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Supernatural: Ruby is Alright

Yep, I'm digging the new Ruby character.

I didn't like how she was introduced. They could have concentrated a whole show just on her introduction, instead of rushing it they way they did, but that's the creative choice they made. Hopefully, that means they just have too much planned for this year to fit in an extra episode.

But let's start at the beginning of this episode, because I'm making a prediction at the end of this post.

Casting excels

Again, I thought the writing was superb. Ben as Mini-Dean was both funny, and realistic. The casting as a whole this year has been superlative. I don't think there has been a wrong note yet. But I want to single out Katy's mom in this episode. Her grief and fear and confusion made her a terribly sympathetic character, and that really helped the suspense story.

The little girl changeling, Katy, was also excellent. The right mix of sweet and scary. In fact, that contrast made the sweet seem scary, like in the movie The Bad Seed. I cringed every time she said, "I love you, Mommy." I would mentally add "because of your synovial fluid".

The changelings were pretty horrifying. The CGI showed in a couple of places, especially when the changelings moved while they were showing their true face, but I don't think it was really noticeable. I like the techniques borrowed from The Grudge, where the truth is revealed in the mirror or out of the corner of the eye. That set up some nice startle scenes, and it was genuinely suspenseful whether or not Katy's mom would survive.

Mythology rocks

And then there was the mythology.

This is the way I like my episodes. Monster-of-the-Week, 5 to 10 minutes of mythology. It keeps the mythic arc flowing, and keeps the show fresh with the new monsters and doesn't let the mythology take over the series.

When the mythology twists the plot, the show just climbs to a higher level. And this twist is pretzel-worthy.

So Ruby is a demon, eh? Nice. Didn't see that one coming. It throws out all kinds of questions: what's her tie to Sam? What's her tie to the YED? How did she learn about Sam? What's in it for her?

It also has the potential for a lot of nice backstory. What exactly are demons? What do they get out of causing pain for people? Why do they all have different motivations? Isn't there someone - Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub - leading them, or giving them some master plan?

These are important questions, though the answer may seem obvious. So far, the show has been clear on half the good and evil question - there is a hell, demons are evil. But it has only feinted at the good - is there a heaven? We don't know, we only have hints from episodes like "Roadkil"l and "Houses of the Holy." We also don't know if angels, or other "good" supernatural beings exist.

On the surface, it seems like an easy answer. If there is a heaven, there must be a hell. If there are demons, there must be angels. That's the way it is to Sam. But to Dean, it's not as cut-and-dried. To him, demons are just ultrapowerful evil beings. He doesn't consider what hell is. Hell could just be another dimension, not a punishment for an evil life. And demons, while supernatural, they don't have to be God's sworn enemies. They could be literally beings from the dimension of Hell.

That would give the show a more sci-fi slant, instead of the more religious overtones of the good/evil debate. And if demons aren't necessarily evil - more like they consider themselves a superior species able and willing to exploit humans for their depraved idea of pleasure - then it follows that there may be demons sympathetic to humans.

Like Ruby.

Sympathy for the humans

Ah, Ruby. So much to deal with. Not only does she open up a bunch of backstory, she also makes a nice foil for Sam. Their dialogue in the diner absolutely sizzled. This more then made up for their lame introduction. Loved the "Skymall" comment. Brilliant.

The plot possibilities are endless, also. What is her game? Is she just looking to step into the void caused by the YED's death? Can she really save Dean? What will she ask in return?

Here's my prediction: Ruby can, and will, save Dean. But she's going to ask a terrible price from Sam. Sam is going to have to work against Dean, and that will be the arc of season 4.

I think this is the natural progression. Remember the Rule of 3s I talked about before?

Well, we have yet another trio. John's deal with a demon saved Dean's life. Dean's deal with a demon saved Sam's life. And Sam's deal with a demon will save Dean's life. But traditionally, the third time has a twist. Sam isn't dumb enough to give up his soul for Dean. He believes in Heaven, and Hell. But would he work for the other side to save Dean?

Maybe. I think we'll find out.

Posted by Miller on October 16, 2007 8:04 AM
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"Sam is going to have to work against Dean, and that will be the arc of season 4."

Wow! If it really goes that way that would be a nice twist & so awesome!!

-- Posted by: Jay at October 16, 2007 10:19 PM

I think so also. One thing I was thinking about is if Sam will have to work against Dean openly, or if he'll have to sabotage their efforts without being caught. Both have a lot of dramatic possibility.

-- Posted by: Miller at October 17, 2007 7:27 AM

i agree but i tink dat ruby n dean r gonna find each over n fight aginst sam but work together 2 kill lilth!!!omg!!!

-- Posted by: Carter at July 4, 2008 2:41 PM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 7:21 PM

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