Final Thoughts From the Supernatural Episode "Safe House"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 11 television episode that first aired March 23, 2016.

Synopsis: Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate supernatural activity at a newly-purchased family home and learn their mentor, Bobby (Jim Beaver), investigated the same house years earlier with the help of his friend, Rufus (Steven Williams). They learn they are hunting a soul eater and the only way to destroy it is by allowing it to take one of them into its "nest."

This Episode Made Me Miss Bobby

In addition to having such a great personality, Bobby brought so much to the table when it came to this series and I can't help but wonder how he might contribute to Sam and Dean's current major problem with the Darkness (Emily Swallow).

In fact, I was kind of hoping this episode would result in his permanent return. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

That Was One Creepy Monster

One of the things that originally got my wife and I hooked on this series were the variety of scary monsters Sam and Dean faced. We both love horror films and there were episodes of this series that topped many of the movies we've watched as a result of the great special effects and costumes.

That tapered off quite a bit when the show became more about Heaven, Hell and the Darkness. But, the soul eater in this episode was more of a throw back monster that we definitely appreciated.

Did Dean See Into the Future?

Based on the lore about the soul eater, Dean's vision of Sam lying dead on the floor may have just been a way of feeding on his soul. But, I also have a feeling it might be foreshadowing something.

Part of the reason for this was the fact Dean and Bobby saw each other in the nest despite entering it several years apart from each other. This series typically doesn't do something like that by accident and I would not be surprised if it was hinting at a future episode.

Why Didn't the Soul Eater Attack Sam or Rufus?

This is the one part of this episode that left me scratching my head a bit. After dragging Dean/Bobby to its nest, the soul eater, instead, chose to talk to Sam/Rufus. Why not simply grab them and drag them into the nest too? Could it only "feed" once every day or something?

At minimum, it would have protected itself from dying. I'm not sure if the trap symbol would work on its own in the nest. But, even if it did, they wouldn't have been able to kill it.

Final Opinion

Mostly because I'm a little tired of the whole Darkness storyline, this was a refreshing episode to watch. The monster in this one was actually quite scary and I liked the extra danger one of them had to volunteer for in order to defeat it. I hope to see more episodes like this from this series in the future.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 03/24/2016, StevenHelmer
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