Things about 13x06 “Tombstone” #3
Okay, this episode to me was an all around mess. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few scenes I thoroughly enjoyed - the Jack scenes for example, but overall this episode to me just didn’t work at all pacing wise and also didn’t work in terms of tone and the way it tried to switch back and forth between over the top comedy and drama - it just came off fake to me. Did I smile to see Dean geek out over Cowboy stuff? Sure. But in general this episode completely threw me off in terms of emotion and atmopshere. There literally was way too little time for what imo would have been important to take time to explore with Castiel’s return, Jack’s involvement in his re-emergence, etc. All of that fell way too short and didn’t have any true impact and emotional gravitas at all, to me it just felt fake.
SPN has of course always been a show to swing wildly in its tone from episode to episode, but after the past couple of episodes this one just to me felt absolutely tone deaf in any regard and that is a shame, because Jack’s identity crisis and fear of hurting the only people he knows and cares about and how that is something all of them, Sam, Dean and Cas can deeply relate to would have deserved more screen time than any silly notions that took the biggest chunk of the episode.
So yes, I’m afraid this episode was a total let down even though I hadn’t any expectations really, but it all was just rushed and cut short and basically exactly like S12 again in how this kind of approach rips the show off its core: emotion. Because they didn’t take the time to actually explore those emotions.
That said, Jack almost breaks my heart as much as Dean does. Maybe also because they are so alike in how they see themselves in relation to others and the ending scene when Dean once more proves his emotional maturity by admitting he was wrong and that he is sorry, etc. was a really wonderful scene. The entire ending scene was powerful, but like I mentioned before just absolutely rushed and with that not half as good and strong and emotional as it could have been imo.
I’m sorry to say it, but this episode didn’t work for me at all. It’s a classic case of the writers putting too much stuff into one episode when they could spread it out over multiple ones and stretching other things unnescessarily long when it is absolutely not needed. And the MotW in itself was kind of blahh to me too, of course the whole “zombie/undead”-aspect, etc. related to the main arc, but to me the characters felt very card-boardy. So yeah I’m afraid despite eye candy and some “Dean as a christ figure”-moments and good Jack+TFW scenes if I had to rate the episode due to it’s unnevenness and predictability I would only give 4 points out of 10 tops.
Edit: Oh and also, I absolutely despise how they are pressing iconic SPN lines into every episode. It DOES not work, it just cheapens the moment, because it seems the writers seem to think if you throw one of those lines out there it immediately gives the same weight to a scene as it did in original context and that’s just not the case.