Supernatural: A Little Slice of Kevin Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
We now return you to your regularly scheduled storyline…after the last few weeks of Benny and Garth, the Winchesters are once again hot on the trail of the Prophet Kevin Tran. A series of disappearances accompanied by short disasters leads the brothers to investigate the situation. Kevin and his mom have been on the run for weeks but an ill-fated deal with a witch leads to Kevin being caught by Crowley. While Kevin is hauled away by the King of Hell is mom is left to die at the hands of a demon. But Mrs. Tran proves her resourcefulness, capturing the demon and contacting Sam and Dean.
But before they can meet up with her, the boys have an even bigger reunion. Miraculously Castiel shows up on the boys’ doorstep with little in the way of explanation on how he escaped from Purgatory. Still not fully recovered in terms of his powers Cas joins the brothers in hunting down Crowley. Crowley has abducted all of the future Prophets and is holding them hostage so they are in his grasp if he decides to kill Kevin. We finally get to see how Dean escaped Purgatory through a portal yet his memory proves to be faulty until Cas reveals what actually happened.
Well this episode certainly steamed along at a breakneck pace. Lauren Tom as Mrs. Tran has become a favorite character bringing a mother’s tough protective nature along with a dose of wacky humor every time she is on screen. Crowley’s tried twice to kill her without luck. Does she have a guardian angel?
We knew it was going to happen at some point but it’s great to have Castiel back. The chemistry between he and the Winchesters, especially Dean, has always been great. Cas stole the show during his confrontation with Crowley, seemingly contradicting his claim that he was not back to full power. Crowley looked like he was ready to drop a load in his pants! I’m anxious to see what this new power structure in Heaven is all about and how it will relate to Cas and the Winchesters.
I do wish the writers would pay a bit more attention to the loose ends, however. What happened with all of the other Prophets who were abducted? Did Cas erase their memories of the ordeal? I’m still waiting to find out what Sam did with Mjolnir.
Mania Grade: B+
Episode: A Little Slice of Kevin (Season 8, Episode 7)
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Thomas Cadrot
Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Eugenie Ross-Leming
Directed By: Charles Robert Carner
Network: The CW