Supernatural S11E22 “We Happy Few” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- It’s Father-Son bonding time! Lucifer isn’t having any of it. Instead of facing Chuck, he hides away in “his” room, blaring loud rock music. Satan’s just a moody teenager – who knew
- Crowley’s not having much more luck down in Hell. His speeches about “making Hell great again” sink like a stone in the face of demons who were watching him lick the floors clean a couple of weeks ago.
- Rowena, meanwhile, is seeking out other witches to help her with a spell – a spell to take her back in time and avoid the end of the world. She isn’t afraid to admit that Amara is the end of everything, and she’s scared.
- The Winchesters force Lucifer and God to sit down and try out a bit of therapy. Lucifer’s looking for an apology that Chuck just isn’t willing to give.
- Chuck finally admits that, yes, he gave Lucifer the Mark of Cain because he loved him the most, but hated himself when Lucifer turned against him and what he created, so banished him to Hell. And he’s sorry for it.
- With Lucifer satisfied, Chuck tells the Winchesters the plan: trap Amara. Not kill her. Light needs dark and vice versa – they both need to stay alive for reality to stay intact.
- Everyone sets about gathering together a group to help them set their plan into motion. Dean goes to find Crowley, Lucifer gathers together the angels (with a little help from Cas), and Sam has Rowena join them.
- With everyone’s help, they could slam Amara with all they have, weakening her enough for Chuck to trap her again. Nobody thinks it’s a particularly good plan, but what else do they have?
- Meanwhile, Amara’s found the newest prophet, Donatello, and isn’t treating him well. When he refuses to tell her where Chuck is, she takes his soul to find out for herself. Poor Donatello, we hardly knew ye.
- When Amara reaches the Bunker, however, there’s nobody there. They’ve already gone, hiding away to flesh out their plan.
- It comes with a nasty surprise, though: someone is going to need to bear the Mark of Cain once Rowena is gone, and Sam’s decided to take on that burden. Dean is understandably angry. Surely we’ve seen the last of the Mark?!
- In order to bait Amara to their location, Rowena sends a message to her. Amara knows it’s a trap, but she comes anyway, desperate for her audience with Chuck. And so the plan begins.
- Rowena unleashes the power of her coven down onto Amara, which… doesn’t work all that well. Then it’s the angels turn to send down another nuke, followed closely by a wave of demons giving her all they’ve got, including Crowley himself!
- With all that combined, Amara is badly hurt, and asks Chuck to kill her. He’s got other plans, of course – to send her back to the cage. The Mark starts to disintegrate from her body, appearing on Sam’s instead. She is not having that, and stops the process before it can really get started.
- As punishment, Amara goes all out – she attacks Chuck with all she has, as well as banishing Lucifer from Cas when he tries to defend his Father.
- Things aren’t looking good. Chuck is down and dying, and outside, Rowena can see something on the horizon.
Whew! Where to even start with this one? The God’n’ Lucifer bonding sessions? God making pancakes? The whirlwind plan to defeat Amara that was planned and executed in all of half an hour? It’s a lot to take in.
The focus of the first part of the episode is one that Supernatural is all too-well versed in by this point: daddy issues. Lucifer even goes as far as locking himself in a room and blasting loud music to avoid the talks with his Father that the Winchesters are trying to force him into. Even for SPN, it’s pretty surreal to see Sam and Dean trying to “Dr. Phil” two of the most powerful entities in the galaxy, and like a lot of things this episode, it resolves way too fast for what is a millennia-old grudge, but at least it comes with some punchy dialogue. Sam requesting that God be a little less “Lordly” is a highlight!
The rest of the episode is given to the new plan to cage Amara, which unfortunately just feels rushed. There have been a lot of “monster of the week” episodes recently, a couple of which could easily have been sacrificed to make room for expanding this plotline. With that in mind, Robert Berens does as good a job as possible condensing it, turning the recruitment effort into a snappy montage complete with Rowena’s badass witch accomplice, Clea. (Did she really have to suffer from “so awesome she dies” syndrome?)
Then there’s the actual attack on Amara, which if nothing else is definitely a VFX feast for the eyes! Particularly impressive is the cloud of demon smoke that finally manages to cause real damage to her. Crowley’s own brand of red smoke is a nice finishing touch. Of course, it’s no surprise that even after all that, she’s still kicking, given that it’s taken nearly an entire season to deal just this amount of damage.
There are a couple of surprises around the corner, one of them being the sudden re-emergence of that damned Mark of Cain plotline. From out of nowhere, Sam claims that he and Chuck discussed it, and came to the conclusion that Sam was going to take on the Mark this time. Cries of, “No!” from viewers everywhere were practically audible, and in fact it almost seemed like a tease from Beren’s, making us believe that we were going to have to deal with Mark of Cain drama for another season. Luckily, that doesn’t last long at all, but is followed by the next not-so-great surprise: Amara manages to very nearly kill Chuck in one fell swoop. (What could Chuck have done to her if he was willing, after all that?!)
It’s left us with a gripping cliff-hanger for the finale next week, that’s for sure!
- The humanisation of Lucifer and God is pretty funny, particularly when Chuck starts doling out pancakes and using that ol’, “I’m sorry you feel I did you wrong,” shtick. Not gonna work, God.
- Similarly, the Winchesters, who can barely even have a proper emotional talk between themselves, acting as therapists for Lucifer and God. Their efforts are, predictably, not great.
- The VFX during the attack on Amara is top notch.
- Clea, Rowena’s time travelling buddy. Or former, anyway.
- This episode could really have done with being stretched over two, maybe even three separate episodes. Everything feels incredibly rushed.
- Honestly, isn’t Cas even getting a look-in? He has a tiny cameo this episode, which seems far too little considering how much the Winchesters have been worrying about him recently. Now they don’t seem to care!
- Amara destroying Chuck’s “world’s greatest Dad” mug is sad. It didn’t deserve it!
And the Random:
- When Amara rips Lucifer from Castiel, there’s a very brief shot of his face morphing into Mark Pellegrino (the original Lucifer).
Review by Jessica Anson