Supernatural Season 10 Review “Soul Survivor” – One Battle at a Time

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In this episode of Supernatural, called “Soul Survivor,” Sam drags Demon Dean back to the bunker and begins working on a cure to bring back his brother.

The only way I’m going to be able to write what I feel about this episode is to split it up into two parts, because I am completely split down the middle.

What I Didn’t Like

I’ll let the part of me that’s disappointed talk first so that I can end the review with the part of me that is elated and go out on a high note. When I wrote my article about why I wanted Demon Dean to stick around, it didn’t even enter my radar that we were this close to losing him. I wrote in there that Sam could cure him in this episode, but I didn’t believe it at all. I threw that line in there because I thought people might wonder why I was writing all about not losing Demon Dean when there were really no signs he was leaving us.

Boy, was I ever wrong. Three episodes, that’s all we got. Nothing that I wanted to see actually happened and I swear when the episode ended, I wanted to cry. We didn’t get to see any flashbacks to Demon Dean waking up. We didn’t get more than a few seconds of Demon Dean and Castiel interacting. We didn’t get to see Sam try to hunt with Demon Dean, like Dean had to hunt with Soulless Sam.

So for that, I am disappointed in this episode and I couldn’t even watch it a second time before writing this review. I’m still in a mourning period right now and I need time to process the fact that something I loved so much is already gone.

What I Loved

Looking past the loss, this was one of the best episodes this show has ever produced. I had a feeling it would be a good one as it was directed by Jensen Ackles. Over the years, Jensen has taken on more and more challenging episodes to direct and I could tell that this would be his best yet.

There was so much heart in this episode and it wasn’t all coming from Sam and Dean. Castiel and Hannah, even Crowley had their moments of heartache and humanity.

But it was the scenes with Sam and Dean that outshined all the rest. It’s hard to say how much of what Demon Dean said to Sam was what had really been lurking in Dean’s mind and how much of it was Dean’s demonized soul trying to get at Sam so he’d let him go. Castiel made a great point when he said he understood why Demon Dean didn’t want to be cured. Being human, especially a human who’s walked in Dean’s shoes, pretty much sucks.

Thinking about the scenes between Sam and Demon Dean in this episode, I find myself literally shaking my head (seriously, I just did it again) when recalling how faceted and subtle they were. I already praised Jensen’s directing, but I also have to tip my cap at both his and Jared Padalecki’s acting. The way they communicated the pain they were both feeling (for I know Dean was feeling pain underneath Demon Dean’s cruel words to his baby brother), it was something we’ve never seen on this show before. And that’s say something, considering the kind of acting we’ve already seen from both of these guys.

As I said before, Crowley and Castiel’s stories were both spectacular in this episode as well. I loved seeing Crowley trying to get back into his normal routine and realizing he couldn’t do it as long as Dean was still a demon. I think he hopes that turning Dean back into a human will break the bond they had, and maybe it will (and maybe it should), but I have to wonder if it won’t be as easy as that.

Castiel and Hannah’s story has been evolving so delicately that her feelings for him almost slipped by me. I loved that Castiel spotted what was happening and took a moment to try and talk to her about it. Now that he’s better, will they find it as easy to stay on track?

Both Castiel’s and Dean’s situations were temporarily fixed, but both of them still have a long way to go. Dean still has the Mark of Cain and Cas is once again on borrowed time. But they have to take it one battle at a time.

My favorite bits:

Thinking Dean had a great point. There is a lot more running through him than demon juice.

“You know I hate shots.”
“I hate demons.”

The shocked look in Dean’s eyes when he realized the blood was working.. or that it was at least doing something.

Cas trying to teach Hannah how avoid talking about things they can’t do anything about.

Okay, I gotta give credit where credit is due: That was a pretty damn clever way for Sam to summon a demon.

Sam correcting Lester’s Latin.

Dean pointing out that Sam might actually be worse than him. Ouch.

Crowley remembering all the good times with his best bud. Aw.

“Sometimes enough is whatever you have.”

Demon Dean referring to Regular Dean as Sam’s “guilt-ridden, weight-of-the-world bro.”

Demon Dean pulling out some hateful things to get Sam mad at him. The part about their mom was the absolute worst. Demon Dean is a mean mofo.

“Your very existence sucked the life out of my life.”

“This is me, yanking your lame-ass out of the fire.”

Sam taking a look around Dean’s room and finding all the family photos. OMG that one from Season 1 just about killed me. They were babies.

“Why can’t you people just sit on clouds and play harps like you’re supposed to?”

“Here’s the thing. I don’t want to leave. Not until I find you!” – Jensen Ackles is giving me a serious case of chills.

Finding out that it only “smarted” when Dean walked across the devil’s trap.

“There’s just enough demon left in me that killing you ain’t no choice at all.”

Demon Dean running a hand through his hair before going off after Sam again. It was nothing and yet it was amazing.

Cas’ glowing angel blue eyes and Dean’s demon black eyes. WOW.

Amazing how Jensen could communicate changing from one person to the next with just a look in his eyes.

Sam telling Cas he was going to get his brother some cholesterol and then get drunk. Yeah, I think he deserves that.

“You look terrible.”
“You know it wouldn’t kill you to lie every now and again.”

Cas pointing out that Sam and Dean had been through too much for attempted murder to get between them. I’m with Dean, it is indeed a sign of how screwed up their lives are that that made sense.

“I’m glad you’re here, man.” – So much aw.

Knowing as soon as Cas said it was “quiet out there” that something was going to happen. But who is this new player?

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!