Supernatural Episode Review: "The Foundry"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 12 television episode that first aired October 27, 2016.

Synopsis: Still trying to adjust to life after being dead for more than 30 years, Mary (Samantha Smith) decides to investigate mysterious deaths at an abandoned house in St. Paul, Minnesota and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go with her. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and Castiel (Misha Collins) join forces to hunt down Lucifer (Rick Springfield).

Review

It took some patience, but the series finally had an episode that allowed Sam and Dean (with their mother's help, of course) to get back to basics and start hunting again. And, as a result, I can honestly say I enjoyed this episode much more than the ones the preceded it this season.

I probably would have enjoyed it a little more had they faced some sort of creature we hadn't seen before. However, the hunts involving ghosts usually have some merit as well, especially in this case, when they had to figure out which spirit was really the one that was causing people to die.

I especially loved how Mary wound up schooling her kids a bit by using a much more old-fashioned method of researching (calling up a deceased child's mom on the telephone) and, in doing so, learning much more than Sam and Dean were able to do using the internet. It's refreshing seeing something like that considering, more often than not, they find what they are looking for way too easily.

I also found I liked the secondary story involving Castiel and Crowley hunting down Lucifer. The series has spent a little too much time on the whole angels and Heaven thing the past couple of seasons and, if it were up to me, would move away from it completely. But, I do admittedly like how the writers are working to tie up loose ends first. And, the combination of Crowley and Castiel did create some pretty funny moments.

I especially loved Rowena (Ruth Connell) in this episode. I kind of figured she was tricking Lucifer in some way. But, I really wasn't expecting her to go to the lengths she did (she sure is powerful, glad she's sort of on Sam and Dean's side). It'll be interesting to see what happens to her if/when he gets a new body.

Probably the only thing I didn't like about this episode was the ending. I'm glad Mary is going out on her own for a while because, as I've said, I'm concerned about the novelty of her return wearing off fast. But, considering this was easily the most enjoyable episode of this season (so far at least), it was a little disappointing seeing it end on such a depressing note.

Final Opinion

Episodes that have them hunting ghosts or some other creature are definitely the best and this one was no exception. I hope this season will bring us more episodes like this one.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 10/28/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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