“Of Grave Importance” Review
By Bekah James
Supernatural 7.19: Of Grave Importance
Written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming
Directed by Tim Andrew
I’m baaaack! After an injury that hospitalized me for long enough to wonder if my Reaper was hovering nearby, I’m back. Big ups to my dear friend, Wendi Williams, who graciously filled in while I was away.
Before we get started, let me just say… I cannot believe I missed reviewing the episode (“The Born-Again Identity”) in which Castiel returned. Oh how it soothed my heart to see him all angel-y again. About that episode, let me just say that I loved it. Jared was bloody fantastic, Mark Pellegrino as Hallucifer was brilliant, and Misha made me fall in love with Emmanuel as hard as I fell for Castiel back in Season 4. The writing was amazing, the CGI was on point, and the direction was flawless. So, there’s my review in five sentences.
Okay, on to “Of Grave Importance”. The night that Bobby died, when he was knocking around in the ether with Rufus and his Reaper, I said to a friend: “If Bobby comes back as a ghost, I’ll be so mad.” When it became apparent in “Party On, Garth” that Bobby was in fact returning as a ghost, I was (in fact) very mad. I thought the nurses were going to have to sedate me, haha. I was glad to have a couple of weeks in between to recover from what I initially saw as an absolute betrayal of my willingness to suspend reality in the Supernatural ‘verse. I went in this week with great trepidation… and with my teeth gritted.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have missed Bobby just as much as the next fan, but I do not want my memory of his character to be marred by a bad storyline.
That being said, I was surprised by how very good this episode was. The addition of Annie as a ghost made the transition slightly more palatable. She took my disbelief and disappointment and forced Bobby (and the writers) to explain himself. I can’t say that I’m fully on board with the idea of a tag-along ghost, but I am at least more open to the idea.
So the story here, about the house full of trapped ghosts, had me intrigued from the start. This was a new twist on the standard ghost story, and also a great vehicle for Bobby to learn how to communicate with the boys. Mad props to Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming for such a powerful idea and a script strong enough to follow through. It was suspenseful, funny, and slightly terrifying for those of us who shiver at the thought of a ghost convention. I’m not exactly sure how Whitman Van Ness was able to pull off the whole draining-ghosts-for-food thing, but I’m okay with that. Not everything supernatural can be fully explained, so… whatever. Did the draining thing remind anyone else of either the flashing out of angels when they were stabbed, or when angels burned out demons? Do you think Van Ness was actually feasting on souls? It’s an interesting crossing over of ideas, but I’m pretty sure there’s no ties. You know me… I’m always looking for angels in the most unlikely of places.
Oh hey, a quick sidenote about the writing. I found myself actually pretty sick of hearing Bobby say “balls” by the end of the episode. It is only funny when it comes out of the blue… and really, after “Weekend at Bobby’s”, they should keep it to one time per episode. It’s kind of like Dean’s earlier catch phrase “son of a bitch”. They never used it more than once or twice per episode, and they always made sure to vary the intonation and delivery. Anyway, I digress.
I enjoyed the interaction between Dean and Sam this week, most especially at the restaurant. More and more lately, the writers are giving us true brotherly moments. The fighting and the distrust is fading and they are finding a rhythm that is extremely satisfying to me. I feel as if they are finally partners instead of a bickering married couple.
I am interested to see what Dean and Sam—but mostly Dean—decide to do about Bobby’s ghost. The fact that the flask is now in the trunk could be telling, but they could have just as easily burned it on the spot, so I imagine this little conflict will take until the end of the Season to play out. Of course, now that the boys can see him without the Barbara Walter’s style soft lighting and dramatic flickering, maybe he won’t be so easy to gank… or whatever. Maybe he absorbed some sort of energy from Van Ness when his ghostly hand was in Bobby’s ghostly chest. Is there any other reason that he was suddenly very visible to the boys? I’m thinking that Castiel will probably have some answers and/or insight if/when he gets a handle on the whole Hallucifer issue.
There is nothing more I can say about this episode. It was really, really good. High quality and no obvious gaffes (oooh, except maybe when Annie dodged the coffee table as a ghost after Bobby fell through it… oops). I liked it. I liked it a lot. The end.
P.S. The music in “Party On, Garth” made me laugh myself silly. “Poison” was the perfect theme song for Garth. Man, I could deal with seeing Garth every five episodes or so. I love that guy. And I can’t wait to see him on the convention circuit.
P.P.S. I heartily approve of Dean in the shower. The steamy mirror writing was cool (and creepy), but a wet-headed Dean in a towel? Yes.