Supernatural 11×03 Review: “The Bad Seed” is Growing Up

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I must admit that while I have been looking forward to this season, I was also slightly questioning what it could have in store. Right from the start with Sam being immediately doomed, Castiel on a murderous rampage, and the Darkness inhabiting a newborn baby, I was prepared for this season to be a bit more of the usual. The last two episodes, however, renewed my waning interest in the show with the tidbits of humor and a bit of a twist being thrown in with Crowley and the Darkness among other things. Though the first couple of episodes were dark and serious as expected, “The Bad Seed” took a slight break from that with Rowena’s return to the Supernatural universe. I will always love Ruth Connell in this role. Rowena’s free-wheeling attitude is a breath of fresh air, bringing fun and a some more humor to the darkness often plaguing these boys. (I also adore that accent.) Blondes aren’t the only ones who have more fun. Never underestimate the joy of a feisty redheaded witch with a serious lack of morals.

Supernatural -- "The Bad Seed" -- Image SN1101B_0391.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Behind the scenes with Ruth Connell and Director Jensen Ackles -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “The Bad Seed” — Image SN1101B_0391.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Behind the scenes with Ruth Connell and Director Jensen Ackles — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rowena’s return was obviously prompted by a certain angel on a rampage due to her spell as well as the need to rein in the darkness. After losing the darkness, the boys focus on finding Rowena so they can get the spell off of Castiel. With him in chains, they head off on a lead to track down Rowena and of course, once they get her, a problem is thrown in when Castiel escapes. You’d think after all this time Sam and Dean would have better provisions for holding people. How many times have they had to hold an angel, demon, witch, random human or even each other? Yet, with as much experience as they have, Castiel still managed to break free and find an innocent victim to terrorize. Granted he was under Rowena’s spell and she has proven to be fairly powerful, but still, this was an obvious set up for the boys to take Rowena out of their controlled environment and into the world where she was able to easily escape. Did I mention you should never underestimate a feisty redheaded witch with a serious lack of morals? Yeah, that wasn’t too surprising. Even if the majority of the time she seems to be a bit goofy and maybe even a little out of touch with modern times, Rowena has a dark and twisted side as evidenced by her quickness to eliminate the Grand Coven and anyone who refuses to join her…or mocks her…or gets in her way…or just annoys her. She is fun, isn’t she?

Supernatural — “The Bad Seed” — Image SN1101B_0310.jpg — Pictured: Ruth Connell as Rowena — Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rowena’s presence on the show, however,  wasn’t the only humor in “The Bad Seed.” Her son actually lent a bit of laughter to the show with his interactions with the Darkness. Last week’s episode seemed to indicate that of all the people on Earth, he was the one who actually understood the Darkness on some level. After all, he lured her into his van with “candy” in the form of an entire family for her to consume. This week, he did a complete 180 that was almost cringeworthy at moments. This guy does not get kids…or at least not the Darkness in the temporary form of a kid (why would he, though, right). He is trying too hard with some of his gifts and not hard enough with others. Seriously, he’s the King of Hell and he couldn’t manage to get a dress that wasn’t bloody? I take it back, he wasn’t trying hard enough. And that children’s book was just embarrassing. Then again, he is trying to win her over before she grows up to her true form so goodies and presents is usually the way to go with that. He just wants that really powerful, supposedly evil thing on his side. And who wouldn’t? Although, he didn’t seem to be having too much success and now that she’s hit those teen years, he’ll be in for even more fun. Especially since his conversations with her seem to indicate that she might not think as highly of him as he thinks of himself. If anything, she probably thinks he’s fairly irrelevant when looking at the big picture. What could her plans be for Earth?

Despite the growing Darkness and Rowena’s escape, some good things still happened. Castiel got that awful spell removed (maybe, I still don’t trust Rowena) and the boys got the codex from her. Plus, Sam and Dean managed to save the day before things got worse. They are at least a little better off than at the start of the season now that they have the codex and Castiel isn’t trying to kill anyone at the moment. With Dean’s connection to the Darkness, it should be interesting to see how this plays out. When Dean eventually meets the fully grown incarnation of the Darkness, will he feel a need to protect her at any cost? Or will she feel the need to protect him? I wonder how this connection is going to work.

Supernatural -- "The Bad Seed" -- Image SN1101A_0185.jpg -- Pictured: Gracyn Shinyei as Amara -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “The Bad Seed” — Image SN1101A_0185.jpg — Pictured: Gracyn Shinyei as Amara — Photo: Katie Yu /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural wouldn’t be the show we know and love if it weren’t for all those fun quotes from the writers and interactions with Sam, Dean and Castiel. Castiel’s additional misunderstandings are always perfectly hilarious. Here are a few favorites from “The Bad Seed,” so enjoy!

Rowena: …and they shall know us far and wide and fear us and we shall be known as the…Mega Coven!

Dean: Come on, Crowley, pick up. I’ve left you a dozen messages. Why isn’t he answering the phone?
Sam: Because he’s a dick…and that’s not breaking news.

Sam: He stole your car in Blaine, Missouri, right? Yeah…uh… no accidents, incidents, violations, or anything remotely interesting involving a crappy ’78 Continental Mark V.
Cas: You think it’s crappy?
Dean: Eye of the beholder.

Dean: You know where you are? What’s the date?
Cas: Earth. Several billion years from the beginning.

Cas: It’s difficult with these voices.
Sam: Now there are voices?
Dean: *Backs away from Cas* Are these voices telling you to hurt someone?

Cas: The Perp.
*Sam and Dean raise their eyebrows*
Cas: It’s slang for perpetrator!

Cas: It’s like I was inside a blender that was set to purée for a tomato salsa.
Dean: And you’re the tomato?

Angel Minion: After Hannah died, Heaven’s pretty much been a suck sandwich.

Witch: You can’t do this. I have rights.
Dean: And I have a fake badge.

Witch: But I didn’t try to hurt him. I mean, I am nobody. I’m worse than nobody. I’m nobody’s third cousin who doesn’t even get invited to dinner.

Supernatural -- "The Bad Seed" -- Image SN1101A_0099.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Gracyn Shinyei as Amara and Mark Sheppard as Crowley -- Photo: Katie Yu /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “The Bad Seed” — Image SN1101A_0099.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Gracyn Shinyei as Amara and Mark Sheppard as Crowley — Photo: Katie Yu /The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Crowley: I have a gift for you. Two, actually. *Pulls out bloody dress*
Amara: Is that… blood?
Crowley: Probably. And… *Pulls out pop-up book and hands it to her.* You have to forgive me for being a tiger mom, but it’s never too soon to improve your mind with books.
Amara: Agreed, but I like the one nanny gave me more. *Holds up Dante’s Inferno in the original Italian.*

Amara: I killed her.
Crowley: Not…quite. The meat suit was already dead. It was just the soul inside it that was keeping it alive.
Amara: Not anymore. Thank you, Uncle Crowley.

Rowena: *Sends Dean flying through air with a flick of her finger* Just my way of giving you the finger.

Crowley: Well, we can shape things to our own world view. A place where, like the dinosaur, virtue is extinct, where the very air that we breathe is pure evil. Would you like that?
Amara: Would you? You’d really be happy if everyone….was evil?

Amara: Good, Evil, Heaven, Hell, People…It all seems so unimportant.
Crowley: Well, I don’t know that I’d say that.
Amara: I don’t think you’re seeing the big picture.

Rowena: There’s no trust. Are we not a team?
Sam & Dean: NO!

Rowena: *sighs* You wouldn’t think a road trip with two such strapping lads could be this tedious. Shall we have a sing-song?
Sam & Dean: NO!

Dean: All right. He’s gotta be around here somewhere. So I’ll head up the street, you guys head the other way.
Rowena: Are you joking? I’m in heels!

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Carrie Hildebrand