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Rewind and Repeat: Sam gets Dean to drop the First Blade, Supernatural “Blade Runners” 

Blade Runners
Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

How happy am I that we weren’t treated to another brutal brotherly conflict scene at the end of “Blade Runners?” In fact, I am glad any conflict was put aside for at least one episode in favor of FINALLY getting back to this whole Mark of Cain business.

Crowley’s back and thanks to him some of the humor returned to the show. After all, it’s a bit difficult to play up the comedy when things are dark, depressing and decidedly devoid of humor. Oh yes, Mark Sheppard playing a human blood-addicted “d-bag” was very welcome. And as much as I enjoy Dean/Crowley scenes, I love love love Sam/Crowley scenes too. I can’t get enough of the fact the King of Hell’s caller id for Dean says “Not Moose.” I would have enjoyed it had it said “Squirrel” but “Not Moose” is even more brilliant. Some other random thoughts about “Blade Runners”:

-Thanks to the previously recap I was reminded about the Magnus nickname. I never would have figured this out on my own. Something tells me I need to bone up on my Men of Letters episodes. I keep forgetting the little details.

-The Snooki — I mean Nicole — portion of the episode was fine. I liked her being a crossroads demon.  I particularly liked Dean saying “See ya, Snooks.”

-The way Crowley got the information from that snobby middleman was awesome. No killing necessary. He just possessed the guy to get the intel and then exited his body as quickly as he entered. Nice.

-Usually Sam’s the one that gets hit on by creepy ladies. But this time it was Dean. She scared me. And I think she scared Dean too.

-I am still upset the Cas story is so separate from Sam and Dean’s story right now. So anytime the brothers mention the angel, I’m on board. Loved Dean saying Crowley was a douchebag kind of human as opposed to Cas who made an okay human.

Guest Star Goodness: Kavan Smith, Magnus

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW
Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

You guys, I was beyond happy to see Kavan Smith on the show. He is such a good actor. I know him best as Deputy Andy from Syfy’s Eureka. Plus I checked his imdb page and it turns out Smith isn’t actually new to this Supernatural universe. He played the first victim in Season Three’s “Time is on my Side.” Smith’s other TV credits include Rogue, Stargate: Atlantis and The 4400.

Smith was crackling good as Magnus, the rejected Men of Letters and eccentric rare supernatural artifacts (and creatures) collector. His lair was invisible to the world and didn’t contain any windows or doors. He was clever and powerful and he was the mentor to Henry Winchester. Loved that little reveal. I kind of hated how Dean killed him at the end of the episode. He was quite the foil for the brothers it was kind of scary. I would have loved to see this villain again. Maybe in the MOL flashbacks someday?

-Sam and Dean both got captured. Again. At this point, they are such easy targets. Good thing there’s someone around (Crowley this time, the Ghostfacers recently) that help them get out of these little predicaments.

-Sam found a way to get back into Magnus’ lair but quick. It was a bit too quick in my book but I’ll suspend my disbelief because I needed Sam to find Dean.

-Is it wrong that I wanted to see Magnus’ zoo?

-The biggest travesty of this entire episode? Demons keyed Dean’s Impala. Nothing should ever happen to the Metallicar. It should just cart the handsome Winchesters (and friends) around, look good and play classic rock tunes.

My Rewind and Repeat Moment: Sam gets Dean to drop the First Blade

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW
Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

Right after Dean chopped Magnus’ head off with the First Blade, he turned to Crowley with this look on his face. His eyes look dead. Like all feeling just seeped out of Dean’s (beautiful) body. The look kind of reminded me of when he was in Purgatory where everything was pure and all about the hunt. Nothing else.

Dean was in this trance-like state as he held on to the First Blade. Earlier, Magnus warned him he would get used to the feelings the First Blade conjured up. And that he would even start to welcome them. Dean couldn’t hold on to the weapon for long the first time he held it. The second time lasted longer. It took his younger brother to snap him out of it.

Sam: “Dean. Dean. Hey, it’s over. He’s dead. Drop the blade, Dean. DEAN!!! Drop the blade.”

You know, in my mind there’s this frequency Sam’s voice uses when he screams “DEAN!!!” I’m convinced only Dean can hear it. Before that point, Sam’s older brother wasn’t even aware of anything going on beyond the knife. But once Sam hit the right “Dean Frequency” with his voice? He got through to him and Dean dropped the First Blade. It was a moment that grabbed me. I love the way Jared played this scene. And I can already tell I’m going to enjoy the hell out of Jensen as Dean is more and more affected by this Mark of Cain/The First Blade connection. Needless to say I quickly hit rewind in order to watch again. And I’m still re-watching the scene over and over again.

Because it has almost always been Dean trying to reach Sam, trying to save him from himself over and over again. And as enjoyable as all those moments were, it’s good to see things happening the opposite way too. Because Sam wasn’t able to save Dean from Hell. And he didn’t even look for Dean while he was in Purgatory. In “Blade Runners,” I felt like even though Sam was mad at his brother, and things were supposed to be all business between them, none of that mattered because Dean was going through something he couldn’t control.

It made me think of season one’s “Faith.” I know the episode was all about Dean getting a death sentence and then a reprieve from that death sentence. And he struggled with being saved when others he felt were more deserving (Layla) weren’t being saved. But Sam was so strong in “Faith.” He was a rock for his brother. He had a mission. And he fulfilled it. Sure it came with consequences. And he felt bad about those consequences. But his brother was alive. And that’s all that mattered. I hope to get something along the lines of what happened in “Faith” again. But on a much bigger scale.

Unfortunately Sam and Dean didn’t get to talk about this “Blade Runners” rewind and repeat moment at the end of the episode. They had a defaced Impala to deal with. Boo. Well, actually Sam did reach out to Dean about getting rid of Crowley. I do like Sam leading the charge like this even though I think Dean’s not ready to off Crowley (and, more importantly, I’m not ready for anyone to off the King). Crowley, of course, was on to them and he took possession of the blade in order to protect his own hide. He’s so damn good at that. I’m a little sad about this turn of events because I wanted to see Dean’s continued reaction to being in the blade’s presence.

Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW
Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW

[WARNING: I talk about next week’s SPN Previews]

I don’t think we’ll have to wait long for that to happen considering the previews for next week show Dean and Crowley buddying up. Of course, it seems like we’re also getting the return of Sam and Dean’s troubled dynamic. On the plus side, Misha Collins makes his directorial debut. So the expectations are high. Just saying.

Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.

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  1. Bluechester

    We all know you can never trust Crowley, but we so want to and even when he reveals his true colors we still can’t help but to adore that dastardly devil. Good episode and recap.

  2. MByerly

    For me, the funniest moment was Crowley wallowing in human emotions by watching CASABLANCA and reading LITTLE WOMEN. Two definite tearjerkers.

  3. Robin Vogel

    I hope we never lose Crowley, who is always a smarmy delight. He was hilarious in this episode, and his bond with Sam in this ep made for both comedy and pathos. Sam needed Crowley’s help to get to Dean, and even though he wouldn’t admit it, was glad the King of Hell was there. Dean is Cas’ favorite, but Sam is Crowley’s. It makes for an interesting–and ironic–dynamic. We know that everything is leading to a situation in which Sam is going to find himself in Dean’s shoes: saving him against his wishes. Just like Dean had Sam possessed by Gadreel to save his life, knowing how angry it would make him, Sam will do something similar–or will he? Of course he will! Love, Robin

  4. Arafel

    I LOVED! when Dean held The First Blade for the first time. It was incredible. I was actually holding my breath and my heart was beating a little faster. I’m crazy in love with this Dean/Jensen storyline and feel like I have been waiting forever for it. Your rewind moment was great, too. They were the best parts of this one, IMO. Jensen makes Dean look so young when he conveys the kind of vulnerability that we got from him in this one. Love that. So much.
    And GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!! to the marring of Baby. Poor Dean there. He was devastated for her. Abaddon MUST! pay for that…

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