Thursday, October 8, 2015

Supernatural 11x01 "Out Of The Darkness, Into The Fire" (No More Death) [Contributor: Deena Edwards]

"Out Of The Darkness, Into The Fire"
Original Airdate: October 7, 2015

Unleashing the Darkness AND killing Death probably tops the list of Worst Winchester Decisions Ever, and that’s saying something. Because as much as we all love the boys, the big picture is not even in the picture whenever it comes to one (or both) of their lives being at stake. Common sense flies out of the window. Stabbing Death with his own scythe in the heat of the moment? No big deal. Unleashing a Darkness older than the universe itself, also otherwise known as the main cause of Lucifer’s actions? Nah, I don’t see that ending badly at all.

All sarcasm aside, this episode was action-packed and left little to be desired, although it did leave us with a handful of questions, and definitely a few concerns about the safety of a few of our beloved characters. But I’m getting ahead of myself...

In the wake of the Darkness’ return to the world, it seems quite a few of the locals have been infected by a strange virus –– Croatoan 2.0, perhaps? –– causing them to attack others, or, quite literally, die trying. The entire episode left me with major “Croatoan” from season two vibes, so I’ll be sorely disappointed if this isn’t, in fact, the start of the whole End!Verse thing in one way or another. (“Whatever you do, you will always end up... here. No matter what choices you make, whatever details you alter, we will always end up... here.”) I’m calling it now, even though I’m probably all kinds of wrong.

This season picks up right where last season left off, with Sam and Dean finding shelter in the Impala while the Darkness passes over. Once it settles, the eldest brother is found over a mile away from the vehicle. He claims the Darkness, who has taken the form of an adult woman (at least in that particular moment) rescued him and thanked him for releasing her. She also apparently mentioned that now they are bound for eternity, and because of that, they will always help each other. But what does that even mean? The Mark is gone, and yet somehow, Dean still can’t escape being bound to something anciently evil. Sounds about right.

Meanwhile, Castiel struggles elsewhere with the effects of the curse Rowena put on him, and Sam and Dean retreat to the hospital with a wounded deputy, Jenna, finding themselves face-to-face with more infected locals. One of them is a new father, still mourning his recently deceased wife. He’s in the early stages of the infection and he knows his fate, agreeing to leave, if only Jenna agrees to make sure his newborn daughter remains safe. Little do Sam and Dean know that this baby, Amara, is the actual form of the Darkness, or at least, that’s how things seem. She has the Mark of Cain on her chest, matching the one of the mysterious woman who took Dean from the car. I’m so confused, and yet still very excited to see how this plays out. Jenna’s definitely way in over her head, but it’ll be interesting to see if she manages to stick around. I’m starting to like her, so, obviously that means she’s going to die horribly.

“What has Dean Winchester unleashed upon the world?”

Even though the quote above comes from the general season eleven trailer and wasn’t specifically featured in this episode, I believe Rowena’s words ring true already, as we begin to uncover only the beginning of what consequences are in store for the brothers, and for the rest of the world. Crowley’s back, Castiel has been taken by some very unpleasant angels, Sam is infected, and somewhere out there, there’s a baby that’s about to cause a lot of trouble. Things like the Darkness and this strange infection are not going to be situations that the show can simply just wrap up in under a few episodes and go back to the normal swing of things –– at least, I hope not.

One of the best things about this episode, though, one that I probably still haven’t quite recovered from, was the subtle mention of Lucifer and Michael in the Cage. It was only for a moment, but it feels like it’s been so long since the issue was even touched upon. Something tells me we still haven’t seen or heard the last of them, especially if the Darkness decides she wants to release them. With the power that she has, it probably wouldn’t take much for her to do so. I would love to see this season deal with the aftermath or something like that, and even more so, the return of God. If he’s still out there, he’s got some serious messes to clean up.

Stuff & Things:

  • If Death is actually dead, I’m really going to really miss that sassy, pickle chip loving guy. Let’s all hope he’s just hanging back somewhere and rolling his eyes at this whole situation, popping back in to reluctantly save the day when everything goes south (er, more south.)
  • “She’s been locked away since the beginning of time. Does she even know what a cheeseburger is?” Dean has his priorities straight, as usual.
  • “Show me some skin.” “Eh?” “What?” “Both of you.” “Is this like a Magic Mike moment?”
  • “YOLO! You! Only! Live! Once!” “Don’t.”
  • “They just went off, attackin’ folks like they was possessed...” Hmm... sound familiar?
  • Oh, good! More angels! That’s just what we need. It’s always super comforting when more angels get involved. Only not really.
  • Dean and the baby! Any time children are involved, you know he’s going to be dead-set on making sure they get out alive, and I love that about him.
  • “I’m hot.” “I believe that’s the menopause, sir.” Crowley having a hot flash? Once I think we’ve officially seen it all on this show, folks: the king of Hell jumps the meatsuit of a woman and joins an orgy, just before murdering them. As much as I love Mark Sheppard, I would love to see more of this female Crowley.
  • It’s nice to see that Baby escaped the Darkness mostly unscathed so far. I don’t think I’m ready for an Impala funeral anytime soon... or ever.
  • “When did we forget how to do this?” Sam and Dean are finally talking and listening to each other for once, realizing their actions just keep repeating themselves, and that something in the way they do things needs to change. They need to change. It’ll be interesting to see how they try to do things differently, and how (or if) that plays a role in the rest of this season.
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