Final Thoughts From the Supernatural Episode "The Devil in the Details"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 11 television episode that first aired January 20, 2016

Synopsis: Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) tries to convince Sam (Jared Padalecki) to once again become his vessel so he can escape from his cage and face Amara (Emily Swallow). Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) team up to force Rowena (Ruth Connell) to reverse her spell and send Lucifer back.

Is the Series Really Becoming That Forgettable?

As my wife and I sat down to watch this episode last night, I realized I could not remember what happened in the last episode. In fact, some details were still very fuzzy for me even as I was watching this. For example, I don't remember the angels attacking Amara in the previous episodes.

Either I was having a serious senior moment last night or I'm starting to lose interest in this show to the point I'm just not paying close enough attention.

Did Lucifer Really Think Sam Was Going to Say Yes?

OK, to be fair, he did make a compelling argument. After all, it's not like Sam and Dean are getting any closer to defeating the Darkness. But, while Lucifer does admittedly give them the best chance, him winning isn't exactly a much better option.

Plus, as Sam was quick to point out, there are no guarantees Lucifer has what it takes to win considering he had help the last time Amara was defeated.

Another Female Character is Dead

Sure, Rowena was a bad guy. But, the writers on this series really don't seem to like strong female characters and, ultimately, she was added to a growing list of women who were unceremoniously killed.

There are two things I really wasn't a fan of when it came to her death. First, it was so plain. It would have been nice to see her go out in some sort of blaze of glory. 

On top of it, it was predictable. As soon as Lucifer started talking to her and asking her if anyone else knew how to open the cage, it was pretty obvious what was going to happen to her next.

So Did Lucifer Possess Castiel or Castiel's Vessel?

First of all, let me start out by saying I wasn't fooled by Lucifer pretending to be Castiel (Misha Collins). Again, it was kind of predictable, especially since the whole Lucifer/Sam thing would have been a big waste of time had he simply been returned to captivity.

I am a little curious about whether or not he's possessing Castiel himself or just his vessel. It seems a little odd that an angel could possess another angel and, if he simply traded vessels, then things are a little more interesting because that means Castiel is trapped in the cage and the one person who could free him is dead.

Speaking of Castiel....

I had to agree with that one angel, Ambriel (Valerie Tian) when she pretty much referred to him as an expendable side kick. I'm really starting to get that feeling about him too. 

At one point, he was an excellent character who brought his equal share to the table. Lately, he seems to be more of a comic-relief-like character with very little actual purpose. Perhaps having Lucifer take over that body for a while will make him interesting again.

Final Opinion

I like this show. But, as is the case with many series, what I'm seeing on TV now is almost a shell of what this series was when it first came on the air. The fact this episode was as predictable as it was combined with my inability to remember anything from the previous episode, which just aired a few weeks ago, gives me some serious doubts about what is to come.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 01/21/2016, StevenHelmer
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