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  • Episode: Torn and Frayed (Season 8, Episode 10)
  • Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins
  • Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Jenny Klein
  • Network: The CW
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Supernatural: Torn and Frayed Review

Angst between the Brothers Winchester

By Tim Janson     January 19, 2013

Despite the title of the midseason premiere of Supernatural, this episode didn’t seem to be about things torn & frayed as much as it did tying up or eliminating loose ends.  Sam and Dean both have decided to jettison some personal emotional baggage to steam ahead full power in trying to find the demon tablets and help the Prophet, Kevin Tran, eliminate demons from the world once and for all.  To this end, Sam has put an end to his relationship with Amelia and Dean also tells vampire pal Benny that it’s time for the pair to go their separate ways.

This doesn’t come without a good deal of angst between the Brothers Winchester.  Sam is upset with Dean using Amelia to distract him from possibly killing benny in the midseason finale.  Castiel comes to Dean requesting his aid in locating Samandriel, the angel who dresses as a hot dog vendor who has been captured by Crowley.  While Dean is content to go on his own without Sam, Castiel will have none of the boy’s nonsense and zaps Sam along for the ride.

Crowley is torturing Samandriel and soon makes a startling discovery…under torture the angel begins to uncontrollably give up Heaven’s divine secrets, including the knowledge that there is an angel tablet that can be used to eliminate all angels.  Sam, Dean, and Castiel have to go on a daring raid against Crowley’s stronghold where they are severely outnumbered.

This was an exceptionally strong start to the second half of the season.  In order to move the season forward the writers made the decision to (apparently) make a clean break from some of the secondary characters and plot threads.  It might have come somewhat abruptly, particularly Dean’s break from Benny, especially when Benny seems to be teetering on falling off the “not feeding on live people” wagon.

Right now the major mystery is just who is this Naomi who is giving Castiel his marching orders?  While hearing Samandriel cream in agony, Cas experiences flashbacks where he was tortured by Naomi.  Samandriel also seems to indicate that she is not what she seems and yet Cs is unable to disobey her commands.  The introduction of an Angel tablet now means there are two prizes out there for the taking and Crowley is after both as well.

The pace of this episode was brisk and it got the second half of the season off to a flying start!


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noahbody 1/19/2013 1:07:32 PM

Thats it, no more drinking and typing!

karas1 1/19/2013 1:42:27 PM

I tend to doubt that we've seen the last of either Amelia or Benny.  Both brothers might THINK they are giving up these relationships but somebody who wants to manipulate the Winchesters will look them up.  Count on it.

And it's obvious who this Naomi is.  It's Colonel Samantha Carter, back from outer space.

skoora 1/20/2013 12:02:08 AM

Amanda Tapping, more like Amanda Tapping that ass. She still looks great and the suit only makes it better. ..

GreatOne 1/20/2013 10:12:59 PM

Stupid aspects of this episode.  First off, why kill the angel for giving up secrets under duress.  Makes no sense.  Just zap him back to Heaven and keep him there.  Secondly, the primary reason why Dean keeps in contact with Benny is to ensure that Benny doesn't go back to his "old ways."  Dean cutting him off (in the world that the writers have created) guarantees that, because he no longer has a lifeline, Benny will go back to killing humans.  That's lazy writing.

Moz72 1/20/2013 10:51:20 PM

"While hearing Samandriel cream in agony, Cas experiences flashbacks where he was tortured by Naomi."

Uh, Tim..what version of Supernatural were YOU watching?? I wasn't aware the Angels dabbled in S&M.

Bryzarro 1/21/2013 7:33:16 AM

 @GreatOne they killed him off not only because he gave up the secrets, but because he knows or knew what was really going on up in Heaven.  So why lock up the problem when you can kill it.

And Benny being cut off is in my guess a way to set up an emoitional takedown either later this season or next season as a way to fill an episode when Benny goes bad.

GreatOne 1/22/2013 4:10:02 PM

Byzarro - missed the fact that the angel knew about what was actually going on in Heaven.  Thanks for the correction. 

As for Benny, I presumed that is where the show is going.  That's why I'm calling it lazy writing.  In the world the writers created, there is no way a hunter owing his life to a monster would cut the monster loose which would allow the monster to resume killing.  They already established that Dean helped keep Benny on the straight and narrow.  Can already see Sam's girlfriend being set up to being killed as well.  Perhaps just me, but i don't like that type of unimaginative writing.



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