The Nerdy Girl Express writers and twins Stacy and Tracy Miller are back for Season 13 for The Miller Twins Talk Supernatural. They will share their thoughts on heroic Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) as well as other characters on The CW’s longest running show.
This article contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen the episode “The Big Empty” please do not continue reading.
Madison, Wisconsin. Unknown teaser guy is killed by his dead wife. Ghost stabs victim…it’s a classic Winchester ghost case. Or is it?
When is a ghost not a ghost? Practically every time on Supernatural when Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) think it is and burn some bones! Remember when the Winchesters took their angel (Castiel) with them on cases? The more things change, the more they remain the same because they do bring an angel (On his father’s side) of sorts, Jack (Alexander Calvert). “Dean appreciates effort,” Sam told Jack as the younger Winchester extended the offer to join them on a hunt to see the family business up close and personal, “Let’s go be a hero.” I think it was a good idea for Jack to experience first hand what Sam and Dean do since the Nephilim has been questioning whether he is evil; giving Jack the opportunity to help is a positive way to show him that only he can decide who he wants to be. And let’s face it, Sam and Dean can always use the assistance i.e. saving from a supernatural entity when things get dicey and one of them is almost knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door (right Sam?)
Anyway back to the case, Sam and Dean do their usual suit and tie dance as FBI Agents with Dean ordering Jack to stay in the car (Barking orders? Dean sounds like John, which Sam later calls his brother on when Dean has Jack digging a grave). The crime scene doesn’t turn up EMF, which lead the brothers to assume they’ll not dealing with a ghost but a revenant. Then, what appears to be the ghost of a young boy murders his mother and again no EMF. What in the supernatural is going on here? Sam and Dean make a connection between the two victims: They were both seeing the same grief counselor Mia Vallens, played by Rukiya Bernard, who did an earlier turn on Supernatural as Camille Thibideaux in the Season 7 episode “The Mentalists.” The best thing about a case where a counselor is involved is that we got to see Sam and Dean talk out their feelings for their cover as two brothers who recently loss their mother (not far of a stretch). But the session becomes real when Dean calls Sam delusional for his belief that their mother could still be alive. An angry Sam justifies his feelings for wanting to hold onto Mary: ““You had something with her I never had,” Sam said, “And now I’m just supposed to accept that I never will have it!” So for all the times it seemed as though Sam wasn’t acting as emotionally as he should have as far as Mary was concerned, this scene explained a lot in showing his true feelings. As always, Jared Padalecki displayed an emotional connection with his character; Sam’s pain was obvious.
But Sam isn’t the only character that feels he missed something because he didn’t have a mother. We have Jack, who longed to have a connection with Kelly (Courtney Ford) but knew he couldn’t because she’s dead. It was a good thing that Mia turned out to be a shapeshifter, who changes into her patients’ deceased loved ones to give them a chance to say goodbye in order to deal with their grief. So, Mia changes into Kelly and Jack finally gets the chance to experience the comfort of his mother. Jack is so much like Sam from losing his mother to questioning his powers and whether he’s destined to turn evil. In a short amount of time, Alexander Calvert has done so much to capture his character’s innocence and uncertainty.
It was refreshing to see a good shapeshifter in Mia after the murderous ones gracing Supernatural’s history. Mia’s ex-boyfriend Buddy (Niall Matter) joined the killer shapeshifter ranks as it was revealed that he was the murderer. But it was cool that another shapeshifter turned into Dean as you can’t have too many Dean Winchesters in an episode! Jack saves Sam’s life again…how many times will Jack have to save the Winchesters before Dean believes he’s (Jack) good? Stay tuned…we have eighteen more episodes to go.
Meanwhile, we see Castiel in a dark place of nothingness. It looks like Cas is in The Empty where he meets a cosmic being that quickly changes its form and turns into Castiel. This creature explained that Cas was in the big place (not in the sky) where angels and demons go to take a nothingness nap. So why was Castiel awake? This annoyed the Castiel creature and gave our Cas his strategy for escaping: Stay awake FOREVER so this creature will want and help him escape The Empty. It seemed to work as Castiel awakens later in the episode in a field.
I enjoyed “The Big Empty” with it’s elements of an classic monster episode feeling, brotherly angst between Sam and Dean, a helpful shapeshifter and Jack’s continued struggles. My least favorite plot was the Castiel story as there were moments that left me confused.
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