Review: Supernatural – A Break from Supernatureality


by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)

Warning: Spoilers! Supernatural. Season Eight: Episode Four.

Blood. Blood everywhere. Instead of a Supernatural blood spatter at the beginning of this episode, the walls were painted with them. But that’s not the only thing that was different with this week’s dose of the weird and weary. A laptop screen with the words “Play Me” started off the episode with the Winchesters finding a handheld-camera-made documentary in the making. Very 21st Century: hashtags and all. This particular documentary stars one gorgeously handsome boy Michael, his camera-obsessed friend Brian, and one hot chick Kate – the perfect recipe for disaster. Especially when you throw in a juicy love triangle and a werewolf in the mix.

Starsky and Hutch, also known as Sam and Dean appear on camera at a scene of a murder on campus. Jacob Carter, victim number one. Leading clue: a growl. With one joking sentence “You’re dead to me” from in love hot chick to in love hot guy and we know what’s going to happen before it hits us – or bites him. It all seems fun and games until someone gets killed.

Last week’s break from the leading Castiel-Kevin storyline was sustained this episode, with the guest stars (Brit Sheridan, Brandon W. Jones and Leigh Parker) remaining as the main focus. Throughout, we still got our glimpses of Sam and Dean through snippets of dialogue. It was a fascinating look at the Winchester brothers from an outsider’s point of view. Two main things people tend to pick up from eavesdropping into their conversations are:

1. They say awesome way too much

2. They are obsessed with all things paranormal

Supernatural has never been intimidated of going outside their archetypal norm. The tale of Kate and her unfortunate love triangle with her two best friends was tragic. The situation gave Dean the opportunity to show a more forgiving side as after they discovered that she had been bitten and turned into a werewolf, they had decided to let her go and “give her a shot.”

Although the episode did seem a little Ghostbusters-esque, the darker side of the episode tore it away from the wannabe hunters’ storyline. Brian, as an aspiring filmmaker, shoots the entire film and Kate completes it to tell her story and hopefully get the hunters off her trail. The breaks in the bromance between Brian and Michael and their love for Kate proved to be their downfall. The “found-footage sub-genre” material is reminiscent of the movie Chronicle, where good guy turns bad under the pressure of breaking away from his friend’s shadow. The constant surveillance made it easy for the audience’s eye to follow the shaky cam storyline from discovery of the crime scene to being bitten by the professor/werewolf to tearing each other limb from limb.

In isolation this Supernatural episode was more of a Paranormal Activity meets Blair Witch Project than an actual Supernatural episode. Nevertheless it was exciting, terrifying and perhaps a much needed break from the chaos of Supernatureality.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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