Supernatural: Season 8, Episode 10

Torn and Frayed (16 Jan. 2013)

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Dean and Castiel try to rescue Samandriel from Crowley. Sam tries to decide whether or not he should continue hunting or be with Amelia.

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Dean and Castiel try to rescue Samandriel from Crowley. Sam tries to decide whether or not he should continue hunting or be with Amelia.

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Exciting and fulfilling!
16 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Castiel, after receiving orders from the angel Naomi, asks Dean for help with rescuing Samandriel, another angel who is being tortured by Crowley for information.

Torn and Frayed starts off exciting, and ends with just as much (if not more) excitement; there were a few parts in the middle that I couldn't help but dislike, specifically the parts that included Amelia. Those scenes with Sam and Amelia thankfully did not bring down the rest of the episode. Sam is a great character, but he doesn't seem to have any 'shining moments' when he's in the same room with her, which is what makes these scenes feel a bit dull.

While the episode did have its ups and downs, I believe the writers did a wonderful job wrapping up certain things which will, hopefully, be good news for the Winchester brothers. There have been certain conflicts getting between the brothers this entire season, and both have been doing their best to avoid bringing up the issues (or rather, do their best to hide that it's an issue), which has slowly but surely been tearing the brothers apart. These issues are addressed in Torn and Frayed, and the results might surprise you.

I feel that there was a lack of Castiel and Crowley in this episode, and that was one of the only letdowns. Since this IS a battle between heaven and hell, it seems only fitting to have periodical showings of both angels and demons. However, having less angels vs demons action gives us a chance to focus on the brothers and, like I said, allows them to bring up the issues between them. It's about time, too!

Great episode! I'm already looking forward to finding out what will happen following these events. I suspect we'll be seeing more of Naomi and Crowley in the future. I would give this a 7, however, the end really threw me for a loop and for that I say this episode deserves a solid 8 / 10.


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