The season 11 premiere opens with Dean, surrounded by a black, swirling storm. He sees a woman with her back turned to him. When he asks her what’s going on, she turns around and glances at him. Cut to Sam, waking up, alone in the car.
What happened right after the end of Brother’s Keeper?
As soon as The Darkness hit the Impala, Dean saw a female form materialize in front of him and he disappeared from behind the wheel. Sam called out to Dean, but as the car was being rocked by the storm, he hit his head against the window and lost consciousness. When Sam wakes up, he searches for Dean and finds him lying face down on the ground, a mile away from the car.
After the storm: the Rabids
An infection is spreading. The brothers think the smoke is mutating people, turning them rabid and murderous. The infected have a shelf-life and drop dead after a few hours.
Dean & The Darkness: “bound”
“She saved me.”
While Dean was inside the black cloud, safely away from the storm, he had a most interesting chat with The Darkness. She says she feels the most peaceful she felt in a long time, thanks Dean for setting her free and says she helped him because he helped her. She also informs Dean that he will never hurt her, because they are “bound”, and she shows him that she too, has the Mark of Cain.
The brothers: facing consequences
“Now, have we made mistakes? Hell, yeah. And we can analyze each and everyone of them over a couple of frosties when we’re old and farting sawdust.”
Sam and Dean have an animated conversation inside a hospital littered with the bodies of nurses, doctors and patients killed by the “Rabids”. Dean is focused on saving a newborn baby and ready to kill the mutants that block the way out of the hospital.
Sam wants to do things differently. He believes they’ve become trigger happy, and forgot that the job is about saving everybody, not just each other, or one baby. He feels responsible for what’s happening because he didn’t care about the supposed plague that would come from using the Book of the Damned. His priority was to save Dean and deal with the consequences later. Now that it’s time to face the consequences, he’s determined to find a cure and save as many people as possible.
Sam & Croatoan 2.0: the infection
“Come and get me, sons of b*tches!”
Sam decides to use himself as bait so Dean can get Jenna, the Sheriff who’s working with them, and the baby out of the hospital. Sam is jumped by a Rabid in an attack that’s reminiscent of Croatoan, the whole episode is actually. And just like in Croatoan, the attacker bleeds on Sam before they die. Three more Rabids enter the room.
“I can help you.” It’s a heartbreaking moment for me. Once again, Sam tries to reason with people who are too far gone and already overtaken by the mutation process. He hoped Jack Montgomery could control the Rugaru transformation, that the working girl could control Rowena’s attack dog spell and now he prays that the Rabids can slow down and listen to reason. He survives their attack because they somehow choose to let him go. Could be because Sam is already one of theirs. He’s infected.
Overall grade: 8/10
I give this one a 8.
I liked the episode. I thought it was beautifully shot and I enjoyed the guest stars performances. Hi Emily from “There Will Be Blood”, I mean, Jenna. I also loved Mike, the devoted father who fought until the end for his baby girl, even after the mutation had taken hold, and used his last breath to say her name. “Amara.”
I was slightly annoyed by Sam and Dean’s conversation in the hospital but wait! I did love that they had a conversation, listened to each other, and were allowed to finish their sentences without anybody storming out. I don’t have to be in love with the content of the exchange. I’m grateful they’re talking. I think the writers are addressing some criticism about the brothers becoming too murderous, too selfish and never saving anybody anymore. It was never my issue, therefore I didn’t care for the content of the exchange.
For me it was a case of the old, Dean thinks the monsters must go, Sam wants to save them. That’s been going on since forever and the “shoot first, ask questions later” was taught to Dean by John when Dean was a child, all the way back to “Something Wicked” season 1, so… talk it out and figure it out, my darlings. I’ll be sitting right here, waiting for you to get it together.
On a very positive note, I love The Darkness and her introduction. I’ve complained that ancient characters like Eve were portrayed by little girls which made it impossible for me to take them seriously. I applauded the show for having a powerful witch played by Ruth Connell instead of a toddler, and I like Emily Swallow as the mysterious and very intriguing The Darkness. I already love the connection she has with Dean and the fact that she’s looking out for him. “No matter where I am, who I am, we will always help each other.” Her prediction comes true. At the end of he episode, we learn that Amara, the baby Dean vowed to save, has the Mark of Cain.
Another thing I loved? Crowlette! The actress clearly studied Mark Sheppard and she gave us a very familiar Crowley in a female package. Crowley brought some levity to the doom and gloom. From his joining R-rated birthday celebrations to complaining about hot flashes, my second favorite demon never disappoints.
Favorite Dean moment: Sleeping Beauty
My son sleeping in the meadow, freckles bathed in sunlight. This is an emotional moment for me.
Favorite broment: the hills are alive…
It took 11 seasons but Supernatural has finally given me a scene where Sam is running through a (albeit tiny) field of flowers towards Dean to wake him up. *dabs eyes* Balthazar would have gotten a kick out of this one. Remember his comment about Sleeping Beauty in The “Man Who Knew Too Much”? Good times.
Favorite quote, which is also a broment: I’d do it again
“I unleashed a force on this world that could destroy it, to save you. And I’d do it again. In a second, I would do it again.”
At the end of season 9, I made a wish on IMDb. I said I wanted Sam to do something incredible to save Dean in season 10 and not regret it, no matter the consequences. I’m having another Lilith Day (for those who wonder, it’s like a birthday, a great day, like Lilith when she was having a birthday party everyday on while she was on shore leave in “No Rest For the Wicked”).
Drinking game: metal skull
Two minutes in and Sam’s knocked out. I took a sip of Chocolatey Chai tea.
The brangst: keeping secrets already?
“We have to change.”
Oh, Sam, you always have the best intentions but ALREADY, by the end of episode 1, Dean hasn’t told Sam the most important thing about the woman in the cloud like, the Mark on her skin and his very special connection to her, and Sam? He hasn’t spelled out to Dean that a Rabid bled on him, which they both know is how you get infected. This not keeping secret thing is going to take some time, I’m afraid…
Juicy bit: maybe Michael?
According to one of Crowley’s minions, the Cage is rattling downstairs. The rumor is Michael or Lucifer are trying to send out a warning about The Darkness. Please let it be Michael. We’ve had more than one season of Lucifer already. It’s time for Michael to shine. Plus it opens up interesting possibility for his true vessel, The Dean.
Final verdict: I like!
Good premiere! As I was watching, I kept in mind the fact that Carver told us to see it as a Part I. It made it easier to stomach the fact that Dean was far away while Sam was curled up on the floor, alone, scared and sick.
I’m loving The Darkness/Amara already. I can’t wait to see how her relationship with Dean develops. I think I saw sparks fly… Deanmara? Just kidding.
I’m interested in what’s rattling in the cage. Most of all, I want to know how Sam’s going to get out of his predicament and I want to see the brothers reunited, back in sync and on the road, taking on The Darkness together. We’re back in business, folks!
How did you like the premiere? Speaking of sync, have some Winsync for the road.