Supernatural 9×16 ‘The Blade Runners’ : “Welcome to the collection, Dean.”

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I was excited to get back to some of the larger story arcs with this episodes.  Heaven was out, but Hell was in, and this show really show cased Crowley.  This episode also featured a really awesome guest appearance from Kavan Smith, who I know from “Eureka” (and you might know from somewhere else).  Kavan definitely played his role as spooky Man of Letters really well.  There was also a cameo by Snooki (or Nicole, whatever)…and unlike other reviewers, I LOVE IT!  Supernatural is known for its comedic moments, and Snooki’s appearance was well-played.  Because she’s put some distance between herself and her “Jersey Shore” days, I think it’s a perfect timing for such a fun cameo.  I thought this episode was really well done and really fun!

So this episode is all about Crowley and the search for The First Blade.  We first see Crowley set up as a junkie, living in a nice hotel, dependent on the help of a demon who is really a spy for Abaddon.  I was a little worried about this trope; Crowley addicted to human blood and the way it changed him.  I was kind of afraid Supernatural was going to go all After School Special about how drugs are bad.  There was definitely an undertone of the severity of addiction and how it changes a person, but this episode did not go the cheesy route, which I appreciated.

Source : The CW

Source : The CW

Instead of focusing on Crowley’s addiction, the Winchesters need him to help them find The First Blade, so they clean him up.  There were some really great scenes with the Winchesters interacting with Crowley.  Crowley goes from a sobbing addict to a true badass at the end, double-crossing the Winchesters.  Mark Sheppard did a really fine job, and this episode made me love Crowley more.  Furthermore, I find the relationship between Crowley and the Winchesters to be believable and I like the way Good-ish and Evil have to work together over time.

Sam and Dean needed to find The First Blade so they can finally kill Abaddon, but first, they had to go on a massive search to find it.  Because, obviously, nothing can be easy in their world.  So we have an excuse for an episode that takes them through a few twists and turns; summoning the Crossroads Demon who turns out to be Snooki, finding the secret lair of a former Man of Letters, played by Kavan Smith.  It turns out that Smith’s character, Magnus, was once a Man of Letters, very into a variety of Magics from various cultures.  THe Men of Letter ousted him so he created an invisible lair, warded and bound by spells, where he remains eternally youthful and also has a zoo of supernatural creatures.  When he discovers that Dean has the Mark of Cain, he needs to add Dean to his collection, making a pair with The First Blade.  But then Sam and Crowley help Dean escape and kill Magnus in the process.  The death of Magnus made me kind of sad because I saw the possibility of a recurring character.  Of course, maybe he’ll have a resurrection spell and we’ll get to see him again!

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Source : The CW

In other news, are Sam and Dean still fighting?  Because they totally ignored their issues and actually worked together.  That seems apropos for the kind of men they are.  Heaven is closed, I guess, and the angels are still doing whatever, probably.  Also, Supernatural is getting a spin-off!!!!  Is anybody else as excited about that as me?  Did you like Crowley’s development this episode?  Are you excited for the final showdown with Crowley, Abaddon, the Winchesters (and maybe some peeps from Heaven)?  Let me know in the comments!

Fenna B.

is a native NEOhioan who loves winter, Lake Erie, and dramas from the WB and the CW. She’s not a big fan of reality tv, excluding the occasional competition show involving dancing or singing. She’s really into watching tv shows via Netflix or Hulu Plus…particularly Netflix, because watching shows in succession with no commercials is awesome. (She believes Netflix and other like services will eventually replace live tv.) When not watching tv, she’s training for a marathon, photographing people, taking her neighbors’ dogs out on adventures, geocaching, or making the cutest stuffed animals with her fluffy kitties.

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