Amara is growing up, and fast. One minute she's a baby, and the next she's this young girl.
Honestly, I like this. They are moving things along pretty quickly, from plot that deals on the Darkness mythology, and as well as expanding on that mythology itself. I'm excited to see where all of this ends up. But a few questions first: Is the woman Dean saw when the Darkness first arrived in episode one an older version of Amara? Or she a separate entity? Or is she an externalized conscious that shows us what sort of internalized angst our antagonist is going through? If they are one and the same, why is a separate body necessary? What's with the tattoo/scar? How are Dean and her connected, minus the fact that he accidentally released her? I'm guessing that is these Amara are indeed the same person it adds a whole new dynamic. But I'm still stumped on why she needs a separate body...does she need it because her current body is far to weak? Whatever the reason, I know we'll figure it out soon enough. But the questions a lone are enough to boggle me.
Amara's intentions are, surprisingly, noble. They stem from the fact that Amara thinks that God has done a terrible job with the world, and she wants to do it better. This is clever. It's not an obvious road to power, even if it ends poorly. And honestly, maybe she can. How awesome of a twist would that be? What if the Darkness does do a better job than God himself? Anyways, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. The season is only three episodes in, we have much to get through. Amara's motivations and intentions butt heads with Crowley, and basically puts her at odds with him. Crowley finds that she isn't the natural ally he thought she'd be. I love that the world weary Crowley be surprised by this. And how awesome was it to watch him be all fatherly?
Crowley's intimate moments were brilliantly matched with his more intimidating nature. Several scenes illustrated his natural leadership skills and how he's whipped Hell back into shape after Queen B's (Abaddon) reign. He's back in a place where his minions respect, if not fear him, again. Though cracks have formed in his hard exterior because of Amara's voracity. Which made me think (though it might be a little early): How fast will Amara burn through all those souls she's been consuming?
I loved the direction that "The Bad Seed" took with it's next few scenes with the water cooler chatter in a bar. It's a set up for a bad joke: An angel and demon walk into a bar...
How the scene was played out was funny, and honestly a bit overdue. I mean we've seen demons and angels work together before, but never really complain about their respective bosses. Besides offering a new and refreshing perspective and just being amusing and well, perfect. It also showed us how powerful the Darkness actually is. Everyone is worried.
The Winchester's have more than one problem on their hands, as usual. The Darkness, Rowena, and Metatron. We know what sort of problems the Darkness if bringing forth, and Metatron is currently in the wind having escaped Castiel in the previous season. However, Rowena as we figuring out is more of a handful they were bargaining for. And her humor is just more, she seems funnier than last season. I'm not sure what has changed, but her chemistry with the Winchesters made me want more between the three of them. More Mega-Coven jokes please!
Now onto Castiel and the curse that Rowena placed on him, which to be frank I had mixed feelings about. I didn't like how quickly they solved his problem. Albeit he is now more of a help to Sam and Dean, but I didn't like that their wasn't any true consequence to the curse. It wasn't fully explored. Yes, Castiel suffered, but all he really did was beat people up. It felt too clean for Supernatural, and I think it was a missed opportunity to do something different and new with Castiel's character. Am I saying that I want Castiel to be punished for the sake of the story? No. He just got off far too easy. Which is related to Dean brushing off Castiel when he wanted to heal him. I mean it's very Dean to blame himself for everything, but it minimized what Cas had gone through. Will it be capitalized on later? Maybe. It will be interesting on how this manifests later on in the season.
Side note: "The Bad Seed" was directed by Supernatural's own Jensen Ackles. In my opinion I though this was one was awesomely directed by him. It was a breather episode after all the chaos that usually ensues on Supernatural. It was funny, and just well done. It has to be one of my favorites so far.
Amara is growing quickly, meaning that she will be a real threat in no time at all. It's a bit of a relief to see the plot moving along quickly. I enjoyed heavily Crowley's fatherly instincts and the tirade between Rowena and the Winchesters. It was fun to see the dynamic of Heaven and Hell's minions conversing about there bosses and there growing concern on the Darkness. It was a refreshing perspective. I have only one negative thing to say on this episode and that's Castiel. Restoration of him happened far too quickly for my liking and he didn't suffer any consequences. In fact they minimized them all. Was he in pain? Yes, their is no doubt about that, but there were numerous opportunities that the show could've explored pertaining to the curse. All and all, it was a great episode and I can't wait for the next one.