War of the Worlds is the seventh episode out of 23 for the season, this means we are nearly a third of the way into season 13. Continuing this week with a film title, this episode will raise some questions. While we, the viewers now know that Mary and Lucifer are alive, Dean does not. We have seen a relapse into some of his vices and angry over his network getting a little thin,(which we saw in last seasons finale) including Crowley also gone, whom may not have been his favourite person/spirit but he was familiar.
IMDb’s description of this episode is;
“As Dean and Sam continue their search for Jack, they stumble across a familiar foe; Lucifer manages to escape Michael’s grasp and finds an unlikely and mostly unwilling ally.”
Let’s take a closer look at the promo before diving into some questions and twists.
A Familiar Foe
The beginning of the promo is creepy as Asmodeus is calling Jack, ew his utterance makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck, but he is not familiar yet.
The familiar foe could be Lucifer or even Michael because I would never consider him an actual ally in the canon of Supernatural. Whatever the outcome may be, in real Supernatural fashion, nobody is ever permanently dead or gone so all will be revealed, I guess.
Is a newbie to the storyline, having been a retired demonic general and a bit old school in his approach. Where Crowley was a bit more of a lush indulging in the lusts of the flesh, Asmodeus is more an apocalyptic fire and brimstone character, he is a Prince of Hell and filling in as King of Hell until Lucifer’s return. We haven’t seen a lot of him, yet the mythology behind Asmodeus is that he was created by Lucifer and seems intent to turn and nurture Jack to the dark side. In the promo we see him calling Jack how this will unfold we will have to wait and see.
Where is Mary Winchester?
Episode 1 covered a lot of ground we also saw a bit more of the parallel world that was part of the season 12 finale, and we got to see Bobby, Yay! Not much more has been revealed up till now, but Lucifer is about to escape which precedes the question if he gets out what will happen to Mary? In Lost and Found Lucifer tells Mary that she is his bargaining chip which makes her more valuable to him alive rather than dead because he knows Mary is the boy’s weakness and he wants his son, Jack. How this will all unfold is yet to come. Hopefully, there will be a bit of a struggle behind it rather than a spaghetti-style western showdown and exchange.
Secondly, what does Mary think of all this? Plucked from 30 years ago and transplanted to a new life with no husband or babies to enjoy, which is vast in itself, she has had to deal with the grief of the loss of a life that she dreamed of and never had. A pretty grim reality, to be snatched away from her again just when Mary was getting to know her boy’s in her new life. Now she is in another world with a complete lunatic, and hopefully, we don’t see her victimised and fodder again as she has already been used by the British Men of Letters.
What has she been thinking and doing, is it a huge learning curve for her? I would like to see her emerge as every Pheonix does from the ashes, which is quite literal in her case.
Jack and Castiel
Jack is nowhere to be found. Castiel feels conflicted after promising Kelly he would be there for the boy. There is a lot at risk with the struggle to influence Jack by both Castiel, who was sure he felt good in Jack and Lucifer who has his bargaining chip plus a determination to get his son back.
Jack sees Castiel as his father, in a hostile environment having skipped over the nurturing of parents, childhood or coming of age experiences that a part of teenage years. Jack is indeed new to this world, needing to manage his powers and emotions. Will Sam’s influence be enough to sustain him or the fond memories of Kelly get him through the challenges before him?
What form will help come in for Jack and Castiel, will good triumph over evil or will Castiel need new alliances with the angels to forge a new path for Jack?
This season is shaping up to be the best ever, with new writers on board it is coming together. Only a few times have I thought the writing to be a bit predictable or subjects left unexplored. Overall the season is hitting up a 9/10 or more in the opinion of fans and numbers are up. Here’s to season 13, with new characters to get to know.