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  • Episode: Clip Show (Season 8, Episode 22)
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
  • Written By: Andrew Dabb
  • Directed By: Thomas J. Wright
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
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Supernatural: Clip Show Review

Sam Prepares for the Final Trial

By Tim Janson     May 10, 2013


After finding an injured Castiel in the middle of the road, Sam and Dean return to the Men of Letters Sanctum.  Now that Sam has discovered that the final trial requires him to cure a demon, the boys comb the archives to find information.  They come across an old black & white film from the 1950s that seems to show a priest performing an exorcism on man returning him to human without killing him.  They reattach the head of the demon Abaddon back to her body to attempt the rite on her but before the can, Crowley calls with a chilling warning.  He had begun killing the people the Winchesters have saved over the years and will continue unless they surrender the demon tablet and cease trying to complete the trials.

While the boys are distracted talking to Crowley, Abaddon makes her escape.  Sam and Dean race to protect Sarah Blake (seen way back in Season One) before Crowley can make her is next victim.  Castiel and Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) meet—over crepes no less—to discuss the current state of affairs in Heaven.  Metatron proposes the dramatic tactic of closing the gates of Heaven so the war going on there does not spill over to Earth.  Doing so will entail Castiel having to undertake three trials, just as Sam is doing, the first of which is killing a Nephilim, a child conceived of both angel and human.

Crowley has also has such a snarky, wry sense of humor about him that you can tend to forget he is the King of Hell and one evil bastard.  He reminds of this as he begins to hunt down and kill all those people that the Winchesters have saved over the years; a particularly vicious strategy considering what the brothers have gone through to save them.  Crowley is inserting a knife into the Winchesters where it hurts them most.  

Metatron’s plan throws an interesting wrench into this season.  Coming a week before the season finale could they really close the gates to BOTH Heaven and Hell?  This sets up a host of possibilities and we know how Supernatural loves to end on a cliffhanger.  Once again this week Curtis Armstrong shined as the eccentric but powerful Metatron.  Rarely has Crowley had someone smack him down the way Metatron did last week.  

Equally interesting was Abaddon’s reaction to hearing Crowley’s name.  Having traveled from the past back in episode 12 of this season, she is apparently unaware that Crowley has ascended the throne of Hell and she did not look pleased at all.  This sets up another power player for the finale.  While this season has seen its highs and lows, this is setting up for one the series’ most unpredictable finales.


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SarcasticCaveman 5/10/2013 7:22:32 AM

 I gotta say...for some reason after this episode, I'm not entirely sure that Metatron in on the up and up.  Last week he claimed to be just a run or the mill angel from the secretarial pool rather than an archangel, yet he somehow pulled that power play last week.  Seems like he has powers far above his pay grade if that were actually the case.  Remember back in season 4 when Allistair and a couple of his cronies actually gave Cass and Uriel a decent fight?  I don't see a run of the mill angel being able to not only pull one over on Crowley, but literally knock him on his ass as well.  I just get the feeling that Cass is getting played yet again.  I have always loved how this show picks show titles, and "Clip Show" is no exception...quite appropriate when they're revisiting characters from their past.  And FINALLY we have some "old friends" that are actually characters from the show's past.  Sucked for Sam though...yet another woman he had been intimate with gets killed.  Can't wait till next week to see how they end this season.

noahbody 5/10/2013 8:08:16 AM

Supernatural is still enjoyable after all these years.

SarcasticCaveman 5/10/2013 8:14:17 AM

 I agree, noahbody.  It's definitely had some lows for me, especially in season 6, but it picked itself back up rather nicely.  Still my favorite show on television that doesn't require a cable subscription to see.

Bryzarro 5/10/2013 8:51:32 AM

 Great epsiode.  2 Pet peeves.  Why would they Bring all of Abadon's parts in the same area and not pay attention.  And the other after finding out the 3rd trial the next episode shows how to pull it off right under their noses.  

But I like that we are going to see a bit of a victory lap of past people the Bros have helped.  Well not a good victory lap more of a bad one.  Oh and I agree something is a bit up with Metatron.  We'll just have to sit back and see.

PappyVanWinkle 5/10/2013 9:25:51 AM

 Agree w y'all. I also enjoy this show and its my favorite on basic TV. 

tjanson 5/10/2013 10:18:54 AM

Sarcastic...I've heard that the finale will have another power player involved so your suspicions about Metatron could be correct.  What if Metatron is actually...God?  He's certainly have the power to bitch slap Crowley'

SarcasticCaveman 5/10/2013 10:58:53 AM

 I hadn't thought of that, tjanson...could be cool...I guess I had begrudgingly accepted that Chuck was God a long time ago.  I never liked that idea, but I got on board with it.  But Metatron does fit the profile - God is on Earth, he decided the Apocalypse was not his fault, just wants to be left alone...yeah, I can totally see it.

fenngibbon 5/10/2013 12:21:32 PM

 Given that Abbadon was one of Lucifier's elite demons, I'm kind of wondering a) why the Winchesters decided to use her as their lab rat in a ritual they had never tried before; and b) why they did such a half-arsed job securing her.  The demon in the film was on consecrated ground and bound with special chains, and they... took off her hands and tied her to a chair (yes, I know they planned on consecrating the ground, but I'm thinking that would be something you'd do before you wake the demon up).

SarcasticCaveman 5/10/2013 1:04:45 PM

 fenngibbon - you and me would think of those precautions, but come on...Sam and Dean are a couple of idgits!  Keep up, man!  :)

Chopsaki 5/10/2013 1:55:46 PM

A great idea to have Crowley go after all the people the Winchesters have ever saved while asking the question is the sacrifice worth it. Interestingly the final episode is entitled "Sacrifice".

Crowley (to Sam and Dean): “Saving people, hunting things, the family business. Well, I think the people you save, they’re how you justify your pathetic little lives. The alcoholism, the collateral damage, the pain you’ve caused. The one thing that allows you to sleep at night, the one thing, is knowing that these folks are out there, still out there, happy and healthy because of you, you great, big, bloody heroes."  

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