Supernatural continues its legacy of fine television with the episode “Into the Mystic” by Tracy Diane Miller
For a television show whose basic premise centers around two brothers traveling the road in their classic 1967 Chevy Impala hunting evil, Supernatural is at its best when it tugs at our heartstrings.
Sure, the horror is chilling. But at its core, Supernatural is Sam and Dean Winchester journeying on the road so far (together and separately) on their emotional paths. Fate is not shy when it comes to toying with the boy’s feelings. As Castiel once noted in “My Heart Will Go On,” Fate can be cruel.
The heroic Winchesters have lost their parents, countless friends, their lives (more than once), time traveled to the past, and been in both Hell and Purgatory. Still, the boys carry on and continue to fight the good fight.
Viewers are emotionally connected to these brothers. Of course, the remarkably talented Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles exhibit an on screen chemistry that defies the lack of a real life genetic bond. Padalecki and Ackles are Sam and Dean. Often, it’s easy for us to forget that they aren’t real life brothers.
Who can forget the emotional intensity of episodes like All Hell Breaks Loose, Swan Song and Sacrifice? When the brothers hurt, viewers hurt along with them.
Last night’s Supernatural episode, Into the Mystic, continued Supernatural’s legacy of fine television.
The Winchesters hunt a banshee (the first one on Supernatural) and in the process, meet Mildred and Eileen at a retirement home where the creature has claimed multiple victims. Mildred and Eileen are wonderfully portrayed by veteran actress Dee Wallace and the equally talented Shoshannah Stern.
The parallels between Sam and Eileen are striking. Both lost their parents at the hands of evil. Both had considered law school. Both craved a normal life, yet normalcy was never in the cards for them. Both are unquestionably heroic.
Eileen is a hearing impaired character. Yet, her lack of hearing isn’t an impediment. I applaud Supernatural for introducing a character with a challenge who shows that this isn’t a disability. Eileen is vulnerable, but she’s also courageous. She is a legacy to the Men of Letters (like the Winchesters) and she has all of the makings of an effective hunter.
Like Bobby Singer, Mildred can be Eileen’s touchstone. Arguably, Mildred keeps Eileen grounded. Fate gave Eileen heartache and chaos; Mildred can give her stability and love. Plus, Mildred is a delight shamelessly flirting with Dean and bringing levity to an intense situation.
I’m really hoping that the writers and the powers that be at the helm at Supernatural find a way to bring both Mildred and Eileen back to the show.