Supernatural 12×09 Recap: “First Blood”

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The Road So Far

Last season saw the brothers in a battle with their biggest foe yet: the Darkness. Upon reuniting the Darkness with her brother, AKA God, the brothers were able to take a long relaxing vacation…oh wait, nope. The boys never catch a break. Dean and Sam are reunited with their mother…who’s been dead for thirty-three years. Oh and Lucifer is footloose and fancy-free (with a baby on the way!) Spoilers ahead.

Synopsis

At long last the midseason hellatus has ended, and Supernatural has returned to us with a new episode written by Andrew Dabb. (If you’ve forgotten what happened in the midseason finale, it’s okay because I forgot too. You can read my recap here.)

Supernatural --"First Blood"-- SN1209a_0070.jpg -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural –“First Blood”– SN1209a_0070.jpg — Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The boys were taken away by the FBI (Secret Service???? whatever) after they saved the President of the United States (no, the President in the show is not the Orange One…*sigh*) and neither Mary nor Castiel know where they’ve been taken. Cas calls Mary for help, but ultimately they part ways once they realize that they do not know how to find Sam and Dean.

Flash to Jason Statham (yeah, that British guy) using something like the Get Smart typewriter. Cue the rolling of my eyes at the attempt to make this plot internationally intriguing. (Two words: secure line.)

Dean and Sam spend a montage in prison that was cut straight from the modernized version of The Count of Monte Cristo. True story. Crowley can’t help them. Mary can’t help them. Even Castiel, bada** angel of the Lord cannot help them because apparently prayers aren’t heard from prison.

Supernatural --"First Blood"-- SN1209b_0252.jpg -- Pictured: Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural –“First Blood”– SN1209b_0252.jpg — Pictured: Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Mary starts working cases again because apparently losing the only people she knows in the 21st century will drive her back into the life. Eventually, she and Cas reach some kind of compromise to work together to find Dean and Sam, and if the writers never have the two team up again I will lament a wasted opportunity.

Meanwhile in prison, Sam and Dean “die” in order to escape their cells, coming back to life once they’re both stashed in the morgue. The first thing Dean does is call Castiel (excuse me while I faint twenty-seven times). Castiel finds Mary and then they find Jason Statham, who helps them located Dean and Sam’s location.

Supernatural --"First Blood"-- SN1209b_0077.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Adam Fergus as Mick Davies and David Haydn-Jones as Mr. Ketch -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural –“First Blood”– SN1209b_0077.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Adam Fergus as Mick Davies and David Haydn-Jones as Mr. Ketch — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Most of the second half of the episode plays out like The Fugitive, with Sam and Dean taking the place of Harrison Ford as they outsmart government agents. To be honest, the only notes I have for this portion of the episode read as “boys being gorgeous in the forest and kicking ass.” Well, there you have it.

With the help of the Jason Statham dude, Mary and Castiel find the boys, but not before Sam smugly tells the government agent in charge, “We’re the guys that save the world.” (Or, as the Mutineer paraphrases: “They’re not the LOSECHESTERS.”) There’s hugs between Castiel and the boys,  and a tear-jerking confession of love friendly devotion after Castiel learns that the boys died at the hands of Billie to escape imprisonment.

Supernatural --"First Blood"-- SN1209b_0042.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural –“First Blood”– SN1209b_0042.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Speaking of Billie, she shows up to collect on the deal she had made with the boys: freedom for the life of one Winchester. Of course, because the Winchesters are self-sacrificing idiots, Mary offers herself to save her sons’ lives. No worries, Mama Winchester is just fine because Castiel follows his BFF’s footsteps and stabs DeathBillie through the gut.

The episode ends on Mary seriously considering an offer from Mr. Jason Statham. It is yet unclear if he’s asking for a collaboration or a romantic candlelit dinner following by decapitating vampires.

The Big Picture

Supernatural --"First Blood"-- SN1209a_0092.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural –“First Blood”– SN1209a_0092.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Okay, aside from the disappearing angel powers and the Get Smart typewriter, I have one big question after this episode: are the writers of Supernatural ever going to show repercussions from Death’s (and now Billie’s) death? I’m sorry, it just seems like, you know, a universe-changing event. *Deep sigh*

detox

-TC

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One thought

  1. Totally hear you, sister. Seems like Death’s uh, death, is a gaping plot hole that should be filled. Sometimes I forget, myself, so please help… Could Cas not spring them from the hoosegow because they still have angel tag on their ribcages? Couldn’t Crowley find them anyway? I mean if he wanted to, which he might not, depending on his mood. And le bada** angel couldn’t handle one vampire, but Mama Winchester could? I mean, what? Then it’s tons of implied waterworks (at least that’s how I read it) at the end instead of a stoic and pissed off Cas re: Winchesters get a hall pass from death forever. Pretty sure Mary’s gonna f**k the entire thing up by choosing to give the Brits a shot.

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