Supernatural: Man’s Best Friend with Benefits
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Spoilers! And a bit of a rant.
Unfortunately, Supernatural has gone off track once again. Although it was an entertaining week’s dose of the series, it’s never a good sign when a review begins with the word “unfortunately.” Supernatural has just been renewed for another season and with a show as mature as it is, it’s unfair to introduce a magnificently juicy storyline and put the brakes on it with three other storylines that are chilling in the backseat. I’m referring to Castiel and Naomi, Kevin, Crawley and his vendetta against the Winchesters, and as of late, ‘The Men of Letters’ and the three trials. Castiel seems to be in a never-ending state of ‘hiding out’ as Kevin disappears from the storyline once again. With a “Kevin still doesn’t know the second trial” obligatory line to justify the lack of Kevin, this fan isn’t impressed.
This episode gave us the plotline of the Winchesters helping a cop-turned-witch that they once worked a case with. It began with an FBI employee having dreams of killing people while the world’s cutest dog watched him sleep. The world’s cutest dog, to our definite surprise, turned into a woman while visiting Sam and Dean. That is only after Sam rubbed her belly. The ‘witches’ club the episode introduced was remarkable, mostly because of the delightful man with an extraordinary moustache who wandered in and out of frame. The notion that ‘familiars’ are animals/pets to witches was a bit strange. This episode brought us an element of traditional witchcraft, secret societies and underground operations. It all seemed pretty old school. That was until the most sophisticated looking witch made an Edward and Bella reference. Not cool, Supernatural writers. There we were, enjoying the old rustic feeling Supernatural was bringing to the table with The Men of Letters and speakeasy-looking witches’ bars and then a fireball like Twilight was thrown into the mix. Speaking of references, it may be my overexposed mind playing tricks, but was Dean’s line “we’re going to need the odds to be in our favor” a reference to The Hunger Games? That’s entirely open for discussion.
As per usual, there was friction between Sam and Dean this episode. Sam had the revelation that Dean doesn’t distrust Sam; he just doesn’t trust anyone but himself. And something like that could possibly get in the way of Dean trusting Sam to close the gates of Hell forever. During an altercation with a witch, Sam and Dean were forced to relive their worst memories; their mother dying, Dean in hell and Sam in Satan’s pit. Making Dean finally realize, as we knew he would, that they are The Winchesters, they can’t get through anything without each other. It’ll be interesting to see exactly what Sam has to go through. So far all we’ve seen is a glowing arm and a mouthful of blood.
This episode brought elements of humor, heartache and humanity into play, which would’ve been fine before The Men of Letters were introduced. But right now, Supernatural has their audiences expecting too much and receiving too little. The anticipation of the storyline will soon turn to aggravation and then to dismay at the lack of continuity with the set of circumstances that have already been presented to us. Or I’m just expecting too much of the series. But as they have proven to their audiences, Supernatural is a great show, a show worth renewing and a show definitely worth the wait. But right now we’re done waiting; so hit us with your best shot.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars