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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Supernatural: Death Takes A Holiday

In a small Wyoming town people have stopped dieing and the Winchester brothers go to investigate. After a bit of legwork, they deduce that the local 'Reaper' has vanished.

There's still some friction between the brothers after the number the siren did on their friendship in the last episode and Dean questions whether they should be doing anything at all because, should they succeed in recovering the Reaper, innocent people will start dropping down dead again - which Sam points out is the "natural order".

And Supernatural does it again! I'd feared that this episode might be a terribly light-hearted, almost slapstick affair, kind of Grand Guignol sans the final payoff, but what we get instead is a really creepy ghost story that is plumb-centre of the season's big "angels versus demons" storyline.

The Reaper has been kidnapped to be part of a sacrificial ceremony to break another seal, edging the demons one step closer to being able to allow Lucifer to walk the Earth.

This is a story full of 'old faces': the brothers call in their blind psychic friend Pamela (Traci Dinwiddie) to 'astral project' them into ghost form; demon Alastair turns up (albeit in a new body) and even the Reaper who pursued Dean in In My Time Of Dying (Lindsey McKeon) puts in an appearance.

What I had mistakenly thought was going to be a bit of a fluff episode turns out to be an examination of the power of lies and self-deceit, as Sam and Dean both begin to realise that things probably aren't going to end well for them.

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