Supernatural : Sam’s Imaginary Friend
So that I don’t incur the wrath of numerous Supernatural fans, let me make this clear, I’ve been a long time SPN fan, but the seasons of late are just getting out of hands.
With the Darkness on the loose and “God” sending Sam (Jared Padalecki) visions of Lucifer’s cage, the Brothers tackle a bizarre case in the latest episode. Sam’s imaginary friend Sully (Nate Torrence) is back and has made him Marshmallow Nachos?!!??!!?. Think that’s weird, well it gets worse. Apparently someone is killing all the Imaginary friends (or Xana as they like to be called) and Sully needs the Winchester’s help.
The show kicks off with a little girl called Maddie, who is shown playing in her room while her Parents wait to go out for Dinner. It is then revealed that she’s been playing “Tea-Time” with her imaginary friend named “Sparkles” who’s half man and half Unicorn or as Dean (Jensen Ackles) aptly refers to him as “Manicorn” later in the episode. While the family is away Sparkles is hacked to death and upon returning from dinner Maddie finds him dead in her room and calls up the police.
Cut Scene and Sully appears to Sam seeking help. Baffled by his appearance Sam questions his arrival while Dean is visibly confused with the absurdity of the situation. Eventually they agree to help him as Sam opens up to Dean about how much help Sully was when Dean and their dad would be away on hunting trips, leaving Sammy alone. They reach out to the family posing as Psychiatrists, come to follow up on the police call Maddie had made. The brother investigate the bizarre crime scene when Sully grants them the power to look into the Xana world.
Elsewhere another Imaginary friend bites the dust, this time it’s a mermaid named “Nicky Mermaid” who is stabbed multiple times by an unknown figure. The boys reach the crime scene and upon Sully’s insistence give her a proper burial. Sam has several flashbacks to his childhood, where Sully tells him that he doesn’t have to become a hunter and he can chose to be whatever he wants.
Another Xana “Weems” runs into some trouble with the mysterious murderer and is wounded in the encounter. He telepathically (that’s how Xana’s communicate) calls Sully for help. The brothers arrive to find Weems hiding up in the shed. Sully patches him up and he informs them that it was woman who attacked him. Dean and Sam decide to split up (like that ever ends up well). Sam apologizes to Sully for asking him to go away the way he did when he was young and tells him about everything that has happened in the past and how he thinks the only way to stop the darkness is to go back to Lucifer’s cage.
Meanwhile, Dean has been captured by the mysterious woman and she sends Sam a message to bring Sully along to the location pretending to be Dean. Sam and Sully find Dean tied up and Sully recognizes the girl as Reese, one of Sully’s “kids” after Sam ditched him. Her twin sister Audrey was hit by a car and killed as a kid after playing tag with Sully. Convinced all xana, aka “imaginary” friends, were evil, Reese started murdering them to get to Sully. Upset, Reese said she needed Sully the most after Audrey died, but he abandoned her. As Dean breaks loose of his restraints,Sully encourages Audrey to kill him for what happened to her sister . Dean tells her Xana are “’Sesame Street’-Mother Theresas,” because Sully was there for his little brother when he himself wasn’t. Sully apologizes several times to Reese, who then drops her blade and embraces him.
Later, Sam tells Sully he “was a hero to [him].” Sully jokes with Dean saying, “You’re not a germ at all,” and bids goodbye.
After Sully leaves, the brothers are shown driving back home. Sam brings up the Cage and Lucifer again, much to Dean’s annoyance. Dean says there is another way than having Sam go back to Hell, to which Sam replies, “Then tell me, what is the other way?”
Fade to Black
Episode Rating : (2.5 / 5)
Verdict : It was a fun episode, but honestly they’re just dragging this show along too much now. The essence of Hunting has suddenly left the writers and with everything from the fork lore covered in the last 10 Seasons they have nothing left up their sleeve. The best thing would be is to let the brothers hang up their boots after they dispose of the darkness or let just God intervene.