At the same time, it does set up the mentality that Dean has during the next couple of episodes (particularly “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”), and coping with both nearly dying and John sacrificing himself so that Dean can come back. Plus, you know, whatever it is that John whispers in his ear that the recap before each episode doesn’t want me to forget about. Ever.
But another point of some season premieres is to make sure that the status quo comes back into play somehow. And given that Supernatural, at its core, is largely episodic, it’s a necessary move. So the Colt and John both have to be removed from the narrative since either element disrupts the structure of the show, and both make it into a different show entirely. And I’m okay with this. The pleasure of the show is both its episodic structure and the serialized relationship between Sam, Dean, and the Impala. And I doubt it’s the last we’ve seen of John or the Colt.
“Everybody Loves a Clown” - “Planes crash, Sam!” “And apparently clowns kill!”
If there’s a weak-ish episode in this run of four, it’s this one. Which isn’t to say it’s bad, but as I write, I find myself with not as much to say about it as either of the episodes that follow it. But perhaps that’s because it wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I was expecting it to be. I mean, it’s clowns. Killing people. There’s trauma there, but it felt kind of meh. The fun house showdown was nicely staged (and I liked the use of the brass pipe organs, very clever!), but overall I just didn’t connect to the plot too much.