It’s only been a week, but I’ve been waiting for this moment the entire time — the moment when I’ll be reunited with my oh so handsome Winchester Brothers. This week’s episode of Supernatural introduces us to the new big bad, while giving us some nice moments of character development for Jack, and a glimpse of what’s going on with Lucifer and Mary in the alternate universe. Let’s dive in!
Supernatural Recap: The Rising Son
Air Date: October 19, 2017
There’s a new sheriff in town in the form of Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise of General Hospital), the Fourth Prince of Hell. He’s determined to find Jack and train him, ruling hell until Lucifer’s return. Asmodeus claims total loyalty to Lucifer, forged by his punishment at Lucifer’s hands for freeing creatures so dark and evil that even Lucifer feared them. Rings false to me, but we’ll see.
Over with the Winchester’s, Sam and Dean are still at odds over how to handle Jack. They are very much in a Nature vs Nurture battle, with Dean firmly on the side of nature. He believes there’s no avoiding Jack going dark and bringing about the end of the world, while Sam believes they can teach Jack how to be good.
While they argue, we’re treated to glimpses of Jack’s point of view. He doesn’t altogether understand what he’s capable of or even how to control it. He senses Dean’s distrust of him, but doesn’t understand why. In fact, Dean’s annoyed (and I’m very amused) to see that Jack is following Dean’s movements in an attempt to learn how to act. And let’s be real, if ever there was a man to aspire to be, it’s my forever bae, Dean.
With the unexpected arrival of one of God’s prophets, Donatello, Sam & Dean become aware of a major problem. It looks like supernatural beings can sense Jack’s immense powers and follow them straight to Jack. Sam & Dean come up with a solution. Matching tattoos! I’m all for it, if it gives me a peek at Dean’s chest. Alas, I’ll have to settle for Sam. And when I say settle, I mean it’s a total treat and I was super excited to enjoy it. Unfortunately, their idea didn’t pan out, since Jack’s god-juice infused body rejected the tattoos and they faded away (after he accidentally shockwaved the tattoo artist across the room because the needle hurt).
Although Donatello told them the immense waves of power coming off Jack weren’t dark and twisty like Lucifer’s, Dean still believes they’re not dark and twisty yet. Listening to them argue about him, Jack suddenly disappears, only to be seen outside in an alley. He cries quietly as he remembers his mother talking to him while she was pregnant. Unfortunately, during an earlier conversation about his powers, he also remembered Lucifer talking to him psychically while in the womb. This kid has the deck seriously stacked against him and I’m worried he won’t be able to fight off his darker instincts.