Here’s an episode that will get you riled up. You’ll also get to meet Dean’s first love interest.

There is a lonely road out in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. There has been a line of car accidents taking place that are suspicious. Dean’s old flame contacts him asking for help. It turns out Dean Winchester used to have a girlfriend named Cassie. When good old Dean revealed, he hunted the supernatural she promptly dumped him right after. Cassie calls Dean for help since her father and his best friend Clayton, both who were African American, were killed. Apparently the men were run off the road which resulted in their death. Cassie is suspicious because in the days leading up to her father’s death he reported that he had been followed by a black truck.

Sam and Dean show up in the town to do some research. Once they arrive though Jimmy Anderson, editor of the local paper, dies. Sam and Dean dig deeper into their investigation of the deaths. Deans and Cassie soon end up rolling in the sheets with each other.

Not long after the boys are in town the mayor of the town, Harold Todd, is killed too. The brothers, along with some help from Cassie, find out all the men who died are linked in some way to the Dorian family. The Dorian family was once a white family who was very wealthy and influential in the town.

Cassie is attacked not soon after the connection is discovered. When the brothers come to help they, find out Cassie’s mother used to date a man named Cyrus Dorian when she was younger. Cassie’s mother left Cyrus for Martin Robinson instead. Cyrus was so angry over what happen that he burnt down the church Cassie’s mother and father were married in. The burning of the church also ended up killing the children’s choir in the process.

Cyrus tried to finish his revenge by attacking Martin. Martin was able to defend himself and beat the other man to death. Martin and two of his friends, Jimmy Anderson, and Clayton Solmes, got rid of the evidence by pushing the truck and Cyrus’ body into the swamp. Harold Todd knew about what the men had done. Being the young deputy of the town at the time he covered up the murder.

Dean and Sam decide to put the phantom truck to rest once and for all. They drag the truck and its owner from the lake. Burning the body is the easy part, but they have to lead the ghost truck to the grounds of the burnt down church. The brothers win, and Cassie is finally safe from the ghost truck.

Dean does attempt to renew his relationship with Cassie. Unfortunately, the lovely lady turns him down. It forces Dean to hit the road again with his brother Sam.

Route 666 is not an episode for the faint hearted. It goes out to make a point about the unfairness of the period. On the other hand, it’s very inspiring. For example, Cassie’s mother despite being white chooses the man she loves for who is. Not his skin color. Cyrus is a shallow soul, and lets his judgment blind him to gain his ‘revenge’ for Cassie’s mother leaving him. Cyrus’ hatred eventually led to his death.

One part that does make this episode very interesting though is that Athens, Ohio is mentioned first thing at the beginning of the episode. Athens, Ohio is seen as one of the most haunted areas in the country. It’s another way Supernatural has shown to have some real world influences, and even mentions them in the series.

All in all, Route 666 is a very touching episode. It touches on true love, real world influences and shows a part of Dean never seen before. Turns out the hunter, for all his womanizing ways, does desire a connection with someone. Only time will tell if he will ever find it.

If you recall from last episode (In the Beginning), Dean caught Sam literally exorcising a demon with the power of his mind.  After watching Sam harness his powers and realizing that the woman he is with is Ruby, Dean angrily confronts his brother and demands that he stop doing this as it is dangerous.  Sam had previously told Dean that he wasn’t utilizing this power and had kept it hidden from Dean for exactly this reason but with Ruby’s help he’d been tapping into the demon blood – blood that Sam now knows a lot more about thanks to his visit to the past and Castiel – and while Sam’s argument that he’s using this power for good sounds like it makes sense, anyone who’s read history (or comic books for that matter) knows that it’s a slippery slope.

After Dean explains to Sam more of what he’s learned about the nature of his power and the message from Castiel, Sam agrees (again) to not use his power but he obviously disagrees thinking that he can control it.

The Rougarou

There are cannibals and then there are the Rougarou … The rougarou (alternatively spelled as roux-ga-roux, rugaroo, or rugaru) is a legendary creature in Laurentian French communities linked to European notions of the werewolf.  The name in fact comes from two different french words – Loup (French for wolf) and garou (a man who transforms himself into an animal).  Now we’ve seen werewolf’s before in Supernaturalthe Wendigo in the 2nd episode – however in each of these cases, the creature has had some control over its actions.  In this case however the Rougarou has no control and when Dean and Sam are called by another hunter to help solve a case in Carthage, Missouri they discover a man going through a painful process of transformation into one of these beasts.

During the hunt, Sam lashes out on Dean, saying he is tired of how Dean looks at him like a freak and while Dean’s initial plans to deal with the man are the same as normal – shoot first and deal with the consequences later – Sam needs to see if its possible for the man to be more than the blood in his veins.  Sam wants to reason with him and explain what could happen to him and his family if he were to succumb but Dean believes that while regrettable he is doomed.

After a long conversation, they are able to persuade the man and he manages to take some control over his transformation, but unfortunately the hunter who initially contacted Dean and Sam chooses to take matters into his own hands and threatens the mans wife (& unborn child).  This tips him over the edge and he completes his transformation killing the hunter in full view of his horrified wife who he manages to spare.

When the man tries to kill Dean, Sam is forced to kill him by burning him alive. Seeing what the man went through, Sam decides to stop using his powers.

One good thing about Supernatural is that they like to leaven their horror with a light sprinkling of comedy (I know sounds a bit weird, but they manage to pull it off quite admirably) and this episode is a perfect case in point.  Basically – we’re going Back to the Future … allow me to explain.

Recap

Castiel transports Dean back in time to where he has an opportunity to change the future of the boys. His very cryptic remark that Dean must stop it but with no further details doesn’t really help matters, however when Dean bumps into his father accidentally and eventually his mother he starts to piece it all together.

It turns out that Mary – Dean’s mother as well as her parents Samuel and Deanna (do you notice the similarities in the names or is it a bit too obvious) are all hunters! Surprise Surprise – bet you didn’t see that one coming did you?

Dean eventually figures out that the person he’s meant to stop is the Yellow Eyed Demon as with his father’s book in hand he knows exactly where the demon is going to be next. He manages to persuade the current holder of the Colt pistol of his need for the gun and takes it with him to the next location. However his grandparents or actually his grandfather and his mother have also gotten to the site as the girl is actually a friend of Mary’s and she doesn’t want anything to happen to her.

Dean meets his mother outside and while he doesn’t tell her any details about what he’s doing there he informs her that she should not go into the bedroom on the day that she dies in the future.

When they all confront the demon Dean is unable to make the shot and he is able to escape however when he takes his grandfather back to the house to explain what is really going on, Dean tell his grandfather about the demon and about what has happened to him and the family in the future specifically with regards to his mother . His grandfather however doesn’t act the way you expect and seems to accept the fantastic story astruth and asks to hold the colt but Dean tells him that he will not let anyone hold the gun. It is at this point that the Yellow Eyed Demon reveals that he is actually possessing the body of Dean’s grandfather and now knows all of the secrets about his future!

He speaks to Dean and eventually tells him that he can save no one including his grandfather at which point he stabs himself with a knife.  When Deanna (his grandmother) sees this she calls out but the demon quickly kills her also and then disappears. Dean is finally free and realizes that the demon must be going to hunt Mary and heads off to find her also, but he is too late as by the time he arrives the Yellow Eyed Demon has already killed his father.

Now while you might expect to see the whole fading away Back to the Future effect when Michael J. Fox gradually started to disappear as his father and mother did not hook up, here the demon actually speaks to Dean’s mother and tells her that he can bring John back from the dead if she will simply make a deal with him to so that in 10 years time she lets him in. He actually indicates that as long as he is not interrupted nothing will happen to her. With John dead she feels that she has no choice and makes the deal just as Dean arrives.

Dean is returned to the future by Castiel who actually tells him that there isn’t really anything that he could have done differently but now he knows the same thing that the angels do which is that Azazel (the name of the Yellow Eyed Demon) was going to bleed into Sam‘s mouth as a baby so that Sam would have demon blood inside of him. He says that he needs to find out what Sam is doing and stop him so then goes to look for Sam and he finds him exercising a demon with his mind. Now while we already knew about this, this is Dean’s first exposure to it and it incises him as he’d specifically asked Sam if he was using “his freakymind powers” and Sam had lied to him when he said No.

Review

OK I guess one thing I wasn’t sure about at the beginning was the whole Back to the Future shtick. I mean I know that one of the better things about that show is the fact that it’s not afraid to mix comedy with horror and it isn’t all dark dreary and miserable but this started to feel like a filler episode almost right from the beginning and while that might have been some small steps forward … my initial impression unfortunately was correct.

Knowing that Azazel was led to Mary by Dean himself while somewhat poignant didn’t really impact the overall story and also having Dean (& Sam’s) parents killed by demons prior to his birth – again didn’t really impact us overall as the only real parent they’ve each had is Bobby (you could say that their actual birth father was their parent but it seems that he’s been busy fighting demons and creatures most of their life so you almost have to discount him).