The south side of Chicago is the baddest part of town. And if you go down there, you better just beware… of five families of Mafioso Monsters? Really?
I'm not sure that making Chicago a monster mob city works for me. It doesn't make a lot of sense. Monsters on Supernatural are disorganized, evil, messy badasses, not somewhat civilized supernatural factions maintaining an uneasy peace while ruling a city.
Which is... well, actually, it's the plot of The Originals. So it's not original, either.
I didn't dislike Ennis Ross (Lucien Laviscount, what a great name) as the newly minted hunter. But did they have to kill his girlfriend in the pilot to motivate him, which is exactly what they did to Sam in the Supernatural pilot (as Sam helpfully pointed out)? Ennis is also the son of a cop who is supposed to be dead, except he's not -- he's calling Ennis on the phone and telling him not to become a hunter. Shades of John Winchester.
I liked David Lassiter (Nathaniel Buzolic) a lot more. In fact, I liked him so much that I was thinking, wouldn't it be better if they resurrected Kol on The Originals and gave the character a personality transplant? David is a shapeshifter who doesn't have to follow previously established shapeshifter rules that had them shifting slowly, accompanied by a great deal of gory goop. Nope, it's presto chango, instant new face. Convenient, and a fun plot device. (Okay, I'm told that that was a skin walker, not a shifter. Whatever.)
David is our Romeo character (as Dean helpfully pointed out), in love with Violet the werewolf. When she didn't meet him at Union Station so that they could run away together (note the Titanic-like sad romantic music in the background), David ran away and passed as human for three years. I was worried that they were going to kill off Violet to provide motivation for David, but no. Instead, Violet went back to her evil brother Julian, and David returned to his own family, sort of undercover. I imagine Ennis will keep on hunting, and will eventually team up with an undercover David.
It appears that the heads of the families will be the bad guys. Violet's brother Julian treated her like crap. David's sister Margo just reeks of Joan Crawford-like evil diva. But not all of the monsters are evil, I suppose. What David's brother Sal did at Union Station wasn't what you'd call evil. It was what an overprotective older brother might do. (An overprotective older brother. That sounds familiar.)
The five families are made up of (I think) shapeshifters, werewolves, ghouls, djinn and… was it vampires? They believe in preserving their monster bloodlines, which is where the title came from. David and
So they've been blurring the monster line on Supernatural for awhile, and the producers picked some of the more interesting Supernatural monsters. And the bad guy was even a human this time, because they're blurring the lines, etc. But I can't decide if going with the mafioso monsters was a smart decision.
And recreating the lightning in a bottle that is Winchester brother chemistry just isn't likely. Maybe they shouldn't try.
-- The music was a bit too much. A little too teen show CW. I guess they can't go with the old rock music, which is too bad.
-- This week: Chicago, of course. Dean and Sam were agents Bonham (which has been used before) and … was it Perth? Anyone know? I haven't watched the episode a second time yet.
Julian: "And I want to eat Taylor Swift's heart, but we can’t always get what we want."
Sam: "We kill vampires. And werewolves and demons and… basically, we chase down evil and we cut its head off."
Ennis: "So you're what? Monster cops?"
Dean: "From what you told us, this thing sounds new. Or Freddy Krueger."
Dean: "This is full of blood and meat. A lot of meat. Actually, this one's labeled 'Susan'."
Ennis: "You're not Freddie Costa. So who are you?"
David: "My name is David Lassiter. I'm a shapeshifter."
Ennis: "You're a what?"
David: "We shift… our shape. It's kind of all there in the name."
Ennis: "He's a freaking transformer."
Dean: "And sometimes you gotta work with the bad guys to get to the worse guys."
David: "Dude. I'm right here."
Best line in the episode.
Dean: "You're with me, Romeo."
David: "Sounds good, Buffy."
So what did you all think? I need opinions! Comments! Do you think it has possibilities, or are they going in the wrong direction? If it goes to series next fall, will you give it a shot?
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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