“Sam and Dean investigate a case that leads them to a devout religious family living off the grid. They realize the parents are hiding a huge secret that could destroy them all. Meanwhile, Dean struggles to accept Mary’s latest decision.” (IMDB)
- This was a surprisingly intense episode of Supernatural – upsetting in spots, even. The topical Monster-of-the-Week set-up – with the fundamentalist parents letting their kid die of an easily-curable illness – lent “American Nightmare” some serious weight.
- There were a couple of fun, though predictable, reversals in this episode, with the Wiccan girl (obviously it’s her, she’s a witch!), and then again with the fundamentalists, described so that you expected Waco-style backwoods hillbillies, only to be presented with a very nice-seeming family. And then that one was reversed again when you discovered they were keeping Magda in the basement.
- “Magda”? Really?
- Guys, we really need to stop with the “Sammi gets gumped from behind” strategy, okay? It’s such a cliche at this point and it makes Sam seem useless and incompetent. Find another way to move your plots forward, Supernatural.
- So the British Men of Letters are clearly bad guys now. There was zero point in killing Magda at the end of the episode from an in-show standpoint. Apparently the Men of Letters think psychics are monsters? Why? Are they just anti-anything supernatural or extranatural? Then why are they using magic and stuff? Is this an issue of them wanting to be the only ones with the toys? Because I’m thinking it is.
- I think it would have been funnier if Mary’s response to Dean had been “I figured out how to text you back! 🙂 🙂 Love you guys!” But laughs aside, I liked that the show didn’t go the route of Mary completely cutting contact and disappearing. Her departure was a bit abrupt, but it totally makes sense that she would need a bit of space, maybe want to go get her own apartment and figure things out. It doesn’t make sense that she would disappear and go radio silent. I mean, she loves her kids and appears to be a good mom. She’s just in a weird situation and needs to sort some stuff out.
Line of the Night Award
“Now I’m a 13-year-old girl.” – Dean Winchester, texting his mom.
Resources & Other Reviews
- IMDB | American Nightmare | Supernatural on the CW | r/Supernatural
- Den of Geek: Supernatural Season 12 Episode 4: American Nightmare Review
- Nerdist: Supernatural Recap: Humans Are the “American Nightmare”
- Next episode: The One You’ve Been Waiting For, 11/10. Trailer.