Supernatural, Episode 220 “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire”
Written by Jeremy Carver
Directed by Robert Singer
Dean says he’s past saving, Sam tells Castiel he owes Dean everything, and Cain looks solemn. “The Road So Far,” Rowena kisses her son Crowley, who’s then knifed by several demons, Sam enlists Rowena to kill Crowley to save Sam from the Mark of Cain, Charlie Bradbury is killed, various monsters and demons are killed, Castiel regains his angel mojo, Dean kills Death, and the Mark of Cain leaves him; however, it also frees “The Darkness.” The boys try to drive off in the Impala, but it gets stuck in a ditch and they’re swallowed by the enormous black cloud of Darkness. “Now,” Dean stands in the swirling black clouds and sees a woman with her back to him. “Hey, what the hell’s going on?” She turns to him and all goes black. Sam wakes up in the Impala alone. The vehicle’s horn is stuck. He pulls the wires, silencing it, but awakens a memory of the Darkness coming for him and his brother. As the cloud hit them, Dean vanished. Back in the present, he yells his brother’s name. Wandering the nearby fields, he finds him. Dean flashes back to the woman in the center of the chaos. “She saved me,” he tells his brother. “Who?” Dean answers, “The Darkness.” Cue opening title sequence.
Back at the Impala, the pair argue over what’s happened and why. Not helping is Dean saying, “She saved me…She thanked me.” Dean wants to put her back where she came from. As the two set to freeing their car, the scene shifts to Castiel in a cabin in utter fear and shock; he’s reliving his killing of Crowley. The scene then moves outside to a dead dog discovered by a hunter and his two sons. Still lost in the past, Cass realizes Crowley is still alive. The door opens and the youngest son raises his rifle at the angel. With clenched teeth, Castiel says, “Don’t make me hurt you.” He grabs the barrel of the gun and it goes off. The angel runs off followed by the boy’s family. Back on the road, the Winchesters come upon a construction crew and family in a car dead. One living worker appears with dark veins on his neck. He approaches ominously until shot down by an officer. She checks to see that they’re not tainted on their necks. Jenna Nickerson then tells the brothers what’s happened. Driving the wounded peace officer to the nearest hospital they discover bodies outside. Inside it’s worse. Dean reveals to the audience more of his conversation with The Darkness and Sam finds two additional survivors.
The storyline with the Winchesters was too reminiscent of 28 Days Later; so much so that Dean quotes it as a reference. Practically every zombie trope is touched upon, except these people aren’t zombies. I liked Laci J. Mailey as Jenna. She had a very honest quality in her performance, especially as Dean’s sewing her up. I’m hoping to see more of her, but whom she ends up with at the end of this hour puts a mark on how long she’ll last. Dean says the prerequisite amount of funny lines, which ease much of the tension, but Sam has the killer speech of the episode as he confronts Dean with their actions. It almost seemed like the writers were speaking to the audience, acknowledging something, and saying they were going to move beyond what’s been done before. I applaud this monologue, and look forward to where the Winchesters are going, and how they’re going to go about it. Poor Castiel. He really suffers in this episode, and things don’t end well for him. Misha Collins can play suffering and guilt like nobody’s business and he’s great in this. The writing is particularly smart for Crowley in this episode, who’s not played by Mark Sheppard until the very end. I love everything done with his character in this episode, keeping him an utter monster but unbelievably watchable. The dialogue with his minions was hilarious.
The good: Castiel and Crowley’s stories, Laci J. Mailey, Tom Jones, Sam’s speech to Dean, no Rowena, the threat of The Darkness, and the excellent reveal on the new cast member.
Fun lines: “Where’s the car?”, “Really?”, “Oh, that’s not a happy sight,” “This a Magic Mike moment?”, “Well this is encouraging,” “Old school it is then,” “This is horse sense,” “We broke it. We bought it,” “We were hoping you could tell use what kind of DEFCON screwed we are,” “We have to change,” and “Daddy’s home.”
The bad: The all too oversaturated zombie genre adapted into something “new”, but it wasn’t. I hope this isn’t how Darkness acquires minions this season.
The final line: I loved all but the Winchesters’ plot. Still, enough to keep me watching, and I’m intrigued by how Darkness relates to everyone. Overall grade: B-