No one’s doing okay in the world of Supernatural. Nick has given in to his dark side, Jack’s on the edge of doing the same, and there are bad things on the horizon. Oh, how I long for the days of happiness that’s too brief and far between for the Winchesters.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
Before getting into the downfall of Nick and Jack, there’s also Cas’s undying desire to save his adopted son by any means necessary. At this point, it looks like God will be the only one who can help, but how can Cas contact him? Well, one lead might be the person who was in Jacob’s company, Sister Jo, since Jacob was in communication with God prior. I’m happy to see Sister Jo still around. Too many angels and female characters have perished thus far, so keeping around an intriguing character is always good.
The duo explore Orlando’s Emporium, owned by Methuselah. The man helped shelter Joshua after the fall, so he might have some sort of object or spell that could help put them into contact with God. What we got throughout the hour was not so much an exploration of objects, but more an exploration of what Cas’s real motivation is. He wants to save Jack, but more so he wants to avoid having to admit to Sam and Dean that Jack’s soul is already non-existent. And, as we saw, it’s becoming more obvious that Jack’s lost his moral compass. Is there a way back for him or will his three dads have to put an end to him? That would be utterly tragic.
The bulk of the episode’s focus was on Nick’s slide into darkness. There’s no way back for him. He’s killed, destroyed so many lives, all in his desire to rejoin with Lucifer. Now he’s using Donatello to connect with his angelic leader and it’s all about the long game. Nick knows that the Winchesters will come if Donatello calls them for help, that they’ll do anything they can to save the prophet, so he uses that to his advantage. Dean captures Nick, takes him back to the bunker, and proceeds to torture him in order to try and find out Donatello’s location. When that doesn’t work, they have to consider giving in to Nick’s request of talking to Jack in order to get the information they need.
I commend Jack for stepping up and trying to save Donatello, since the man is his friend, but the further in they got, the more obvious that Jack is not okay. As justified as Sam’s anger is, I’m not sure he would take it as far as Jack does in exacting punishment upon Nick. I wonder what happened behind closed doors during the interrogation because Nick seemed justifiably shaken when Jack revealed his powers. Yes, the prior actions were a ploy to push Jack too far and get some of his blood on Nick so the latter could use it in his spell, but I’m sure seeing Jack unleashed with no restriction of soul was a bit frightening.
We’re not at the point where Jack wants to be evil, but he does have problems discerning limits and what’s right or wrong. In his mind, the things Nick did warranted punishment. Torturing him, burning him alive, it was all for the greater good, right? He wants forgiveness, permission that what he does is okay, but his family cannot give him that. I love that Mary tried to reach out to him and offer help, but it was all for naught. Ever since she and Dean had the heart-to-heart in the car about how she was sorry she wasn’t around more and how grateful she was to have the time she does to spend with Dean and Sam, I knew it was leading up to something bad. Did Jack kill her or banish her to somewhere not good? We’ll have to wait until next week to find out, but for now it’s very clear that Jack is not okay and might not ever be.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
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