Possibly watching Parasyte with Alex made me more appreciative but, this episode with our first introduction to the Leviathan was just brilliant and I enjoyed it very much this time around. Combined with Sam confused and Dean being "not OK" makes this an awesome episode for me.
At the end of a season I usually go back and do a lengthy essay at the beginning of my review to talk about how the season is relevant to the rest of the story. I didn't do that with Season 6. I really should have taken the time to look back a little. One thing I will say is that while in Season 1 - 5, the world is like a country run by bureaucrats in the absence of royalty, the world in Season 6 can basically be compared to a country that has just gone through a revolution. All rules go out the window. There is no such thing as destiny and the main powers become intent on the single purpose of carving out as much of the pie for themselves as they can in the name of freedome. The thing that hasn't changed is that Sam and Dean continue to be influenced by this directly and Dean is still trying to save Sam from the crap that angels and demons have put his way. And at the end, they mistakenly allow Cas to let out (a) monster that could ruin the world. Which is sort of like Season 4.
At this point, Season 7 seems very similar to Season 5 in that they end up locking up the monster that they let out themselves in the first place - and one of them pays the price for it. Just as Sam has to go in the cage with Lucifer, Dean gets pulled into Purgatory with Dick. Everything else gets put on hold as everyone cooperates (well, everyone except the angels who still want revenge towards Cas) to put the monster back in it's "cage".
Season 7 also puts forward a very interesting question of how we'd feel with an inteligent life form above us in the food chain. In a sense, the Leviathan are very much like humans - taiming and herding animals (humans) for consumption. I think that is another reason I like them so much. Because they make us realize how much we take our superiority over other animals and being on the top of the food chain (as a group, at least) for granted. I will be talking about this a bit more in episodes to come, hopefully.
Both Sam and Dean have a really rough time this season. Sam, of course, as he fights a mental and physical meltdown, and Dean, who not only feels useless in saving his beloved brother but also has to suffer the death of two friends - Cas and Bobby. We don't really see Sam's suffering the loss as much as we do Dean because he has so much already on his plate. Which brings me to the end of the season and what the shock of Dean's "death" on top of everything else might have done to Sam there.
Season 7 is remembered in my mind also for the introduction of two new beloved characters - Kevin, and Garth - and some really awesome episodes.
So let's just get on with it and see where it takes us!
"Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers (plays during the water montage)
We start the episode where we left off last ep. The Leviathans telling Dean that Cas is gone - that he's dead. Dean notices though that blood or goo is leaking from Cas' body. I actually forgot to mention that I thought Death referring to Cas' body as his vessel last episode was very interesting. So, at this point, Cas is STILL using the body as a vessel. Whether Jimmy has died and his soul gone to heaven or not is irrelevant. God actually revived the body for Cas' use as a vessel. Now that Cas is "dead" though, the Leviathons have taken over his body. Unfortunately, it is about to explode. They don't have time to do away with Dean and Bobby. They promise to come back and then hurry out the door to the nearby reservoir and become free in the water.
Dean and Bobby's reaction to the hasty exit -
(I LOVE Bobby's face here.)
I have to add here that the mention of Leviathan in the Bible is as a creature of the water with lots of teeth. In the olden days before dinosaurs were discovered, they were thought to be crocs/alligators. So, it's kind of neat that the Leviathans here can move at will within water.
HALLUCIFER:You’re still in my cell. You’re my bunkmate, buddy. You’re my little bitch, in every sense of the term. Sam. Sam.
DEAN:Sam! You hearing me?
Going on, Bobby and Dean find Sam who snaps out of his hallucination when Dean calls to him, and they go out to the pond to see the Cas body go into the water, then the black ooze infest the whole pond. Dean picks up the trench coat again.
DEAN:Dumb son of a bitch.
BOBBY:Well, he was friends with us, wasn’t he? Can’t get much dumber than that. Come on, those things will be coming up for air soon.
Back at Bobby's, Sam is having a very long sleep - 12 hours - after which Dean thinks it necessary to wake him up for some breakfast in bed.
Totally cute sleeping scene and big brother moment. But what we find out next is pretty bad (and totally awesome at the same time :P) Sam tells them that the hallucinations have gotten worse - or more specific.
SAM:Breakfast in bed.
DEAN:Don’t get used to it. Let me see that hand.
HALLUCIFER:Oh, he wants to hold your widdle hand. How sweet.
He can now see Lucifer all the time, and Lucifer tells him that this is not reality. It is one of Lucifer's tortures. Dean and Bobby have no way of arguing this and are completely stumped as to how to help Sam.
BOBBY:Well, at least he’s not curled up under the sink.
DEAN:Yeah, no, he’s just sitting there silently field-stripping his weapon.
While Sam decides to take apart his weapon and clean it. That's a rare picture! But it's also an indication of his frame of mind and it makes Dean very worried. He decides he needs to turn on Sam's GPS in case he ups and leaves - which is a very good idea for later. Bobby looks like he's quite sore and tired. First he's rubbing his eyes, then his neck... He really needs a backrub. But Bobby is not worried about himself. He's wondering how Dean is holding up.
BOBBY:Yeah, I’m – I’m worried too, but humor me for a second. How are you?
DEAN:Who cares? Don’t you think our mailbox is a little full right now? I’m fine.
BOBBY:Right. And weren’t you pissed at him when he said the same thing just a couple hours before he spilled his marbles all over the floor?
DEAN:Yeah, well. I’m not Sam, okay? I keep my marbles in a lead friggin' box. I’m fine. Really.
BOBBY:Of course. Yeah. You just lost one of the best friends you ever had, your brother’s in the bell jar, and Purgatory’s most wanted are surfing the sewer lines, but yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re – you're fine.
BOBBY:Course, if at any time you want to decide that’s utter horse crap, well I’ll be where I always am. Right here.
DEAN:What, you want to do couples’ yoga, or you want to get back to hunting the big bads?
BOBBY:Shut up. Idjit.
(HEEEE!!! That's Dean's "I'm going to go until I drop" face <3)
Typical Dean, denying that he feels anything. I love this dialog - especially knowing that Bobby is the one person who is helping Dean hold himself together. I have more to say about this later.
Meanwhile the Leviathan are infesting people and are learning all they can about the humans that they are impersonating. The little girl who was "possessed" at the park is now watching a bit of Dr. Sexy MD and learning that if she can be a doctor, she can eat anyone she wants without anyone questioning it.
Also some high school guys are infected in the showers and eat up their friends - they are just too hungry to care what Dick says.
Meanwhile Dean gets home from shopping and finds that Bobby and Sam have found a possible Leviathan sighting (the high school guys). Dean is the only one who can go but he refuses at first because he doesn't want to let Sam all alone.
DEAN:Nah, if you think I’m leaving you here alone...
BOBBY:Hey. What am I, chopped brains on toast? I can eyeball the kid. Go. Work off some of these nerves on something useful.
Another scene with the Leviathans - Little girl is talking to demolition man (Edgar). She seems to be heirarchically lower than Edgar and higher than the goons that kills the swim team and responsible for them. She apologizes for them and then goes on to introduce her bright Dr. Sexy idea about becoming a surgeon so that she and others can get food without being found out.
Dean meanwhile is checking out the "crime scene" and finding black ooze. I guess he recognizes it from Cas's body previously. He calls to check up on Sam and Sam's like, yeah, I'm fine, but Lucifer is filing his nails in the background.
In Sioux Falls General Hospital, Sheriff Jody Mills has just had an appendectomy and is sharing a room with a woman a view of doctors that is actually spot on IF she is talking of doctors taken over by Leviathan. She gets eaten up and Jody sees it all. Unfortunately she faints on her way back to her bed and the Leviathan doctor and nurse (who isn't quite Leviathan YET) are warning her to stay in bed and shooting her with some drugs.
Jody quickly takes the IV out of her arm once they are gone and tries to get away but she's still feeling faint and all she can do is call Bobby for help. Bobby has to go help Jody so he leaves Sam to "man the phones." But while they are talking we have that wonderfully scary scene where Lucifer pokes the poker through Bobby's chest in front of Sam. Seriously, this episode is pretty scary. We don't get a moment's rest. First it's Hallucifer, then it's the Leviathans and back.
While Sam is waiting, the car pulls up and Dean comes out! But it's not really Dean. He comes in and tells Sam that the swim team was indeed done in by Leviathans, and he needs backup.
SAM:Wait. You sure about that?
DEAN:I know, you’re bonkers. But, luckily I just need you to keep the engine running and wait by the back door. Just don’t, uh, don’t let Satan change my presets. Let’s go.
Knowing that this is all in Sam's head, it's pretty wacky - especially because Hallucifer!Dean is driving the car! Huh! I never thought of the fact that Jensen also played Lucifer for these couple of scenes. Anyway, on the way, Hallucifer!Dean is putting Sam down the whole way, continually telling him that he's crazy and there is no way out.
SAM:I’m not Martin.
Hallucifer!Dean:No, but you are crazy. That don’t wash off. You get that, right? You are never going to be okay, Sam.
They go into a place that Sam thinks is an office building with five Leviathan in a meeting,and it's actually a warehouse. This is where Dean!Lucifer finally points out that Sam is coo-coo because he can't even see the building as a warehouse, and who he thinks of as Dean is actually Lucifer.
Hallucifer!Dean:Oh, you think I’m Dean! Right. You poor clueless son of a bitch.
Sam freaks out and starts shooting his gun, and Lucifer does his best to get Sam to blow his own brains out. Meanwhile the real Dean gets home and finds Sam gone. Good thing with the GPS! He finds Sam and as he parks next to the building, we find that the car Sam drove was a black van. As he goes in, Lucifer turns back into Hallucifer!Dean and poor Sam starts shooting all over the place again.
DEAN: This discussion does not require a weapons discharge!
DEAN:Hey. I am your flesh-and-blood brother, okay? I’m the only one who can legitimately kick your ass in real time. You got away. We got you out, Sammy.
Dean finally convinces Sam by showing Sam that the pain he had on his hand from his cut (last ep) was different from the pain of torture he had felt in the cage.
This is an intriguing idea too - that Dean recognizes, and Sam does too as Dean reminds him, that the two kinds of pain are different. Lucifer blinks and disappears.
Meanwhile, Bobby is saving Jody - helping her out of the building and getting her into a cab to go home -
JODY MILLS:Bobby Singer. My hero.
BOBBY:That’s the roofies talking.
And then goes back in to find evidence and probably some hints about what they are dealing with. He finds the patient the doctor ate the liver of in the morgue (I wonder why the doctor didn't eat her all up?) and just as he discovers it, the Leviathan!doctor himself comes in. Bobby tries to pretend to be an officer but Leviathan!doctor recognizes Bobby. Bobby shoots him, but that doesn't kill him, and once he sees the teeth, he decides to run. Possibly Leviathan!doctor lets him go and contacts Edgar to take care of him... But Edgar had already gone to kill Sam and Dean so maybe not.
While Sam and Dean recover, they get a phone call from Bobby telling them to meet him back at the house. They hurry back to find the house burned down. I love this scene. It was the most horrifying scene when I first watched it. I was so worried for Bobby! And even better is how Dean tells Sam to look elsewhere and then takes out his cell phone to call Bobby. This scene reminds me so much of Home, guys. I just love it! First of all the way he doesn't show his vulnerability to Sam, and secondly how he just spills his true feelings now that he is worried for Bobby.
DEAN (on phone):You cannot be in that crater back there. I can’t... If you’re gone, I swear, I am going to strap my Beautiful Mind brother into the car and I’m gonna drive us off the pier. You asked me how I was doing? Well, not good! Now you said you’d be here. Where are you?
He leaves the message and goes on to search for Bobby. We then see Sam as he comes up on Edgar.
I love how Dean gets Edgar in the head here! Awesome scene reminding me of the scene with Lucifer in Abandon All Hope...and just as it was there, the shot doesn't kill the monster and Dean gets thrown and breaks his leg. But, he's right next to the button that would release the car from the crane. Sam shouts at Dean and Dean pushes the button.
Sam gets thrown and loses consciousness, Dean drags himself over but Sam is out and all Dean can do is call an ambulance. It's a good thing the ambulance came as fast as it did, or they would have been screwed.
Lucifer is with Sam in the ambulance, and they are on their way to Sioux Falls General. Right into the hands of the monsters they just escaped. Love this scene also. This scene will always remind me of a banner one of the people at the supernatural.tv forums hand of this scene with a caption about getting away from the screaming fangirls :D
And, of course, we find out that the Leviathan did not die even after the car was dropped onto them. It's an awesome ending - full of suspense about what is going to happen next episode.