Supernatural Review: "Time After Time"
Another week, and another filler episode. However, this one does not advance the general plot of the season with the Leviathans or even Bobby but it does entertain. Supernatural has always pulled from different mythologies to add monsters, demons, and what have you to add to the mythology of the show itself. This time they add to it by making the monster of this week, Cronos the Greek god of time. In the episode we see that Cronos has been at a loss of power, and in order for him to keep it he has to drain people of their energy or essence usually in threes. This catches the attention of Sam and Dean, but they don't realize what they are fighting until it is to late. This goes into the fact that Sam and Dean are now hunting in a world that is unfamiliar to them. Usually when they take a hunt, they would usually call Bobby and he would be able to bounce things off of him and Bobby would tell them what they are hunting and how to kill it. This time they go in half-assed and it gets Dean sent sixty-eight years in the past with lawman Eliot Ness, played by The X-Files Nicholas Lea.
Dean wakes up in an alleyway after tackling Cronos and finds himself in 1944 being arrested by policemen. He explains how he has been transported in time after tackling a man that emitted a red mist, which catches the attention of Eliot Ness. Ness is famous in our time, largely because of the popular movie The Untouchables with Kevin Costner (which of course Dean references several times in this episode) but in this story, of course Ness is also a hunter. This makes Dean simply ooze of excitement, which is also part of the reason as to why the episode is so enjoyable. Ness decides to partner up with Dean when the two realize they are both hunting Cronos, but in separate times. Ness brings Dean to a woman, who is essentially Ness' Bobby in his time, and oddly enough the woman says Bobby's favorite line "Idgits." The three of them find out what they are hunting and go through the motions in narrowing down where he is. Dean also realizes he can still find a way to reach Sam, even through time ala Back to the Future. He goes to the house that they were staying at in the present time and leaves a note in the wall that allows Sam to pin point where Cronos will be so that he can summon him back to the present timeline.
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Jody Mills was the one that gave the boys the case as she heard about people rapidly aging, and when she heard that he caused Dean to be transported sixty-eight years in the past she took it upon herself to do what she could to help Sam bring him back. The way she dropped everything to help Sam reminded me of Ellen, but she has her differences. It disappointed me last week that we didn't get to see her react to Bobby being dead seeing how close that had become, but in this week we see a little bit of it. Even more so, it seems as if she is becoming a part of the group for the boys now. She fits in nicely, so it doesn't feel awkward at all. At one point after taking some time off, she finds a bottle of alcohol that has a note from Bobby to R. The R being Rufus. This little innocent thing can be played off as nothing, but it is becoming more and more likely that is Bobby staying around the boys as a ghost.
Eventually, Sam and Mills summon Cronos back to their time bringing Dean back with him where they finally kill the god of time by stabbing him in the heart with a special tree branch kind of like the pagan gods they dealt with in "A Very Supernatural Christmas." Cronos in his dying moments tell the boys that he can see their future and that it is filled with a dark ooze. It is a very well done scene, especially with some good effects as the veins in his neck begin to pulsate a bright red as his heart stops. It's just a shame that he instills more fear than the actual Leviathans do.
While yes it was another filler episode in a season of filler episodes, it was still a good one. Even more so, from a more technical aspect the directing of the episode was impressive. The angles and the camera shots were a bit different from other episodes which may be attributed to the change of time for the episode, but it was still very well done. The child like performance given by Jensen Ackles was a treat to watch as was the performances of Nicholas Lea and Kim Rhodes. I personally hope to see more of Rhodes this season as Jody Mills as she can help the boys out in a pinch. I liked how she dropped everything once she realized that Dean had been transported in time and even more so when she told Sam to take a break and used her "motherly voice." It was a very good monster of the week type episode, and probably one of the best of the season.