And it's Supernatural, The Next Generation.
Unfortunately, the episode suffered a bit because it was obvious from the beginning what was going on. It just smelled of set-up because Victor was too good to be true, and hey, "Victor" is such a villain's name ("That's Frahn-ken-steen"). And also unfortunately, the living room denouement was awkward and took too long; they wrote themselves into a corner where pretty much the only way out was for Victor to kill himself. But I did like that the vampire lore on this show has advanced to the point where an innocent woman could be saved and unvamped. I also liked that the Winchesters taught those three kids that it was more important to save someone than to kill monsters.
I didn't buy that those kids were going to stop hunting, though. Krissy reminded me of Jo, who was so determined to follow in her late father's footsteps. (Poor Jo.) It's also not the first time that hunting monsters has been referred to as an addiction, and that the people who do it are essentially broken, and unable to stop until they die.
And what are the three of them going to live on? Who owns that house? Is there money in the bank?
When the series began, Dean and Sam were 26 and 22. The scenes they did with those three kids just made it obvious how freaking long this series has been going on. (Not that Jensen and Jared are old!) Krissy Chambers was introduced in last season's "Adventures in Babysitting". I thought she was too young to be sexy bait, but according to IMdb, the actress is 17. Half Jensen Ackles's age, by the way. Half.
I'm sorry that we won't see Krissy's dad again. I liked him. Hunters die young, as we all know quite well.
Bits and pieces:
-- Before the Winchesters showed up, Krissy talked about her boyfriend in Canada who wasn't around. I wonder who that could be? (Yes, I got that it was probably fantasy Dean.)
-- The Winchesters supposedly met Victor during a rugaru hunt in Spokane. I don't think we've seen him before, though, because I don't remember seeing him in season four's "Metamorphosis". Am I wrong?
-- I never saw Freaks and Geeks. Were there any references to the show in the episode, or was it just a nod to the fact that these were high school kids?
-- I enjoyed that the opener was something of a take-off on their "parked by the side of the road opening up about their feelings" thing. Herbal tea, anyone? And Sam did give the impression that he was under the weather. Victor got the drop on Sam much too easily.
-- This week: Conway Springs, Kansas. I wonder if they deliberately used the Winchesters' home state because it was an episode about children as hunters?
-- The "Lodge" looked familiar, and I've never been to Vancouver. Have they by chance filmed there before?
Dean: "You just crossed streams with a federal investigation."
Dean: "It's not what I expected."
Krissy: "And what was that?"
Dean: "More Lord of the Flies, less Huxtables."
Dean: "So how does this work? After soccer practice and the bake sale, they chop vampires' heads off?"
Victor: "Why, yeah. I think a balanced approach is best, don't you?"
Dean: "Kids aren't supposed to hunt, Sam."
Sam: "We did."
Dean: "Yeah, and look what that did for us."
Dean: "There's something I want to tell you about Krissy."
Aiden: "I know. You'll kill me if I ever hurt her, blah blah blah."
Dean: "No. She'll kill you. Good luck."
Interesting idea, reasonably good execution, but it didn't completely work for me. Two out of four possibly fatal training exercises,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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