by Billie Doux
This one just might be for the fans who have been saying Supernatural isn't bothering to push the envelope any more.
Not that this was a brand new idea. It was ripped directly from the movie Chronicle, with the geek behind the camera (Brian) who wants to be like his friend the jock (Michael), they have an encounter gives them what they think are superpowers, and of course, there's The Cool Girl They Both Want (Kate). Unfortunately, I didn't care much for Chronicle, although it was probably a pretty good movie. Maybe it's my dislike of found footage movies crossed with an overdose of teenage testosterone. Queasy-cam makes me feel like someone took my eyeballs and put them in a martini shaker. And forty minutes really wasn't enough for us to get past it and get to know those kids and care about them.
At any rate, I've always enjoyed seeing the Winchesters from a distance and another perspective -- much like they did with the Ghostfacers, but more serious. And for me, the best part of the episode was that Dean thought about the situation and let Katie go in the end. We already know that his year in Purgatory changed him -- he's off the booze, past the grief and the depression, and refocused on his calling -- but apparently, his relationship with Benny the vampire has also changed Dean's perspective on monsters. Not that long ago, Dean hunted down and took out Amy and then he lied to Sam about it, because he was certain that it needed to be done. I bet Dean wouldn't do that, now. (Which, of course, doesn't help Amy a whole lot at this point.)
Although I thought the three young actors were all good (especially Kate), most of the episode was about them instead of the Winchesters, and I just didn't want it to be. I also thought that the multitude of cameras that Brian set up just wasn't believable. Although they get points for the many references to monsters, morality and Lord of the Flies, which always makes me think of Lost.
Bits and pieces:
-- The opener was just super eww. Maybe it was because we usually get normal people in a normal situation before things go wonky and there is eww. The show credits were at the end.
-- From a production standpoint, this episode was a good move. They probably filmed most of it while their overworked stars were working on another episode, or possibly sleeping.
-- I liked the sideways acknowledgement that they did two episodes in a row where eating human hearts was a plot point. And it isn't even Valentine's Day.
-- The set decoration was exceptional. I kept noticing interesting things on the walls. There was a poster that I'm certain was in "Ghostfacers". Michael was wearing a tee shirt that said, "A Bad Trip."
-- Kate wanted to be a lawyer, like Sam. Nice touch.
-- Werewolves with a pedigree? The prof was a "pureblood"? I didn't catch the stuff about the alpha, but it was mentioned. I thought about Madison several times. Too bad she wasn't a pureblood.
-- Sam and Dean were agents "Rose and Hudson". I have no idea who they are.
-- Peanut butter on a bagel? Come on. That's just wrong.
Brian: (spotting Dean and Sam in fed suits) "Look, look, look. Starsky and Hutch."
Michael: "Rizzoli and Isles."
Michael: "Is it me, or are you getting a workplace romance vibe from those two?"
I love how they keep doing this stuff. It's always funny, even if it's also creepy and incestuous.
Brian: "Are you an X-File?"
Sam: "Dude. Two burgers?"
Dean: "Hey, I didn't eat at Big P's for like a year, okay? Clear eyes and clogged arteries, can't lose."
Definitely the best line in the episode. I wonder if it was filmed before Romney started using that Friday Night Lights line?
Kate: "I'm pretty sure that FBI agents don't say 'awesome' that much. And they definitely don't hunt and kill college kids."
Brian: "I'm sick of being Piggy. I want to be Ralph."
Dean: "Do I really say 'awesome' a lot?"
Sam: "No. No, no. No."
Ummm, rating. Not easy. This was a creative, unusual and well-done episode that probably deserves three out of four clogged arteries. But I don't think I'll watch it again. Does that make it two and a half clogged arteries out of four?