'Supernatural': 'Meet the New Boss' recap
Published Sep 26 2011, 13:42 BST | By Morgan Jeffery
Kicking off with a classic 'Road So Far' sequence, Supernatural
picks up right where we left off - Castiel is demanding that Dean, Sam and Bobby bow down to him. But he quickly changes his mind - "What's the point if you don't mean it?" he reasons. Cas declares that he won't kill the brothers and Bobby, since they pose no threat to him.
Cas disappears, warning the trio: "I hope for your sake this is the last time you see me." The crisis appears to be over for the time being, but Sam collapses, still suffering from memories of Hell. Back in Heaven, Castiel assumes the role of God, slaughtering dozens of traitorous angels to prove his point.
A frustrated Dean is losing patience in the hunt for Cas - he has just two objectives, fix his beloved Impala and then fix Sam. Sam wakes, apparently recovered, but secretly he's suffering from vivid, hellish hallucinations.
Meanwhile, a bigoted preacher is giving an impassioned speech against homosexuality at a small-town church. But he's not betting on God himself turning up "You're wrong - I am utterly indifferent to sexual orientation," growls Castiel. He slaughters the intolerant reverend, but as he departs the church, seems temporarily pained - there are voices inside his head...
Back at the yard, the brothers and Bobby follow Castiel's handiwork - he kills some 200 religious leaders, disbands the KKK and even attacks motivational speakers. Sam suggests talking to Cas again, but an angry Dean refuses - Cas is gone, he insists, and is not coming back. Cas himself is busy paying a visit to Crowley, who responds to his old ally's arrival with one word - "B*llocks."
Cas makes Crowley an offer - he can return to his role as King of Hell, if Cas receives a portion of the souls. "Hell's being downsized," notes Crowley, but Cas needs to keep the kingdom active in order to have Michael remain trapped in Lucifer's cage. Crowley accepts the deal, but as Cas departs, we see his skin is beginning to crack and bleed. Whatever's inside Cas is desperate to get out...
As Dean finishes repairing the seemingly indestructible Impala, he and Bobby discuss Sam's state of mind. Dean doesn't really believe that his brother has recovered - "We never catch a break," he laments. "So why would we this time?"
Sam emerges - with Castiel's body toll rising, he suggests using some kind of heavenly weapon against their former friend. But Dean's not convinced. "There's nothing," he says. "But there might be someone."
Trapping Crowley, the brothers and Bobby demand a spell to bind Death, the only being with enough "juice" to take down Cas. They need a special rare crystal to perform the ritual, and break into the home of a well-to-do doctor who recently purchased said item in an auction. The trio break into the doctor's house and Dean finds himself held at gun-point, but moments later, the home-owner and his wife are both gagged and bound - because Dean is a bad-ass.
Retrieving the crystal, the Winchesters and Bobby perform the spell - it's powerful magic, causing the building around them to shake and crumble. An extremely peeved Death appears, assuming that they've summoned him to deal with Sam's hallucinations. "We need you to kill God," explains Dean, but second later, Cas arrives - not looking his best - and prepares to kill them all. "You can't kill us," growls Dean. "Death is our bitch."
Castiel and Death face off - it turns out that when Cas gulped up all those souls from Purgatory, he swallowed up something else too. God's first creations - the terrifying Leviathans - were trapped in Purgatory, but now they're inside Cas. Dean demands that Death kill his former friend, but Cas simply releases Death from the spell.
An amused Death sits and waits, expecting Cas to kill the Winchesters and Bobby, but he simply disappears. Arriving at the campaign office of Michelle Walker - a right-wing Christian senator - Cas begins to lose it, ranting and raving.
Death prepares to depart, but he's become irritated by Castiel's arrogance and offers the Winchesters one last chance - he will use his power to create another eclipse just before dawn on Sunday morning, allowing the brothers to re-open the door to Purgatory. From there, they must "compel" Cas to give up his newfound power.
But it may already be too late - a bloodied Cas wakes up in the campaign office to find that he has slaughtered everyone inside. When Sam and Dean watch security footage of the massacre, we see that Cas was smiling throughout - the souls are clearly driving him insane. "I think reaching Cas is out of the cards," admits Dean.
Sam makes one last-ditch appeal to Cas and is stunned when he appears before him and Dean. "I heard your call," groans Cas. "I need help." The brothers and Bobby prepare to open the door to Purgatory and Sam leaves to fetch some special blood for the ritual.
But once he's alone, Sam is confronted by Lucifer. He's convinced that this is another of his hallucinations, but Lucifer isn't going away. He tells Sam that his apparent freedom has all been one big trick - his latest and greatest torture. "You're still in the cage," smiles Lucifer.
Dean goes to get Sam, but discovers only the jar of blood - his brother has disappeared. With time running out, Bobby casts the spell and the door to purgatory opens, with all of the power inside Cas bursting back inside.
Cas collapses - apparently dead. But moments later, his wounds heal and he returns to life. "That was unpleasant," he says, deadpan as ever. Returned to normal, Cas swears to Dean that he will redeem himself for his recent crimes. Reunited, Bobby, Dean and Cas head off in search of Sam.
But of course there's a twist! The souls inside Cas may be gone, but the malevolent Leviathans have held on inside of him. The Old Ones take control and attack Dean and Bobby. "Cas is dead," they cackle. "We run the show now."
The new Castiel is different from both angel-Cas and god-Cas - think Jack Nicholson in The Shining
. "This is going to be so much fun," he laughs.Carry On, My Wayward Son...
• It's not perfect, but 'Meet The New Boss' is a hell of a lot stronger than last year's season premiere. Our chief complaint, however, is that the central story arc doesn't really advance - we've just gone from one deranged, power-crazed version of Castiel to another.
• We're also not sure about the new Supernatural
logo. What is that supposed to be - an oil splat?
• It seems like Castiel's fate is inevitable, but we don't want him to go. We know that Supernatural
is supposed to be all about Sam and Dean, but the show will definitely be worse off without Misha Collins around.
• We'll be intrigued to see what happens next week, as this introductory ep left a lot of questions unanswered. What's next for Cas? Was Lucifer real? And what's happened to Sam?