What the heck? The CW didn’t show any Supernatural repeats this week. Don’t they realize this messes with my viewing and reviewing schedule?
The Man Who Would Be King (620)
That “man” would be Castiel (who isn’t technically a man). The episode feels a bit like a season review, told from Castiel’s perspective. Cass tries to explain his motives for his questionable behavior all season. Cass rescued Sam from Lucifer’s cage, but left his soul in hell. (On purpose or botched job?) He burned Not-Crowley’s bones to get the Winchesters off Crowley’s tail, because he’d teemed up with the chief crossroads demon. He deceived the Winchesters to the point they no longer trusted him. And his worst actions didn’t occur until the next episodes!
I remember being confused by Cass’s actions in season 6—and not liking him very much. This episode was supposed to clear things up and show us that Castiel’s motives were righteous, even if his actions weren’t. I didn’t get it in 2011.
I get it now.
God had left the building. Archangel Raphael wanted to set himself up as the new god; and first on his agenda was restarting the apocalypse. Since Cass felt stopping the end of the world was the Winchesters’ finest hour, he objected. Cass told his angel allies they all had the freedom to rebel, but freedom was a foreign concept to the to usually obedient heavenly host. (Castiel appeared to be a freedom neophyte as well; and his decision making processes left a lot to be desired.)
Castiel needed thousands of souls if he was going to defeat Raphael. So he teamed up with Crowley to open the door to purgatory (where all monsters go when they die). Because nothing says success like having an army of monster souls on your side.
That was one fuckingly stupid plan.
What’s interesting about “The Man Who Would Be King” is that it showed us how the entire season 6 fit together. Not that season 6 was any great achievement, but it’s nice to know some thought was put into it.
The Mentalists (707)
Look! It’s the Leviathan splat of season 7! (And a blessedly Leviathan-free episode.)
In Lily Dale, NY, “the most psychic town in America,” mediums are dying by their own devices—beaned by crystal ball, impaled by planchette. Dean investigates and meets with Sam, investigating on his own. Dean’s happy to see Sam (apparently life is lonely without his baby bro), but Sam remains frosty. Still, they agree to work together because “saving people, hunting things” is, after all, the “family business.”
The boys’ first (erroneous) clue leads them to Melanie Golden, granddaughter of one of the victims . She’s not psychic but uses her powers of observation to fool people, sort of like Patrick Jane of The Mentalist, but without the archenemy. Melanie leads them to the emporium of psychic pshit (funny, yes? No?) where the boys learn their clue, a necklace worn by both victims, was made in Taiwan. Oops.
When a spoon-bender is stabbed with his own silverware (ha!), we learn all the dead psychics had premonitions of their deaths. Unfortunately, Melanie’s friend Camille, aka Sister Thibodeaux, has such a vision. Fortunately, she’s recorded it. Better still, the premonition-inducing ghost obligingly appears on the tape. Melanie recognizes the ghost from the town’s psychic museum. She’s Kate Fox, the younger, prettier half of a sister act c. 1900. Sam and Dean burn her bones (the ghost showing up to protest, a nice touch), but Camille dies anyway while Melanie watches.
Turns out the killing ghost is actually Margaret Fox, Kate’s older sister. But Sam and Dean can’t burn her bones because someone has taken them and bound her spirit to do the killings. That person is Jimmy Tomorrow, the proprietor of the psychic pshit emporium, who really is psychic. He’s pissed because he and Margaret are both the real deal, yet they’ve had to take a back seat to those with more charisma and showmanship. While Dean tries to protect Melanie from Margaret (getting thrown around in the process), Sam deals with Jimmy, killing him. Ah teamwork.
Dean has a sweet goodbye scene with Melanie. She doubts he’ll ever want to return Lily Dale, which is sad because she really likes him. Apparently it’s mutual. When she lays her hand in Dean’s, he seems surprised and has the most adorable face ever.
In the end, Sam decides to ride off into the sunset with Dean.
– Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker; directed by Mike Rohl
– TV Fanatic fan rating 4.3; IMDB rating 8.3; TV.com 8.4