The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Red Sky At Morning” episode of the CW’s “Supernatural.”
Belas back, and shes bringing trouble.
A ghost ship appears as a death omen before its victims drown on dry land. Every 37 years, it shows up and leaves a slew of dead bodies in its wake.
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) interview a bereaved and horny elderly aunt, who seems to have a thing for very tall men. Afterwards, they find out that Alex, the woman she said was helping her, is really Bela (Lauren Cohan) running a con.
Bela convinces the brothers to join forces to stop the killings, so they dress up in black tie attire and infiltrate a party at the maritime museum.
Unfortunately, she leaves them high and dry and empty handed when she steals the Hand of Glory and sells it to the highest bidder. Too bad for her, she then sees the ship and knows her time is almost up. And she has just sold the only thing that could save her life.
Reluctantly, Sam and Dean help her by performing a sÃ©ance and giving the dead sailor what he really wants: the brother who betrayed him.
In thanks — or rather, instead of thanks — Bela pays the brothers $10,000 and Dean has a plan: Atlantic City here they come.
After calling Sam out on the missing bullet from the Colt earlier in the episode, Dean decides to have a heart to heart in the car. He tries to apologize to Sam for the grief his deal has put him through, but Sam doesnt want to hear it. Hes angry that Dean seems to have so little regard for himself.
As always, the comedy in the show is dead on. Ackles and Padalecki have great comedic timing and the writers know how to play to their strengths.
Also, its great to see Sam growing up and standing up to his older brother like never before. But besides that, he seems to be a bit edgier, letting us peek into a darkness that had never bubbled so close to the surface. One great example is when he told Dean he shot the crossroads demon because she had a smart mouth.
But the highlight of the entire episode was the conversation between Sam and Dean at the very end.
Thankfully, even though Dean is opening up a bit more this season about his feelings, he never really breaks character.
He can only be pushed so far before clamming up in classic smart-ass Winchester style. And Sams obvious distress in that scene was heartbreaking.
What Didnt Work
Frankly, Im still not impressed with Bela. Perhaps, if we had a clearer understanding of why shes there it would help.
At least Ruby (Katie Cassidy) is connected to the demon war and may be partly responsible for Sams inevitable dance with the dark side. And Jo (Alana Tal) made sense because of her Roadhouse connection, but Bela just seems forced into the show.
Honestly, I liked Jo. She seemed to fill the role of Princess Leia to the boysLuke Skywalker and Han Solo.
Ive never been opposed to adding more supporting characters, but Bela just doesnt seem to have a place. Hopefully, Im completely off base, Kripke and crew will come through for us, and it will all make sense soon. Heres hoping.
And most importantly, I miss the show I fell in love with. What happened to two guys in a classic muscle car listening to classic rock and driving across America fighting evil? It was gritty, it was greasy, it was dark. And it was fun.
This season, the entire mood has changed. Scenes that should be scary just dont carry the same punch with the lighter look. I feel like Im watching another hour of “Smallville.” The lighting has changed, there are more daytime shots and the classic rock is almost completely MIA.
I dont know if the change came from within the “Supernatural” ranks or was dictated by the network, but its almost painful to watch its spiral into anemic pop mediocrity.
Dont get me wrong. I still love the show, but it seems to have lost some of the punch from the previous two seasons in terms of style and uniqueness. And I worry that could mean Season 3 could be its last.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
“Red Sky at Morning” was written by Laurence Andries (“Boomtown”) and directed by Cliff Bole (“Baywatch”). “Supernatural” airs on Thursday nights after “Smallville”at 9/8c on the CW.