Supernatural: Season 14 Episode 6 review: Optimism

Supernatural -- "Optimism" -- Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Optimism" -- Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /
Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

This week Supernatural gave us a love story. We also got to see Apocalypse Charlie and get to know her a little bit better.

Ah, Supernatural, I’m loving these old-school monster-of-the-week episodes, don’t ever change. It’s such a good change of pace from the lore-heavy season we had last year. The fact that we’ve had three monster-of-the-week, heavily comedic, episodes in a row, is a breath of fresh air, and I’m all in.

We are, however, back to splitting between multiple storylines, so I’m going to go back to splitting my review. We’ll review Sam and Charlie first, and then end with Dean and Jack.

“Giant fly with low self-esteem”

Sam is out hunting with Charlie during this episode, and a lot of what they do is just sitting in the car. Waiting. Researching. People have been going missing, and goo is being left behind. So, they wait, they watch, and they research.

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During this time, Sam and Charlie get to know each other a little bit better. Charlie reassures Sam that Dean will be just fine without him. Sam tells her that Dean had a wingman in our Charlie, but they must have shown a lot of that off-screen because that’s not something I had ever really gathered before. If Dean has a wingman, it’s Sam.

Charlie tells Sam about her life before the war. She was living with the love of her life, Kara. Then the angels set off a giant EMP, destroying all the technology in North America. Society basically ended, and Kara died.

Charlie then reveals to Sam that she hates hunting and wants to quit. Sam tries to convince her that she’s great at it, but it’s really falling short. I think that Sam has a hard time differentiating between this Charlie and their Charlie, so the thought of this Charlie quitting hunting and going off to hide hurts because it’ll be like losing their Charlie all over again.

Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

They finally discover what they’re looking for is a musca, which is basically a half-human/half-fly. Which apparently just walks around wearing all black and a veil that covers its entire head. Kind of like a gothic beekeeper.

They track the monster and its newest victim into a warehouse that is infested with flies. And a pile of dead bodies. The newest victim is still alive, and probably one of the creepiest looking monsters on the show comes flying out at Charlie. Charlie and Sam kill it.

On their drive home, Sam compares Charlie to the bug. About being lonely and isolated, but still needing love. That helping people is worth it.

And I have to say, Sam giving his speech as the other musca gather up the dead one, showing that even though he isolated himself, his people still loved and needed him? Heartbreaking. It was a really good touch.

Charlie tells Sam after her speech that she’ll think about staying. I hope she does, we can always use more Felicia Day in our lives.

Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Optimism” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

“Do you believe in love at first sight?”

In the cold open of the show, we meet Harper the librarian and Winston who is courting her. They agree to dinner, and when he leaves, set to “Stayin’ Alive” he gets brutally murdered. Poor Winston.

Jack and Dean are in the bunker, and Jack is bored. He wants to go out and hunt. Dean says that Cas has had good reports on his hunting, but he’s not sure he should go out alone. Jack says that’s fine, they’re not supposed to hunt alone, he and Dean can be hunting buddies.

And then Dean agrees. My, what a long way we’ve come in the last season.

So, Dean and Jack head to McCook, Nebraska and go to the Red Rooster, where at first the waitress won’t talk, but after a bribe from Dean, starts blabbing on about Harper and how after her boyfriend left her, she had a string of bad luck, and men tended to disappear around her.

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Jack has so many questions about dating, and Dean promises to give him “the talk” when they get home. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Jack is technically only a year old. They come up with a plan to talk to Harper, who loves romance novels.

In a hilarious scene, Dean goes in and harasses her as an FBI agent, and Jack swoops in and saves her. It works, and Harper brings Jack back to her apartment. Where Jack hilariously tests to see if she’s a monster. He’s very not subtle. And it’s cute. He’s learning so much!

Dean, meanwhile, hears the guy who works with Harper scream and runs to investigate.

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Harper is coming on strong to Jack, and he is adorably awkward. When he excuses himself to the bathroom, he calls Dean and hears Dean get attacked. Now, he doesn’t know what to do, until Dean comes barging into the apartment, chased by a zombie. Pretty sure that’s the first time we’ve seen a zombie like that.

The zombie is Harper’s ex, Vance, who left, and who she thought was still alive. Harper and Jack leave, and Dean stays to fight the zombie.

And this, my friends, is when things get good. The show subverts our expectations and reveals that Harper is a necromancer who killed her boyfriend when he wanted to leave for college. And now they kill men to feed him. Actually didn’t see that coming.

Jack and Dean work together to trap the zombie, and Harper escapes. We catch up with her writing a love letter to Jack, who she wants to turn into her new zombie boyfriend. Oh, Jack, you should have lied about where you live.

Back at the bunker, Dean compliments Jack on his skills and says they’ll talk to Sam about getting him out on more hunts. That is until Jack starts coughing and then collapses to the ground, unconscious.

Performer of the week

I’m giving performer of the week to Alexander Calvert. He delivered in this episode. He really knows how to play Jack’s completely clueless nature. Jack really is only a year old, and he doesn’t know a lot about the world, and Calvert played him with such ease, and hilarity.

Even though Jack has no clue about a lot of things, he’s still confident and he doesn’t really waver. It was amazing. And he was still able to bring it back for some serious moments where Jack was talking about Dean about forgiving himself about what he cannot change.

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What did you think about the new episode? Do you think Jack will be okay? Will he live to face down his new necromancer stalker? Will we be seeing more Charlie? Let us know in the comments below.

Supernatural returns with new episodes Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c on The CW