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Supernatural: Sin City

by Brett Love, posted Oct 26th 2007 8:00AM
Jared Padalecki and Katie Cassidy - Supernatural
(S03E04) This week, Kripke and his pals brought us more of the same. Considering how season three is going, that is a very good thing. Once again we were treated to an interesting story that balanced very nicely with hints and reveals about the bigger picture season three plot. A little more Ruby, some welcome artillery, more questions about just who Sam is now, and the first cracks in Dean's manly outer shell.

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We'll start off with a curious observation. It's not a really a knock on this episode, because I actually liked Casey and her centuries old padre partner, Gil. That being said, the thing that the story of Elizabethville first called to mind was the season premiere, "The Magnificent Seven." One of the complaints here, and around the internet, was that the episode didn't have enough time to really showcase all seven of the baddies. The "Sin City" set up would have been the perfect way to expand that story and give some screen time to a couple more of them. Not a huge deal though, because what we got instead was also very good.

A big part of that was the lovely and demonic Casey (Sasha Barrese). The fact that she was evil wasn't much of a surprise, although the way she dispatched Richie came as quite the shock. Clearly, once they showed up at the bachelorette crypt, Richie wasn't long for this world. Still, the whole head turned around backwards bit was pretty disturbing.

That did set the mood rather nicely for her next date, with Dean. I really liked how that played out because it set up very much like the situation that we have seen before. Crafty Dean was one step ahead of the demon, setting the trap and luring her into it. The twist of having the two of them stuck together in the basement, so they had to converse, was very interesting.

Once again, the big plan for Sam to be the leader of the demon army resurfaces. With this many references to that there has to be a big payoff coming our way at some point. Casey also managed to plant just a little doubt in Dean's mind with all of her talk about how she was ready to follow Sam. Of course, we do have to keep in mind what Bobby says, "Demons lie." Even keeping that in mind though, her revelation about not really having to do any real work to destroy the town, and her badgering Dean about how humans are evil too, was very well done. It all plays into fueling Dean's doubts about what they are doing.

There was another little gem in their conversation, and it was something that almost slipped by, it was such a short little moment. It was that look that Dean gave Casey after they were talking about what Hell is like, when he said that he isn't scared. It's the first crack in the boisterous and confident Dean, and could be a signal of another change in his behavior.

Of course, we can't talk Casey without getting into her sweetheart, Father Gil (Robert Curtis Brown). I have to say, the writers fooled me on that one. The fact that he was sitting at the bar drinking, despite his clever line about going to where the flock is, was a giant red flag. I had already settled on the hooker at the bar as the accomplice though. Because of that, the scene where Gil turns his back to Sam and flashed the demon eyes right before going to commercial worked very well for me.

Once we knew that, his conversation with Sam on the drive over to the love-crypt was very telling. His little hints about Sam maybe wanting to do something else, other than insurance investigation, being a good leader, etc. gave away that he knew exactly who he was dealing with. Sam's famous among the escaped demons after all. I actually could have gone for a little more Father Gil. That's a fun character.

But if the trade-off is a little Bobby/Ruby showdown... I'll make that trade all day. I thought it had to be Ruby (Katie Cassidy) as soon as we got the creepy camera spying at Bobby (Jim Beaver) through the trees. And the meeting didn't disappoint. Bobby just shooting her was perfect, and her reaction was also very good. "...world peace... and a new shirt." The fact that she is responsible for fixing the Colt also works really well. If Bobby were to just figure it out, it would leave open the question of why they were packing it around for so long without making any headway in that regard. They wouldn't have had to save that last bullet for so long.

We also got a little more Sam and Ruby. This is the one part of the story that shows the potential for a bit of the runaround. While Sam pulling the Colt on her was a new twist, they were having the same conversation again. We are only four episodes in though, so they have time. However, there is a limit out there somewhere of how many times she can say she's going to help with the deal without making with the details.

One new twist that this episode brought to light was a glimpse at the motivations behind Ruby's offer to help. If we go with Casey's theory that there is a power struggle between the demons now that they don't have Sam as their leader, it makes perfect sense for Ruby to team up with the boys. First, why not get the most famous pair of hunters out there to do your legwork. And as a bonus, if you are working with them, they are much less likely to send you back to hell.

Anyway, at the end of the day, another excellent episode. I just can't say enough good things about how they have started this season. And based only on the preview we saw for the next episode, it looks like another outstanding hour. The pessimist in me that has logged far too many hours watching TV and seen the best of shows have a stumble still expects that there is a clunker coming at some point. Just going off of these four episodes though, there are also plenty of reasons to be optimistic that it isn't going to happen.

A refurbed Colt with plenty of ammo... is that making it a little too easy for the boys?
Yeah, they should have to work a little harder.29 (9.5%)
Heck no, a war is coming, they need all the help they can get.103 (33.8%)
Keep in mind who the gunsmith is, and don't count on that thing always working.173 (56.7%)

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Christina

Hi nattyff, well...Dean's situation isn't exactly the same as Sam's. Dean's been pretty close to death twice. The first time, he was saved by the faith healer and he was still up and around. The second time, when his father sold his soul to save him, he was in coma. Just mostly dead as Miracle Max would say. So he's never been stone cold, starting to stiffen, drawing flies dead like Sammy. Also, the ease of getting the Colt back into demon-killing shape bugs me, but I'm not surprised it's back in the picture. Seems like it may be the only thing they really have worth bartering for Dean's soul with the Crossroads demon.

October 29 2007 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

great episode!!! these show keeps improving (not like others out there, that are falling pretty hard), the ruby/lucifer thing acctually makes a lot of sense, but you know, with SN it's always hard to tell. About sam not been 100% sam, coudn't we say the same about dean?? he was brought back too, and remember that the YED gave his blood to many generations...don't know, just blabling here..lol

October 27 2007 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
krista666

This was the best episode of SN ever. Casey who was played by actress Sasha Barrese was amazing. I never saw a demon so charming. She should be on the show permantly. I finally understood the complexity of Sam and Dean by Casey's character.

October 26 2007 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
krista666

The best episode of SN ever. Casey, bartender, demon was incredible. I finally found the darkside interesting. Why did they kill her? I hope she is comming back. Wouldn't it be interesting if she were Azazel. She sure was believable as a fallen angel.

October 26 2007 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny Edwards

I agree that Ruby's line about being "the little fallen angel on your shoulder" to Sam made me think that she could be Lucifer. Especially since Casey told the story of Lucifer earlier in the episode.

October 26 2007 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MXS

I'm a little confused about the Colt. Weren't the bullets made by Samuel Colt the other component to the 1-2 punch of killing anything in existence? I thought the last bullet was used on Yellow Eyes in the finale last season. Did Ruby do something to the gun that makes any bullet kill demons just like her knife? Ruby's knowledge of how to make demon-killing weapons, along with her not-so-subtle hint of being a fallen angel, goes a long way into convincing me that she may be the Devil herself.

October 26 2007 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Naiche

Ruby is Lucifer!!! That Line about being the "Fallen Angle" on Sams Shoulder and the earlier conversation about how God through Lucifer out of heaven, THINK ABOUT IT!

October 26 2007 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hubris

It's kind if interesting to see Sam and Dean finding more common ground and meeting in the middle. Back with the good vampires, Sam was much quicker to believe they could be good while Dean was all about shoot first ask questions later. And that seems to be reversing now. Very good character growth.

Loved Dean's excitement at seeing the Magic Fingers in the hotel room, and putting a stack of quarters next to it. Continuity for the win.

October 26 2007 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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