Misha Collins and Malcolm Master in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "King of the Damned" | ©2014 The CW/Jack Rowand

Misha Collins and Malcolm Master in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "King of the Damned" | ©2014 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Alaina Huffman, Tahmoh Penikett, Theo Devaney, Gordon Michael Woolvett
Writers:
Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke
Director:
P.J. Pesce
Network:
The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM
Original Airdate:
May 6, 2014

After the previous week’s backdoor pilot, SUPERNATURAL gets back to business with “King of the Damned,” which gives us both Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) fighting for his hellish throne and Castiel (Misha Collins) trying to get through to Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett).

Crowleyhas the flashier and bloodier story.Crowleyfinds himself trapped by his rival, the Knight of Hell Abaddon (Alaina Huffman), when she plucks his son, the twenty-something Gavin (Theo Devaney), from 1723Scotlandand brings him into the present. Although father and son despised each other back when Crowley was human, it seems that the old trickster has lingering after-effects of being almost human and ultimately gives in to Abaddon to save his lad.Crowley actually gives Gavin some tips on modern life, but is worried when Gavin says (back in 1723) he was planning to book passage on a ship to the New World, since Crowley knows the vessel sank.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) interrogate insecure, blustery angel Ezra (Gordon Michael Woolvett) not by threatening him physically, but by pretending they don’t believe he knows anything at all about Metatron’s plans. When Ezra has spilled everything he knows, Castiel (Misha Collins) goes in search of Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett), who is working for Metatron.

Per Abaddon’s command,Crowley lures in Sam and Dean, but also manages to tip them off that they’re walking into a trap. After the usual action, Dean uses the First Blade in conjunction with the Mark of Cain to kill Abaddon. The Winchesters tell Crowley that he must return Gavin to the past, even though Gavin is fated to drown when the ship goes down.Crowley, who has already discovered his paternal feelings, vanishes with Gavin and lets the young man loose in present-day America. Sam and Dean aren’t sure if they’re going to kill Crowley or not. Sam is increasingly concerned that the Mark of Cain is having a very negative effect on Dean.

Castiel locates Gadreel and explains they both really want the same thing – a way back into Heaven. Castiel tells Gadreel that Metatron can’t be trusted, and Gadreel seems to believe him. A truce may or may not be forthcoming.

There are many upsides here, including the interrogation of Ezra, which is sort of like watching Padalecki and Ackles channel their inner high-school mean boys. Sheppard as usual is a delight, and Devaney provides a good time (albeit a rather broad one) as the astonished Gavin. Great though Huffman has been, there’s satisfaction in seeing Abaddon vanquished.

On the “duh” side, are we seriously expected to believe Gadreel needs Castiel to tell him that Metatron is less than honest? And why is it that neither Sam nor Dean brings up what Cain is most famous for – fratricide – with all this fretting about the mark and what it may make Dean do? Anybody who has passing familiarity with the Old Testament (belief isn’t necessary, just knowing the story of Adam and Eve’s sons will do) can guess where this may be going, except apparently for the Winchesters, who either genuinely don’t know or are too angry and upset to care.

At least there’s no sulking in this episode, an omission that always makes things better. Mostly, “King of the Damned” is well-balanced and entertaining.

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