A mostly satisfying monster of the week episode, with a twist.
From the moment we met hunters Jesse and Cesar, I was waiting for one or both of them to die. But in fact, their survival and ultimate retirement was the point of the episode. Jesse became a hunter in order to search out and destroy the monster that killed his brother 27 years ago, and he actually did achieve his goal and take his revenge, found his brother's body and put him to rest. Jesse and Cesar were able to hang up their spurs, retire to their place in New Mexico, and leave the hunting life behind. I particularly loved that they were a gay couple, making it even sweeter and more of a relief that they both came out of the hunt unscathed.
This, of course, was a great big reminder that Dean and Sam probably won't ever get to that finish line themselves. Each time they've left the hunting life, something has pulled them back. Even with Amara bringing on the possible end of the world, the Winchesters were unwilling to take a chance at happiness away from Jesse and Cesar.
The monsters themselves were "Bisaan", cicada spirits usually found in Malaysia; the "chitters" was just the sounds they made when they mated. At least they registered fairly high on the creepy meter, because I kept expecting them to jump out and get someone, or for either Jesse or Cesar to turn into one and attack the boys. Although I kept getting confused about exactly what the Bisaan were doing. Possessing people, having a whole lot of orgiastic sex, and then dying pregnant? How did they end up "junkless"? Why the emerald eyes?
In fact, while I liked the gay hunter couple and their story, I thought this episode missed clicking into some interesting plot possibilities. All that talk about pot, and neither Winchester got stoned. I would have loved watching Dean and Sam together and stoned out of their minds. Plus, all that talk about orgies and this week's sheriff was the gorgeous Kandyse McClure from Battlestar Galactica, and neither Winchester got lucky. She even has green eyes and was wearing a green uniform, which I thought was a deliberate nod to the emerald eyes thing. Oh, well.
-- Dean and Cesar went into an abandoned mine shaft full of monsters, in the dark. Why didn't they wait for Sam and Jesse?
-- Jesse and his brother Matty were the same age difference as Sam and Dean. I'm sure that was deliberate.
-- Jesse and Cesar had heard of the Winchesters but thought they died a couple of years ago. What happened a couple of years ago to make them think so? Forgive me if I'm blanking out. I've been reviewing this show for eleven years and I love it, but seasons are starting to run together.
-- This week: Near Gunnison, Colorado, 1989 and the present. Dean was Agent Lewis. As in Huey and the News, I suppose.
Sam: "You even move since last night?"
Dean: "Sleeping is the new smoking."
Sam: "What? No it's not. It's sitting. Sitting is the new smoking."
Dean: "Are you saying it was junkless?"
Dean: "Weed alone doesn't conjure up that kind of scenario. Isn't that right, Sam?"
Sam: "Dude, I was eighteen."
Sam: "It was college. It was probably oregano, anyways."
Sam: "You're an idiot."
Sam: "We're not actually gonna go with 'junkless' on this, are we?"
Dean: "You mean they actually saw him in the act?"
Etta: "What does 'diddling' mean to you?"
And then Etta looked directly at Sam. Lol.
Cesar: "What is this place?"
Dean: "It's a maternity ward slash subway station."
Entertaining, even if it wasn't a classic episode. Two out of four buffalo nickels,
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.
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