Supernatural

Season 7 Episode 2

Hello, Cruel World

6
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2011 on The CW
8.6
out of 10
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530 votes
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The Leviathan possession of Castiel has devastating consequences which leads Sam, Dean, and Bobby back to Sioux Falls, Meanwhile, Sam puts himself and Dean in danger as he begins to crack under intense pressure from Lucifer's mind games.

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  • ANOTHER AMAZING EPISODE

    10
    This was awesome episode I can not wait till the next
  • This episode is so awesome, its rating should be in the high 9s. The reviews show how much people loved it; they're almost all rated 10.

    10
    I have so much love for this episode, and for season seven so far, I need to make a list of its awesomeness:


    -I love how it is being stripped down to its heart and soul, back to two brothers on the road, like season one. As Jensen said just yesterday "season one is what made us fall in love with this show."


    -I love how they are keeping it fresh not only by bringing in a completely new (and extremely old) Big Bad, but by throwing Sam and Dean completely outside of their comfort zone, defenseless and powerless as they have never been before.


    -I love both Jared's and Jensen's performances, they were so powerful and believable in showing how they are cracking under the pressure.


    -I love the scene in the warehouse, it is one of the best brotherly moments ever. So intense!


    -I love Mark Pelligrino as Hallucifer. He is so chilling, and I love how he is so nonchalant about mentally torturing Sam, sitting around reading the paper and stuff.


    -I love Sheriff Jody Mills! She is awesome. And I loved it when Bobby, who is also awesome, went to rescue her. "Bobby Singer, my hero." "That's the drugs talking."


    -I love how they drove me at breakneck speed right up to the cliff and then left me hanging there, counting every second until next Friday. It is so thrilling!


    -I love that they continue to give us great lines of dialogue, like "Don't let Satan change my presets."


    -I didn't love that Cas "died" but I have faith Misha will be back. I loved his performance as a Leviathan, all maniacal glee, so I'm hoping they will bring him back as the Leviathan boss.moreless
  • Who Let The Leviathans Out?

    8.5
    Hello, Cruel World-Dean and Sam both begin to crack as Sam suffers memories of his time in Hell while Dean begins to falter under the combined weight of coping with his brother and Castiel. Meanwhile, Castiel has problems of his own as he tries to cope with his new Godhood.

    Well, it's only episode 2 and the season's Big Bad(s) seem to already be taking form and starting their plans of world domination. After the frightening reveal of the Leviathans taking over Castiel's body. The episode begins with Castiel's body about to explode withblackoozing licking from all over his body as he walks into a near by lake. Even after all the gruesome things we've seen on Supernatural over the years, it's definitely one of the most disturbingsequencesfrom the series. Unfortunately, the brothers and Bobby are unable to stop them and the Leviathans escape through the water pipes in the lake in astunningSFX moment. While a cool looking sequence, it makes you wonder if we've seen the last of Castiel? If this was his final appearance, it's kind of a bittersweet farewell to one of the most beloved characters of the show's last 3 seasons. Hopefully, it wasn't and we'll see Castiel in some form down the line, if not as Misha Collins (God forbid), at least in physical form so we can get some closer between him and the brothers.

    Anyway, the Leviathans spread out and begins possessing other people, like a little girl (what is it with this show and evil little girls?), a mechanic and two high school jocks who end up killing than eating a couple of other jocks. What is interesting about the Leviathans is in one sense, they seem more calculated and welling to form solid plans to survive which makes them different than demons yet in another, they seem moreanimalisticand one track minded on their own than demons are. Taking over the local hospital to use as feeding ground is a pretty sick yet smart plan for them to survive, yet when it comes to dealing with enemies on their own, they're just brainless monsters. Like when Bobby runs into one of the Leviathans impersonating a doctor and they do that strange (and badly CGI-ed)monstrous yell where their jaws get bigger and have multipletongues. But at the same time, the Leviathans seem pretty unstoppable as guns and even at the end, crushing them to death won't kill them. They are definitely setting up the Leviathans to be the most challenging villains for the brothers yet.

    But the Leviathans aren't the only problem at hand for the boys, as Sam's wall continues to break and his hallucinations of Lucifer begin to mess with hisperception of what's real and what's not. I'm glad the writers are finally amping up Sam'smental breakdown with remembering Hell. It seems last season they were stalling with thatstory-lineand even in the finale, we didn't get to really get to see Sam lose it like everyone kept saying he would if he got his soul back. Finally, we get to see Sam holding on to reality for dear life as his world literally crashes before him. Jared Padelacki is truly stunning through this episode as Sam tries todifferentiate between his hallucination and reality.It's great to have also have Mark Pellegrino back as he nearly steals the scenes he's in as Lucifer taunts and mentally tortures Sam. The fake-out with Lucifer as Dean was pretty disturbing, especially when Lucifer manipulating Sam to kill himself soon after. I loved the moment where Dean comes to Sam's rescue, reminding Sam to trust and pushing his wound in to make him feel something real. After all these years, it's great to know that the brotherly bond between Sam and Dean is still solid and strong considering all they've been through. Jared and Jensen were amazing in that seen and it's also heartbreaking to see Dean starting to fall apart too. At the beginning of the episode, Bobby tries to get through to Dean to make him open up about losing Cas and seeing Sam starting to lose his mind, yet Dean as usual says he's fine and toughens up. At the end of the episode, not only is Cas gone and Sam losing it, but Bobby's house has been burned down and he's missing! Dean's phone message to Bobby was truly sad, seeing as how Dean is starting to lose hope with everyone close to him suffering or gone. The episode ends with Sam and Dean being taken to the hospital by the amublance...the same hospital where the Leviathans have taken offer. It's truly one the darkest and depressing endings of the series as the brothers' friends are gone and they are at their most vulnerable. Whatever happens next with probably be the hardest challenge they've ever faced. All and All, "Hello. Cruel World" is a strong second episode that builds on both the Leviathans and Sam'sstory-lines, leaving the brothers at a crosswords.moreless
  • Supernatural continues to rock my world and the best part is, it just keeps getting better and better

    10
    This season by far may i add is AWESOME ,I can't wait to see what the producers have in stock for us this year , its been almost 7 years and supernatural still continues to kick ass,Despite it's age this show still continues to be the best show on the CW network, if you compare other teen drama shows (zzzz...) to this you can understand what I mean here, this show's target is all age audience, and now that they've brought in leviathans and we've lost Castiel (aw :( ) I look forward to next weeks episodes and i CAN'T wait to see what happens next!!!moreless
  • Definitelyone of my favorite episodes! Season 7 is shaping up to be fantastic!

    10
    This wasdefinitely one of my favorite episodes, it simply had everything I like about Supernatural (exept Castiel being his Angel self).

    You have Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer, doing a wonderfull job at being awesome and creepy at the same time. Hegave me the same chills as IT gave me when I first saw it.Here's me hoping the writers find a way to keep him in the show for a while!

    Then there is Sam, poor Sammy! Jared portrays the slow mental breakdown very well. And because we have known the characters for so long, most of the time a facial expression is enough to let us know precisely how Sam feels. Btw, I'm a psychologist and I found the portrayal very convincing and believable.

    Dean, allways the brave one, tries his best to stay strong, but everyone has is breaking point. I'm afraid Dean is going to crack a few episodes down the road. Jensen was great. My favorite moment was where he convinced Sam that he was real (on of the best brother-moments) and when he desperately called Bobby.

    What I found clever was how the writers handled the fake Dean situation. When I rewatched the episode, you can see Sam looking confused to the keys in his hand, and when Dean arrives, there is Bobby's truck with the lights on.

    I can't believe this episode is rated so low! I found it so much better than the premiere, which in itself was already fantastic. Maybe it's just the people who don't like the Castiel developments who downgrade the episode :S Come on people, no way he's dead (who else can keep Crowley in line?). And even if he is: I liked Castiel but I find it more sad for the actor Misha. I became to consider him as a core cast member. Whatever the case may be: if you like a plot twist or not, in this case it has nothing to do with the quality of the episode!!moreless
Olivia Steele-Falconer

Olivia Steele-Falconer

Annie

Guest Star

Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

Dr. Gaines

Guest Star

Lori Ann Triolo

Lori Ann Triolo

Head Nurse

Guest Star

Misha Collins

Misha Collins

Castiel

Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Benito Martinez

Benito Martinez

Edgar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: When Lucifer takes Sam to the office building that is really a warehouse, the name on the door says Morningstar, a reference to one of Lucifer's many names.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dean: So (Castiel's) gone.
      Bobby: Yep. Rest in peace. If that's in the cards.
      Dean: Dumb son of a bitch.
      Bobby: Well he was friends with us, wasn't he? Can't get much dumber than that.

    • Dean: Wait, I got it. Why did the Devil holodeck you a whole new life when he can just kick your ass all over the cage?
      Sam: 'Cause, as he puts it...
      Sam and Lucifer: You can't torture someone who has nothing left for you to take away.
      Lucifer: Very good, Sam.
      Dean: Okay, fine. But this Malibu Dream Manson that he--he--he makes for you to take away is this post-apocalyptic mess?
      Lucifer: It had to be a mess, Sam. Or you wouldn't believe it was your life.

    • Bobby: Of course, lost one of the best friends you ever had. Your brother's in the bell jar. And Purgatory's Most Wanted are surfing the sewer line. But yeah, yeah, I get it, right. You're--you're fine.
      Dean: Good.
      Bobby: Of course, if at any time you want to decide that's utter horse crap, well, I'll be where I always am. Right here.
      Dean: Well, you want to do couples' yoga or you want to get back to hunting the big bads?
      Bobby: Shut up. Idjit.

    • Edgar: You got yourself an awfully small body.
      Annie: Too small. She didn't know anything. Can't even see over the counter.
      Edgar: This one, Edgar, Edgar worked on something called a demolition crew. Watching things blow up is apparently very satisfying.
      Annie: Annie knows where baby comes from. Disgusting, by the way.

    • Sam: Okay, if this is some dream and you got power over it, why don't you just end it?
      Lucifer: End it? This? You not knowing what's real, the paint slowly peeling off your walls. Come on, man, this is the sweet spot. Why would I end it? Not like we got HBO in the Pit.

    • Bobby: Well, either Sheriff Mills is having an Obamacare-insured opium dream, or something's eating folks down at Sioux Falls General Hospital.

    • Sheriff Mills: Bobby Singer. My hero.
      Bobby: That's the roofies talking.

    • Dean: (to Sam) Hey, I am your flesh and blood brother, okay? I 'm the only one who can legitimately kick your ass in real time.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Bobby: Whatever they're up to, it ain't--ain't about going Mothra down Main Street.
      Referencing the giant moth-like Japanese monster first seen in the 1961 movie Mothra. The monster is occasionally seen as a mammoth egg, which hatches into a giant web-shooting larva, and eventually matures into the familiar moth-like form. Originally she could generate gale-force winds and lift other monsters into the air. Later in the 90s, she was given additional powers to fire energy beams from her antenna and generate electricity.

    • Dean: Why did the Devil holodeck you a whole new life...?
      Referencing the holodeck from Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The holodeck is a hologrammatically-generated virtual world that is created and programmed by computer and is nearly indistinguishable from reality.

    • Dean: But this Malibu Dream Mansion that he--he--he makes for you to take away...
      Referencing the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse, a large fold-up play structure for the Mattel dolls Ken (aka Ken Sean Carson) and Barbie (Barbara Millicent Roberts).

    • Dean: Turning on his GPS in case he decides to fly the cuckoo's nest.
      Referencing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) was a novel written by Ken Kensey that was later adapted to cinema (1975). The novel features a sane criminal who is sentenced to a mental institution and feigns insanity to avoid being sentenced to hard labor at a regular prison.

    • Dean: Uh, Special Agent Anderson. Ian.
      Ian Anderson is the band leader for the band Jethro Tull.

    • Lucifer: Pinocchio's seeing his strings.
      Referencing the fictional puppet created by Carlo Collodi for his story of a woodcarver, Gepetto, who makes a boy for himself. The Blue Fairy grants Gepetto's wish and brings Pinocchio to life, but he's rebellious and runs away. Eventually Pinocchio returns, sacrifices himself for Gepetto, and is brought back to life and turned into a flesh-and-blood boy.

    • Dean: If you're gone, I swear I am going to strap my Beautiful Mind brother into the car...
      Referencing the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001), about real-life mathematician and cryptographer John Forbes Nash Jr., based on the novel of the same name. Forbes struggled with paranoid schizophrenia.

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