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Supernatural: We Need to Talk About Kevin Review

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  • Episode: We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard
  • Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Jeremy Carver
  • Directed By: Robert Singer
  • Network: CW
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Supernatural: We Need to Talk About Kevin Review

Season 8 Premiere

By Tim Janson     October 05, 2012
Source: Mania.com

***CAUTION SPOILERS AHEAD***

Season 8 of Supernatural opened the way a couple of other seasons have opened…with one of the boys making an escape from some dark realm.  In this case Dean escapes from Purgatory and appears in the Maine wilderness in an unspectacular flash of light.  “We Need to Talk about Kevin” might have been better titled “On the Road Again” as the action moves briskly from Maine, to Louisiana, to Texas, then to Montana, and on to Iowa and Michigan…all within the span of an hour.

Dean doesn’t return from Purgatory alone, however.  Dean has to go down to Louisiana to reunite the soul of the vampire who helped him escape with his long buried bones.  Dean and “Benny” seem to share a relationship and a secret, forged within the bowels of Purgatory but for now this will remain a mystery.

Sam, meanwhile is alone for the first time in his life and has given up life as a hunter and living a quiet life in Texas…until he gets the call from Dean and the boys reunite in a Montana cabin.  The tension between the brothers is think (when isn’t it lately) but while Dean is upset that Sam apparently did not even try to find him, he’s more upset that Sam ignored the phone calls from Kevin Tran, the Prophet of God who was captured by Crowley in the last episode of Season 7.  Kevin’s last voicemail indicates he’s escaped Crowley but is still in danger.

Sam and Dean track Kevin to an abandoned chapel where Kevin has found another tablet with the Word of God.  This one tells how the gates of Hell can be closed permanently, banishing all demons back to Hell.

Well, the contrived, Deus Ex Machina plot device of Dean’s escape from Purgatory aside, “We need to talk about Kevin” was a decent season opener but not a home run.  Kevin’s discovery of this very important and powerful tablet could be the lynch pin to the entire season.  Obviously a lot of people are going to want go get their hands on it.  Kevin has certainly grown from a sheepish nerd to a young man more than capable of taking care of himself, especially when he’s apparently having God teach him how to cast spells that can destroy demons.  And speaking of God…Ummm…did they ever resolve the issue from a couple of seasons back where God basically checked out and Castiel became..temporarily…the new God?  So what, are we not going to have that little plot thread addressed?  

However the episode did present some intrigue that should play out over the course of the season.  What exactly is Dean doing with “Benny” the vampire who helped him escape Purgatory?  The two seemed to be rather friendly.  As for Sam, what exactly did he do for the past year?  It certainly doesn’t seem as if Sam simply faded into a quiet life in the suburbs.  It will be interesting to see how all of this is resolved, as well as hopefully more flashbacks of Dean in Purgatory. 

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TheFuzzyDan 10/5/2012 6:36:28 AM

Sorry, but the whole "brotherly conflict" crap has made this series grow so stale over the last several seasons that no amount of mosters or plot twists can make this show interesting anymore.  Series based on characters keeping secrets from each other in order to drive conflict are lazy and uninspired.  In five episodes, the show will shift from Dean being mad at Sam for quitting to Sam being mad at Dean for helping a monster and then it will reverse again and so on.  No episode of this show deserves more than a D rating unless they get rid of this tiresome soap-opera storytelling device.

fenngibbon 10/5/2012 7:13:16 AM

 "And speaking of God…Ummm…did they ever resolve the issue from a couple of seasons back where God basically checked out and Castiel became..temporarily…the new God? So what, are we not going to have that little plot thread addressed?"

 

Umm... that was done in the opening episode from last season.  Try to keep up.

 

The whole "brotherly conflict" shtick is getting old, TheFuzzyDan, and I suspect, that the trajectory of that will be something along the lines of what you predict. However, I think there's enough else in the show to keep it watchable (Crowley is always entertaining, for example).  

"Well, the contrived, Deus Ex Machina plot device of Dean’s escape from Purgatory aside..."

I wouldn't call it a Deus Ex Machina, especially since they've literally had God intervene to save the boys previously in the show.  This?  This didn't involve the deus and actually make sense in the world of Supernatural.  

 

Mythos 10/5/2012 7:17:38 AM

this is the only good show on the cw if you ask me i don't even know what else is on that channel besides arrow.

tjanson 10/5/2012 8:42:00 AM

Uhhh...No actually it WASN'T resolved in the first episode of season 7...CAstiel becomes God after consuming all the souls in Purgatory including the Leviathans.  However the Leviathans are too powerful for him to control.  The Leviathans eventually gain control of Castiel before they bleed off into a lake.  Castiel isn't even seen again until ending up in a mental hospital in episode 17 of season 7 and God is not mentioned  again until Kevin Tran is brought in as the new Prohphet near the end of the season.   

TheSilentKiller 10/6/2012 12:10:00 PM

Yeah - Castiel's "Godness" was addressed, but not the absence of God. 

I have to say, I'm a bit frustrated with the consistent "cliffhanger sending one of them to Hell/Purgatory/Iowa" followed by an unearned escape. I'd actually like to see one of these cliffhangers end in a couple of eps where the one on earth has to find a way to bring them back, maybe with a parallel survival story in the dark realm.

Or better yet, how about NOT ending with a cliffhanger every time. It worked OK for 24, most seasons of Dexter, etc. Hell - that in itself would be a surprise ending.

Moz72 10/7/2012 8:45:41 PM

Supernatural is one of the better series on television. I hope that Kripke and McG  have enough respect for the fans to give  the series a proper ending rather then needlessly dragging it out for another season just to satisfy the network and garnish more ratings. it is a well written series, with great characters, and well-written stories. I t should go out while on top of it's game.

Supernatural should end with Sam and Dean finally banishing all demons and monsters on earth back to hell and maybe finally getting a face-to-face with God. That would be the big red bow that wraps up the whole series.  

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