Supernatural Review 8.07 - "A Little Slice of Kevin"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.15.2012
There's so much happening this week that one episode can barely contain it!
The Road So Far: Sam and Dean had that fight that has been brewing all season, thanks to some mojo from a haunted coin (don't ask). Garth has taken over Bobby's role in guiding the hunters and the brothers have put aside most of their issues...for now.
Season Eight, Episode 7: A Little Slice Of Kevin Directed By: Charlie Carner Written By: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner
Castiel is finally back. The real Castiel, not one who is crazy, secretly working with demons or trying to take over the world. While this Castiel has some baggage due to the things he's done and his time in Purgatory, it's clear that we're back to seeing the Cas of old (with a new twist) working with the Brothers again to fight the hordes of evil. Hopefully this begins the road to his true redemption. At this point he's more or less a third Winchester, so how could you not want to see him more?
This episode sees not only Castiel return, but Kevin, Mrs. Tran and Crowley as well. It's a huge mythology-centric episode that sees a lot of plot movement on several different fronts. Without spoiling anything, you will find out exactly what happened in Purgatory between Dean, Benny and Castiel. This will, of course, wrap up Dean's flashbacks, but it won't end his story as he still has a lot of problems on his plate.
The episode begins with strange abductions happening involving demons and bizarre natural disasters. We know right away that demons are responsible but Sam and Dean don't, so we have to watch them play catch-up. In between that, Kevin Tran and his mom are trying to build demon bombs and hire a witch. That's never a good decision and you can probably guess how that turns out. Meanwhile, Crowley is abducting people and torturing Alfie (from episode two of the season, an angel) for reasons that are revealed later.
The episode is actually slightly disjointed until, oddly enough, Castiel arrives and it all falls into place. We sort of go back and forth from the Winchesters, the Trans and the demons until a good fourth of the way in when things kick into high gear and don't ever really stop. There's just so much to digest here for Supernatural fans: Are Dean and Cas okay? What happened in Purgatory? How did Cas get out? How can they close the gates of Hell forever? Not all of these are answered, but several are and it's just a lot to take in for one episode.
The only one who is left out here is Sam, which will make his fans angry. But he's had episodes to flesh out his story more and I'm sure he'll get more down the road. In this case, all he needs to do is his job, as this is a mythology-centric episode and we don't have time for his year off right now. The Sam-Amelia story is interesting, especially why he left her and went back to the cabin, but we've got bigger things to worry about right now.
I've had some theories about what happens at the end of the season, but now I have absolutely no idea with the latest twist thrown in at the end. There's a new player on the show and that's all I'll say. I still think that the gates of Hell are going to be opened wide or Lucifer's getting set free again, but that may be just my hope to have more Mark Pellegrino on the show. You can't just have characters like Lucifer or Michael disappear forever (or Death...who we haven't seen in a while).
Next week there is no new episode because of the holidays. So on November 28, I'll be back to review what looks like the first real comedy episode of the season. Because the preview made me laugh, I'll share it with you.
The 411: This episode was one of the best of the season. We get some major moments for the story, the return of Castiel and more interesting roads to travel as the season continues. If you're a Sam fan, you may feel a little left out, but otherwise all Supernatural fans should love this one.