Three and a Half Torches (Out of Five)
Warning: This review contains spoilers for the “The Song Remains the Same” episode of Supernatural.
Supernatural took us forward into the future earlier this years (to the nightmare that might be President Sarah Palin!). Now they’re taking us back into the past (again), to stop the renegade angel Anna from killing Sam’s parents, John and Mary, thus ensuring Sam is never born and never able to become Lucifer’s vessel.
Problem is, the show took us all that way without having anything very interesting to say.
I take that back. As usual, Dean had some pretty hilarious lines:
- “What exactly we going to tell them? That their sons are back from the future to save them from an angel gone Terminator? Come on — those movies haven’t even come out yet!”
- “Wow, awkward family trip.”
- “Awesome. Six degrees of heaven bacon.”
It was interesting hearing Sam have an argument with his own father (who doesn’t know he’s Sam’s father) about the character of “his father.”
“I used to hate the guy,” Sam tells John. “But now I get it. He was just trying to keep it together in this impossible situation. … The truth is, my dad died before I got to tell him that I understand why he did what he did. And I forgive him.”
A nice moment. Unfortunately, it felt way too much like a moment we’ve seen on this show before. In fact, didn’t Dean have a similar conversation with either John or Mary the last time he came back into the past?
The episode’s title is “The Song Remains the Same,” but apparently there’s a fine line between irony and an actual description of this episode.
One nice twist is that it turns out it wasn’t just Anna going into the past to change the future. Sam and Dean (especially) are too: they want Mary to leave John to make sure she doesn’t give birth, and get killed, and prompt their father to become a hunter, raising Sam and Dean to become hunters too. They’re “cursed,” so they don’t care if they’re never born.
Alas, it’s too late: Mary is pregnant. But then that was screamingly obvious even at the beginning of this scene.
All in all, it was just more talk about (a) how the weight of the world is on the shoulders of the Winchesters and (b) how everything is inevitable, including the fact that both Sam and Dean will allow themselves to become the vessels of Lucifer and Michael.
I love these themes, but come on: been there, done that. Sadly, this season is starting to feel like we’re in holding pattern, circling endlessly over an airport, waiting until we can finally land the plane in the last few episodes of the season.
(At least it’s not yet as bad as the final, worthless season of Buffy, where we and the characters spent 23 episodes sitting around waiting for the finale.)
Anyway, if Supernatural is going to go back to the season-long story arc (and I love that story, so I’m glad when they do), they have to move that story forward or we’ll just end up feeling unsatisfied.
That’s pretty much how this episode left me.
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