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Supernatural: Biblical Purification

Photo: Carole Segal/The CW
Photo: Carole Segal/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

After viewing the first two episodes of season 11 for The CW series “Supernatural,” I find myself thinking that the show might have their best “Big Bad” since “Yellow Eyes” haunted the Winchester brothers in the early days of the series. While one major problem got resolved in this episode, a score of them popped up to replace it. Amara’s mark upon the earth will only increase throughout this season and her power’s increasing already, mere days after her birth. Combine that with Sam and Castiel fighting to save their own lives and a battle between former “Besties” Dean and Crowley, added up to a fast-paced and exciting chapter.

Opening graphic tells us we’re still in Superior, Nebraska and we watch an infected man walking the streets looking for some sort of life. The town seems abandoned at first glance, but then we see all the residents died and their bodies are strewn across the sidewalks and streets. While the infected man walks around, we see somebody gathering supplies in a hardware store.

Suddenly the infected man hears a voice on what sounds like a loud-speaker. He finds the source of the sound, a tiny TV sitting in a metal bucket. The voice’s Robert Mitchum’s portraying Frank Cady in the original version of “Cape Fear.” Suddenly Sam appears in the alley and asks the infected man if he can still talk or if he’s too far gone. The man says what and Sam zaps him with some homemade Taser he put together, knocking the guy out as Sam replies good answer.

Next graphic informs us we’re in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as Dean brings Jenna and the infant Amara to her grandmother’s house. Dean tells her they’re going to be fine and Jenna asks about him and Sam and he responds the bar’s pretty low. Grandmother calls her into the house and Dean climbs back into the Impala and starts heading back to Sam in Nebraska. Grandmother has Jenna’s father’s old crib set-up for Amara and they put her in there to sleep. When the older woman leaves the room, Amara concentrates on pushing a plastic tote filled with baby-stuff off a dresser and onto the floor. When she accomplishes this she smiles.

Back in the hospital in Superior, Sam’s got the other guy handcuffed and starts asking him questions. The guy says he wants a cup of pudding and devours it ravenously. Turns out he got infected after Sam did, but it’s progressing far more rapidly in him. He says that they’re both going to go the route of the others, they’ll go psycho and then die. He says if Sam’s smart he’ll put a bullet in the guy and then eat one himself.

Dean tries calling Castiel’s cellphone but gets no answer, that’s because the Angel’s hanging by his wrists from the ceiling with a black-bag over his head. The two Angels that captured him Ephrem and Jonah, break the phone then Jonah strikes him across the face to wake him up. Ephrem says they’ve got some questions to ask him.

Back at Grandmother Nickerson’s home both women get startled by a banging sound, which they eventually trace to Amara’s room. When they open the door we see all the contents of the tote scattered all over the floor and lettered building blocks are floating above the crib in a circle. Amara’s crying and we see some of the blocks fastened to the wall, it spells out FEED ME. Jenna starts to go into the room, but her grandmother pushes her back and closes the door saying the Devil’s in that girl. She says they have to call Father Wyatt, but Jenna calls Dean instead.

Dean gets the call and immediately heads back to Iowa. He calls Sam up and relates the story and Sammy says it sounds like something out of the Exorcist. Dean asks how his brother’s doing in Zombie-Land and Sammy tells him everything’s good, but we see that the man he handcuffed died and the veins are getting worse on him. He’s on the computer checking out Voodoo websites.

Jonah and Ephrem are torturing Castiel with an Angel-Blade asking him where Metatron’s hiding. Castiel of course doesn’t know as the former scribe for God took off on him last season. He finally cries mercy brothers and Ephrem asks Castiel what he is, Cas responds he’s an Angel of the Lord. Ephrem says he doesn’t really believe that as every time there’s a question of taking Heaven’s side or the Winchester’s he backs “THE BOYS.”

Sam suddenly hears a woman’s voice singing beautifully in the hospital, a song about death. He starts looking around and he finds the woman, who greets him by name. When he asks how she knows him she reveals she’s a Reaper and she’s not too happy with Sam for helping to kill her boss. She then says that the Old Death used to find it amusing to bring them back from Heaven or Hell, but those days have ended. She says now they go by one hard and fast rule, everything that lives dies and stays dead.

The Reaper named Billie then tells Sammy that when he and Dean die they won’t go to Heaven or Hell, instead one of the Reapers will accidentally on-purpose drop them in The Empty. She says there’s no returning from there. She then tells Winchester that he’s dying, she can smell it all over him. She says he’s impure in the Biblical sense and says she’ll be seeing him soon.

Dean arrives back at Grandmother Nickerson’s home and Jenna meets him outside and says they have a new problem. Her grandmother’s very Catholic and she called her Priest and he sent over an Exorcist. Dean’s intrigued and the pair go inside to find that Crowley’s wearing a Clerical collar. Dean asks to speak outside and Crowley explains he’s got an arrangement with some lapsed Nuns and Priests. Dean asks if Crowley thinks there’s a demon in the house and the King Of Hell responds, that the being in the house isn’t a demon. He says that the creature’s far more powerful and very old, deep and dark.

Ephrem and Jonah start torturing Castiel again, when suddenly the door to the outside starts to glow with light and then buckle in. A young man stands there and says that’s enough that’s not the way we do things. Castiel realizes it’s Hannah wearing a male meat-suit and she tells the two Angels to leave immediately.

While Crowley and Dean talk outside, Jenna’s concern for the infant brings her into the room when she hears Amara crying. She picks the baby up and says Dean will help you, kisses her on the forehead and puts her back in the crib. The words calm the infant and she smiles. Jenna picks her up and the two lock eyes. Jenna’s grandmother hears a loud banging sound in the kitchen.

Hannah takes Castiel down from the chain he’d been suspended from, but he tells Hannah to leave on the handcuffs. He sits in a chair and asks if Hannah can heal him, the Angel puts his fingers on Castiel’s forehead and says he can’t its powerful magic. He then tells Cas that there’s more bad news he needs to share with him.

Grandmother Nickerson’s in the kitchen when she gets startled by Jenna, then says she thought she dropped a bowling-ball upstairs. We can see by the expression on Jenna’s face she’s changed somehow, she then picks up a butcher knife and says to her grandmother she always wondered how this feels.

Crowley and Dean hear the scream in the house to find the old woman dead on the floor with her throat slit. Crowley says that’s a plot-changer and the two start looking for Jenna. Dean calls her name and Crowley berates him for alerting her they’re looking for her.

Hannah tells Castiel he needs to know where Dean and Sam are and Castiel says he won’t give them up. Hannah says he saved him, but suddenly Cas figures out that Hannah set the whole thing up. Ephrem and Jonah were torturing him on Hannah’s orders and he showed up to save Cas to make him feel indebted. He says to Hannah that he thought they were friends and Hannah says that’s before you broke Metatron out of Heaven’s jail.

Hannah says the other Angels hate him and Cas asks Hannah if he does as well and the Angel remains silent. However Ephrem says it doesn’t matter because they took a vote and this is the plan. Castiel once again says he won’t give up the Winchester’s and Jonah says he will as they’re about to hack his brain. He pulls out this piece of headgear that looks like a torture device from the Inquisition.

Sam’s infection’s reached the critical stage and he’s starting to lose touch with reality. He wills himself to fight it off and goes back to the computer and types in Biblical Purification. He reads an entry that says Biblical Purification can get achieved by lighting Holy Oil on fire and putting it on the infection. He grabs a bottle of Holy Oil out of his bag, pours some in a metal tray, grabs a roll of gauze and soaks it in the liquid then sets it on fire. He holds the flaming gauze to his face and all the infection burns off, Sam’s found the cure.

Jonah tries his hand on the torture headgear but gets no results so Ephrem takes over. He’s about the put another spike into Castiel’s head when Hannah says enough and pushes Ephrem away. Ephrem punches Hannah in the mouth knocking the Angel to the floor then starts kicking Hannah in the gut. Castiel gets angry and he breaks his bonds and attacks Ephrem. Jonah tries taking out Cas with his Angel-Blade, but Castiel stabs him instead. Ephrem then stabs and kills Hannah and finally Castiel stabs and kills Ephrem. He then collapse back into a chair and starts repeating no, no.

Dean and Crowley head into Amara’s room and Dean picks her up and sees the tiny Mark Of Cain on her upper chest. He flashes back to his conversation with the Darkness and remembers her telling him they’ve got a bond and will always help each other.

They hear a smashing sound coming from the grandmother’s bedroom and open it to find Jenna dropping all her grandmother’s religious glass figurines on the floor. She says she never liked them, but her grandmother’s dead as she slit her throat. Crowley says Jenna no longer has a soul and she replies that Amara’s hungry she’s a growing girl. Dean says they’ll get Jenna back and she says she likes the way she feels this way and attacks Dean.

We enter Amara’s room and watch the infant’s face visibly start to age, we then see her legs as she gets out of the crib and puts on a dress. She’s now about the size of a four-year-old and leaves the house while Jenna attacks Dean. Suddenly her body’s slammed against the ceiling and then slams against the floor killing her, Crowley says he got bored waiting.

Dean says he’s got to find Amara and kill her, Crowley says he saw the way he looked at the baby and Winchester won’t be able to kill her, so let a professional handle it. Dean asks if that’s an offer and Crowley says it’s a promise, he’ll kill her after he finds out what makes her tick. Dean says Crowley can’t do that and Crowley waves his hand and throws Dean into a wall like a rag-doll. He then says that Dean and Sam have to learn Crowley’s not their bloody side-kick. Winchester gets up pulls out his Angel-Blade and sticks it through Crowley’s hand and into the wall. He heads to the crib and finds it empty. He goes back to where he left Crowley and while the blade remains the King Of Hell’s long gone.

Sam and Dean reunite back at the Men Of Letters headquarters and Sam says to Dean I thought you said the Darkness was a woman. Dean says perhaps she was just a vision and suddenly their aware they’re not alone. Each pull their pistols and see Castiel barely conscious on the floor asking them to save him.

Amara’s walking the streets barefoot, wearing a satin dress with a big bow on the back. A black van pulls up beside her and Crowley gets out and says what a sweet young thing you’ve become. He then opens the panel door in the rear of the van, smiles and asks like some candy little girl? He’s got a family of four bound and gagged, four new souls to feed the hungry girl and they both smile as the screen fades to black.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Photo Courtesy Of The CW
Photo Courtesy Of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

We have seen the “Darkness” and she is beautiful and deadly. Welcome to season 11 for the CW Network series “Supernatural,” as Sam and Dean Winchester take on a foe, that’s been locked away since before recorded time. In the season finale that aired in May, Rowena cast a spell that removed the Mark Of Cain from Dean’s arm. However that resulted in the creature known as the “Darkness,”  to escape from prison and walk the earth once again. As we witnessed in this season-opener the “Darkness” takes on many forms and has already started to infect humans.

After running a montage of clips from last season, as John Fogerty’s classic “Run Through The Jungle” played in the background. We then watch Dean standing alone in the darkness as the camera rapidly shows us different angles of his face. He looks behind him and sees a woman in a black cocktail dress standing with her back to him, Winchester calls out what the Hell’s going on and the woman turns her head to glance at him.

The scene switches to Sam passed out in the Impala as the horn blares finally waking him up. Sammy gets out of the car pops the hood and disconnects the wires for the horn, then he realizes that Dean’s not in sight. He starts calling for his older brother and then starts looking for him.

Dean’s passed out in a field about a mile from the car when Sam finds him. Dean can’t remember what happened for a few seconds, but then the events start flooding back into his head. He tells his brother she saved me, when Sam asks who he’s referring too Dean tells him the “Darkness.” Then he tells Sammy she also thanked him for setting him free. Sam asked if she said anything else and Dean said no she was strange. She had this energy and focus about her but she wasn’t much of a talker.

Castiel’s sitting in a barn, the bleeding from his eyes stopped but both eyes are very bloodshot. He’s thinking back to his attacking Crowley after Rowena cast a spell on the Angel. The King of Hell tries fighting back but Castiel knocks him to the ground and then sticks his blade deeply, in between Crowley’s shoulder blades. However after replaying the scene over in his head he realizes he didn’t kill Crowley. The demon left his meat-suit as a red gas through his mouth, before Castiel stabbed him.

A father and his two teenage sons are outside the barn carrying shotguns and the youngest son discovers Castiel in the barn. Cas yells to the young teen to run for his life as he can’t control his actions, but the kid aims his gun at the Angel. Castiel wrestles the gun away and knocks the kid to the floor as he runs the father and older brother fire shots at him.

Sam and Dean get the Impala out of the mud and drive to the outskirts of a Nebraskan town, when they see the road’s filled with dead bodies. A road-crew’s members are all over the ground and in a car next to them there’s a dead family, the parents and two young girls. Suddenly The Boys hear a noise behind them and a man infected by the “Darkness” starts walking toward them. He seems to be in a trance and there’s some dark-blue almost black veins protruding from his neck. Dean asks the guy to stop twice as the brothers have their guns aimed at him but he keeps walking. A shotgun blast rings through the air and the man falls face down on the ground. He got taken out by the young Deputy-Sheriff on the scene Jenna Nickerson.

Nickerson tells them that she responded to a 911 call from the family, as they drove by the road-crew stopped their car and started attacking them like rabid dogs. She said she knew the boys and that’s why she didn’t fire until they killed the family, she then shot them all dead and has a deep gash in her belly. Dean says they need to get her to a hospital to get her stitched up.

They get to the hospital and everybody’s dead there as well. Dean wheels Jenna into the hospital in a wheel-chair and Sam tells his brother to go stitch up Nickerson’s gash while he explores the hospital. Dean starts sewing up the deputy’s wounds and she says how terrible she feels having killed the road-crew. Winchester tells her they weren’t human any longer and she did the right thing.

Sam’s scoping out the hospital when he hears an infected man trying to break into the janitor’s closet. The guy’s denting the door but he can’t get in, suddenly Sam makes a noise and the monster starts heading towards Sammy. Winchester’s got his pistol ready, but just before he turns the corner there’s a cry from the janitor’s closet and he starts banging on the door again.

As Dean stitches up Jenna he goes back to being with the “Darkness” in his mind. We head back to Dean meeting with the “Darkness” and he asks her now that you thanked me what’s next? She replies she likes it there with him, she hasn’t felt this peaceful in a long time. Winchester responds he’s not interested in making her feel peaceful and tells her he knows who she is. The beautiful dark-haired woman smiles and says she’s been away so long, she didn’t think anyone would remember her. Winchester replies that Death painted a pretty detailed picture of her. She replies she’s never met Death, or he her. Dean asks if that means he shouldn’t kill her right away and she asks him why he’d want to?

The infected man collapses and dies, Sam approaches cautiously holding his pistol. When he’s convinced the guy’s dead he knocks on the janitor’s closet door and says hello, a man’s voice from the other side asks if he’s dead. Sam says the infected man’s dead and he’s with the FBI and slides his badge under the door. Sammy breathes deeply when the man opens the door, he’s a guy in his early twenties holding his newborn daughter. He asks Sam to please help them.

An attractive upscale middle-aged woman’s parking her car when the red smoke enters her mouth and takes over her meat-suit. She looks at herself in the mirror and says bollocks, then grabs a tire-iron out of the trunk and says it looks like it’ll be the old-fashioned way. When she enters her house, the woman’s husband tells her for a birthday present they and another couple are going to “change-partners.” Crowley puts down the tire-iron.

Back at the hospital the new father named Mike, tells them that his wife was expected to have a difficult delivery, but she delivered their daughter just fine. However shortly after giving birth, she started hemorrhaging and the doctors couldn’t save her. He then told them that other members of the road-crew drove up to the hospital and started attacking everybody like a pack of rabid dogs. He sais he grabbed his daughter and hid in the janitor’s closet. Dean says they’re getting out, but another car of infected people drives up to the hospital.

The five of them hide out, but Sam suddenly notices the dark-blue veins are showing up on Mike’s neck. Sam asks if one of the infected may have bled on him and he says he thinks Mike’s infected. Jenna says that Sam doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but Mike says he’s right. He just wants to know how long it’ll take until he turns like them? He then asks Jenna to raise his daughter, he says he’s watched her grow-up and knows she’s a good person. He says if she agrees to do that he’ll leave the hospital and wait things out by himself and Nickerson says she will.

Castiel’s in the woods with cruisers parked on the street looking for him and the Angel can’t control his emotions, so he calls out to his fellow Angels to keep him from doing something bad. He then calls Dean and tells him that Rowena stole the codex and The Book Of The Damned and Dean says the Hell with Rowena what about the “Darkness“? Castiel has no idea what he’s talking about and just then two Angels arrive holding blades and Cas says goodbye.

Two of Crowley’s minions arrive at the woman’s house and they find the woman’s husband and the other couple dead. Crowley asks if they transported his meat-suit back to his throne-room and they tell him they have. Crowley tells them to head back there and wait for him.

Dean wants to go on the offensive but Sam’s against the idea. He asks his brother when they forgot how to do it and instead of saving people their credo’s become kill first and ask questions later. Dean asks him what Sam proposes and he replies that the infected people have a short shelf-life and will die on their own. His brother responds they don’t know how long that’ll be and what if others show up? Sam says they can try to search for a cure and Dean responds they can’t find a cure if they’re dead. Sam then says he’ll play decoy for the infected people, so Dean can get Jenna and the infant to the Impala.

The three head to the car while Sam calls the infected people and starts running leading them on a chase through the hallways. Dean and Jenna get to the front doors when Mike walks in and the veins have spread all across his neck. He says the baby and Dean tells him he needs to leave the baby alone. Mike tells them the baby’s name’s Amara and then heads into the hospital and falls to the floor dead.

When Sam’s certain Dean’s left the parking lot he dives into the Janitors closet and locks the door, unfortunately this time there’s three people trying to open it. Sam steps back a bit and starts thinking about his options, when we realize there’s an infected nurse in there with him. She grabs a scalpel and tries to stab him, but he overpowers her and slits her throat. She dies instantly, but he’s covered with her blood.

The infected trio knocks down the door and start to attack Sam, but they stop and start sniffing him. They look at each other and they walk away. It seems that Sam’s now infected with the “Darkness.

The red smoke enters Crowley’s meat-suit’s mouth and he stands up and smiles and announces Daddy’s home. One of the minions tells him that he’s got a problem to deal with, there’s a large segment of Hell that believes the “Darkness” has gotten released. Crowley laughs derisively and says it’s just a fairy-tale, a story Demon fathers tell their children to make them behave. His lackey responds that many say they hear Michael or Lucifer screaming from the cage they’re trapped in about the “Darkness.

The two Angels take Castiel to a warehouse, they tell him the Gates to Heaven got moved after he broke Metatron out of Heaven’s jail. Cas tells him before they take him back to Heaven. they need to find a witch to remove the spell from him, but he soon realizes when they hang him by his hands on a hook they don’t plan to take him back.

Dean’s gotten Jenna and Amara to safety and so he goes back in his head to finish his experience with the “Darkness.” He asks her if she’s so dangerous why hasn’t she killed him and she tells Dean they have a bond. She shows him a tiny version of the Mark Of Cain on her upper chest. She says you help me and I’ve helped you, we watch out for each other. Although her name’s never mentioned in the episode, the IMDB page for the episode lists her name as Amara.

Dean calls Sam and asks how things went and Sam tells him he’s fine and he’s going to find a cure, his brother responds he’s sure he will. He then tells Sam that he’s got Jenna and the baby relocated to a town about 40-miles away with no signs of the outbreak. Sam says it’s likely just started in that area and Dean says he’ll see his brother soon. When Sammy hangs up we see his necks covered in the dark-blue veins.

Jenna’s changing Amara’s diaper and both the new mom and the infant are smiling. As she’s cleaning her new daughter up before putting back on her pajamas we see a tiny Mark Of Cain on the infant’s upper chest.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.