Episode 11.6

“Our Little World” Review

By Annie Kenney

Well I knew it was too good to last. Two excellent episodes that featured Sam & Dean and Baby – no angels, no demons, no complications and then along came Our Little World and kind of spoiled it all!

On the plus side this episode wasn’t quite as bad as The Bad Seed but it just couldn’t live up to the excellence of its predecessors. There were good bits and the end took my breath away (more of that later) but generally it was ruined – as usual – by too many story strands and lots of distracting scene changes that made your head spin.

My first disappointment – Len is dead! I was really hoping to see poor soulless Len again. I was also hoping he would get his soul back (even though that seemed unlikely). However within minutes of Our Little World poor old Len was no more! My second disappointment – Castiel is back and he still doesn’t have any purpose whatsoever. He also appears to have some sort of agoraphobia which seems odd for an angel! I am beginning to wonder why the writers can’t think of something good for Cas to do. He works reasonably well as a bit of comic relief (I love his Netflix obsession), but his character has become a tad clichéd and jaded. I understand that Misha is popular and has a very big and vocal fan base, but even they must admit he is gradually becoming more and more pointless. All he was in this episode was an unwelcome distraction and his scenes with Metatron were almost shoehorned in as an afterthought.

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It was good to see Crowley again and Amara is getting more and more creepy. I knew that she would become too powerful for Crowley to handle but I didn’t know it would happen so quickly. It was quite sad to see Crowley beaten – in his own way he really tried to be a father to Amara. I rather like the demon involvement in this plot as it works quite well. Crowley – despite being bettered by Amara – is back to his evil self and I’m glad that he hasn’t been reduced to hanging around with Dean as part of the odd couple as I do think his character still has some resonance within Supernatural.

One of the things I really didn’t like about this episode was the peculiar reveal – in that Amara (the darkness) is God’s sister! Yes you heard that right – God’s sister…I have to say that this particular piece of information made me blink in amazement. I mean the programme is called Supernatural and over the years it has asked us to believe in some wild and wonderful things but this – this might be a plot twist too far! I’m not sure where they are going with this and maybe it will work out in the end but at the moment I’m gobsmacked.

I thought I would be glad to see Metatron again but I found he was getting on my nerves. Not for the first time I found myself dozing off during his scenes with Castiel but when I was awake I was left to wonder why they showed Castiel fighting Metatron mixed with Sam fighting (and trying to save) the demons. The action kept switching between these two scenes and I was at a loss as to why. I’m not sure what the writers were trying to say to be honest or what they were trying to hint at. Is there some connection between Castiel’s actions and Sam’s actions? If there is I just didn’t see it but maybe that’s just me. I’d be interested to hear other people’s opinions.

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And now to the best bit of the entire episode – Sam’s vision! Wow – oh Wow – this scene alone saved the episode for me. Sam’s visions appear to be connected to the cage in some way (And how awesome was that cage? Kudos to the special effect guys!) and, as I have long suspected, they may be connected to Lucifer or Michael or both! The close ups of Sam’s face – I was totally moved – Jared has been fantastic over past few episodes and it is such a shame that he missed out on a PCA nomination because he is worthy of that and so much more.

I am also desperate to know why Dean is so closely linked to Amara. I am convinced it is to do with the mark somehow but I have no idea what the connection is. There was an obvious attraction between Dean and the adult Amara (who we saw in episode 1) but – again – I think it goes deeper than that. Jensen is also hitting it out of the park this year and he has a great chemistry with the actress who is – currently – playing Amara. I like the link between them and I want to see more.

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So I guess I’d give this episode a 6/10 with it getting 10/10 for the last five or six minutes! As usual it was at its best when the brothers were together and working as one. Supernatural is about the Winchesters and – although I know Jared and Jensen like having a break – it is not the same when other characters are thrust into the forefront of the action. I know that is just my opinion, but that’s how I feel!

Still there is enough going on to hold my interest. The writers are teasing us with little snippets here and there and I can’t wait for some of my questions to be answered. I just hope that there won’t be too many angel/demon moments to distract me!