While I know Dean is trying to support his brother, there will definitely come a time when he will need to pick up the reins again. Neil set himself up in the home of Patrick Rawling, using his powers to put the man into a coma that was the apparent result of a stroke. Before he dies, the djinn taunts him, as monsters often do. That little movement of his hands? He’s great – both on the show and in RL, but this Bobby isn’t our Bobby and I don’t like him. There was a lot of that in this episode, and I appreciate every moment. At this point Sam would NEVER send Maggie alone this is so out of character for him. I’m curious to see how Dean’s evolution continues to play out this season. It’s also weird, though I assume we’re supposed to assume that Mary has had some conversation with Dean over the weeks that have passed, but we’ve never seen it. I do really like that Show has made me both wonder about that and care about it – it’s awesome to be invested in a story arc fourteen seasons in! For that the djinn gets an upgrade, and is able to read minds and see nightmares and then make them come true. Cheers Marion. Dean does that a lot when he is worried or upset. So kudos to Meredith Glynn for another solid episode that felt like Supernatural. And the talk between Mary and Bobby was so reflective of what the Winchester brothers have lived through or off-screen talked about. Sam manages to machete the vampire into dust and free Maggie. And Sam keeps looking back to make sure his safety net is there but still inches out to the ledge because he needs to in order to live/survive. I get she’s a working Mom and I support that, but Mary is not, and never has been, a real Mom to Dean and Sam, she didn’t even take a break when Dean was a baby, she was out hunting, saving Asa Fox (totally not Asa’s fault!). Be happy.” There are hugs and pats on the back, and the family theme plays, but it rings sort of hollow for me here. Her character is one of the worst ever and has no impact. It’s sad that Mary wasn’t really able to do that, and that the show wasn’t able to really make me understand why. Glynn respects and remembers canon, which I greatly appreciate. Dean, undeterred by the fact that he doesn’t have the lambs-blood-dipped knife to kill a djinn (thank you Meredith for the canon continuity! Like everyone else, I don’t really care about the AU people. Lynn, Thanks, as always, for your re-cap. Obviously a lot of baggage there. He chooses to hang back to take care of Sasha,the way he hung back to take care of Dirk and Stuart last week, and Mary in season 12’s “Who we are”. The Winchesters and Bobby argue about what the monster could be. It’s those little things that let me know that the actors also realize that Sam and Dean can’t be as okay with this as they’re trying to seem. He’s protective, encouraging Sam to sleep and eat and take care of himself, but he’s very gentle about it, without any put-downs. I have to say it was at this point last season I had a lot of hope for the season and was very dispointed. He tells Mary that if Bobby is closed off, there’s probably a reason, and maybe she should talk to him. Contemporary lore depicts them as genie… The guilt, blame, not wanting the life. Some memory that’s so horrific even a djinn can’t stand seeing it?). I don’t blame him one bit. I can’t stand new Bobby and I just wish they would hurry up and write Mary off the show. Those days are over. In my living room. So yes, the slower pace is weaving a story of adult Winchester brothers and where they are and how they are rethinking their future. Get out of the bunker”. Sam: We’re going to find Michael. Directed by Philip Sgriccia. I wonder about Maggie and why the Show has made sure that she is the only AU person that has a name. As you said, what a mess! And I hate it! Dean knows how much Sam needs to hear that gratitude and celebrate a rare rescue. Everyone watching: WHAT THE HELL DID HE SEE???? Before Dean could react, the djinn had reappeared right behind Cas, and swung an arm up to slam a glowing palm across the angel's forehead. The more it seems like my show, the more I care , Great review Lynn, as always. The creepily smiling Djinn warns him that there are dozens more out there, waiting for Dean’s family. But particularly that little moment, when Bobby calls, and Sam just looks so dejected and scared – he even glances at Dean before he goes. (The devil is in the details, as they say.) Because she can’t be in every episode, they have to find a way to write her off for a bit which just made her an unlikable character in the beginning. I want to, I do – but I don’t. AFFILIATE LINKS USED WHEN AVAILABLE. Sasha makes herself a stiff drink, then whirls on Dean, who is making lots of noise with his knife sharpening (while perched provocatively on a chair arm….). I *love* this show, but the AU hunters and dopplegangers of characters we loved and lost are exhausting to me. Almost had tears in my eyes, and trust me – that takes a lot, I don’t tear up easily over fiction in general. We end the djinn saga with Dean unhooking Sasha’s dad and Sasha contemplating some forgiveness (which I can only hope is forthcoming from the dad as well, otherwise, ouch). Dean and Bobby find a deserted rustic cabin in the woods, which is always a bad thing in a horror film so is probably a bad thing here too. We didn’t see her react when he staggered back into being himself, and we haven’t seen her ask Sam how he’s doing either. After reading your review, I have to say you pointed out things that only emphasis what I believe is happening in the show. At this point, Sam and Dean are stoic about their mother leaving, because that’s pretty much what she does. Directed by Eric Kripke. They could all die in an episode (which I think is what we’re being set up for-especially Maggie) and I wouldn’t really care. Jim Beaver gets a pretty epic fight scene that ends with Bobby pinned to a tree with a blade. He’s lived a different life, he doesn’t even know Sam and Dean. Dean: But no blood. Neither of them look convinced, and that’s heartbreaking. As a parent, as hard as it is to let go because you alway see your childern as 12-year-olds, you have to let them step out and be the person they need to be (in the shadows, being supportive but not being over protective) That is what I see Dean doing with Sam. Their final moments are upon them. Poor Sam keeps being paired up with the AU people we don’t care about and can be relatively certain aren’t going anywhere for a while. That’s a feeling I often had in the early seasons of Supernatural, so once again, that makes me a happy fangirl. He kills the djinn, and then empties seven bullets into him too, in a moment chillingly reminiscent of demon or Mark of Cain Dean. As long as we keep getting episodes where we see their relationship grow, I’m happy. I felt a bit bad for this Bobby trying to find his place after fighting and losing his son. He almost takes a back seat to Sam, allowing him to exercise his leadership muscles, but he’s right there, paying close attention. I also don’t care about Maggie or the AU folks. That breaks my heart to say, because I would LOVE to have OG Bobby back and I love Jim Beaver more than I can say – but this is NOT our Bobby. Sam and Dean bring Maggie back to the bunker (I refuse to say “home”) and the other AU hunters welcome her with hugs and smiles. Dean compliments Sam on his innovation of having the hunters wear body cams, and he’s the one again encouraging Sam as they head out to look for Maggie, saying that they’ll find her and bring her home. "Look, I wanna help you, all right. Grrrr. And notice Dean’s reaction, when Sam sends him that glance? That’s really the crux of the problem – it doesn’t feel like Supernatural when it’s too crowded. Exhaust smoke begins filling the garage. It’s also weird, though I assume we’re supposed to assume that Mary has had some conversation with Dean over the weeks that have passed, but we’ve never seen it. She’s Dean in her avoidance and use of substances, and she’s Dean when she rebuffs his attempts to talk with a “Not really up for a heart to heart.”. At least Dean is getting to talk with one-off characters that we can be sure aren’t going to turn into a long-term time-suck away from the epic love story of the Winchesters. Although Sasha is initially confused, Dean entices her to leave the room and pulls his gun on Neil. Then we’re in the overcrowded bunker, Chief Sam briefing a bunch of AU hunters. My emotional route into the show is through Sam and Dean, so it’s their pov on their mother that I feel as well. Dean: How? I want to, I do – but I don’t. Sam cares about them, you should too!” is doing the character a grave disservice. She’s hunting alone for some reason, and not very competently. I scratch my head. Thanks again for another great review! Let‘s see what ideas Show throws at us then , Intriguing — and terrifying! Sasha: I’m just gonna go make that sandwich…. As you succinctly state, Show is trying to make us care about all of these extra hangers-on merely by their proximity to Dean and Sam, and I’m sorry, that’s not how you get your audience invested in new people littering the screen. (That patch-up scene was well done on the part of both of the actors, but alas, I just don’t care enough about their relationship for it to have much impact. And when we do, we’ll kill him. Thanks, Lynn, for sharing your impressions of the “Nightmare Logic” episode. Mary to the rescue, then Bobby to Mary’s rescue (pulling out that blade? Excellent commentary, as always. The homeowner’s daughter Sasha joins the party and I immediately like her. I did like that Sam and Mary are having more scenes together but it feels like it’s a little too late. Some memory that’s so horrific even a djinn can’t stand seeing it?). I still want to punch Bobby in the face for what he said to you and you’re already trying to help him. Some FAMILY time. (Brilliant dialogue here, the progression of those three pronouns perfectly encapsulating Dean’s struggle not to take responsibility for what Michael did!). I-I really, really do, but you're having some kind of psychotic breakdown, so, I...just –" Sam said. To quote Dean “Make that into a T-shirt!”. They KNOW each other; they care about each other. The djinn attacks Dean, assuring him (and us) that he won’t hurt Michael’s favorite monkey suit, and reads his mind. It’s all too different, and I feel like Show is asking me to forget just how different it is and love this Bobby like I loved the other one. She has literally lived another life. I had a bit of a Sixth Sense moment at this point, trying to make sense of how the Djinn was acting with the Winchesters when he must have believed the whole time that he was dealing with Michael. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean realize that the vampire manifestation was probably trying to keep Sasha out of the attic. I did a rewatch (like you have to do after the big reveal in the Sixth Sense) and yes, Glynn and actor Chris Patrick-Simpson were actually able to make it work by having the Djinn determined to play along. It never gets old. The episode didn’t leave me jumping up and down raving about my Show or even feeling happy. “You…” he mumbles, as Dean looks equally shocked. Out of all the former monsters, Jenny was once the innocent human that Sam and Dean tried to save, but was turned into a vampire. Bobby is once again surly and accuses Sam of letting Maggie hunt alone when she wasn’t ready. I just feel…numb. Djinns are depicted in the Quran as beings with powers. He almost takes a back seat to Sam, allowing him to exercise his leadership muscles, but he’s right there, paying close attention. I think the Djinn saw Michael in Dean’s head. Dean could tell her about Lisa and Ben. (That patch-up scene was well done on the part of both of the actors, but alas, I just don’t care enough about their relationship for it to have much impact. I loved that moment so much, loved that throughout this episode the brothers were entirely tuned into each other and trying to give each other what they need. This week’s Supernatural episode didn’t leave me jumping up and down and squeeing to the rooftops – but that’s not actually a complaint. Bobby and Dean are having their own conversation. Just a few more scenes to show a growing adult parental relationship with genuine affection would mean so much for Mary’s character. Doing motherly things like listening to the stories about their lives. I love having Jim Beaver and Felicia Day on my show, but they are not the characters I loved. I tend to really appreciate the way Glynn characterizes Dean, and this episode is no exception. It makes sense that, even if it’s in an awkward way or with very few words, that they would try to take care of each other (and not just by stitching up wounds). I think – like Sam and Dean – I’ve just watched Mary leave too many times. 2020 brought many changes to social media influencer marketing. Best guess, it’s the combination of Dean’s many deaths and other sundry ‘fun’ experiences. AJAY Usually, mostly. I couldn’t possibly care less about Not-Bobby, because he’s *not Bobby,* or his blossoming relationship with Mary, since I don’t care about Mary either and am waiting at this point with baited breath for her to die so she can go back to Heaven and be with the two boys she actually loves. Another great review. The sooner the better. Supernatural 14.05 Nightmare Logic | My Eclectic Writings. I also agree that Sam and Dean are not just brothers – Dean also played that parental role. The brothers switch back and forth throughout the series, one of them stepping up and the other standing back and supporting, then vice versa. So of course Sam Winchester, the brave brave Sam Winchester, heads for the attic. He immediately attacks Sam, calling the headquarters he has set up a bunch of “idjits”, after which Dean looks like he’s barely holding back from tearing Bobby’s head off. That’s what I love most about the story. One such monster, he encountered and enhanced was Neil who he ordered to set himself up as a trap for hunterscoming to investigate Neil's kills. By Samantha Highfill I never felt that Michael just “left” Dean’s body cause he was enjoying it way too much. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean realize that the vampire manifestation was probably trying to keep Sasha out of the attic. I mean, I wouldn’t want to keep attacking Dean Winchester’s little brother when that gets you a Dean Winchester who looks this angry, Bobby, just sayin. She tells him that Bobby’s wrong, that what she’s seen is that Sam is doing what he’s “born to do.”  She also tells him far too much about her relationship with Bobby, lamenting that he’s “not open like your dad.”. I do not like any of them. I think we all want to imagine that our beloved Bobby and Charlie are back, but we keep getting slapped in the face with the truth of the situation, just like Sam and Dean. BuzzFeed includes FDEWB in their list of books that will change your life! Neil posed as Patrick's nurse … And then Bobby and Mary leave. Yes yes, those small moments and these actors’ ability to infuse them with so much emotional meaning are what makes this show the extraordinary thing it is. Dean has the nightmare that Michael didn’t hold up to his end of the deal after killing Lucifer. 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