Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

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.

The Ramble

*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!

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.

4 Comments:

  1. Ugh! All I could say about this episode was… why? A real let down after the sharp one of last week… and seemed like a pretty cheap way to unload past cast members who could have had much more interesting stories to tell. Seriously, that’s all for Grandpappy Samuel?! We hardly knew ya!

    But I was also disappointed by the wimpy take on on “The Thing” meets cliched brain-worm from Star Trek.

  2. I had several people mention “The Thing” in comments on my LJ. Apparently I missed out having never watched it. *laugh* I remember something vaguely about Kurt Russell having a Grissly Adams-type beard, but that’s about it. The brain worm was just…gack.

    I was more going on the title than anything. And in my efforts to see all things positive about Show, it did make me tense not knowing who they were going to kill off and how. But the ‘why,’ as you point out, was definitely murky. Especially for Samuel. I can hand-wave Gwen — she was red-shirted from the jump. And I can mourn and get over Rufus, though he would have made an awesome recurring character. Bobby-worthy almost.

    But it’s Samuel that gets me. Like I said in the ramble, it’s entirely possible it will all become clear in retrospect. And sure, his death could easily be construed as a life gone sideways. But looking at it from a broader picture — from the viewpoint of the over-all story arc — every character introduced should have a reason tied to the plot of the story or why have them there? They just get in the way. UNLESS they’re a purposely place Red Herring. Which, maybe he was. That’s always possible. *considers*

    But so far, the information we’ve been given is that Gramps was pulled out of Heaven the same time Sam was pulled out of Hell (both by Crowley, presumably, though I have my serious doubts about that) and that he spent a year and a half working for Crowley, capturing and torturing Alphas for intel on the location of Purgatory in exchange for the promise of Mary.

    The boys get all tangled up with him, in different ways, and then he tries to kill them. He never finds Purgatory, never gets Mary out (both would have affected the boys and the storyline), and managed to get all of his relatives except Dean and Sam killed. Then he just gets possessed by a worm and gets killed by his grandson??

    Plot-wise (for me) that was a big, huh?? Why introduce him, his allegance with Crowley, his desire to get Mary back, all of that just to kill him off without any of those things realized? The only thing I saw that he brought to the storyline was twisting up the boys’ heads and adding a layer of tension. But that could have been done in so many other ways….

    Which leads me to think that his story can’t be over — there has to be something else we haven’t seen yet coming up in the last several episodes. I just have to believe there’s more to the story because him dying this way seems pointless story-wise.

    Annnddd…I’ve spent way too much time on this. Sorry. *laugh* Thanks for commenting, Simon! :)

    • Sounds like you’re thinking along slightly different lines as SPN fan critic Mo Ryan, who posted her own recap/view on the episode yesterday:
      http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/06/supernatural-recap-then-there-were-none-rufus/

      She seemed to think that Samuel’s story was played out, but regretted the loss of Gwen, and earlier death of Corin Nemec’s character Christian.

      • Hey there — just saw this.

        I haven’t read Mo’s review. I think there is room for plenty of differing thought when it comes to the introduction of the Campbell clan and by extension a lot of other hunters. I could see where some would think the loss of a female character, raised a hunter, is a regret. We get very few good female characters — and by good I mean both solid characterization and “not evil.”

        I would still like to get some back story on Christian. I didn’t like him from the start (as evidenced by these rambles) and I would have liked to know exactly when he was demonized.

        But I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that Samuel’s story was played out. It may have lost steam or the writers may have lost the plot, but they brought a character whose story not only made a significant impact on Dean when he traveled back to 1973, but also was part of what seemed to kick-start the plight of the Winchester brothers: Mary’s deal for John’s life. In a way, she sacrificed her father for that, and Dean saw.

        So, knowing Mary is such a beacon to the brothers not only because she was their mother but also because she was taken from them and sacrificed her spirit to save them, the writers choose to return her father for the nebulous reason of bringing Mary back…have him work with a demon…have him betray his grandsons…. *shakes head*

        I don’t know. In much the same way I feel that Crowley’s death was too quick and wonder if there’s more to the King of Hell than we have yet seen, I feel like Samuel’s story isn’t finished. Or…it shouldn’t be. It may be that the writers are done with him, but I feel it’s a loose end.

        I suppose we’ll all see in time, yeah?

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