Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.12 – Time After Time

Back in ’44, Ness is saying that Chronos is a monster and Lila wants to know if Ness is right, if “Ethan” really did kill those people. Chronos/Ethan is looking desperately at Lila, while trying to keep an eye on Dean behind him. Dean is on his feet, watching Chronos, waiting for the right moment. Chronos/Ethan yells that he’s not a monster, he’s a god and he had to sacrifice those people so he could control where and when he lands – he always wanted to get back to Lila. He loves Lila.

Ness ain’t buying it – said he killed people long before he ever met her, and Chronos is like, well, yeah, but then after he met her it was all about getting back to her. Ness keeps trying to goad him and Dean is getting closer, the olive branch in his hand, but before he can stab him, Chronos whirls, grabbing Dean – one hand on his throat, the other on his wrist, forcing the olive branch out of his grip and squeezing Dean’s throat.

Ness shoots Chronos twice, but the god is strong, ya’ll, and Dean’s face his red, his eyes glassy, and it honestly looks like he’s dying.

Back in 2012, Sam is chanting, then lights the concoction in the bowl on fire, the parchment with “11:34” on it burning.

In 1944, Chronos begins to glow and shifts his grip on Dean so that he’s pulling him close, using Dean as a shield, and Dean’s half gone—out of it. Ness grabs the olive branch, yells, “Hey! Untouchable!” and tosses it to Dean.

I loved him for that. Loved that he gave Dean that one last chance to kill the god and that he called him Untouchable – pulling Dean from his stupor long enough to grab the olive branch.

Dean and Chronos are pulled through time, the red blast causing Sam and Sheriff Mills to block their faces. Chronos rolls off of Dean, the olive branch skittering across the floor, but Dean isn’t getting up. Mills yells his name and rushes over to him, kinda half-gathering him up, supporting him as Sam tries to take a swing at Chronos.

The god blocks his swing and tosses Sam back. Chronos turns to Dean, who is barely up and is more or less leaning on Sheriff Mills, and bellows that he destroyed everything. Sam uses the god’s distraction and grabs the olive branch, and just as Chronos turns to face him, Sam stabs him in the heart muttering, “Is that the best you got?”

Now, one might wonder how Sam knew how and where to stab the god when Dean had to ask that question of Ezra, but I just skimmed over that because I wanted to.

Sam staggers back, breathing hard and Chronos goes to his knees, the sound of his slowing heartbeat filling the room as his veins flash like lightning up his neck. His mouth full of blood, he half-laughs and looks up at Sam, then back over at Dean.

Chronos: You want to know your future? I know your future. It’s covered in thick black ooze. It’s everywhere. They’re everywhere. Enjoy oblivion.

Then he falls down and dies. Sam looks at his brother. Dean looks at Sam. Both of their eyes register shock, denial, and infinite weariness. Then Dean sags against Sherriff Mills, and our screen goes black.

Well. If there’s one thing that movies have taught me, it’s that there’s no future except what we make for ourselves and that always in motion, is future. So, sure, right now that’s what Chronos sees because they haven’t figured out how to get rid of Dick’s Ooze Crew of Big Mouths. But they will. Because these are our heroes. So, while that bitter delivery of a dire future may seem a bit hopeless, I hope the boys don’t let it shake them too badly, because if any of the Big Bads they’ve faced deserve to be obliterated, it’s the Levi’s. For the simple reason that they’re a bit too Corporate America for me.

Kidding. They’re also evil and stuff. *wink*

So, previews for the next episode – which airs on February 3rd – look way interesting. Two words: Shirtless. Dean. *UNF*

However! I have a PSA about the Ramble for that episode. There is the distinct possibility that I will be traveling for my job on that day and missing the episode when it originally airs. I will post the ramble for 7.13 before 7.14 airs, I promise…just not sure exactly when.

So, if you enjoy reading these and look forward to them, please come back and check that one out. I will post an update in my journal as to whether or not that Ramble will be delayed by February 1st. Thanks so much for understanding and I hope to see you guys after that episode!

Thanks so much for reading. Slainte!

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

2 Comments:

  1. Solid episode. Good as a stand-alone monster-of-the-week, with enough of the ongoing plot to keep it interesting. Elliot Ness as a hunter was pretty clever– although, a quick check of his Wikipedia article has him as the chairman of the Diebold Corporation in 1944, which I suppose could be a good cover, but doubt it has any pull with the police.

    Speaking of police, wonder if Sheriff Mills is being groomed as a Bobby surrogate. Will she have to haul around those storage boxes everywhere?

    • Hi Simon — love when an episode is able to draw a comment from you. I almost checked Wikipedia before I wrote to see where Ness was in 1944, but decided to just go on the energy of the episode and worry about the ‘real’ stuff later. :) Thanks for the update!

      I hope they keep Mills around for more interaction with the boys — I really like her chemistry with them (in a mother-ish role, that is). And good question about the boxes. Wonder where they’ll keep/store them after they leave the Winchester Temporary HQ?

      Thanks for reading!

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