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Rock and a Hard Place

Season 9, Episode 8 Aired: 2013-11-26

Supernatural: Rock and a Hard Place Review

Raging Hormones

Reviewed: by Tyler Olson

***The review below contains minor spoilers.***

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Supernatural has targeted several types of religious stories and sins, but there was one I never thought this series would stoop to, but yet here we are. Did anyone expect a story about sexual abstinence? Really? Be honest, now.

As funny as it was to see Dean's reaction to taking a pledge to be a born again virgin, the whole episode felt more like a Christianity bash-fest with very little interesting advancements. Instead of concentrating on the monster hunting, and revealing the details about this week's evil goddess, it spent most of it uselessly exploring Dean's goal of crossing off something off his wish list and poking fun at virginity.

I guess there is a god in this universe, and he enjoys prayers relating to banging former porn stars.

The little that we did actually learn about this week's enemy was given through an extremely brief announcement when Jody figured out what they were dealing with, and an incredibly unrealistic gloating and admission from the big bad herself. It would be nice if they would stop to figure out why the creature is on the loose after hiding for so long instead of running after it with a pointed stick to kill it.

And, just when I finally thought that the whole secret about Zeke being in Sam was going to be revealed to the possessed, that shady angel only does something to make me even more suspicious of him. Why can't Dean figure out that something isn't right? Sam is definitely not getting better; he is, in fact, getting sicker. When this all started, he had energy and he felt full of life, but now he looks pale and is always weak and tired. I think his consciousness is silently fighting for control of his body, and it is only a matter of time until Zeke takes advantage of it to assume full control. When this happens, I only hope that something major comes out of it. Another useless buildup, like the closing the gates to Hell story last season, might do enough harm to ruin what has become the most watched season since the fifth.

How I miss the times when series built stories up then actually expanded on them instead of stopping in the middle for random adventures. There is so much happening in the world and so far the only thing that seems to be progressing is Sam's angel problem, and even the continents appear to be moving faster that this story. When are writers going to learn that filler episodes don't a fun series make.


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