This is an episode for the records people. An episode that the die hard fans had to wait eleven (11) seasons for. An episode all about Baby.
That's right, episode four (4) of the eleventh (11th) season of Supernatural is all about the '67 Chevy Impala, affectionately known to Dean as "Baby." It's a star of Supernatural all in its own right, and let me tell you, Baby has been beaten, broken, died, and been to hell and back. And you aren't a Winchester unless you've died and come back.
"Baby" put us inside the car alongside Sam and Dean, and it was a wonderful experience. Director Thomas J. Wright had more than a handful when it came to complicated shots and odd angles that were used. In the end, he and his crew pulled it off. And it was incredible. When I first heard that this episode was going going to be completely shot in the perspective of the car, I was skeptical. Not going to lie. Then I saw the episode, with its many cutaways and straight forward shots, or when it was shot from the floor or ceiling.
Sam and Dean don't always stop and stay in a hotel. Makes sense, hunting monsters doesn't exactly pay the bills. Nor is it practical, and it must be nice to save a few bucks here and there. I know that we fans have spent countless hours in the car with Sam and Dean, but this feels like one of the few times we got to see what life on the road really must be like for the brothers.
It has felt like eons that genuine laughter was brought out because of an episode. And this episode was in no short supply of dry and dark humor. From the brothers singing Bob Seger together, to talking about their dreams and parents, and the hilarious conversation between them and Cas.
Let's not forget Dean washing Baby...
Now that I've gotten that all out of my system, let's talk about Papa Winchester. John Winchester makes an appearance (Matt Cohen "John", not Jeffery Dean Morgan "John") in Sam's vision. The message he brought with him is tied to the plot about the Darkness. Which gave me questions. Was this God or Lucifer? Was it tied to Sam asking for God's help earlier in the season? Whatever the reason, taking on the form of Papa Winchester made an impact on Sam. He ended up talking it over with Dean, and admitted that he was infected with the Darkness as well.
The werepires/ghoulpires as connected to the Darkness too. Learning that they are building up their ranks is making the Winchesters (and us) aware of how potentially powerful the Darkness truly is. Everyone and everything is on edge. Monsters are exposing themselves to further strengthening their numbers and attempt to become more powerful in preparation for the Darkness. Oh, Dean and Cisco (Flash) need a "Name This Monster" name off.
This episode felt like a big Supernatural hug. It was funny and well-done. This has to be one of my Top Ten Favorites easily. The Impala is such an interval part of the show that it's a refreshing perspective and concept that we got see. It oddly comforting to see how the Impala views the boys' adventures, as well as how emotional it can be.
The return of "bitch" and "jerk."
Cas has discovered Netflix. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
The headless werepire/ghoulpire that Dean wiped away via window wiper.
Papa Winchesters appearance.