Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 116 “Shadow”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

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After a couple of people are brutally murdered in their homes with no signs of a break in, Dean and Sam travel to the Windy City to investigate. But it is even worse than they realize. To quote Admiral Ackbar:

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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilms Entertainment

Looking into the latest victim of these strange murders, the brothers see an odd symbol in blood at her apartment. After some research on Dean’s part (okay find he asked their dad’s friend Caleb. Dean’s not the best with books) they find the symbol is Zoroastrian that represents a Daēva or a Demon of Darkness. This demon can only be seen in shadow. To make things more hinky, both victims were born in Lawrence, Kansas.

With all this oddness going around, Sam spidey senses get all tingly (and not in the good way) when he sees Meg (the fellow hitchhiker he met in the episode “Scarecrow”) at the bar where one of the victims worked. He follows her that evening to an abandoned warehouse where he sees her altar to the Daēva and witnesses her using the bowl of sculls to talk to an entity about the brothers showing up unexpectedly. She is told to wait for the entity at the other end to come forth later.

Dean and Sam think they have unintentionally found the demon who killed their mother and Jessica. Leaving a message for their father with the address to the warehouse, the brothers arm themselves with everything they got just in case. But like the good Admiral says:

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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilms Entertainment

Attempting to sneak up on Meg as she calls the entity forth, they find she knew they were there the entire time. Meg picked her victims because she knew their birthplace would be a red flag for the Winchester brothers to come and investigate. Once she has the brothers, John Winchester won’t be far behind. They are his only weakness. The Daēvas attack Dean and Sam, knocking them unconscious. When they come to they are tied up to a pillar. Dean distracts Meg with a fake escape attempt while Sam is able to cut himself free and destroy the altar. The Daēvas grab Meg and drop her out of the window killing her.

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When the boys get back to their hotel room, they find their father waiting there for them. They have a sweet and tearful reunion where Sam and John finally bury the hatchet. John reveals to his sons he knows all about the demon that killed Mary and Jessica and he is forming a plan to kill it. But the reunion is short lived as the Daēvas attack. Meg was using an amulet to control the Daēvas, not an altar. Sam grabs a flair out of their hunting kit which scatters the Daēvas long enough for the three men to escape. To keep John safe, Dean tells him to leave them behind much to the shock of Sam. As long as John is around his sons, he will always be vulnerable to the demon he is looking to kill.

This was such a great episode. It was really great to see John get a reunion, albeit a quick one, with his sons and have a chance to make up with Sam. The last few episodes have had the younger Winchester reflecting on his tumultuous relationship with his father and realizing that things weren’t great with him, but John did the best he could and did love his sons.

What broke my heart was Dean. When Dean realized they could possibly get the revenge he has only dreamed of, he also was hit with the realization of his brother’s yearning for a normal life again. Sam makes it clear when this is all over, he will go back to school and leave hunting behind. He loved his old life and misses it. Dean just wants for the three of them to be a family again. Ugh, so heartbroken for Dean.

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Image Courtesy of The CW

And of course in the end, it is the older brother that has to step up and send their father away even though he so desperately wants for the man to stay, even if it is just for them to be a family for one night.

A couple of quick thoughts:

Happy to see Meg is not dead. I want more episodes with her!

Who is Caleb? This is at least the second time he has been mentioned. I want to meet him.

What did you think of “Shadow”? Were you happy to see the return of Meg? Did the family reunion make you cry? Talk to me in the comments section below and please do not post any spoilers for future episodes.

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3 comments on “Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 116 “Shadow”

  1. Okay, so the thing I like most about this episode isn’t the re-introduction of Meg and whatever her dastardly plan is, or the shadow monster that’s killing people. It’s the dynamic between Sam, Dean and their dad that it gives us. It’s one thing to hear the boys talk to each other about their relationship with their dad, but it’s something else entirely to see it. I was really struck by how clearly Dean looks at John with love and downright adoration in the hotel room — later making the hard choices that he doesn’t want to make, just because he knows it’s what’ll keep his dad safer. Likewise, I feel like Sam loves his dad, sure, but the beginning of that scene was just rife with this feeling of always having something to prove – whether it was that he could do fine on his own, away from hunting or whether Sam and Dean could manage on their own as hunters without him.Even at the end, when he doesn’t want to leave, it feels less about not wanting to be separated and more about finding the demon that killed Mary and Jess. “I can help!” he says. And sure, part of that’s revenge, clearly, but to me a big part of it is Sam still trying to prove that Sam can do whatever he wants to.

    I think it’s a great example of how Sam and Dean can have such similar backgrounds and skills but be such different people.

    • I highly agree with all of this. I need to do a better job articulating these things because it is like you are stealing the thoughts right out of my head.

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