Supernatural took a break from the main story action in last night’s episode to play around with some good old fashioned Irish beasties. The writers didn’t ignore the bigger picture issues (Amara was mentioned, Casifer showed up at the bunker acting like a weirdo), but the focus on outside forces, while a little weak at times, was likely a welcome change of direction from what still seems to be a solution-less problem.
The Banshee: Supernatural has been on for eleven years now; is the CW’s longest running property and if my memory serves me right, this is the first time the Winchesters have ever encountered a Banshee. Perhaps I’m succumbing to a personal bias as I think Banshees are awesome, or maybe I’m struggling to find a true stand-out positive element from “Into the Mystic,” but I think the big bad from last night’s episode was a great choice. I always like when Supernatural brings real folklore into their storytelling and this monster is a classic. She wasn’t as fearsome or beautiful as she could have been, and frankly she was defeated way too easily, but the idea was there and for me that is what counts. The writers tried to change it up and give viewers a fun break in-between the intense story bits and while this could have been done better it was at least good enough. *Note: I am in no way referring to the APPEARANCE of the Banshee as a positive. The CG used to generate her was abysmal and I’m embarrassed for them.
Dee Wallace: Maybe I’m dating myself here, but for those of you who are not familiar with her Dee Wallace is kind of a golden goddess of the horror genre. She has starred in some true classics (The Howling, Cujo, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, The Hills Have Eyes (1977)) and frankly she’s amazing. I love that she was in last night’s episode and I am so relieved that she was not predictably written. When I saw her name in the credits, I assumed she was the Banshee or at least someone summoning it, but I was pleasantly surprised that she was neither. I will say she was slightly underutilized, but on the whole, her character was sweet, funny, and extremely charming. Maybe she’ll end up making repeat appearances because that would be pretty damn great.
Casifer: I know that so far this character is basically still Misha Collins doing an impression of Mark Pellegrino, but for the time being I still think it’s funny. I know it will get old, and quick, but in this case he added a much needed spark to an overall lackluster episode.
Eileen Leahy: She was a really cool hero. It’s no secret that Supernatural needs more strong females and while it’s likely we’ll never see Eileen again, I really dug what she brought to the show.
Yaaawwwnn: I really hate being this way, I miss the days when I was blown away by every episode of Supernatural but the truth is that last night’s episode was boring. Sadly, kind of really boring. Yes, Banshees are cool, but she was REALLY easily defeated. Dee Wallace is the best but in truth her character was entirely unnecessary. The Banshee never even set her sights on her; she really was just there to endearingly say how cute Dean was and that it’s unfortunate his heart belongs to someone else. There was no excitement in “Into the Mystic,” there was never a sense of danger. I wanted to like the episode, and it’s not to say that I didn’t, I was just really…really…bored.
Dean and Amara sittin’ in a tree: Ugh. Maybe I just don’t get the connection because it hasn’t really been explained yet, or maybe I feel like the whole is really forced just to try and put some sexual chemistry on the screen. I’ve stomached the interactions between Dean and Amara up to this point, even when she was a kid and they were super creepy, but I want nothing to do with his heart belonging to her. It doesn’t make sense! What, because he used to bear the Mark of Cain and she is The Mark of Cain it’s just supposed to make sense that they’re in love with each other? Well I say no. This story either need to go the fuck away or be developed to a point that it’s worth my time.
Overall, Hush Comics gives “Into the Mystic” a C for giving the audience a break from The Darkness, but for providing little in the way of watchability.