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Kevin is running from Crowley after having killed two of his demons using a new Word tablet. Dean is angry. They find Kevin, and he tells the boys that he knows how to banish demons to hell forever. Crowley also catches up to them. There's a battle. Crowley kills Kevin's girlfriend, who has been possessed by a demon for months. Benny calls Dean at the end of the episode, and Dean doesn't tell Sam about it. Cas is still MIA. Dean says he just "gave up."
What we thought: Going into this episode and season, we knew it needed some help. It should have ended two years ago if all you care about is quality. But we like having the boys around, even when the show isn't great. We were glad to see that the new showrunner's last gig was Being Human on Syfy. That show does it right. Being Human takes the original show and does its own thing with it. That's what we need for Supernatural: Someone to take the old show we liked and revamp it to bring new life to it.
It's only been one week, and there was a lot of set-up with Benny and Kevin, but we didn't see much revamping. Yeah, the episode wasn't as woefully boring as some episodes in the last two seasons, but it didn't knock our socks off either. It was only a little boring. Still, there is time for the season to go somewhere interesting, and we were mostly entertained. The title card is better than last season's. In the past, Sam had a demon friend. Now it's time for Dead to have a baddie for a buddy and lie about it? Meh, Sam deserves it.
Sam didn't look for Dean? Ugh, this confirms that he is the worst. How could he not even look for his brother? How could he not even try or question it or call up a demon or SOMETHING? His excuses are a) they always promised not to look for each other and b) things were different this time, because he was truly alone with no Bobby, Ruby, grandpa, or Dean. What, like the past eight years or so haven't trained Sam to hunt alone if he wanted to? The real reason is the vet. It's just not brotherly. Also, Dean is still much hotter than Sam, and we feel like that's never going to change.
We liked the line, "Nothing says the family business like the whole family being dead." The first 20 minutes had a lot of the boys bickering. It was like a soap opera. Snooze. The episode gave us the overall story arc: the boys want to banish demons forever. This could be good, or it could be familiar. Like we said before, it's hard to top Satan unless you bring out God. Or Satan again. We're anxious to see more flashbacks that will tell us how Dean and Benny got so tight and why they seem to actually miss purgatory a little. We also want to know what happened to Cas and when his tasty self will be back. We liked the use of color in Sam and Dean's flashbacks. Sam's looked warm and dreamy; Dean's are cold and colorless.
Episode grade: C+