Supernatural Review 12.15 – “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell”
The Road So Far: After Dean gets overly emotional about his mom working with the British Men of Letters, the group tries to recruit both Winchesters in separate raids on vampire nests. Things go wrong thanks to bad intel, but Sam eventually kills the Alpha with the Colt.
Season 12, Episode 15: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Directed By: Nina Lopez-Corrado
Written By: Davy Perez
(This review contains SPOILERS for this week’s episode. You have been warned.)
Last week’s episode killed off a character after bringing them back, which only served for a ‘shocking’ moment in a story that wasn’t very interesting. Several episodes in the later season been like that, sacrificing characters for the sake of moments and not having the storytelling to back it up. As someone in the comments noted, the show really feels like it’s spinning its wheels at times. Then you have episodes like this, which aren’t as common this season. It moves the arc along like last week’s did, and it has big moments, but it doesn’t sacrifice this episode’s story to do it.
We open with a nod to The Walking Dead and Sam and Dean reveling in yet another victory against the forces of darkness. Sam has to come up with hasty lies about why they’ve been hunting so much, as he’s not ready to tell his brother he’s agreed to work with the British Men of Letters. It makes sense given Dean’s wild overreactions this season. The latest brings them up against hellhounds, which may or may not be due to a crossroads deal.
There are two subplots this week, one focusing on the angels and the other focusing on demons. That’s probably where they got the title from. They’re so clever. In Castiel’s story, he’s searching for the hellspawn that Lucifer produced only to learn there’s an offer on the table that will see him welcomed back into Heaven thanks to Joshua (remember him?). There’s not much to it, I just hope it doesn’t lead to more angel politics that weighed down the show a few seasons back.
Crowley’s story is much more interesting and not just because it intersects with the main plot. He’s once again bragging and boasting about having Lucifer in chains, and Lucifer’s taking it pretty well. Crowley eventually leaves to go round up the escaped hellhound and two of his mooks come in and free Lucifer. That goes about as well as you’d expect for the mooks, as Lucifer’s not one to show gratitude or pity.
So if Lucifer’s escaped, in a vessel that can hold him and at full power, what’s to stop him from killing Crowley and taking over everything? As it turns out, Crowley did a lot more than just make the vessel able to hold him. He more or less neutered it, taking full control of Lucifer and becoming more powerful than he is. That’s just…amazing. It’s an excellent twist, because it puts Lucifer in a positive we’ve never seen him before. He’s not only vulnerable, but he’s now forced to be a subordinate or at least the Starscream, secretly plotting his way out.
You just know that Lucifer will get out of this somehow because Crowley has a tendency to get into messes by trying to control things he can’t. The same thing happened with Amara last season. He even tried to get in good with the Leviathans and that backfired. I’ve been thinking that Crowley’s on his way out for a while now and playing around with Lucifer is definitely the way for that to happen. Don’t be surprised if Lucy or his offspring obliterates Crowley during the season finale.
The hellhound story is pretty typical monster-of-the-week stuff, but the person they’re saving this week is likable and it actually serves a purpose. The hellhound was released to set Lucifer free, which led to all of the things I just mentioned. The defeat of the Hellhound also leads to Sam finally coming clean to Dean about where he’s been getting their gigs.
Dean reacts…calmly. It’s actually surprising that he didn’t snap at Sam like he did Castiel or his own mother for doing things that displeased him. He reacted normally, admitting it’s a bad situation but they’re doing good work. Sometimes you have to work with jerks to get things done. (Insert follow-up political joke about Democrats and/or Republicans here). Dean realizes this and accepts the situation. Why he was so quick to lash out before and not now either suggests he’s grown a bit or this show badly needs a story continuity editor. The last two occasions were wildly out of character.
The show is off until March 30th, as we’ll start the road to the season finale. Lucifer’s kid’s still out there, Crowley’s got control over the devil and the British Men of Letters are still shady. There’s a lot of different plot elements, plus this new thing with Castiel.