Supernatural Review 9.02 - "Devil May Care"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.16.2013
Crowley's talking about BDSM. Slash fiction writers are going insane right now.
The Road So Far: After the events of season eight, Sam is dying. Dean prayed to all of the angels on Earth to help, and eventually several made their way to him, wanting to hurt him unless he gave up the location of Castiel (who helped cause them to fall after Metatron tricked him). One angel, Ezekiel, volunteered to help the only way he could: possess Sam and heal them both from the inside. Dean also asked the angel to erase Sam's memory of the hospital so he wouldn't know he had an angel inside of him. Meanwhile, Castiel's vow to help all of the angels didn't last long when one of them wanted to possess him and he was forced to kill her. He was also forced to abandon his trench coat when he couldn't clean it due to needing the money for food. In other words, he's learning some hard truths about being human.
Season 9, Episode 2: Devil May Care Directed By: Guy Bee Written By: Andrew Dabb
Last week's season premiere was awesome, and even fans who weren't too thrilled with the last few seasons seem to be on board for this story. Let's hope that the rest of the season can keep it up and we get a very solid story. There is certainly a lot of potential, already presented in the premiere, for a very good season and several new and emotional stories to be told. It's more or less been said (but not outright confirmed) that this show is at least getting a season, so maybe they have a solid end game in mind for the next two seasons.
But before that, we have episode two, which seems to be focusing more on the hell side of the story. Crowley's still the junk in Dean's trunk (his words, not mine) and Abaddon is on the loose, hoping to take over Hell. She's even recruited some demons to her cause who are hunting other hunters trying to find the Winchesters. Meanwhile, Crowley's playing mind games with Kevin in an attempt to secure his release from the Den of Letters.
This episode was a step down from last week but by no means was it bad. I think just about any episode would be a step down from that premiere. That was loaded top to bottom with story and great moments while this one is just continuing with the aftermath of that situation. Sam's still angel-fied, Castiel's still human (and not even in this episode) and Dean's still...well, being Dean.
Story A focuses on Abaddon and her quest to rule Hell. In order to do so she has to get rid of Crowley. To do that she has to find them and of course the Winchesters have them. Abaddon as a big bad is something I can get behind, because I really liked her brief appearances last season. With Crowley out of commission (for now), having her pull the strings of the demon-related episodes suits me just fine. I could even see her trying to form a pact with Metatron. Can you imagine an angel and a demon working together (for real this time, not Castiel reluctantly helping Crowley)?
The B story is Crowley making Kevin go through a wide variety of emotions (mostly anger) in an attempt to get freed. Honestly, this was my favorite part of the episode. Mark A. Sheppard is just awesome and this role is probably his best. He just acts circles around Osric Chau (who by the way, is no slouch) and owns the screen. If he's going to be limited to a Hannibal Lecter-role this season, I'd be all for that (the man even quotes Silence of the Lambs).
There's also some brief mentions of what's going on with Sam, and I won't spoil how that bit shows up because it's pretty great and if you haven't seen the episode yet you should. I will say that there is an effect that I love in the climax for reasons more than just a special effect. It's very symbolic and shows just where the angels are right now in the grand scheme of things. It's that kind of care with details that makes me enjoy this show so much.
This was a solid episode. Sure, it's not as good as last week's but I don't see how it could be. Next week is all about Castiel, it seems, as he adapts to being a real boy. See you then!
The 411: Devil May Care is a solid episode as season nine rolls along with it's impressive story. I'm a fan of Abaddon as the big bad (for now, I suspect Metatron will be back soon) and Crowley as Dr. Lecter. Throw in some solid action, a fun climax and even some emotional moments at the end, and you've got another winner this season.