Did anybody else feel a tad... disappointed by how easy this was? Spoilers ahead...
So yeah, Dean killed Abaddon, the last Knight of Hell, last night. And it felt kind of shrug-worthy. There was all this talk about how Abaddon was going to ravage the Earth, and she was creating a brand new demon army, yadda yadda... but in the end, she went down ridiculously easily. I have to assume there's a twist coming, like that army is still out there, but still. Buh?
It's not just a letdown because it was too easy, though — also, it makes this season feel even more aimless than it already did. There were two main plotlines: the Civil War in Hell and the angels fighting over Heaven. And you had to assume that at some point, they would maybe converge. But... apparently not. The whole thing with Abaddon and Crowley feels like a gigantic shaggy dog story at this point, and you have to think this show maybe loves Crowley a bit too much after all.
The bulk of the episode was teasing us with the idea that Abaddon was maybe going to outsmart Crowey and Dean — not that hard, especially in Dean's case. Abaddon's big master plan, surprisingly, isn't just ripping Crowley's head off. Instead, she goes back in time and grabs Crowley's son Gavin MacLeod from 18th century Scotland, and brings him to 21st century Cleveland — there, she threatens Gavin's life to get Crowley to help set a trap for the Winchesters. This turns into lots and lots of Crowley bonding with the son who hates him, and some mildly amusing "fish out of water" comedy with young Gavin encountering lightbulbs and tall buildings and games where the Buccaneers beat the Saints.
I guess Crowley has human emotions after all — he's been addicted to blood since Sam "cured" him, but it wasn't clear until now that he still actually had human feelings. And Crowley not only wants to save his son Gavin from Abaddon, but he wants to keep Gavin MacLeod from sailing on the Love Boat to certain death, back in the 18th century. It's all cute — but as the apparent culmination of a long-running storyline, it feels disposable. Even if this is just a fake-out and Abaddon isn't dead (or her plan is going forward somehow), it's still underwhelming.
In the other part of the episode, Castiel has a huge organization behind him in the fight against Metatron, and they capture one of Metatron's wannabe lieutenants. When Sam and Dean use mockery instead of torture, the guy spills everything about Metatron's secret portal to Heaven, his ground army, and his elite shock troops. And then the guy is killed, leaving Castiel to believe he has a mole. So Castiel tries to recruit Gadreel — if not as an ally, then as a spy.
Oh, and Dean is being turned nasty by the Mark of Cain and the First Blade, not surprisingly.
All in all, a pretty entertaining hour of television — but not one that leaves me with a great sense of urgency or storytelling momentum. If anything, it felt somewhat... anticlimactic.