Supernatural S10, Episodes 1&2- “Black” and “Reichenbach”
Supernatural season 10 started off with a bang after the much anticipated reveal of the demon Dean story line. The season premiere picked up several weeks after the events of the season nine finale. With Dean missing, and only a note to go off of, Sam began a desperate search for his missing brother. While we haven’t yet seen entirely the lengths Sam went to in order to try to find his brother, we see that he did resort to capturing and torturing demons in order to attempt to contact Crowley.
Sam ends up finding a clue to his brother’s whereabouts and contacts Castiel to help him investigate. Unfortunately, Cas is still running on borrowed grace that seems to be running out. Cooped up in a cabin on his own, wrapped in a bathrobe and sleeping, Cas doesn’t seem to be doing too well. As he answers the phone and interrupts Sam with a coughing fit, Sam lies and says that he didn’t actually find anything. Castiel admits that he misses Dean, and he asks Sam if he thinks Dean is still Dean.
Meanwhile, Dean and Crowley are living it up, “howling at the moon” and partaking in all manner of debauchery. They spend their time at seedy bars, drinking and finding partners to sleep with. It doesn’t seem quite evil as we’ve seen this with Dean before, but it quickly turns much darker. Dean sleeps with a bartender named Anne-Marie but something still seems off about his interactions with her. He’s quick to tell her not to get attached. Soon after, we see him defend Anne-Marie from an ex, but Dean doesn’t hold back. Instead, he mercilessly beats the other man; far more violent than we’ve seen from Dean before.
Castiel gets dragged into another mission for heaven by Hannah, his former follower and second in command. She asks him for his help in bringing in two angels who refused to return to heaven and murdered those who came to retrieve them. Despite his poor health, Cas agrees to help her.
Sam investigates Dean’s whereabouts on his own and is surprised to follow a trail involving a murder in a gas station, and to view the security footage of his brother, whose eyes flash black. On the scene, he is given the phone of the man who was killed and he uses it to contact Crowley, who he’s been trying to locate ever since his brother went missing. Crowley responds with, “Your brother and I were beginning to wonder if you’d hit another dog,” which is a jab at Sam’s failure to go after Dean when he was sent to purgatory. However, as far as Sam knows, he believes a demon is inside his brother but Crowley tells him that the only demon is Dean himself. Crowley tells Sam that Dean isn’t his pet, but his best friend, further rubbing it in Sam’s face.
We briefly meet a new character, Cole, who appears to be on the hunt for Dean as well. When he receives a fax with a photo of Dean on it, he loads up a bag full of rifles.
Castiel and Hannah locate the angels who have refused to return to heaven, and Castiel attempts to get them to discuss the problem rather than resort to violence. One of them, Daniel, is fishing and he describes his choice to stay in order to practice his own free will. Hannah attempts to convince him that they all serve heaven and that angels belong in heaven. In a call-back to Cas’ line about teaching freedom to angels being like teaching poetry to fish, we see angels who have made the choice to stay on Earth rather than return to heaven.
Hannah tells Castiel that they have their orders, but Cas tells her they have time and convinces her to discuss the matter further. As they sit around a campfire, Hannah is very closed off and asks about what wisdom could be gained from humans. As we know, Castiel has learned a lot from the humans he has spent time with, and he is unable to disagree with the angel Daniel. Another angel shows up and she tells them that she is not going back to heaven. Her and Hannah begin to fight one another but as Daniel goes to kill Hannah, Castiel kills him instead to save her. Castiel is injured in the fight but they both survive. As Cas and Hannah drive away, Cas tells her that not all bad can come from chaos, “art, love, hope, dreams.” She replies that those are human things, which he agrees with.
Meanwhile, Crowley fesses up to Dean that he has been sending demons after him in order to keep him sharp. Crowley tells him that the mark of Cain needs to be sated. Considering that Dean is indeed a demon already, there is certainly more to it and perhaps sating the Mark of Cain also helps keep Dean from turning into a demon completely. Crowley also tells him that he’s tired of wasting time at the seedy bars with Dean singing karaoke and that it’s time to get back to work. Before he walks away, he tells Dean that he spoke to Sam, who has tracked them down and is on his way.
As Sam drives to meet up with Dean at the bar he traced the call to, his car suddenly breaks down. Another car pulls up besides his, seemingly to offer assistance. Cole steps up and pretends to help before he says he put the kill switch in Sam’s car, and then knocks him out. He brings Sam to an abandoned building where he ties him up in a chair in order to get information on Dean’s whereabouts.
Dean spends his last night at the bar drinking and singing karaoke as he is booed off the stage. Anne-Marie finally cuts off his alcohol. As he wakes up from his drunken night, Anne-Marie offers him a glass of water. He asks her if she wants to go somewhere with him, somewhere other than where they are. She tells him she barely knows him, shooting him down. She explains to him that whatever is going on with him has nothing to do with her. Dean turns on her, and tells her he’s the kind of guy who sleeps with every skank in every small town dive he passes through. In what’s perhaps the most interesting scene of the episode, Dean is both referring to his current actions as well as to his past ones. As we saw in season 9, Dean was tired of the “adios” and one night stands, and we really see some of his own disgust with himself here but he continues to do what he knows, especially as a demon.
As Dean is driving, he receives a call from Sam’s cell phone. It’s Cole, who tells him that he has Sam. Dean tells him they won’t meet up or trade, but he does promise that he will someday find Cole and kill him. However, he will not be coming to save his brother.
Episode two of the seasons opens up in one of the few very cold opens of the show where a Winchester is the monster. In this one, a young Cole goes downstairs only to find his dad dead in a pool of blood on the floor and Dean standing over him. Flashing back to present time, Cole has Sam tied up and threatens to torture him to get information about Dean. Sam tells him that they are hunters who hunt monsters, but Cole doesn’t listen. Before he can torture Sam further however, he gets a phone call and leaves the room.
Meanwhile, Dean is at a strip club where he touches a stripper and gets in a brawl with the club bouncer. Crowley shows up and tells Dean that they need to talk about his anger management issues. Crowley tells Dean that he wants to facilitate Dean’s addition to killing, and that he can give Dean the chance to kill someone who has it coming instead of snapping and killing a civilian. He gives Dean his first task; take out a cheating wife. Dean agrees to do it as a one-time deal and Crowley tells him he has one more thing to share with him, but the scene changes before we hear what it was (information on what Sam’s been up to these last few weeks?).
Castiel is still suffering from the injury he sustained from the previous episode and he attempts to heal himself but fails. Hannah steps in and heals him instead. He tells her that she can go, but she offers to stay and help him. He then receives a call from Sam, who has escaped from Cole. He tells Cas that Dean is a demon, and Cas is distraught. Sam tells him they need all hands on deck, and Cas agrees to meet Sam.
Cas and Hannah drive to meet Sam, and Hannah confides in Cas that she thinks the Winchesters are a bad influence on him. He says they, “may be a bit rough around the edges, but they are the best men I know…and they are my friends.” Hannah looks towards the sky and begins to comment about the stars, but Cas starts to drift off at the wheel. Hannah quickly grabs the steering wheel and diverts them before a semi-truck can hit them, causing them to crash off the side of the road.
They are picked up by a mechanic who offers to let them stay with her while she works on the car. She tells them they can watch TV and she has leftover food in the fridge. Hannah is surprised to meet such a kind human. Hannah attempts to heat up the food but Castiel has already fallen asleep on the couch; an indication of his fading grace.
Dean goes on his mission from Crowley and is surprised when the husband, Lester is parked outside. Dean asks why he’s there and he says he wanted to watch. Lester tells Dean that his wife flushed his life down the toilet. Dean replies that he’s not surprised, especially if Lester was messing around first. Lester says that it’s different when guys do it and that it’s just science. Dean punches him in the face before he can continue and calls him a loser. Lester tells Dean to get in there and do his job and calls him a freak. Dean pulls out his knife and stabs Lester instead of the wife.
Castiel wakes up in his car with Hannah nowhere to be seen. After he finds out that she is in heaven, he follows her and finds her talking to Metatron. Metatron tells her that there’s some of Cas’ grace left, but his price is his freedom. Castiel tells Hannah that these kinds of deals only end in blood and tears. He tells her it’s his life and his choice to die rather than work with Metatron. Hannah listens to his wishes and apologizes.
Crowley isn’t too happy with Dean and metaphorically breaks up with Dean, ending their partnership. He immediately goes to Sam to turn Dean over to his brother, for a price. Sam finds his brother in a bar and tells Dean that he’s there to help fix him and take him home. Dean tells him he’s not walking out that door with him. However, a smoke bomb goes off in the building and Sam stumbles outside, losing track of his brother.
Once outside, Dean is confronted by Cole. Dean asks him why Sam is still alive, and Cole says he figured if Sam got away he’d lead him right to Dean. They begin to fight and Dean easily beats him, disarming him quickly and efficiently. When Cole finally lands a hit with a knife, Dean’s skin heals right in front of him. Dean tells him he’s a demon and then proceeds to beat Cole, but not kill him.
Before he can do anything else, Sam throws holy water on Dean and handcuffs him in the demon-trap cuffs. He has to keep up his side of the deal with Crowley, so he hands over the First Blade as Dean watches from the car. While Sam and Dean drive back to the bunker, Sam tells Dean that he saw mercy when Dean spared Cole. Dean reassures him that it was the opposite of mercy, and that what he did was far worse; letting Cole live after being beaten.
Sam says, “Wow, you have gone dark,” and Dean replies with, “You have no idea.”
Tune in next Tuesday, Oct 21st for episode 3 of Supernatural “Soul Survivor”
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