Enter our boys picking up on the lead and what they think is just a simple job turns out to be much, much more and (finally) leads us a bit deeper into the Leviathan angle of the story arch. I may be in the minority here, but…the Leviathans just aren’t doing it for me. It’s not that they’re not bad or that their evil doesn’t have layered meaning or political implications about our world today. I get all of that.
But…the cursed object deaths in this episode were more hard-hitting, frightening, and impacting than the Leviathan threat has been since they pulled their Aliens reenactment against Castiel’s torso. This is escapism television for me and the reason I’ve stayed invested for seven years (and I do mean invested) has been because of the story of our heroes, their struggles and their salvation. But aside from that, I want something really worth their pain.
The YED was worth it. The threat of Hell in payment of a crossroads deal was worth it. Defeating Lilith was worth it. Even aborting the Apocalypse was worth it. The Mother of All? Meh. I want the Leviathans to be worth it. I’m waffling a bit now that we’re past the half-way point. I do see the course of the Levi story picking up a bit after this episode, but right now? Dean getting retribution for his sacrifices over the years, vengeance for what was taken from him, and finally being able to truly save Sam is what keeps me watching. Sam overcoming this debilitating break in his psyche and being whole again is what keeps me watching.
Not so much the war against the Leviathans. But…maybe that will change once the boys are able to clear a couple of hurdles closer to home.
So how did all of this Leviathan Plot Discovery go down, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It all begins with a snobbish ballerina named Norina who prefers to practice alone. She puts on a pair of pristine-looking ballet slippers, turns on some Swan Lake (of course), and pirouettes herself to death. She literally dances until her feet blow up. Blood everywhere.
Sam is the one to get wind of the weird. They’re in Oregon (outside at a snow-covered lake, Dean on the phone with Frank, pacing along a very cold-looking pier) and coming up with bupkiss as far as getting a lead on Dick Roman. Frank is busy being sarcastic; Dean is frustrated and pushing for intel on Bobby’s numbers. Frank wants to know when Dean became the boss of him and Dean tries to calm him down…right before Frank hangs up on him.
Whoops. Dean comments, and I agree, that having someone as paranoid as Frank as your go-to guy was not really all that great. Sam walks up carrying a newspaper and a cup of coffee and Dean’s face shifts from irritation to worry in a flash.
Dean: You going for the Guinness record of caffeine consumption? That’s your 5th cup this morning.
Sam tells him that every time he closes his eyes Lucifer is yelling in his head. So right there we know two things: Sam’s not sleeping and he told Dean about letting Lucifer in. More or less. We don’t know if he gave him the details, but at least Dean knows it’s getting worse. He reminds Sam that Lucifer’s not actually there, which Sam knows. But, as he tells his brother, even the ‘hand thing’ isn’t working right now.
Sam tells him about the article he found on the ballerina dancing her feet off.
Dean: Dancers. They are toe-shoes full of crazy.
He knows this because he saw Black Swan. Twice. Sam gives him the classic little-brother, how are we even related look and Dean fires back with a, “Tutu-on-tutu action? C’mon, Sammy, what’s wrong with you?”
Sam doesn’t have the energy to give Dean crap about his lack of culture (either that or he agrees that it was, indeed, pretty hot) and waves it off. Hey, I saw Black Swan. Watching Natalie Portman losing touch with reality was bizarre. But even I’ll admit there were some rather…intriguing…scenes.
They decide to head to Portland, Dean hoping that Sam manages to get some sleep along the way. Aside from his basic worry about Sam’s well-being, it has to be a bit disconcerting to have the guy who is supposed to be watching your back running on straight caffeine to keep him alert.
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