Supernatural: Who Knew The Antichrist Was Adorable?
Urban Legends Come to Life
We loved the premise behind this -- that when the world starts behaving by childhood rules, you could be in big trouble. Itching powder makes you scratch your brains out, joy buzzers turn into powerful electrocution machines, Pop Rocks + Coke = exploding stomach, playing with yourself leads to hairy palms, your face really can freeze that way, and the tooth fairy is a burly bearded guy in a pink tutu who will happily steal all your teeth -- but leave you with quarters. We'd heard about all the other bits, but the bear-like tooth fairy? We kind of think that's special to the show.
The humor worked much better in this episode than the last, seemed more genuine. The boys hearts seemed more into it. Of course, it's possible that we, like Dean, have the sense of humor of a 9-year-old.
There's more -- read on!
This ep did a great job combining funny with tragic. Once the guys found out what was going on -- that Jesse was the son of a virgin human and a demon, and that he was therefore The Antichrist -- they had to grapple with Cas' insistence that the boy had to die. Ulp! But... he's such a cute, good kid! It's not his fault what he can do!
And if that wasn't heartbreaking enough, there was Sam's reaction -- we have to tell him, give him the chance to make the right decision! "You didn't," Cas responds. "And I can't take that chance." But after Cas realized, to his tiny-plastic-action-figure peril, that Jesse's not easy to kill, Sam gets a chance to put his plan into action. Sure, they try to sugar-coat it for the kid at first --you're a superhero, like The X-Men! -- but the demons force his hand. Yes, you're the son of a demon. Yes, you're more powerful than just about anything we've ever encountered. But you can do the right thing, to be a good guy:
Sam: You've got choices, Jesse. But if you make the wrong ones, it will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Jesse: Why are you telling me this?!
Sam: Because I have to believe that someone can make the right choice -- even if I couldn't.
The guys convince Jesse that he needs to get out of town, and they want to take him to Bobby (and how we loved the idea of Bobby as a hirsute, trucker-capped Charles Xavier). He wants to take his parents, but the guys let him know that they'll be in danger. So Jesse goes up to say goodbye -- and ends up wishing himself away (presumably to Australia.) But because he's a good kid at heart, he put everything back to normal before he went -- no more Action-Figure Cas.
So Jesse's made a choice, but what does that mean for humanity? He's a good kid -- but now he's alone in the big bad world, and there's no guarantee he'll stay good. Will the demons get to him? Will he turn bad after exposure to the evil that men do? Will he start wishing people into cornfields just because he can? We don't know... but it gives us the willies just thinking about it. And oh, that poor kid!
Were you as heartbroken as we were listening to the guys contemplate what they'd done to Jesse? Yes, they told him the truth -- but he was 11. Was it too much for him? Even Dean, who in early seasons was all about ripping off the band-aid on reality, has misgivings. They destroyed Jesse's life by telling him the truth. And even though they had no choice, it still hurts. What's more, Dean says "The more I think about it, the more I wish Dad had lied to us." "Yeah, me too," says Sam. And just like that, our hearts break for the boys all over again.