The opening scene with the kids makes no sense. Aiden and Krissy act like they don’t know what’s outside the car and as if they are afraid. They might be keyed up for their first hunt, but that’s not the way it’s played. Supernatural is not at its best when it feels it has to “trick” the audience.
The first scene in the Impala, between Dean and Sam, is possibly the best scene in the episode. It ran completely true for two guys, especially Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki). They are both concerned about each other, but a conversation about their feelings? At least as far as Dean is concerned, hell no!
I did, however, really like that they brought back the vampire cure from “Live Free and Twihard.” Victor as a sort of Fagin for hunter’s kids is an intriguing idea. Like Sam, I was impressed by how competent the kids were – doing triage on the one victim to stabilize her before the paramedics could arrive, the surveillance, and the dead man’s blood darts, for example.
Sam is impressed by the “balanced” life that Victor provides for the kids, but Dean is adamant that kids shouldn’t hunt. It’s curious given how much Sam hated how he grew up that he would support Victor at all.
I loved Krissy’s dart shot to the vamp’s eye – awesome VFX in the episode. I did like the irony of the qualities that Victor chose the kids for being his undoing – Josephine being super smart and Krissy being a natural leader – taking over from Victor in the end. It was a nice touch seeing them use their skills in first aid to help the girl who is almost turned into a vamp at the end.
Even though Krissy says they won’t go looking for hunts, Dean knows it’s not that easy. Both Dean and Sam hope that shutting the gates of Hell will make a “real” life, a normal life, possible. Dean only wants it for the kids, but Sam is still hoping to get out of the life himself, or at least keep himself and his brother alive.
Not the worst episode ever, but not the best episode either. While it’s great to see them weave in plot points and lore from previous episodes, I think the writers also need to make sure that questions raised in the episode are adequately answered and that the motivations and actions are clearly connected. Were you happy to see Krissy back? I have to say that I think they’ve exhausted the usefulness of the character, so I won’t be looking for her again. I was disappointed that they killed her father, played by Ian Tracey, who is one of my favorite Canadian actors – I had really hoped to see him again. It looks like next week will see us back on track with the second trial and the run to the end of the season. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Let me know in the comments below.