DittyDotDot September 8, 2014 Share September 8, 2014 Castiel sends Dean back to Lawrence in 1973. Can Dean avert the course of events that lead to his mother's death? I have a love/hate relationship with this episode and most of the hate side is not really the episode's fault. I have a general annoyance with most time travel episodes (seems like they are just opportunities to dress people up in retro and/or futuristic gear, but usually don't serve story all that much), but I do think Supernatural pulled this one off marginally well and it does actually serve the story to a certain extent. The other part of the hate--now I'm thinking hate is such a strong word, let's go with dislike--is some of the retconning that's been done in the last few years, with regards to John, makes it harder for me to line up characterizations and makes my head hurt a little when watching it. (I don't want to use spoiler tags, so we'll leave it at that). However, all that is tempered by the actual episode itself. Firstly, I think the casting for this episode was perfect, not only with Matt Coen and Amy Gumenick as John and Mary, but I love Mitch Pileggi and can't imagine anyone else playing this patriarch. And Allison Hossack plays a great Deanna also. The other thing I think they got right is pulling back on the production design so it just wasn't a gag to dress people up; they gave just enough of the time period to set it in-period, but not too much that the gag overtook the story. And, for the most part, events and mythology line up and nothing is torn down or ruined by the time travel, for me. So, in the end, they manage to rise above all the reasons why I usually dislike time travel episodes. I do have a few minor quibbles about the whole "deal" making by Yellow Eyes feeling a little shoehorned in there, but the whole demon blood/psychic kids stuff was never a favorite storyline of mine nor did any of it make a lot of sense in the end, so whatever, right? 1 Link to comment
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