‘Supernatural’ Recap: The Winchesters Leave a Teen Wolf Without a Pack
The CW's Supernatural stepped out of its comfort zone with “Bitten,” a monster-of-the-week episode that was anything but typical, but the risk didn't reap a large reward.
“Bitten” began with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) stumbling upon a blood-painted apartment. Seriously, the place looked like what would happen if you fell on an electric saw… which actually happened to a guy on an older episode. But, they didn’t know whose blood it was. By all accounts, they still had no idea what was really going on in the town in which they were chasing a case. So, they had no choice but to obey when they found the very stagey laptop literally asking to be played. Seriously, it was left there like a prop in a bad horror movie, to which, basically, this episode was paying homage.
Once they sat down with it (sans popcorn unfortunately), the real action of the episode began, with the handheld footage of budding filmmakers named Mike (guest star Brandon W. Jones) and Brian (guest star Leigh Parker) and their new pal Kate (Britni Sheridan).
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Wednesday's episode, “Bitten.”
With no real creative bone in their bodies but too much spare time and a desire to get famous and/or go viral, they started by filming themselves — going to class, scoping girls, talking about other people’s movies, and oddly, calling people asshats. If Mike and Brian were supposed to sub in for Dean and Sam on this episode (and it certainly seemed like that was partially their purpose), then just who was Kate, the girl who was between them the whole time?
scenes from 'supernatural's' bitten
Suddenly, Brian found his purpose in life. Screw making movies; he wanted to be a superhero! He wanted to be strong and tough and out of his friend's shadow. Hell, he wanted to get the girl! So, he planned to find the thing that bit Mike and entice it to bite him, too. In a way, his desire to take control of his own life was admirable, though completely misguided. Mike was losing control of himself every day, unable to contain the darkness inside him. This would have been a great metaphor -- if it were a few seasons ago and Sam was struggling with the decision to give into Lucifer. This time around, though, there weren't really any stakes for strangers to struggle with the great themes and weight we have seen Sam and Dean take on for years. They were just ill-equipped kids; you had to know how this would turn out, right?
Brian’s footage revealed it was his professor who did the biting, and he took off on his own and blackmailed the guy until he got what he wanted. The professor planned to use Mike as a patsy for his accidental crime -- having been "clean" from human hearts for years -- but Sam and Dean got to him anyway. He thanked them when they took him down, happy to be rid of the monster he had become, but Mike wasn’t so gracious toward the BFF that thought he “saved” him.
shots from 'supernatural's' 'Heartache'
We knew from the episode opening that Sam and Dean had their footage, but what didn’t make sense was if they killed the Pure Blood — the Alpha of werewolves — why his pack didn’t automatically die (or at least end up magically cured) with him. Those are the rules Supernatural established for vampires, and we assumed the same would be true of werewolves. But, it wasn’t. And in the end, Kate was left alive, though on her own.
We expected bleeding heart Sam to feel for Kate, but we’re inclined to believe the deal Dean made with Benny (Ty Olsson) was the only reason he was willing to extend the benefit of the doubt to allow her to live, too. And we hope it comes back to bite him (oh come on, we had to!). Not necessarily because she's a werewolf but because she left a trail. Sloppiness and stupidity shouldn't be rewarded.
OMG!: It was just ridiculous that Kate left this video behind -- along with her plea to be left alone -- at all. She could have just burned the footage and tried to pin her two pals' murders on the pro! Yes, we know there would have been no episode then, but we would have been fine to skip this repetitive, filler one.
Thank you, TV gods.: At least when the werewolf part of Mike took over, he attacked someone who deserved it.
Awk-ward: It’s Season 8; do we really still need the jokes at the expense of outsiders assuming the brothers are actually a couple?
Hotness: Mike’s super strength gave him Padalecki-sized arms. Before the weird teeth and claws came out, that was pretty nice.
Fab-u-lous: “Clear eyes and clogged arteries, can’t lose” was Dean’s new motto after Purgatory, chomping on two burgers at once. Texas Forever, indeed!
Can. Not. Wait.: Honestly, we just want this show to get back on track with Sam and Dean at the center, chasing the new mythology it so deftly set up in the premiere episode.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 5
What did you think of Mike, Brian, and Kate's plights, and were you left feeling satisfied the show turned the tables to show how those Sam and Dean usually encounter live? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!