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Dean’s a “Soul Survivor” – Supernatural Review

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 9:00 am by Amanda Andonian

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Well that didn’t take long. Demon Dean, we were only just getting to know you! I can’t blame the show for bailing out of the Demon Dean storyline so quickly; it really wasn’t particularly interesting. There are only so many cruel and hurtful conversations he and Sam could have, and unless he was going to go on a huge rampage that Sam had to stop, then there really wasn’t anywhere for it to go. As it is, I was already bored of Dean’s constant hammering at Sam in order to beat him down enough to actually fight the demon in his brother.

But let’s rewind a little bit. Sam managed to capture and cuff Demon Dean last week, and this week he attempts the ceremony to turn Dean human again by injecting him with human blood. It all seems a little easy, and although it doesn’t go exactly the way Sam plans, Human Dean still ends up back pretty much the way that he was before. I think the problem with this story arc is that it never really felt like there were real things at stake. Sam and Dean have both died so many times that it’s impossible to truly believe that either one will ever get to a point where they can’t be saved. Also, after nine seasons, it’s difficult for the two of them to have a conversation that they’ve never had before. The details might be different, but the tone is the same—Sam and Dean butting heads over something or other.

Moreover, Castiel and Hannah really aren’t adding anything to the mix. It’s mildly interesting that Cass might have a love interest, but Hannah is so boring and such a stick in the mud that I couldn’t care less whether those two hook up or not. On top of the fact that both of them are super stiff because they’re angels and that’s just the way angels are, I don’t really feel like the two actors have much chemistry together, so I’m not buying their budding “romance.” It also doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me that Castiel would hold Hannah at arm’s length. He knows what it is to be lonely and to care about someone, so you’d think that he’d throw himself into a little more. Instead, he tells Hannah to “stay focused,” effectively offending her and shutting it down. I imagine that it’s meant to increase the tension between them, but it mostly seems forced.

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Crowley’s return to Hell wasn’t very compelling either. First of all, how unimaginative that Hell would be a tiny dungeon? That’s it? Just some stone walls and torches? It looks super boring, not an eternal realm of pain and suffering. Crowley spends most of the episode moping and passing judgement on the demons who betrayed him, and it becomes obvious pretty quick that they’re mostly fed up with him and his inability to lead. Crowley has to get his act together if he wants to remain King of Hell, because he’s definitely loosing support with his constituents.

Although the episode as a whole was rather dull, I do have to hand it to Jensen Ackles—he is a world class actor. At first, I didn’t see that there was much difference between Demon Dean and Human Dean, but comparing him at the beginning of this episode to the end, it’s a complete transformation. Even when he wasn’t saying anything, Ackles’ eyes conveyed exactly who he was in the moment. As a demon, Dean’s eyes were hooded, dark, and slightly amused. Once he became human again, it was like a light went on inside him, and you could see the sadness that he was carrying around for what he did. Major props to Ackles for taking it to the next level.

Overall, it was a disappointing and monotonous episode. Not even Sam and Dean’s cat-and-mouse chase through the bunker held my attention; I knew that Sam would come out on top, and Dean would be restored. I’m also kind of annoyed by the “cliffhanger” at the end of the episode. I don’t know who that woman is, and I don’t know why I should care, even if she does have a couple dead bodies pinned to the ceiling of her hotel room.

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Supernatural, Season 10 Episode 3, “Soul Survivor,” aired October 21st, 2014 on the CW.

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