I loved seeing the return of the twins from the episode Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox, from earlier this season. I was hoping to see them again because it was fun meeting them the first time, and we got a glimpse of their dynamic. They are just so adorable together. I loved the depiction of their relationship as being the equivalent of Sam and Dean’s, and it was wonderful watching the Winchesters interact with another close knit family.
So it was really heartbreaking, to see Max lose his entire family, by the end of the show. I can also say I was not surprised that Max made the decision that he made, because Sam is right. The Winchesters have made one horrible decision after another to keep their family intact, although its refreshing to note that Mary’s resurrection wasn’t necessarily bad decision oriented, exactly. That was more like the fallout of previous bad decisions.
Supernatural isn’t very good about racial issues. it just isn’t. And I don’t really expect it to be, as its not really the type of show that speaks on social issues. Actually, the show has been pretty bad, or non-existent, on racial issues, and has come under fire when its showcased PoC, so its interesting to watch their approach to such issues this season. This season, and last season, they have been careful to have more PoC on the show, and occasionally acknowledge the unique situations of PoC within an episode.
On the other hand they keep inviting all these great PoC characters on the show just to kill them off, (We’re looking at you Billy! R.I.P.) and re- inviting certain other characters, who I shall not name.
It was also interesting to watch Tasha get disrespected by the old lady in the lobby of the inn. The show doesn’t pass any judgement on what the lady says, (yeah, its racist as hell) but later you find out that she’s the witch that Tasha was hunting, so what you’re left with is that the old lady is a a free-range a**hole, I guess.
I also liked how they really humanized the other characters, showing Alicia’s and Max’s closeness, and their closeness to their mother, by having Sam reference the exact thing Dean said to him, when they were hunting their dad, the first season. That was kind of awesome. Making the audience aware of how close knit the family was, is key to the final scene, when Max makes the decision to resurrect his sister. It was horrible to watch him lose all the people he loved, and that actor totally sold the emotional devastation that would be the result.
Alicia and Max’s horror at the realization that they’ve been socializing with something that’s not their mother was very well done, and echoed my own feelings during that scene. I’m kind of haunted by the idea that Faux- Tasha didn’t know what she was, and really had no clue that anything was wrong, until Max spelled her. And now Alicia doesn’t know what she is. I’m pretty sure Max is not going to tell her, and what happens when she doesn’t age? After all, she’s not really real.
Also, it was kind of cool watching Max kicking ass, busting in doors, and stuff, to avenge his Mom. We got a glimpse of the power of a natural witch. As Alicia said, she has no natural affinity for the craft, but for her mother and brother, its as natural as breathing. Although, I was rooting for Max to NOT take the other witch’s power, I’m still not mad at him for the decision he made. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the future. If the Winchesters will have to come and solve/save Max, as a problem.
This show was a little disorienting. The audience for this show is so used to knowing what’s going on, before the brothers do, that I was surprised that I couldn’t guess what was happening. When Tasha showed up after we watched her get killed, it was a little disorienting, because we think we know what happened. And I don’t know what to think of the poor hapless manager of the motel. Was he related to the witch or just some random guy she kidnapped to do her bidding?
Other than that, I’m not particularly fond of any witch episodes, as a general rule. They always feel like a letdown, and I didn’t especially care for the witch plot here, although I loved everything else about it. I did find the Mary angle of the show interesting too. I knew sooner or later that mary would get wise to what was happening and that she and Ketch would end up having it out. Mary can seriously kick some ass. She’s just not as insane as Ketch, so she lost that fight before going into it. I wasn’t surprised. Its funny how the brothers are now in the same position, at the end of the episode, as Max ad Alicia were, at the beginning of the episode, of running to rescue their momma. And then there’s poor Mick. Just thrown in a box somewhere.
Well, I liked this episode. It was very well done, but I don’t think this one is ever going to be my favorite. Its just too painful to watch this beautiful family, especially after you know the end result. But I do expect to see Max again, probably in direct opposition to the Winchesters. I was not happy to see the Lady Heartless from the opening of the season, though. I hate that character and hope she dies a horrible death.
Now we’re down to the end of the season. We’ve got three episodes left and the show usually likes to combine all of them into one big mega-plot, so this is my last review until the finale, when I’ll also give an overview of my feelings for the whole season.