“The Werther Project” Review
By Annie Kenney
Cuthbert Sinclair is one creepy dude; that is one of the things I learned from last night’s episode. Another thing I learned is that Sam Winchester is sneaky but awesome and that the brothers are better together.
I’m unsure whether I enjoyed the episode as much as last weeks. It was one of those episodes that are there to move the main plotline forward and there was a lot going on. It was interesting to learn that Rowena can’t translate ‘The Book of the Damned’ without its codex and it was also unsurprising to find out that she wants the book for a totally different reason (even though we don’t yet know what that is). Her terms are pretty frightening though – she wants Sam to kill her son and Sam has agreed (I can’t see that happening somehow). I’m still not sure what Rowena’s endgame is and I’m still a tad unsure about the character. I have to admit she was less annoying and clichéd in this episode and she is starting to interest me a little.
Flashbacks are always a little unsettling and this one went back to the seventies (the decade style forgot). It was quite disturbing to see Suzie’s family commit suicide in increasingly gory ways and I have to admit I looked away when her mother cut her own throat. Another flashback in the episode had us revisiting the Men of Letters and it appears that they found Cuthbert as creepy and as disconcerting as I do! It is clear that Cuthbert was something of an eccentric genius who clearly had no conscience when it came to spells and the like. His deadly alarm system was certainly enough to protect the box but it caused a lot more harm than it did good.
The theme of suicide ran through the entire episode and I’m not sure if I liked that or not. Cuthbert’s spell affected everyone who tried to open the box and watching both Sam and Dean hallucinate was quite distressing. While I’m on that subject how many times has Sam lost blood from wounds on his arms? He was drained by ghouls in Jump the Shark, drained again by vampires in Alex Annie Alexis Ann. Although this time the wounds were self-inflicted Sam still lost a lot of blood. Surely he should have gone to the ER for a transfusion. Sam might have once been affected by demon blood but he doesn’t appear to have a lot of blood left in his body and I often fear for his health!
How good was it to see Benny again? I really miss that character and I wish that the writers had found some way to keep him. I love Ty Olsson and his portrayal of the old fashioned southern blood sucker is spot on. How horrible though to see Dean tied up and ‘out of it.’ Jensen’s acting was fantastic and really hair-raising. Watching Dean stare into space and break glass bottles ready to off himself was awful and Jensen really, really sold it to me. What a relief when he managed to snap himself out of it and just in time to save poor old Sam as well.
Even though Sam is still keeping secrets from Dean is was good to see the brothers working together and to hear Dean declare that they worked better as a team. Dean knows that Sam is concerned about him going rogue and he is still trying to hold in the power of the mark. After watching him kill all those vampires single handed it is obvious he isn’t coping too well with containing the mark’s influence. Every time something like that happens it makes Sam realise how bad Dean is getting and it drives Sam on to do more and more reckless things. Neither brother is particularly sane at the moment and watching them fall apart is one of the things that Supernatural fans enjoy (in a sick sort of way!)
It was awesome to see that Sam doesn’t actually trust Rowena and I almost cheered when he chained her up. He clearly knows she has a different end game to him but he isn’t giving up just yet. He has the book and he has the codex and it is just a matter of time before he has a way to remove the mark from Dean (or is it?)
So was The Werther Project a good episode? Well yes and no to be honest. It was interesting and it moved the plot along but it was also very dark and a tad disturbing. It wasn’t an episode that I enjoyed but it did hold my interest and it was extremely hard to tear myself away from it. I also found myself thinking about it long after it had ended. A very weird episode that made me feel distinctly uneasy.
I still have no idea where we are heading; Sam is clearly becoming as reckless as Dean in his search for a cure; Rowena is Sam’s prisoner and Crowley has a price on his head. Castiel is still around and he has his grace back and there is the spectre of Metatron lurking in the background. Things are coming to a head and it is clear that, as usual, nothing will come easy to the Winchester brothers.
Only four more episodes to go – I’m not sure I can stand the tension – can you?