Supernatural

Season 9 Episode 11

First Born

43
Aired Unknown Jan 21, 2014 on The CW
8.3
out of 10
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212 votes
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Crowley and a reluctant Dean go on a road trip to find The First Blade, the only weapon that kill their mutual enemy, Abaddon. Meanwhile, Castiel proposes to use Gadreel's remaining grace in Sam to track the angel, but warns that it could cause Sam permanent damage.

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  • Not sure why Dean took the Mark?

    9.0
    Perhaps I missed it but the story was just improbable to me, the thing that holds these shows together is the being true to the world rules and the strong characters. Did it not strike you as out of character for Dean to so easily accept the Mark of Cain?
  • Loved Dean and Crowley working together.

    9.5
    Great episode! Loved Dean and Crowley working together. I'd love to see Crowley get a spin off show of his own!
  • A hard one

    8.0
    Its always a hard one when that chemistry of Jensen and Jared isn't on screen physically. It was a little old school with the boys having seperate stories but connecting them with their angst and worry and you can see that everything they say and do whilst apart is because of each other.
  • "You're good. But I'm

    9.0
    A late welcome to Supernatural, to the 2014 party!!!! And, I have to say, it's gotten off to a very good start.



    An episode that splits the boys up comes along rarely, and the annoying thing is, most of the time the storyline is screaming out for it to happen. I cite this time last year, when Dean had his complicated relationship with Benny going on and Sam was off with Amelia. This needed time to be properly explored and developed, but both plot lines were abandoned rather quickly, probably due to poor fan reaction. True, I was never a massive fan of Amelia, but I did enjoy the Benny arc.



    But I'm getting off topic, as, finally, the show's taking new risks. Instead of the usual January/February fillers I was expecting to start this week, the story is very much continuing from last week. Dean feels awful that his attempt to help Sam ended up getting Kevin killed. He can't face Sam and Cas... he can't even face himself. Sam, for his part, is resentful of the fact that he could have stopped all the Demons in one fell swoop, but he didn't so he could go on living, something which, he feels, has brought nothing but trouble. Both brothers needed some time apart from each other, yet both also desperately need each other, as both Crowley and Cas kept reminding them. I was certain they were going to be re-united here, but still they are apart. This is an interesting new direction, and I'm intrigued to see where it goes.



    This episode also reminds me why I just sodding love Crowley. To have a character adored by fans who not only works perfectly as a recurring villain but also a recurring ally is a rare thing, and they are exploring it fully. It's interesting: when we first met him, in season 5 (seems sooo long ago now (and, OMG, it's 2014!!!!! Will the End come true??)), he was an ally to the Winchesters. In season 6, he was the main bad guy. In season 7 (when he showed up, that is), he's an ally again. Season 8... bad guy. Season 9? Seems that, on the odd season, Crowley isn't so bad after all. As always, he's the one who held all the cards in the situation. And that little quote I've put above... the BEST thing he's EVER come out with.



    Castiel this week also proved why he just works so much better as an Angel, and why he failed so much as a human. I do like how they are showing how his time as a human has changed him, which is nice continuity and gives more purpose to the storyline, but it wasn't worth the weeks seeing him be, well, crap. Old Cas is back, and it's thrilling to see.



    Obviously, of course, the star of this episode was Cain. Riiighhht. Now then. Let's get this mythology sorted. Lucifer dislikes humans. In his anger, he convinces Gadreel to let him into the Garden, corrupting Eve. Then, he corrupts Lillith, making her the First Demon. Then, he corrupts Able, meaning Cain has no choice but to kill him so as to save him (and, bare in mind, Cain and Able where the original vessels for Michael and Lucifer). Obviously, what happened between Cain and Able is what could have happened between Dean and Sam, except Dean chose to save Sam from Lucifer rather than kill him. Cain, for his part, became "the most powerful demon" to ever live, creating the Knights of Hell. Right then. Try not to work out where this leaves Lillith in all of this. On the whole, let's just appreciate how much of a bad-ass Cain is. The Ultimate Demon. It's been a long time since any Demon was a match for an Angel, so to introduce one now is a very welcome move! I truly hope this isn't the last we see of Cain. Yes, his backstory is a tad cliched, but he's such an interesting character I don't really care. I want to see more.



    A very, very good episode, which I was expecting to be filler. Happy new year, boys. Make it a good one. And get yourselves a Season 10. You can do it!moreless
  • Oh Brother

    8.5
    I always like it when the show shakes it up a it. And Dean + Crowley indeed make for a very interesting buddy movie indeed. And Crowley was in exceptional form. It was also interesting to see Sam and Cas work together and bond over the mistakes they made.

    But I enjoyed Tim and his hiatus beard the most. It was an interesting butchering of mythology and another parallel to make Dean feel miserable. I just hope they are not heading toward End!verse I'm not that fond of that story. Now at least there is another arc and one that is interesting as well.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: When Dean and Crowley enter the pawnshop, Tara is reading Locke & Key #1, a supernatural comic put out by IDW Publishing.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Castiel: (Biting into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.) Tastes like......molecules.
      Sam: What? What are you talking about?
      Castiel: When I was human, you know, I had to eat constantly. It's kind of annoying.
      Sam: Yeah. A lot of human things are pretty annoying.
      Castiel: But, I enjoyed the taste of food. A bit of peanut butter and grape jelly. Not jam. Jam I found unsettling.
      Sam: So what? Now you can't taste PB&J?
      Castiel: No, I taste every molecule.
      Sam: Not some of its parts, huh?
      Castiel: It's overwhelming. It's disgusting. I miss you, PB&J!

    • Dean: You want to hunt? With me?
      Crowley: I do love a good buddy comedy.

    • Sam: What?
      Castiel: Nothing.
      Sam: You're a terrible liar.
      Castiel: That is not true. I once deceived and betrayed both you and your brother.
      Sam: That's not the point.

    • Dean: Abaddon? Way worse. I'll deal with Crowley after, trust me.
      Tara: You sound just like your dad... when he said he'd call me.

    • Sam: Well, they didn't have a guinea pig, but we do.
      Castiel: You have a guinea pig? Where?
      Sam: Me, Cass. I'm the guinea pig.
      Castiel: Oh.

    • Castiel: Sam, may I ask you a question?
      Sam: You just did.
      Castiel: Can I ask you another question?
      Sam: Well, technically, you... yeah, go ahead, what's up?

    • Crowley: This is by far the dumbest idea you've ever had.
      Dean: Yeah, well, it's early.

    • Crowley: You're good... but I'm Crowley.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Crowley: Didn't they teach note-taking at Hunters Hogwarts?
      Referencing Hogwarts School of Magic, presided over by headmaster Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Magic. The school is found in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels about the title character and boy sorcerer.

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