After 15 years of Supernatural, the Winchesters have never face a greater foe than the Almighty himself…Chuck (Rob Benedict)! In “Back and to the Future” Chuck unleashes Hell on the Winchesters. Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins) gets help from the most unlikely source ever.
Sam and Dean Winchester have been hunting for a long time. They’ve made some new friends, lost some friends, and gained some enemies. God, er uh…Chuck has been a big fan of the Winchesters. He revealed at the end of season 14 that he’s manipulating their adventures since day one. They are the heroes of his novels. We really should have seen this coming.
The real issue is Jack Kline (Alexander Calvert), a Nephilim that has become like a little brother for the Winchesters. The boys and Cas had a hard time believing that Jack had burned away his soul to get rid of ArchAngel Michael. Chuck’s solution was to kill Jack. If for any reason, because Jack killed their mother Mary (Samantha Smith) for a second time. So when the Winchesters refused, God did it himself. That’s what started the war.
Chuck abandoned the Winchesters and opened the gates of Hell. Conveniently, the guys are in a cemetery and the dead rise to attack the Winchesters. They are able to fight off the zombies and get into a crypt. Cas picked up Jack’s body, refusing to leave him behind. Unfortunately, Cas can’t detect anything of Jack in the vessel.
Sam and Dean bar the doors but they don’t have much time to figure out how to get out of this one. One thing they do figure out is that these aren’t zombies, they are spirits. When the gates of Hell opened up, the spirits jumped into the nearest body. Which is exactly what happens to Jack’s body.
A demon named Belphagor takes over Jack’s body and Cas is not happy about it. He tries to force the demon from Jack’s body, but Belphagor insists that he can help. Dean lets Belphagor talk, but first, he takes a pair of sunglasses to cover up the burned eyes that Chuck left behind. He says he knows a way to escape. Belphagor says they have shared interests in restoring Hell. He liked his job torturing souls and would like to go back to doing that. To prove that he’s telling the truth, Belphagor casts a spell that forces the spirits to leave the bodies of the dead. But where did they go?
The guys leave the crypt and head to the nearest town. After searching the internet, nothing out of the ordinary is happening yet. The big question is, how do they contain this many ghosts? Belphagor has a spell for that too. It’s basically a mile-wide salt circle. That could buy the Winchesters some time to find a more permanent solution. The nearest town is Harlan, Kansas. The first priority is to evacuate the town.
On the way to Harlan, they find an abandoned car on the side of the road. It’s bloody and empty. Sam and Dean recognize this scenario. It’s like the one they found in the Pilot episode with the Woman in White. If she’s back, then who else is out there?
Evacuating the city will take some work. They put on their best FBI jackets and tell everyone there is a gas leak in the town. At the same time, Bloody Mary (Mary Worthington) and John Wayne Gacy (Chris Nowland) show up and start scaring people.
Castiel and Sam go door to door to warn people. Cas admits that he can’t look at the Belphagor, because it’s Jack but Crowley Jr. Belphagor is with Dean and is amazed at how different people look on Earth. He says back in his day, when they were worshipping a phallic rock, people were ugly with a lot of humps. He is especially appreciative of how gorgeous Dean is.
Dean is uncomfortable and asks Belphagor when he’s leaving Jack’s body. He has to find another one first. None of the bodies at the cemetery were suitable because of all the worms and made it difficult to blend.
Belphagor asks about Jack. Dean says Jack was kind of their kid. He changes the subject and asks the demon what he needs for his spell. Easy… a big bag of salt and a human heart.
SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Cas and Sam split up to cover more ground. Sam finds a woman and her daughter hiding in their garage. Lucky for Sam, they are being terrorized by John Wayne Gacy. Sam’s biggest fear: Clowns. Gacy attacks Sam, throwing him to the ground and cuts him with a knife. Cas arrives just in time to get rid of Gacy and help Sam. He heals Sam’s cut and takes a look at Sam’s other wound.
When Chuck killed Jack, he also shot Sam in the shoulder with “The Equalizer,” a special gun made to kill Jack. Cas can’t heal that would and his attempt makes Sam have a vision. Sam sees himself, only evil. He hears Dean say “Sammy Please,” then cocks his head to the side and Dean falls to the ground. That vision lasts about 3 seconds.
Sam asks if Cas fixed his wound. Cas says the wound contains an energy he’s never encountered before. It uses multidimensional energy. Sam says it’s fine, but it’s not.
OLD BLACK MAGIC
Dean goes to buy salt for Belphagor and calls Rowena (Ruth Connell). He tells her to get her “exquisite” bum to Harlen and help them. Belphagor mentions that he’s a big fan of Dean’s work with Alastair…talk about a blast from the past! Dean doesn’t really like to talk about it. He is curious about what happened when the gates opened up. Belphagor says all of the doors opened at once, including Michael’s cage. The last he heard, Michael was still sitting in there. But if he got out…Ugh. Michael wouldn’t hold a grudge against Dean would he?
The sheriff calls Sam to let him know most of the people are evacuated. They agree to meet at the shelter. Sam and Cas take the woman and her daughter with them. The sheriff sees the Woman in White (Shanae Tomasevich). Other ghosts appear including Gacy. Dean and Belphagor hear someone scream and find the sheriff dead. Belphagor takes his heart for the spell.
The Woman in White appears and remembers Dean well. She hits Dean and he flies across a parking lot. The Woman in White turns her attention to Belphagor. He tries to reason with her and she scratches his hand. Dean gets up and grabs an iron bar to get rid of the ghost. He tells Belphagor to start working on his spell.
Things get cold as Sam and Cas encounter John Wayne Gacy while trying to save the mom and daughter. More spirits show up to fight Dean and Cas. For some reason the little girl starts staring at a small pond. Bloody Mary crawls out of the pond and grabs the girl’s mother. All the while Cas and Sam are fighting off the spirits. At one point, Sam accidentally shoots Cas with the iron shards.
Belphagor works on his spell. He puts the heart on a pile of salt and chants something in Latin. He slams his hand on the ground and burst of red light goes through the town. Sam and Cas see the light and see the border. The spirits reappear. Cas takes the mother and daughter and start running, while Sam takes on Gacy, Bloody Mary and a couple of other spirits. He eventually decides to run and catches up to Cas. Dean grabs the girl and runs with her. They barely make it across when Gacy and the others catch up.
The guys drive the mom and kid to a shelter set up for the townies. Dean checks in on Cas to make sure he’s okay. But he’s not ready to forgive him for what happened to Mary. Dean checks on Sam next. Sam points out that once word gets out about the gas leak, the real FBI will arrive. Dean’s not worried about that right now. He wants to clean up Sam’s wound. Sam reluctantly lets him take a look.
There is no exit wound because there wasn’t a bullet. They talk about what their lives mean now that they know Chuck was manipulating them. Sam says it means a lot. They still save people. Chuck is out of the picture right now and that’s a good thing because now it’s just them. For the first time, it’s just them…and about a billion ghosts, says Dean. What’s one more apocalypse, right?
Sam says when they win this one, God is gone. There will be no one left to screw with their lives. They will be free. Dean asks if it’s him and Sam against every soul in hell. Yes it is and he likes those odds. You know what that means. Time to get to work. When Sam closes the trunk, we get a flash of from the pilot episode of both brothers closing the trunk.
So many easter eggs to the past fourteen seasons! I found myself trying to remember what season some of these things happened. And makes me excited to see what else Supernatural has in store for us.
This new character, Belphagor the demon for Alexander Calvert is funny. He’s got just mischieve to be interesting for the season. But I miss Jack.
This vision thing with Sam is intriguing. It’s been a long time since Sam has had visions. I wonder what that multidimensional energy will do to him? And what did that vision mean? Is Sam going to be possessed again and kill Dean? The possibilities are endless.