Supernatural Episode Review: "Keep Calm and Carry On"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 12 season premiere that first aired October 13, 2016

Synopsis: Dean (Jensen Ackles) helps his mom (Samantha Smith) adjust after she is brought back to life after being dead for more than 30 years. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is tortured by two members of the British Men of Letters (Elizabeth Blackmore and Bronagh Waugh) looking for names of other hunters they can train.


I didn't have an opportunity to watch this episode when it first aired a couple nights ago and, because of that, had to wait until yesterday evening to finally see it. After the wait, I have to say I honestly wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

It's not as thought this was a bad episode. It's just, for a season premiere, it kind of lacked something. Season premieres set the tone for the entire season and, unfortunately, with that in mind, this episode pretty much failed in that mission.

For starters, is the main bad guy this season really going to be the British Men of Letters? Granted, the two who kidnapped Sam are apparently small potatoes compared to their yet-to-be-seen boss. But, considering this is a show about a pair of brothers fighting a variety of supernatural creatures, including God's sister, if they are only facing other humans, that will be a pretty big let down, especially if future episodes focus primarily on that.

I'm also not completely convinced I like the idea of their mom returning from the dead. Yes, it's an intriguing twist and I'm sure Mary Winchester, an accomplished hunter herself, will bring a new dynamic to the team. However, knowing the show's history, I'm not convinced this story is going to be one with a good ending.

Let's face it, Sam and Dean haven't exactly had a lot of luck with previous females and Mary's inclusion is very likely going to end tragically. Knowing they've already lost her once, something that set them on the path they are on, I just think that would be too cruel. 

On the other hand, if the writers decide to let her live, how exactly is that going to play out? She doesn't want to be a hunter and she didn't want her kids to be hunters. So, are we going to be bored with various storylines involving her trying to convince them to quit? Perhaps the writers have something else in mind. But, until I see it, I just don't feel good about this.

Final Opinion

As I said, it wasn't necessarily a bad episode. But, it really lacked something as far as season premieres go, this did lack something and, based on what I saw, I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

My Grade: C

Updated: 10/16/2016, StevenHelmer
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