In Review: Supernatural, Episode 206 “The Hunter Games”

This is one to pass on. Nothing moves forward, except an hour of your life.

Supernatural, Episode 206 “The Hunter Games” Broadcast on January 20, 2015

Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner

Directed by John Badham

“The Road So Far” includes scenes from this season of demon Dean plus Castiel’s foray running around with other angels and his daughter. “Now” in Hell, Crowley has a dream he’s surrounded and then killed by other demons. His mother Rowena tries to comfort him after he wakes, but he walks off saying, “Let’s not get too cozy just yet.” With him gone from the room, she reaches behind his chair and produces a bag containing some king of hoodoo she obviously placed there. She smiles and kisses it. Cue opening title sequence.

Dean’s flashing back to the men he slaughtered in the last episode. Castiel is felling guilty for his part, albeit through his daughter Claire, in their deaths. Before he continues speaking with Sam, Dean appears. “You can say it,” says the haggard looking older Winchester. “I crossed the line.” He knows he has to get rid of the Mark of Cain because he’s only going to get worse. Reluctantly, the angel reveals there may be a way to get it off him. Meanwhile, Rowena is looking for something in a room and is interrupted by Guthrie, one of Crowley’s faithful. He plans to escort her out of the room, knowing she’s up to no good, when the King of Hell enters. As soon as Guthrie leaves, the witch begins to slander the faithful servant. Crowley calls her out for her obvious kissing up to him and they start to spat over her decision in the past to become a “career woman.” On a playground, a doorway opens with sand rising, swirling like a twister. Two angels stand within it after it calms, along with an individual with a bag covering their face. The angels gone, Castiel removes the hood from Metatron, who says he won’t help him. At the brothers’ hideout, Metatron says he could help Sam, but he has to keep his psychopathic brother away from him: he killed Dean in the recent past. After this stipulation, Dean enters the room and locks eyes with the angel. Cue first commercial break.

This was a lot of hooey that went nowhere, incredibly slowly. I enjoy Curtis Armstrong, who’s still great as Metatron, but he was wasted in this episode. The brothers have their usual interplay, with “damned if they do, damned if they don’t.” Crowley was fun, as Mark Sheppard always is, but after his meeting with the brothers, he, too, is wasted. I just didn’t care for any portion of this episode with Sam and Dean. Crowley has got his own troubles, perhaps unknown to him, as his mother is doing everything she can to undermine and, perhaps, rule Hell herself. I’ve come to realize it’s not Ruth Connell’s portrayal of Rowena I dislike, it’s what the writers are doing with her. If you were to think of a cliché involving a 300 year old-plus witch, it was said or done in this episode. When she and Crowley began to spat, I wanted to yell at both of them to shut up and get on with the story. I need Rowena to leave this show, because all that will come of her is her eventual one-upping of her son, before she is killed. Just do it now, Supernatural writers. Then there’s the Claire Novak storyline. I completely understand that she’s a character needed to show how Cas is getting more in touch with what it means to be human, but she’s a completely unlikable character who does something particularly nasty to one cast member, and there’s no repercussion because Cas is watching over her. Nope, another badly written character that needs to go. Please.

The good: Curtis Armstrong and Mark Sheppard are fun. All the others are acting fine, but the script is not helping them.

Fun lines: “Not a thing, you evil bitch, Mother,” “He must be returned, intact,” “He’s gone nuclear?!”, “You want me to do what?!”, “Longshots seem to be the theme around here,” and “I like texting.” The last line is cute, but did come off as a poor attempt to inject humor into a serious scene and allow a character to exit.

The bad: The script, the characters of Rowena and Claire, and nothing progresses in the overall dilemma.

The final line: This is one to pass on. Nothing moves forward, except an hour of your life. Overall grade: D

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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