Supernatural Episode Review: “The Hunter Games”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 10 television episode that first aired January 20, 2015.

Synopsis: With the Mark of Cain taking over, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) are desperate and are forced to turn to the only person they feel can help them, Metatron (Curtis Armstrong). To their surprise, he cooperates. However, as Dean quickly learns, there is ultimately a price that will need to be paid to get Metatron to cooperate further.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Kathryn Newton.

A Little Bland

We’re getting close to the season finale and, as is usually the case with this series, things are going to go from bad to worse before Sam and Dean will be able to see some sort of conclusion to their current predicament (and, as always, I’m also assuming they’ll just wind up in a different predicament to replace it).

Watching this episode, I couldn’t help but feel Metatron has some sort of end game in store for the heroes. He was pretty cocky and, at the end, it really did feel like he was egging Dean on in an effort to get him further over the edge. And, did it seem odd to you that the first step in this process is getting the First Blade out of hiding? Something is up with that. I’m confident we haven’t seen the last of him this season.

Speaking of evil plans; that witch Rowena (Ruth Connell) is one smart cookie. In the course of one episode she went from being the one person Crowley (Mark Sheppard) trusted the least to convincing him she was the only person he could trust. Again, I’m not sure what her end game is. But, I’m confident something bad is about to happen and she’ll be behind it.

I’m still not feeling the whole storyline involving Castiel trying to make things right with his host’s daughter (Newton). I was glad they brought some sort of closure to that story quickly and had her move on because, at this point, I don’t think it really fit in with the rest of the things that are going on. I’m certain we’ll see more of her in the future and, perhaps, by that point, I might be more interested in seeing that relationship grow further.

In fact, to be honest, this entire episode seemed to be a little dull. There were lots of people talking and plenty of plotting. But, the action was very limited. Couldn’t the writers have added a rouge vampire or something? You know, just to spice things up a little bit.

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Final Opinion

The episode does a decent job setting up future episodes but, other than that, was kind of forgettable. It would have been nice to see a little less talking and some more action.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 01/21/2015, StevenHelmer
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