This week’s episode of Supernatural tried once again to make The Darkness feel like a fearsome villain, and even went so far as to fill us in her origins. No details or answers though – that would’ve been silly. While I respect what the writers are trying to do with The Darkness, “Our Little World” once again fell short of the mark for me.
Crowley is out of the picture: And thank god for that. I love Crowley, but the role they wrote for him this season so far as Uncle Crowley, Keeper or Amara, did not work for me. Each week it was the same thing, he would catch a glimpse of Amara being way powerful more than he could handle and then gravel to her, swearing his worth and how helpful he could be. It was annoying and pathetic. While he spent the majority of “Our Little World” relying on that very behavior, by the end of it Amara decided she was done with him. This honestly could not have come earlier because I don’t think anyone honestly believed that the two would actually team up once Amara was at full darkness level 10.
Curtis Armstrong: NOT Metatron, but the actor who plays him. Metatron was actually a nice addition to this episode and they finally wrote some depth for his character. I’m sure he’ll pop up again this season and right now I’d like to see more of him. But I digress; the man who deserves the credit here is not the character but the actor. Curtis Armstrong is, without a doubt, one of the strongest performers the show has ever seen. He’s excellent at being a manipulative dick with a comical side, of course, but he was simply amazing as the pitiful little human he’s been reduced to. I felt so bad for him, I wanted Cas to take pity and save him, and I hate that fucking guy. No matter how detestable the character, as long as the actor playing him is phenomenal audiences will always attach and want to see more of him.
The Cage: Guys, did you see that?! Sam is having flashbacks to The Cage, where Michael and Lucifer are! I am so very excited about this. It means that even while the episodes may be a little lacking right now this season still has so much more to offer.
Kind of everything else though: Let’s face it: “Our Little World” didn’t offer much. A few minor/major things happened to further the storyline (Amara ditched Crowley, Metatron doesn’t really know how to fight The Darkness but revealed that she’s god’s sister… that’s it I think) but overall the episode really lacked anything that really held my interest. It was slow, and underdeveloped. Not to mention I don’t know what there are building to with Dean and Amara but at this stage it’s really just unclear and annoying. Clearly there’s a connection but it feels wholly inorganic at this stage and neither actor is really selling it.
It’s about to get biblical: Clearly Amara is out to kill God. Or destroy the world. Or both. The only direction this storyline could possibly be going is the return of God, earth’s favorite deadbeat dad. I’m not sure which form he’ll return in, but he has to show up because obviously nothing else can come close to the power Amara wields. I am hopeful that Michael and Lucifer will also be released and all hell will break loose, both literally and figuratively.
Random Musings and Questions Best Not Asked:
So what does grounding Amara even mean? What does Crowley think that’s going to accomplish. She’s metaphysical, I don’t think anyone can force her to stay in one place. Nice try though.
I hate to break it to you Cas, but Jenny Jones is not a TV show any longer, nor has it been for many years. And no networks anywhere are showing her reruns. What, you guys couldn’t get Maury?
Crowley was reading a book about how to raise teenage girls. Cute (eye roll).
Castiel had the demon tablet just in his inner coat pocket. Just hanging out, not being super heavy stone or anything. Come to think of it, Cas is always pulling super impressively large things out of his coat pockets, i.e. an angel sword. I’m pretty sure his trench coat is Mary Poppins’ bag.
Did anyone else notice the ridiculous rubber hand prop the used when Amara broke Crowley’s arm? It was clearly a rubber hand, not a real broken arm. It was all jiggly and a weird color and everything.
Dean + Amara sittin’ in a tree, C-R-E-E-E-P-Y. I had to add an extra E to make that work, but I stand by it.
Hush gives “Our Little World” a C for trying to move forward but ultimately being too underdeveloped to succeed.
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