cass trying to explain current day earth to Mary.
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