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'Supernatural' - Of Grave Importance

Some ghost to watch over us

This review may contain spoilers

With all the ghosts and ghost-specific drama like the bad ghost draining the others, this episode felt very "Being Human."

Hunter friend, Annie (Jamie Luner), disappears into a haunted house; so the boys fumble around trying to find her. A portly ghost, Dexter (Derek Gilroy), in the house seems to be killing kids, but it turns out the wealthy scion of the family, Whitman (Antonio Cupo) was and is killing people, plus terrorizing the ghosts he has made.

Some details of ghostly existence is explored. Plus what Bobby (Jim Beaver) can expect to experience and what he has sacrificed in order to remain and help his boys is shown more explicitly.

Points Of Interest

1. Dick Roman sponsoring another archeological dig is mentioned.

2. Annie was compulsively prompt.

3. As expected, Bobby is haunting his flask. Makes one wonder what part of him is there, and whether you really want to be drinking out of it.

4. Ghosts should either be in a zen state of utter calm or boiling with white hot rage in order to move physical objects.

5. Ghosts who cannot be directly seen still leave ghostly images on video.

6. Experienced ghosts can appear and speak directly to regular people, move physical objects and use spectral voice transference to communicate through technological devices.

7. All ghosts decay, how rapidly depends on the individual. Eventually they lose identity and volition; plus their spectral form also seems to rot.

8. Was Dexter, the ghost falsely convicted of being a serial killer, a reference to the show and character of Dexter, the serial killer?

What Worked

At last, the boys see Bobby. Bobby has been watching over them and helping his boys as best he can the whole time. Plus now he's figured out the communication thing as well as moving physical objects, small ones for now.

What Didn't Work

Annie, an experienced hunter, entering a known haunted space, forewarned by bodies on the ground gets killed by a single ghost. Why couldn't it have been Garth?

Whitman can drain ghosts for power but still needs to burn their bones later. And exactly what form does this "power" take?

Once again, Dean (Jensen Ackles) cannot curb his self-righteous disapproval of his closest friends who are making massive sacrifices for him. This time, Sam (Jared Padalecki) even warned him against being a dick and he still couldn't apply even a little diplomacy to the situation.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

"Supernatural" stars Jim Beaver, Jamie Luner, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Elysia Rotaru, Antonio Cupo, Derek Gilroy. "Of Grave Importance" was written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, and it was directed by Tim Andrew.

"Supernatural" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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