***The review below contains spoilers.***
By Tyler Olson
If "What's Up Tiger Mommy" is any indication, Supernatural has finally got its groove back. While this didn't return to the standard monster hunting that made up the first few seasons, it brought back much of what the series has been missing over the last year.
Kevin's mom is back, and she's wearing a new meat suit! Well, that was the first impression I got since the actor changed. She seemed like a pushover last year, but this time she was fierce and wasn't afraid to stand up against Crowley or any other corrupt god.
That god in question was Plutus, the god of greed. Even though he wasn't the evil needing to be vanquished, his auction house was the perfect venue for the tablet showdown. Having people betting in dwarven gold, virgins and souls was a really great treat, but nothing compared to a frost giant's finger and Thor's Hammer, Mjölnir, being part of it all.
Their demon killing knife has been so overused that they needed a new weapon, and Thor's Hammer was just what the hunter ordered. I just hope they actually kept it; it would be a shame if they just used it for this one episode. Don't tease us with a kick-ass weapon, please!
A new angel was also announced, and this one needed a new vessel... yesterday. Samandriel was obviously one of those angels who hate the Winchesters, especially since he tried to screw them over the first chance he got. What is it with angels always being such dicks? Castiel was a bit unreliable at times, but at least he showed he had a heart.
Speaking of Cas, his leaving Dean was apparently an act of heroism. It makes a lot of sense for him to let the Leviathan chase after him instead of Dean, although it would have been a good idea for him to let Dean know his intentions. He appeared to have most of his marbles in play during this episode, so we still don't know what really happened to him.
I am really disappointed that Kevin and his mom are gone already. So much for him being a part of the team; now it is just the two of them again. Some of their best cases are just the Sam and Dean working through it together, but sooner or later, they are going to need help.
So far this season is shaping up to be better than the last, but still has a lot of work to do.
Reviewer's Rating: 4/5