In Review: Supernatural, Episode 270 “Tombstone”

A better than average episode with strong humor and Jack's character evolving.

Supernatural, Episode 270 “Tombstone” Broadcast on November 16, 2017

Written by Davy Perez

Directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado

Then: Jack splits the Winchester brothers on what his nature will be. The son of Satan believes himself to be evil because he can’t use his supernatural abilities unless angered. However, Jack unknowingly resurrects Castiel just by saying his name. After battling a cosmic entity, Cas returns to Earth. He calls the brothers from a payphone and they find him.

Now: Dodge City, Kansas. Dean and Sergeant Joe Phillips are in a cemetery with flashlights and shotguns. A figure runs around them too quickly for them to take aim, let alone take a shot. When Dean goes to flush out this prey, a hand emerges from the ground under Phillips, grabs him, and pulls him under. Dean looks down the hole and sees nothing but a tunnel. “Aw, hell.” Cue title card.

This was a fun episode because of all that the setting allowed the characters to do and say. First and foremost was Dean’s joy at going to Tombstone to soak up the atmosphere and getting to wear a unique outifit. Jensen Ackles looked to be having a great time with this episode. His joy and their lavish motel room was terrific. The music that accompanied several scenes was Ennio Morricone perfect. Having Castiel back was also a bonus, with his scenes with Jack outstanding. Cas was definitely feeling the father vibe with this adopted son. The angel also got some good back and forth with Dean at a crime scene. Sadly, Sam didn’t do much but interview someone who may be involved with an empty grave. Every time he tried to speak to Jack, he got shut down quickly. It fit the story, but Sam really was a third (Okay, fourth) wheel. Jack got the most development this week, as an eager beaver to fit in with the gang, but having something go terribly wrong. It was a nice change in his character from writer Perez, and Alexander Calvert again ran with what the writer gave him. Also a plus was the creepy direction from Lopez-Corrado, especially with Carl and who was behind Athena.

Athena Lopez was a fun character played by Hana Kinani. She looked out of place for her profession, but it became evident why she worked there. Her boyfriend started fun, but got a little cliché by the end of episode; he was enjoyable, but became predictable. Joe Phillips was a good character, with him getting some good action. And that ending to the monster problem is one of the most graphic conclusions I’ve seen on Supernatural in some time!

The good: The story, the direction, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Joe Phillips, the music, some great lines (I said the Willis line before he did), and one really sick monster finale. And Misha Collins is back with the boys!

Fun lines: “Well, I was,” “Welcome home, pal,” “He really likes cowboys,” “Carl? Is everything all right?”, “Jack, I wouldn’t do that!”, “That’s one big rat,” and “I’m so sorry.”

The bad: Jared Padalecki not doing much and the monster story closing out predictably.

The final line: A better than average episode due to the strong amount of humor and Jack’s character evolving. I’m looking forward to where this is heading. Overall grade: B+

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.
    2 Comments on this post.
  • dwellerbythedarkstream
    17 November 2017 at 6:27 pm -

    In the Tombstone episode, the iconic black Chevy was in two places at once. Dean parked it at the cemetery and, at the same time, Sam, Cass and the kid were driving it back to the lair.

  • Patrick Hayes
    18 November 2017 at 5:32 am -

    Wow! I didn’t catch that! Good eye.

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