Sam, Dean and Bobby set out in search of The Mother of All’s latest monster. While investigating, they run into Samuel and Gwen, who are also hunting the creature. Samuel and Bobby get into a heated fight about how to handle the case. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Bret Matthews.
*is a limp noodle*
I have to admit, I haven’t been this tense throughout an episode in a long time. True to the episode title, it followed the Agatha Christie approach of a whodunit coupled with steadily dwindling numbers. Nicely played, Show.
I didn’t know what they were going to do next, how it was going to roll out, who was going to die. I watched the whole thing leaning forward—as if that would give me a clue as to what was to come. Leaps of faith and random plot holes aside, I thought this was a really well-done episode. In fact, I think I’ve started to consider the episode plots to be more like…fishing nets. They’re woven together and catch the important stuff, leaving things too small to bring on board to fall through the holes.
For the most part.
The only thing I could have wished for was a bit more angst from everyone for taking a human life—regardless of the fact that they were monster-possessed at the time. But Dean’s speech at the end, and the stance he’s been taking with Sam since he was re-souled (“It wasn’t you”), helped me get my head around that.
I’ll go there more in a bit.
Several years ago, I watched a movie called “Zodiac” about the Zodiac serial killer. Something in that movie gave me the crazy idea of what if all serial killers were possessed during the time they committed the murders and that possession screwed up their heads to the point they thought they did it? This idea led to a co-written story by Sojourner84 and myself called, “The Devil Inside,” but I was reminded of it tonight with this “new” monster.
Especially at the beginning.
So the THEN set the stage, reminding us who Rufus is, that Samuel had been torturing Alphas for intel, that Samuel had sold the boys out and Dean promised to kill him, who Gwen was, and that the Mother of All was topside.
We get to the NOW and we’re at a truck stop with a Truck Driver (hereafter referred to as TD) is filling up his semi with fuel. He turns from the pump back to his truck and the deceptively innocent-looking Mother of All—complete with white nightgown-like sundress and bare feet—is standing there, asking for a ride. TD agrees and once she’s inside, he asks for her name. She tells him it’s Eve (which…I’m not sure if they’re going Biblical on us here or if she just thought that would be ironic…nowhere in anything I’ve read and/or learned had anything about Eve mothering monsters—even considering that one of her sons killed the other…set me straight here, peeps). Jury’s still out for me on the name.
TD asks her where she wants to go. She’s like, “However far you want,” and leans over and kisses him. TD, a decent man, pushes her away and says that this isn’t what she wants. He hands her a pamphlet that says Jesus Loves You and tells her the emptiness inside her is a hunger for him. Eve says that Jesus was just a man, but TD tells her, with a calm, patient smile, that he was also the son of God, sent here because he loves us.
Eve’s smile is cold as she says that God doesn’t care about us. “Your father made you and then abandoned you, so you pray. You see signs where there’s nothing. Your apocalypse came and went and you didn’t notice. A mother would never abandon her children like he did.”
I think I might be religioused out a bit with storylines because she did not feel menacing or threatening to me at all and there was no fire churning up in me with her claims about God as there had been in Season 5. I knew what I believed and anything she said seemed a non-issue—which is very different from how I reacted to the Lucifer/God stuff in Season 5.
I was just waiting to see what she was going to do to him, basically. Which came next. She asks, innocent, wide smile in place, if she can tell him a secret and poor, befuddled TD nods. She moves in as if to whisper into his ear and there’s this horrible sucking/squishing sound and TD is all AH!
Next thing you see is a dark-haired woman asleep in bed. TD opens the bedroom door and walks around to her side of the bed. She wakes up, smiles happily to see him…and then he beats her to death with a claw hammer.
Holy blood-soaked beginning, Batman!
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