I liked this episode for the most part it was a nice homage to the old film noir movies of the 1940s. Great music, lighting, and fitting cinematography for the period.
Fans have been questioning how Cas got to Syria if he can't teleport. Maybe the boys put him on a plane?
I did think it was a little weird with Sam's kind of belligerent attitude towards Dean. Like when they were handcuffed and Sam produced a key and Dean praised Sam for always being prepared. I mean why couldn't he return the favor and give Dean a compliment back? He then mocks Dean's feeling about something still being up in the dead guy's motel room that they needed, but it turned out Dean was right! Geez. I don't know it just seems like a weird attitude from Sam at the beginning - not so much at the end of the episode. Someone on Twitter wondered if the boys had a fight or something off screen that we didn't get to see which is kind of interesting as I was wondering the same thing. Because otherwise I don't know where Sam's weird attitude was coming from. Just acting out because of frustration over getting elements for the spell???
I did love Dean making a crack about Sam's Disney princess hair providing padding for all the hits to the head he's taken lately. Hee! And of course when Sam brings up someone stealing Baby, Dean's reaction about murder and torture is pure Dean gold! Nobody touches Baby!!! Well, except that mafia dude who drove it in this episode. Boo!
Btw, nice continuity on the donut powder on Greenstreet's suit! I watched it and once it's on the clothing it was always there, every shot. Bravo show!
Another favorite part? How cool Dean was meeting with the mob boss. Sam was all nervous but Dean was like, "Dude, I've dealt with Lucifer, God, I've shot Hitler himself. You're just a little bug to me." LOL Totally not intimidated at all!
I like how the show nicely put in some much needed inspiration for our times with Father Luca's speech about the state of the world today. "Do you use it to give a bad man power because the world is not perfect? Or do you work? Do you try and improve things in whatever way you can?"
Initially I didn't care for the slo-mo and music during the shoot-out, but on my 2nd viewing I was okay with it. I think during my first viewing I didn't catch that Father Luca started praying and thus the music felt kind of weird.
Great twist at the end! Just when we think that everything in this episode was for naught, it turns out the Father is the most holy man they were looking for! I'm glad this turned out to be a win for the boys. They surely needed it.
Dean comes full circle during this episode. At the beginning he's in doubt over them getting all the pieces for the spell, but by the end he tells Sam that he has faith. Sam is still questioning if this will work, and if they can ever stop all the evil in the world. But back in S1's "Shadows" Dean told Sam that there would always be something to hunt. Which I highly believe. The boys are never going to eliminate all the monsters, demons, etc. from the earth. It's just an impossible task. After all, there's not just the US, but we've learned last season that there's monsters all over the world! Just because the British had a handle on their monster situation doesn't mean that other countries do. But I get that Sam wants to be done with hunting. He's kind of looking at their life and wondering when they'll get some peace at last. Of course, Dean doesn't have an answer for that...but he does now have faith that they will get all the parts for the spell and succeed in getting Jack and Mary back. So once again, when one brother has lost faith in their mission, the other is there to be the positive one. I love how they keep one another going that way. ♥
I've seen fandom be very split about this episode. Either people loved it or hated it. I'm...somewhere in between. I did like it, but it's not an epic episode. I'll give it a B+.
Well, we're on hiatus again (our last one though before the end of the season). With the next episode airing on the 29th.
Dean: Great so we got Cas in Syria dodging bullets trying to find fruit from the tree of life. We don't know where Lucifer is, so we can't get grace from an archangel. And what's the last ingredient of this spell we are never gonna find.
Sam: Blood of a most holy man.
Dean: A most holy man? What, what, what does that mean?
Sam: No idea. I've been thinking... blood of a saint?
Dean: Ah, the internet. You're not just for porn anymore.
Greenstreet: I gave up on worthy causes years ago. And as I said, the blood cost me a fortune. Judging by your Montgomery Ward suits and your cheap ties, I'm guessing you don't have a small fortune or for that matter two nickels to rub together. So I'm quite afraid this has been a waste of your time and more importantly, mine. Good day, gentlemen.
Sam: So this is it what we've come to? Thieves?
Dean: Hey, you want the blood right? Well, besides the things already stolen.
Sam: Really? That's your rational?
Dean: Hey, I'm not perfect and by the way neither are you, okay. Oh, so now you're above a little bit of chicanery? Look, this isn't a perfect world we're trying to save, okay? And if im not perfect trying to save it, so be it. Come on, you with me or what?
Scarpatti: So... Sam and Dean Winchester. We, uh... we done a little checkin'. You know? And, uh... you know... officially, you guys both died six years ago.
Dean: Look at you, you're like a Boy Scout. Always prepared.
Sam: Yeah. You're like a... I don't know what you're like.
Dean: Sure you're not drowsy? How many fingers am I holding up?
Sam: I'm fine.
Dean: Okay, I'm just saying you've taken a lot of shots to the head lately, I mean I know that Disney Princess hair gives you some padding.
Father Camilleri: It's not about luck son, it's about effort. All the time I hear people saying the world's not perfect, and they're right, it's not. But do you use that as an excuse? Do you use it to excuse your own sins? Your failings and your laziness. Do you use it to give a bad man power because the world is not perfect? Or do you work? Do you try and improve things in whatever way you can? Guys, the world will never be perfect. But if good men do good things, it can be better. Every day can get better. I'm sorry, I know I talk too much. I just want to go home.
Sam: I mean, if -- if somebody, uh... If somebody stole the Impala, what would you do?
Dean: Murder. I'd murder 'em all.
Sam: Right. My point being I... I don't want a dick like Greenstreet or Scarpatti to win. Not this time.
Dean: There'll be torture first. There'll be, like, a lot of torture, and then there'd -- it would end up with death. If I can't have it, nobody can.
Mr. Cromarty: Sure. From Lurch over here, $634,000 and two cents.
Father Camilleri: You're not a believer?
Dean: Oh, I believe. Hell, I know. God? He doesn't give a damn about you or me or anyone else. So if you're expecting some sort of a-a miracle to happen, well... good luck.
Father Camilleri: I'm sorry. I didn't mean God would reach down and protect us. Of course that's not going to happen. But I believe all good things are God's things. And what your brother's doing, it's a good thing.
Dean: Yeah, or a stupid thing.
Father Camilleri: Or both. Many times, they can be the same.
Dean: You know it's just a hunk of bone, right?
Father Camilleri: I do, but everyone, we all got faith in something, even if it is just a hunk of bone.
Dean: The Pope gave that to you? What-- You met the Pope?
Father Camilleri: Yeah, he call me un uomo santissimo.
Sam: What does that mean?
Father Camilleri: 'A most holy man.'
Sam: You ever feel like we're -- we're doing nothing but playing defense? You know, bouncing from one apocalypse to the next?
Dean: Well, it's not exactly our call.
Sam: I know that, and I'm not saying we don't do good. But -- but no matter how many people we save, there will be more people that need saving. No matter how many monsters we kill--
Dean: There's always gonna be another one around the corner.
Sam: Exactly. You think we could ever change things? I mean, really change things. You know, stop all the monsters, all the bad?
Dean: That would be nice.
Sam: Yeah. So what are you thinkin'? Think that'll work?
Dean: I have faith.