Supernatural Season 14, Episode 2 review: Gods and Monsters

Supernatural -- "Gods and Monsters" -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Gods and Monsters" -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /
Supernatural Season 14
Supernatural — “Gods and Monsters” — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

This week’s episode of Supernatural found us getting to know Nick a little bit better. We also learned some of Michael’s plans.

On this week’s episode of Supernatural a lot happened. A. LOT. So much so, that I’m going to be doing my review a little differently this week.

I’m going to split it into a slideshow, and I’m going to review the four different storylines that occurred this week: Michael, Sam, Nick, and Jack. This way I can keep what happened with each person together, rather than breaking the show down chronologically. So, let’s start with Michael!

“God who?”

Michael is in an old church, draining people of their blood, adding some of his grace, and then force-feeding it back into the person. This causes the person to burn up from the inside, leaving them dead and without eyes. It looks like Michael is experimenting on these people, who turn out to be vampires. Maybe trying to replenish the angel population?

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Later, we see Michael getting all spiffy in a tuxedo, ready to go out. As he inspects his reflection we get our first glance at Dean this season. He demands that Michael get out of his body, but Michael refuses. He tells Dean that he owns him and that he needs to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Michael returns to his hotel room with a woman in tow. He has picked her up in the bar, and there’s some mild flirting going on before things become clear.

The woman is a werewolf and Michael knew it all along. He tells her to summon her master. Apparently, he’s moving on from experimenting on vampires to werewolves.

When he meets with the werewolf leader, he paints a wonderful picture of a world where the “monsters” are in charge. The real monsters are the humans, he says. And then we get a very clear picture of his plan.

Michael declares himself in charge since God is on permanent vacation. And he’s perfected his method to enhance the talents of the werewolves. So that they can take over the world, and only keep around enough humans to be slaves and food. The werewolf leader is 100% on board with this idea.

Finally, Michael goes and pays a visit to the vampire he let get away, Lydia. You see, he’s laid a trap, and in order to do that, he needed bait. And now that the trap is laid, he doesn’t need the bait anymore. Goodbye Lydia. You have been smote.

That’s the last we see of Micheal in this episode, and while there wasn’t a lot of time devoted to him, it did lay a very clear picture of his plan. Take over the world, using enhanced monsters and kill all the humans.

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“There are worse ways to be human than to be kind.”

Sam, Bobby, and Mary have left to track down a lead on Michael, so Cas is left behind to keep an eye on Jack and Nick. And they’re both having a bit of an identity crisis at the moment, but let’s start off looking at Jack.

Jack is studying about how long it would take for an archangel to gain his grace back. The timeline is about a month to 100 years. Probably longer since Jack is half human. Since an archangel is needed to wield the archangel blade, this isn’t looking good for one of the theories we’ve posited after the first episode. Understandably, Jack is feeling pretty down about what he lost.

Cas, being the amazing person he is, tells Jack to focus on what he does have. And tells Jack about his own time where he had no wings and no grace. But he had Sam and Dean, and he had himself. He told Jack to be patient and persistent and to focus on the future.

So, Jack goes and visits Kelly’s parents, his grandparents. And it was probably the most touching, tear-inducing scene of the whole episode. He doesn’t have the heart to tell them that Kelly is dead, so instead, he tells them about how Kelly had the baby, a boy. And that she loved the baby and used to talk to him in the womb.

He gets to look through pictures of Kelly’s childhood, and her mom even comments that he looks a bit like Kelly. As he says goodbye to his grandparents, he tells them that he hopes to have some of the courage and purpose Kelly had. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Back at the bunker, Cas chastises Jack for going out alone. But in the end, he can’t blame him. And that he thinks Jack made the right choice to not tell Kelly’s parents that she was dead.

And then things kind of take a turn. They’re talking about Sam’s plan to bring in Michael, and Jack says it would be a good idea to not worry about bringing in Dean alive. That he’s seen what Michael can do, and it’s better to go in with a plan to take him out, whether that saves Dean or not.

And when Cas gets angry about the insinuation that they should be okay with killing Dean, Jack fires back that it’s what Dean would want. And you know what? I don’t think Jack is wrong.

“Stone-cold body snatcher.”

Oh, Nick. He’s having a very hard time readjusting to life without Lucifer occupying his body. He’s having flashbacks to all the horrible things he did while Lucifer was occupying his body. And the worst part is, he doesn’t understand why he would agree to let Lucifer possess him in the first place.

So, Cas reminds Nick about his family. And how his family was killed by an intruder, and he was in a dark place when Lucifer came to him. This upsets Nick, very much. Enough so that Nick decides to follow this path of new information.

He calls his hometown sheriff’s offices and learns the killing of his family is a cold case. They never caught the person. And Nick blames himself. If he hadn’t said yes to Lucifer, he would have been there to hound the police daily to solve the crime.

Cas and Nick argue about the morality of occupying someone else’s body. And Nick accuses Cas of being just like Lucifer. Stealing the body of an innocent person.

Cas tells Nick that he regrets what he did to Jimmy Novak and his family every day.  At the end of the argument, Nick turns around and snaps at Cas. Cas worries that Lucifer may have left a mark on Nick’s psyche.

Nick goes on his own field trip out of the bunker, except his doesn’t end so nicely as Jack’s. Nick visits his neighbor, Arty, who was the supposed witness to the death of Nick’s family. Arty doesn’t remember anything that happened. And he swears he didn’t see a man exiting the house.

Nick snaps and attacks Arty, and ends up killing the poor man with a hammer. Maybe Lucifer did leave a permanent mark on Nick’s psyche. And now we have the mystery of who killed Nick’s family if they have no evidence and Arty swears there was no one in the house.

Supernatural — “Gods and Monsters” — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Gods and Monsters” — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

“Duluth in October”

Sam, Mary, and Bobby head out to Duluth to track down the lead Jo gave them on Michael. It also helps that a pile of dead bodies with missing eyes has popped up, a clear sign they are on the right track.

When they get to the morgue, it’s clear that Bobby’s FBI is rusty, and he bumbles his way hilariously through talking to the coroner. The three of them investigate the bodies and discover they’re all vampires, and they’re confused as to why an archangel is hunting vampires. They ask the coroner if anyone has come to claim the bodies, and she said someone visited, and then left.

This leads them to Lydia, poor, poor, bait Lydia. She tells them that Michael kidnapped all the vampires and did experiments on them. She didn’t know what the experiments were, but she could tell them where Michael was hiding.

Sam, Bobby, and Mary show up at the abandoned church, and are immediately jumped by werewolves. And not normal werewolves, but supercharged werewolves. Man, does Michael work fast! They quickly discover the only way to kill the werewolves is to behead them. And they quickly take them out.

Then we see the silhouette of Michael in the doorway. Except with a stumble and an utterance of “Sammy, it’s me,” it turns out it’s Dean.

Michael has left his body, and he doesn’t know why. But we all know this is the trap Michael was laying for our hunters, right?

Performer of the week

I’m giving performer of the week to Mark Pellegrino, because oh my Chuck, did he PERFORM this week! And I’m not the only one here that thinks so. Mark is seamlessly moving between distraught Nick, who doesn’t know what to do with himself after being possessed by Lucifer and Nick who is slowly losing it because of the mark Lucifer has left on his psyche. This episode definitely showed off his acting chops. And he did not disappoint.

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Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW