WARNING!!!! If you haven't watched "Bitten," read no further! There will be spoilers and discussion and all sorts of things you definitely want to see for yourself. So if you haven't watched, don't read! If you have watched, come speculate with me!
I want to say right off the bat that I adored this episode. Loved it. Can't say enough good things about this episode. If you didn't like it, tell me why in the comments section. (Nicely, please!) But I'm just going to take a stab in the dark and guess that a big reason some of you didn't like the episode was because Sam and Dean weren't in it that much. Which is fair. I don't agree, but I can understand how that could be off-putting for viewers. But I think seeing the story from the victims' point of view is actually an amazing way to really flesh out what Sam and Dean do on a daily basis.
The Outsider POV
Every week, (or almost every week,) we see the "Supernatural" story from Sam and Dean's perspective, or a hunter's perspective. On occasion, we will have an episode that shows us life from another character's perspective, like Bobby or Castiel. But we haven't seen anything like this before. Previously, when we've seen a monster story, it's always been through the eyes of Dean and Sam. Even if those monsters are sympathetic, we still see Sam and Dean working out how to hunt them down and kill them, if they don't have a non-lethal-to-humans alternate living plan. But this week, the entire focus was on Kate, Brian, and Michael. We saw them live their lives, get turned to werewolves, try and figure out what was happening, and stay ahead of the "Feds" who were coming for them. It was an amazing glimpse into what's at stake for the things Sam and Dean hunt. Because you know that a lot of the monsters they come across have lives and families of their own, and they have a lot to lose. Many of them probably didn't choose to become a monster, but once they started killing humans, they're fair game for any hunter. This episode was important because it showed us exactly the toll hunting can take on the victims and why it's still necessary.
Sam's Parallel With Kate
She wanted to be a lawyer, got thrust into a life she didn't want, fought her nature and didn't go darkside, walked off into the sunset. (Jury's still out on that one for Sam, though.) And in the end, Dean let her go to live her life in peace. Foreshadowing? Do you think maybe that's how this season will end? Dean will let Sam go to live out his life as he sees fit, and Sam will. But then, of course, he'll realize that what he really wants is to hunt, so he'll come back. And then he'll WANT to be there, and everything will be good.
Kate's Parallel With Amy
I'm sure a lot of you were thinking of Amy at the end of this episode, but there are a few key differences for me between the two. 1. Amy was killing humans. Kate was not. 2. Kate had a viable alternate living plan. Amy also had a viable alternate living plan, but did her son? I don't think so. I really wish Dean had made the following point during that episode, because it's just so logical. If Amy's son had gotten sick again, she would have killed again. Of course she would have. She's his mother. So when she said she would never kill anyone again, Dean has no reason to believe her. She's killed once for her son, she would do it again. She had to go. I'm not saying it was an easy decision, but there it is.
All right, it's getting late, so I'm gonna bullet point the rest of this.
- This was the most meta non-meta episode ever. Sam and Dean basically watched an episode of "Supernatural."
- How scary was it when the werewolf's eyes flashed over Michael's shoulder when he had the night vision on? I was freaked out.
- I loved how the credits were at the end, and how there were really long chunks of show at the beginning of the episode. It was like 19 minutes before the first commercial. That's awesome! (Clearly, I am not a Fed)
- I liked how Sam and Dean got caught talking about the case on the front porch and in the restaurant. One, it helped advance the story. But two, they totally do that! They just turn aside and think no one can hear them. Well, people can hear you! Two feet is not far enough away, unless you've cast cone of silence or something.
- "Clear eyes, clogged arteries, can't lose." BWAH!
- Since we see the show POV Sam and Dean, it always seems like a lot of things go wrong. But how intense was that scene where they killed the (kind of hot) werewolf professor? It was so efficient and ruthless and Sam just SHOVED that guy off the desk. And when he sighed "thank you," that was just incredible. I loved that scene.
- Kate also reminded me a little of Meg 1.0 with the short blonde hair and sassiness.
- All the "Lord of the Flies" references had a big Purgatory vibe to me.
- "I'm pretty sure FBI agents don't say 'awesome' that much." And THAT'S what Dean was worried about. Not the "office romance" line or the, you know, dead bodies and blood splatters all around him. No, he worried that he says awesome too much.
- Robbie Thompson is rapidly approaching Carver and Edlund status for me, i.e. when I see his name in the writer's credits, I know it's gonna be a good episode. It feels like he just gets the show, especially the brotherly dynamic.
- I love that "Supernatural" is willing to take risks like this episode and play around with its format. I wouldn't want to see it every week, but it's great to have once in a while.
I want to commend everyone for keeping last week's discussion civil, so let's please do the same this week, yes? Be nice to each other! You don't have to agree, but no attacking! Post away!