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10 Great Moments From Supernatural, Season 9, Episode 16 | “Blade Runners”


Where, oh where, has the First Blade gone? Oh where, oh where can it beeee? This episode deals with just that, as our boys go on a knife hunt with a sorrowfully strung out Crowley. Along the way, they meet the real Jersey Devil, a horny professor, and the Men of Letters reject who bought a zoo. Since the episode had a single storyline to follow, this week we can delve into the delightful minutiae of caller id, stunt casting and transformational reading material. All of which made the episode great.


1. Moose and Squirrel

Oh, Crowley. We love you for the many nicknames you have given our Sammy, and Moose is by far our favorite (and @jarpad’s, too, judging by the many moosey Twitter photos he has shared.) Seeing Crowley’s caller ID identify Dean as “Not Moose”? Hilarious, though I’m not sure if Dean should be flattered or offended. Crowley sees himself and Sam as something of a team after their time in the church. Sam’s reaction to that? Pretty much this.


And speaking of Crowley…


2.  Strung Out and Hung Up on You

Mark Sheppard, as I have said repeatedly, is a golden god, and he was amazing in this episode. From Crowley’s behavior as a pathetic blood junkie to the anger he bellowed when the boys took him captive (again) to the silliness of his drunk dials, Sheppard played a range of emotions with his usual strength and finesse. Sometimes, SPN plotlines (like Buffy of yore) are very realistic struggles despite their supernatural nature. Mark Sheppard plays an addict note-perfect–he is the King of Pain while still retaining his regality as the King of Hell. He is an actor of the highest caliber, and he needs to be in ALL. THE. THINGS. Ever.


3. The Shore Thing

So, okay. Sometimes SPN uses a little bit of stunt casting. This can work very well dramatically, as it did with Linda Blair in Season Two’s “The Usual Suspects” and sometimes it is just campy good fun, as it was with Paris Hilton in Season Five’s “Fallen Idols”.  Casting Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi? Decidedly the latter.


In the SPNverse, Snooki…I mean, Nicole…is a full on demon at the crossroads, and she gives the boys the information they need to find Crowley when he’s gone AWOL to mainline human red. According to her fansites and Twitter, Polizzi got a lot of hate for being on the show, and that’s truly unfortunate, since she didn’t write for or cast herself. We, as fans, need to be a lot kinder and commend her for doing a fine job adding some lightheartedness to a heavy-handed season. SPN has always gone meta. This is just another example. Let’s take our humor where we can get it.


4.  Partners in Time

Was anyone else but me happy to see that the mangst had been somewhat tabled this week? It was such a relief to see the boys working together towards a common goal with a minimum of emotional battling. I totally understand the need for dramatic tension, but I always prefer the boys as a team. And to face the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead? They’re going to need to be.


5.  The Dirty Minded Professor

What was the most realistic part of a show featuring two monster hunters and the King of Hell looking for the knife Cain used to kill Abel so they can destroy a demon out to burn the earth? That a woman found Dean Winchester smokin’ hot. As part of their search for the First Blade, the boys talk to Dr. MacElroy, the professor who sold it to a buyer named “Magnus”. This, of course, is an important, Men-of-Letters type clue, but the best part of the scene was the way she wanted Dean to “get information out of her” in the naughtiest of ways. When she handed her card over, and Sam made to take it, she snatched it away and basically made it clear—she wanted to give it to big brother only. Marked or not, Dean Winchester’s still got it.


6. Reading is Fundamental

One of my favorite things about the episode was seeing Crowley’s habits and tics as he transformed from a desperate, emotional blood junkie back to the cold, de-humanizing King of Hell we know and love. For example, strung out Crowley reads this:


While the almost dried out Crowley, as shown above, prefers a different kind of little woman (ie: a Busty Asian Beauty.) The show managed to put his life journey out of addiction into one episode. For example, compromised Crowley steals candy.


King of Hell Crowley? He stole something much more important.


Good luck getting that one back, boys. Should have bought him a Snickers.


7. “We’re Legacies.”

I am so excited that the boys, who, heretofore have behaved so very Campbell, are embracing their Winchester side by delving ever further into their past (and futures) as Men of Letters. Sam the bookworm has always balanced Dean the grunt. They are halves of a whole, but that means that without each other they are weaker. If they can both manage to embrace both sides of their family tree, they are sure to be stronger than ever in the epic battle that undoubtedly lies ahead.


8.  Under Your Spell

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the VFX team? They just get better and better every season. I mean, just look at the portal the boys took to find the blade.


Between that, the spells cast by Sam and Magnus, the possession by Crowley, the demon eye transformations and Dean’s glowing forearm, we were treated to a bunch of magical moments. Good on ya, effects guys. As Alastair would say (but far less creepy) “I appreciate that.”


8. Magnus’ Mystery Tour

Finally, after their long strange trip, the boys (and Crowley, natch) discover the blade’s new home: it is in the possession of an excommunicated Man of Letters named Cuthbert Sinclair, who goes by the MOL pseudonym Magnus. Magnus, played with evil charm by Kavan Smith, is a collector of all things supernatural, a master spell caster, and an all-around egomaniac. He’s got the blade, and now he wants…you guessed it…to own Dean Winchester to make a matched set.


The masterful Jensen Ackles ran away with his scenes, as he tried, as Dean, to resist the power of the First Blade and the evil it summons within him. This storyline is getting intense and worrisome, and I, for one, am on the edge of my seat, wondering where Dean is headed. Magnus? Not so much headed as beheaded. Thanks to that powerful First Blade.


9.  “Take me to my brother.”

Magnus figures out Dean’s heart pretty quickly. He knows the best way to get to Dean is through Sam. When Sam tries to rescue Dean from Magnus’ “zoo”, hissing “Take me to my brother” as he holds a knife to Magnus’ throat, we see the passion he still feels for Dean, no matter what they are going through. Dean, of course, sees that Magnus has tricked Sam, and the rage and pain in his face as Magnus threatens and slices Sam to manipulate him show that he feels just as deeply for the little brother he has always loved so well. In the end, when Dean struggles with the power of the blade coursing through him after he beheads Magnus, it is Sam who saves him from himself. It is Sam, saying, “Dean…put the blade down.” that gets through to him. Sam’s voice. Calling him home. In the midst of all this emotional turmoil, I needed to see that. To see that, in the end, the brothers still ultimately want to save and protect each other.


10.  Baby, baby, baby..No!

In the end, Dean is deeply affected and changed by the blade. Sam is denied the opportunity to disassociate from Crowley (via killing him.) Abaddon is closing in and the threat looms larger than ever. The boys even lose possession of the blade to Crowley. And yet? None of that is the worst part for Dean. The ultimate insult is that demons have defaced Baby, keying her with an Enochian warning to Crowley from World’s Angriest Ginger.


Dean tries to wipe it away, but it is as carved on her exterior as the Mark of Cain is on his arm, and it is just as upsetting to see the defacing of something so beautiful. It seems like everything Dean loves is going bad. Including, most disturbingly, his own soul.

Next week, we learn even more about the Men of Letters, including (YAY!) Grandpa Henry Winchester. Plus you may have heard of the director. Something…Collins? I think? See you next week for “Mother’s Little Helper”.

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Barbara Sirois Doyle is a Contributing Editor for Sweatpants & Coffee. She is a writer, mixed-media artist, and, most important, a wife and mother to her boyos three. She is a voracious reader, unapologetic uber-geek, and lover of all types of music, from Public Enemy to Rachmaninoff. If she's not watching Supernatural or Doctor Who, she is likely trolling the internet for amusing cat photos. She takes her coffee light with no sugar.

12 Comments on 10 Great Moments From Supernatural, Season 9, Episode 16 | “Blade Runners”

  1. Greeting from Malaysia and I must say I am very impressed with the way you write these 10 moments. With the First Blade gone, the adventure continues and nothing will stop the brothers from getting it back. This is about killing Abaddon.

    The rumours said season 9 will be the last season of Supernatural. I hope it is not true. I hope Supernatural will continue as long as it can giving the mixture of emotions to its fans.

  2. My favorite moment is the Dirty Minded Professor I liked her a lot. I wonder if Dean went for a little cougar action. Once again I enjoyed you 10 great moments. I agree the VFX team is an excellent job on this weeks episode. Mark as Crowley good especially when he was trying to connect with Sam. So funny. Nice to see the boys working as a team and I’m very interested in the man of letters story line. I hope there are other legacies floating out there that Sam and Dean can meet.

  3. The thing that gets me with the stunt castings is, what makes the producers of Supernatural think their fans which they are normally so in tune with are interested in seeing the likes of Paris Hilton and Snooki? There are some castings which are clearly going to appeal to a certain fanbase and make sense i.e. Linda Blair and Felicia Day and some that just boggle the mind as to how they thought the fan base wouldn’t respond negatively to. Kim K, Snooki and Paris have no business in the Supernatural-verse as anything but punchlines.

  4. In the end, when Dean struggles with the power of the blade coursing through him after he beheads Magnus, it is Sam who saves him from himself. It is Sam, saying, “Dean…put the blade down.” that gets through to him. Sam’s voice. Calling him home. In the midst of all this emotional turmoil, I needed to see that. To see that, in the end, the brothers still ultimately want to save and protect each other.

    I loved this. Good writing. “Calling him home” brought tears to my eyes. & I, too, needed that glimpse of love & protection. It gives us a little more hope, doesnt it?

  5. SO excited for tonight’s episode. This was a great episode indeed. I do love that even though the brothers are strained currently, they will still fight for each other.

    What I’m wondering is even though the “zoo” is hidden from the naked eye, and cloaked against demons, angels etc why on earth did they just leave a zoo full of trinkets, and important artifacts AND monsters hanging there… did they learn nothing from the Initiative on Buffy??? Then again we know The Ghostfacers watched Buffy but I bet Sam and Dean never did. Whomp, Whomp.

    • Oh my gosh, Kelly! I thought the same thing! Especially since the boys disposed of Crowley’s jail full of monsters. The writers need to remember: we know this stuff! And I am laughing at the thought of what Sam and Dean would think of Buffy. I wonder how much they would roll their eyes at the staking.

  6. “he is the King of Pain while still retaining his regality as the King of Hell. He is an actor of the highest caliber, and he needs to be in ALL. THE. THINGS. Ever.” — as a fellow SPN recapper (we’re doing it from S1, Ep1, Crowley help us), I CONCUR MOST HEARTILY. He absolutely KILLED it in this ep. Really, they all did, but I lovelovelove it when Sheppard gets to chew on the scenery a bit. Crowley in evil mode helps heal some of the Winchester Menstrual Syndrome pain in my heart.

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