It’s been an incredibly long hellatus for us poor Supernatural fans. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get an advance look at the new episode that will be airing on January 28. I can’t tell you a lot about the episode under pain of death, but there are a few things I can tease for you.
The first is that the sneak peek released by The CW (watch it here) confirms that Sam’s soul has been returned. But what’s the state of it? That’s where the pain of death rears its ugly head. I can’t tell you the answer, but I can tell you that you will most definitely have a newfound appreciation for how Jared Padalecki played Sam in the first half of season 6. The subtleties in his RoboSam go right back to the first moment we saw him in the season premiere. The interaction between the brothers now is very different from those we saw in the first half of the season.
And, oh, the comedy! I’ll admit, despite the insanely hilarious episode ‘Clap Your Hands If You Believe’, the first half of season 6 has been rather light on the combination of drama and physical comedy that Supernatural blends together so effectively. But this episode has it in spades, coupled with a lot of terrific one-liners and snappy comebacks (with a Comic Con reference!), and a scene with Dean that will make you laugh out loud. Basically, it’s Dean versus a stone and it’s much funnier than it sounds.
As for the case and the monster-of-the-week, it’s interesting enough to keep you engaged. It’s classic Supernatural, with glimpses at a scary creature and girls who need rescuing. But what’s really important is that we learn a great deal more about the overarching mythology of season 6, as well as the new players in the game. In my midseason review, I wrote that I was concerned that the writers might simply drop the importance of Purgatory now that Crowley was dead and no longer searching for it. Shame on me for doubting the writers! Season 6 has been different from previous seasons, with not giving us most of the important mythological information in the first few episodes. So far it’s been primarily hints: Purgatory, the alphas, etc. But it’s all starting to come together. Obviously we don’t have all of the information yet, but we’re certainly given more than the teases we’ve glimpsed so far.
Fans of the now-deceased soap opera Passions will get a nice surprise. The actress who played Ivy Crane (sworn enemy of Teresa Lopez-Fitzgerald-Crane-Winthrop, a.k.a. the wife of Smallville’s Justin Hartley) makes a guest appearance as a professor with some interesting information. She does awesome facial expressions and she’s part of the aforementioned hilarious scene with Dean.
Castiel fans will also be pleased. He appears for a short time (though in more than one scene), but he plays a crucial role in the episode overall. I also suspect, with these new players that we’re introduced to, that we’ll be seeing more of Castiel in episodes to come.
As a final hint, Supernatural fans will be nothing but pleased with this episode. It really feels like the beginning of a new chapter within season 6 – but a chapter that feels very familiar at the same time.
Oh yeah, and we now have 100% confirmation that Sam has longer arms than Dean. Just in case you were dying to know.
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