Supernatural Review 12.17 – ‘The British Invasion’
The Road So Far: British Man of Letters Mick Davies teams up with Sam and Dean on a werewolf case. This leads them to cross paths with Claire Novak, who is bitten by a werewolf. They manage to come up with a one-in-a-million cure to save her life. Mick begins to realize that there is a different way of doing things.
Season 12, Episode 17: The British Invasion
Directed By: John Showalter
Written By: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner
(This review contains SPOILERS for this week’s episode. You have been warned.)
Last week I hoped that Mick’s growth would mean we get a new character worth watching. He was getting there, and the conflict between the Men of Letters code he was instilled with and basic human decency was something Adam Fergus was pulling off well. So it makes perfect sense that this episode ends with a final resolution to that conflict that ends any chance of him coming back.
Sam and Dean get a lead on where Kelly Klein and Lucifer’s kid are hiding out, and when Mick learns there’s a Nephilim on the loose, he joins the hunt. Of course the problem with that is Dagon, who is protecting Kelly and the baby she has inside of her. This problem resolves itself somewhat quickly because, hard to believe, it’s not the central conflict of this episode.
There’s also a b-plot in which Lucifer is secretly manipulating the forces of Hell against Crowley in an attempt to get free. At first, it looks like he’s submitting like Crowley wants, but in typical Lucifer fashion, it’s all a mind game and a joke. Crowley doesn’t seem this dumb, so maybe he knows what’s going on. If he does, he’s not letting it show at the moment. Lucifer’s story comes to an end this week with his attempt to remove the spells keeping him powerless. We’ll see if he succeeds, but I suspect it’ll take about…five episodes.
This episode also features the return of last season’s Elieen Leahy has returned. She was a deaf Men of Letters legacy who helped fought off a Banshee, before deciding to become a hunter. She’s well into that career now and was the one who tipped off Sam and Dean on Kelly Klein.
As I said last season, I thought Eileen was a enjoyable character and looked forward to seeing her again. I liked her so much I thought she deserved a spinoff over, say, characters in Bloodlines. But just seeing her pop up again here is nice. She actually has a substantial role and has a very hard moment during the showdown with Dagon. Dagon vanishes as she fires the Colt, killing some red shirt Man of Letters that followed Mick. It’s this that sets the climax into motion.
The “Code” says that Mick has to kill her in retaliation. Eventually Sam and Dean talk him down and he goes back to headquarters a failure. The woman in charge, who is immensely unlikable, has Ketch kill him for refusing to go against his new principles. So yeah, they built up a new character over several episodes just to kill him off to show how bad the organization is.
It’s honestly, another stupid decision in a season full of them. For one, it’s not going to have any real impact on Sam or Dean, or at least it shouldn’t, since they don’t like Mick yet. So there’s no real emotional weight to it. It’s also pointless, because we already know how the code works. We’ve seen Ketch as an emotional and ruthless killer. We’ve met other members who tortured Sam for information on hunters. This just makes the time we’ve spent with Mick pointless because his death won’t have much of an impact on the story.
The episode ends with the woman in charge, Dr. Hess, ordering Ketch to kill all hunters since their plan failed. This puts Mary in immediate danger, since she only recently had a physical relationship with Ketch (another twist that seemed unnecessary, but at least it makes sense). There’s a lot of players on the board now and only six episodes left in the season. There are exciting possibilities but the writing in this season has been very hit or miss. We’ll see.