The CW’s Supernatural prequel, The Winchesters, takes viewers again in time to observe a younger Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly) and John Winchester (Drake Rodger) pulled right into a world of looking, monsters, and romance. Whereas it doesn’t precisely line up with the historical past we discovered by the adventures of Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) within the flagship sequence, these in cost have created fairly an thrilling story that showcases these characters in a brand new gentle as they try and cease the world-ending menace of the Akrida with buddies/fellow hunters, Carlos (Jojo Fleites) and Latika (Nida Khurshid). Collectively, the foursome — often accompanied by John’s mom Millie (Bianca Kajlich) — have developed a deep and lasting bond, proving themselves a particular monster-hunting unit with their numerous abilities. Nevertheless, one character that hasn’t been given their due within the first season of The Winchesters is Ada Monroe (Demetria McKinney). First launched within the pilot episode as Mary’s hope for locating her lacking father Samuel (Tom Welling), Ada banded along with the group to search for Samuel and assist uncover extra concerning the Akrida. However, out of the 12 episodes to air to date, Ada has been notably lacking for fairly a couple of of them, which is totally felony
Her absence has been defined away with a passing line about what she’s doing off-screen, nevertheless it’s not like she’s actually been as much as something within the meantime as our fearsome foursome has been with their looking duties of late. Actually, it’s a disgrace to see how the sequence has wasted Ada (and McKinney) up till this level, as Ada has stood out because the second she stepped on-screen and has been given an extremely intriguing background that helps her stand other than nearly each different character within the Supernatural universe.
Ada Gives One thing Particular to ‘The Winchesters’
Upon her first introduction, we discovered — alongside Mary and the crew — that Ada was extremely gifted and particular. We didn’t totally perceive the place the character was headed, however she clearly knew a lot concerning the supernatural world and had spent years finding out the assorted monsters that hunters would ultimately come throughout. She has a historical past with the Males of Letters, opening up an intriguing door that has potential to repay in the long term. She survived a demonic possession, even then utilizing the remaining demonic residue inside herself in a spell to attempt to extract the information of the demon. (That alone is fairly badass, isn’t it?)
Ada additionally pulled off a brand new sort of exorcism, by no means earlier than seen on Supernatural, that led to her trapping a demon inside a plant. Ada has confirmed herself resourceful, intelligent, and a crafty enemy to anybody opposing the group. Just like the others, she’s nonetheless studying, however she has excellent uncooked expertise as a witch. Plus, her mysterious background outshines each different character on the present. As she’s older than the remainder of the group, Ada has many extra years of being concerned on this life, which we see early on together with her half-monster son Tony (Tyler Lofton) and their complicated relationship. She stands other than the others for a lot of causes, however this in the end makes us crave her presence on the present extra because it’s so apparent how a lot could possibly be improved if Ada was being included as a lot because the core 4, as a substitute of being relegated to the sidelines.
‘The Winchesters’ Penultimate Episode Showcases Ada’s Strengths
Because the season involves a detailed — and doubtlessly the sequence, given the present state of The CW community — Ada returned within the penultimate episode as she continued to seek for a method to cease the Akrida Queen from opening her portal and destroying the world. Whereas Ada’s magic is probably not robust but, as the opposite witches taunt her about throughout her journey to their secret membership and card recreation, her talents have opened up the door for extra. Plus, this journey in the end introduced her into contact with Supernatural veteran Rowena (Ruth Connell) who has taken an curiosity in Ada’s distinctive, Earth-focused magic. Whereas interacting with Rowena, Ada pushes herself and her magic to new heights, as Rowena teases Ada that there’s rather more in her future ought to she survive the upcoming battle with the Akrida. Not many characters can deal with or pull off a narrative on their very own like this, particularly within the first season of a present. The tales with the core 4 have all been so interconnected as a result of they’ve wanted one another for stability, progress, and to supply the viewers with leisure, and so they haven’t all confirmed themselves robust sufficient to function on their very own. Ada, alternatively, is already an attention-grabbing sufficient character to be simply as thrilling to observe as fan-favorite Rowena and to hold a narrative with a visitor star.
Total, if The Winchesters magically survives the upcoming obliteration of The CW as we all know it, we have to see rather more of Ada. McKinney is not any stranger to taking part in a witch, just lately coming off a three-season run on Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem, and it reveals. She instantly appeared snug on this position, making her seemingly easy efficiency all of the extra compelling. Plus, her half-monster son brings one thing new to the universe as Ada should deal with being a witch, a hunter, and the mom of a monster herself. It’s an intriguing dilemma that, once more, has potential to assist carry the character and the present to a different stage. The underutilization of Ada, a sequence common, has damage the primary season. There’s an excessive amount of potential for the character for the writers to deal with her as they’ve. It’s really very disappointing that they abruptly introduced her again with a solution to stopping the Akrida within the penultimate episode, teasing that she’s going to undergo to save lots of the world, regardless of us hardly having the possibility to see her on-screen. It feels unearned, notably as a result of there may be a lot we may have been watching with Ada to guide as much as this, slightly than the reply falling out of the sky and Ada getting used to save lots of the day and the opposite characters.