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Supernatural Review 9.21 - "King of the Damned"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.08.2014





The Road So Far: Sam and Dean set up a spin-off for a new show, but they didn't actually do much. The episode was terrible.

Season 9, Episode 21: King of the Damned
Directed By: P.J. Pesce
Written By: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming

After last week's awful, awful attempt at creating a spinoff I'm not going to watch, it's nice to get back to the main story (which we last left three episodes ago). There's no more stand-alone episodes this time as we're in the final episodes of the season. Will the angels get to go home? Will they be alive long enough to make it there? Will the Mark of Cain corrupt Dean? These are all questions that still have to be answered.

This week sees Abaddon get the jump on Crowley and present him with a unique deal: betray the Winchesters or watch his son die. Normally Crowley wouldn't care, but his addiction to human blood has given him emotions. I like that they acknowledge the fact that Crowley used to hate his kid because I was worried at first it would be a bit of continuity that they'd drop. As it is, there are still questions from his appearance that will hopefully come back later (instead of going the way of Chuck or the Anti-Christ).

Meanwhile, Castiel is slowly building his army of angels to fight Metatron and discovers there is a mole on the inside. Sam and Dean find out that there may or may not be a secret passage to Heaven and Dean is still trying to stop his bloodlust thanks to the Mark of Cain. A lot of stuff is happening, but I think part of that is the problem this week.

While "King of the Damned" is still a good episode, it felt a bit disjointed at times. To begin with, we spend far too much time with Crowley and his son. I like that Crowley is getting some character development, but I don't like that we're taking time away from what is actually an interesting story with Sam and Dean trying to get closer to Metatron and Castiel trying to convince a Metatron ally to go turncoat. The actual "Hell" portion feels tacked on, especially as we get to the end. I guess that's what happens when you waste an entire episode solely to set up a spin-off that looks terrible. Yes, I'm still bitter about that.

Luckily, the Hell story is actually wrapped up this week. It's still fresh so I won't spoil it, but there is a definitive conclusion and now we can focus entirely on the Winchesters stopping Metatron and restoring some sort of balance. With season ten a good choice for the final season, it'll be interesting to see how they set up the end. Although this hasn't been confirmed by the CW, I still think it would be best to stop it now that it's regained some of its lost quality.
I could rely on my old fall back that Lucifer will climb out of his cage and be the final Big Bad to close things out, but as we don't know it'll be the final season I don't want to commit to that. I also don't see how stopping Metatron is going to affect Lucifer's cage at all, so it's probably not an option at this point. Maybe Metatron pulls Michael out of the cage and Lucifer hitches a ride? I just know Lucifer's a very entertaining character and I would like him to come back.

As far as this season goes, someone's going to die, possibly for good. Dean's Mark of Cain has to have some drastic consequences. I don't see them actually killing off Sam, but Castiel could be an option. Crowley could be another, which would be sad since he's actually more developed now. It seems like Dean is going to end up killing Sam when he tries to stop his bloodlust, but I don't think I want another season devoted to one of the brothers bringing the other one back (but with consequences) and I don't think the show works without their dynamic.

All I know is that the episode description for the finale promises "shocking consequences" to stopping Metatron. We'll see what happens in two weeks!


The 411: "King of the Damned" is a disjointed episode, but still solid and it's good to be back in the main story. There are still many unanswered questions but things are winding down for a grand finale so it remains interesting to see where the story goes from here.
 
Final Score:  7.0   [ Good ]  legend





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