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Monday, March 7, 2011

About: Supernatural "...And Then There Were None"

This week's episode "...And Then There Were None" really got the ball rolling for the last third of the season. We learned a lot of new information that is starting to tie up a few of this season's loose threads.

The "mother of all" is back in the picture and it is not looking good. Eve is her name and apparently she has the power to create evil that this world has never seen before. And we thought Lucifer was bad. In a show like Supernatural, a name like Eve can't go unnoticed. According to Judeo-Christian belief, Eve is the mother of humanity and also committed the original sin causing her to be separated from God. In this episode Eve makes a point to let the evangelizing trucker know that God has abandoned him and the human race, something a mother would never do. So if she is, in fact meant to be the Eve of the Bible then she was the first to sin against God, and the mother of all evil. And it seems this mother has a bit of an abandonment complex.
As part of her promise not to abandon her children, Eve creates a parasite that possesses its victim and forces them to kill. Unlike most demon possessions we’ve seen on the show, the vessel doesn't seem to remember being possessed by the parasite. Word of Eve’s handiwork spreads and leads to the biggest hunter's convention I think we've seen on Supernatural. Sam, Dean and Bobby cross paths with Rufus and then later with Gwen and Samuel. This encounter is one that we've been waiting for since "Caged Heat" when Samuel sold the boys out to Crowley. In that episode Dean made Samuel a promise that the next time they crossed paths, Samuel would die. A promise it seemed Dean intended to keep. When Sam stepped in and stopped Dean from killing Samuel I was reminded again of just how different soulless Sam was from the Sam we've known since season one. Soulless Sam wouldn't have needed time to think, in fact, he probably would have shot Samuel dead before Dean even had a chance to make good on his promise.

Sam may have a soul again but he's certainly not spineless and he can see just how dangerous Samuel really is. After Dean is possessed and kills Gwen Sam makes Samuel a little promise of his own.

"We're gonna find him [Dean] alive, Samuel. Or I'm going to put a bullet in your head."

What is interesting about Samuel is that he admits that he doesn't blame Dean for wanting to kill him but refuses to apologize for what he did.

"I don't cry over spilled blood"

I guess I always assumed that somewhere inside Samuel there was at least a shred of the Winchester moral fiber. I mean this deep appreciation for family and respect for humanity had to come from somewhere, right? But Samuel was so cold and unrelenting that he seemed barely human and he certainly didn't care about family connections unless they somehow benefited him. I should add that this exchange between Samuel and the boys happened while Samuel was possessed but I'm not sure that his reaction would have been any different if he wasn't. He was equally cold and calculated when he handed the boys over to Crowley earlier this season.

In the end though, Samuel gets what he was promised. Sam kills him in a scene that felt very reminiscent of "Fresh Blood" when Sam decapitates Gordon Walker. In both scenes Sam in separated from Dean in a booby-trapped warehouse and forced to kill the person hunting him. In this case, Sam warns Samuel repeatedly before pulling the trigger. And even after killing him, he questions what he did asking Dean what their mom would think. The line that Dean draws is a finite one.

"Just cuz you're blood doesn't make you family. You gotta earn that."

Something Samuel never did.

Speaking of earning your family, a lot of interesting facts came to light about Bobby and Rufus' past. We learned that Rufus was the hunter that saved Bobby when his wife was possessed and that they spent many years on the road as hunting partners; as family. But we also learned that Bobby made a bad call that broke that familial bond forever, something Rufus never forgave him for.

Forgiveness seems to be another recurring theme recently. Now that Sam is facing his past his guilt leaves him unable to forgive himself for his actions. Even Bobby resists forgiving Sam for what he did when he had no soul. And now Bobby finds himself unforgiven for what he did to Rufus and wracked with guilt over his death. But Dean reminds Bobby that at the end of the day, he and Rufus were a family, and Rufus should have put the past behind them and forgiven Bobby. Dean takes it one step further, making sure that Bobby and Sam know that whatever has happened in the past is forgiven and the slate is clean. Maybe this reminder is a good one for Bobby, since he still hasn't forgiven Sam for what he did when he wasn't really Sam. I'm hoping we get to see a conversation like this between the two of them soon.

So, what next? We know that Eve is cooking up a plan to rid the world of good; she sent the message along with her new creature.

"You're all gonna die."

But who, specifically, was this message for? Possessed Bobby tells us that this whole thing was a trap. But for who? Hunters in general or just Sam and Dean? And does Eve have anything to do with the civil war in heaven or are these two plot threads completely separate? What do you think?

There are a few more things that deserve mentioning...

*As much as I'm glad to have the Campbells out of our lives, I was sad to see Gwen go. The Winchesters don't have many friends to turn to for help and I thought Gwen might become one of those people for them.

* Am I the only one who found it odd that Dean didn't really beat himself up about Gwen's death? He seemed almost unmoved by it. Maybe that's something that will come up later or maybe he was just in shock. But either way it seemed uncharacteristic.

* I was also sad to see Rufus die. I really enjoyed his character and he and Bobby bickered like an old married couple, which I found hilarious. He was another one that could have filled the void left by Ellen and Joe's death.

*I was a little confused when Samuel came back to life. A shot to the head would have definitely killed him so was his dead body simply possessed by the parasite?

*Was this the first time that we saw Bobby possessed? I tried to think back and nothing else came to mind. Either way, Jim Beaver's performance was great.

This episode was a little low on humor, for obvious reasons but there were still a couple of gems worth mentioning.

*Dean: "Why don't you buy me a drink first?"
Rufus: "Second date."

*Dean: "Well hey there, you little herpe."
Sam: "Why do you keep talking about herpes?"

So what did you think of "...And Then There Were None"? Did you have the same thoughts about Eve as I did? Do you think there’s any connection between her and the civil war in heaven?

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