Supernatural 12×14: “The Raid”

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By The Collectress

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.

Okay, collectors, I’ve been terribly remiss in posting this second half of the season. Blame real life. Anyway, let’s talk about the three most important things to come out of “The Raid.”

The Alpha

Season 12 has done a bang-up job (am I using that correctly?) of harkening back to supernatural times past. Watching season 12 has felt a lot like watching seasons 2 or 3 or 4 at times, and I can’t say that I mind. In “The Raid” we see the return of the vampire Alpha, who we last saw in season 7…? (I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve only seen season 7 twice and my memory in my old age may well be slipping. It’s only a matter of time until I start yelling “get off my lawn” while eating a bowl of wheaties. But I digress.)
Returning the Alpha to Supernatural could indicate the return of other baddies from seasons past (but hopefully not the Leviathan). I mean, first Lucifer and now the Alpha? Who’s next? The psycho clowns from “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”?

The Colt

There are only a few reasons why the writers would reintroduce the Colt this season:
  • They were too lazy to figure out a new way to kill the Alpha
  • They wanted to homage early seasons of supernatural
  • They want to use the Colt to kill another big baddie this season (say, oh, the spawn of Satan)

Sam’s tenuous alliance with the International House of Douchebaggery The British Men of Letters

In the same episode that Dean throws out his mother for allying with the accented d-bags, Sam throws in with the same lot. Coincidence? I think not. Now, this could be indicative of a clever plan by Sam to learn the inner workings of the BMOL and destroy them, OR it could be that Sam has legitimately bought into their propaganda and truly believes that this is the best way to end monster threats. Either way, a hurricane of family drama is brewing for the Winchesters, which means it must be a Thursday.
Until next week,