( Of Grimms, Blutbaden and Fuchsbaus )
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A Little Slice Of Kevin by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming mainly revolves around the mystery of what exactly happened between Dean and Castiel in purgatory, but it also explores Kevin and Linda’s difficult situation as refugees and Crowley’s contingency plans to decipher the content of the demon tablet. As is apparent from this short overview, the episode is rather busy with various plot-strands and characters – too busy for my liking, actually – and as such it has precious little Sam-and-Dean time, which is always a minus in my book. Overall, there are parts of the episode that I enjoyed, parts that left me indifferent and parts that annoyed me, so it is not exactly a winner, but also not the worst episode the show has ever delivered.
( If you let it, this is going to keep messing with you. )
Southern Comfort by Adam Glass delves right into the heart of the current conflict between Sam and Dean – and it is not pretty, to say the least. Southern Comfort is one of those episodes that I love for its intense focus on the brotherly relationship – which is especially appreciated since the last two episodes had little to offer in terms of interaction between Sam and Dean – even though I find it incredibly hard to watch because of its painful content. Luckily, the appearance of Garth brings some levity into the episode, so it is not quite as bleak as it could be, and I am grateful for that. I just hope that the writers are going to build on the exploration of the brothers’ issues in this episode instead of directing their attention elsewhere for another extended period of time.
( It just seems like you and Dean are talking, but nobody's listening to each other. )
Robbie Thompson was, hands down, my favourite writer in S7 – every single one of his episodes were instant Supernatural classics for me – so, naturally, I was eagerly awaiting his first episode of S8. Unfortunately, Bitten proves to be the first interruption of his winning streak for me. Now, from a purely technical/narrative point of view, the episode is done really well. As usual, Thompson is exceptionally good at paying homage to his chosen genre – the 'found footage' genre in this case – and at playing with different visual styles. However, I think Bitten is the wrong episode at the wrong time, because it kills the momentum the season gained just last episode. I think I would have enjoyed the episode a lot more, had it come at a different point in the season.
( Hey Sam, do I really say awesome a lot? )
To give you the heads up, it is quite possible that I will not be able to draft a review for the next episode. My sisters will arrive for an extended visit tomorrow and I will have little time to watch the new episode, let alone write a couple of thousand words of meta. So, I will probably have to postpone the review till the winter hiatus and just post a quick episode reaction instead.
I will be the first one to admit that Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming do not exactly have a good track record with their scripts for Supernatural. I mean, episodes like Route 666 or What’s Up, Dr. Phil are not exactly in Supernatural’s hall of fame. So I went into Heartache with very low expectations, only to be pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. I daresay that Heartache is the first episode this season that managed to truly engage me, emotionally, and that is most certainly owed to the fact that it takes a step back from the mytharc and focuses entirely on the exploration of Sam and Dean’s current issues. Character driven episodes just appeal so much more to me than plot driven ones, and obviously Heartache is no exception to that rule.
( I don’t know about you, but this last year has given me a new perspective. )
Going into one of Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin’s episodes for Supernatural always feels like a game of chance to me. On the one hand, they have written some great episodes, with layered characters and truly enjoyable humour, but on the other hand they have also delivered some of the worst episodes of the show, with characters that feel incredibly flat and a humour that borders on the tasteless. I think their script for What's Up, Tiger Mommy falls somewhere in the middle of those two categories. It is not horrible, but it is also not exactly a riveting and/or particularly insightful episode. I am sad to say that, so far, S8 fails to truly engage me, emotionally. There are plenty of good moments, but as a whole, I find it somewhat lacking for a start into a new season.
( You hid the word of god in a diaper bag? )