Supernatural: Season 2, Disc 1 review
Without, further ado, I give you the first four episodes of season 2 of Supernatural (and these episodes include some truly amazing titles).
(Page 2 of 2)
“Bloodlust“ – “So much F’d up crap happens in Florida.”Skip to next paragraph
Collectively, the Monsters of Television write about television from a fan-critic perspective: They love what they’re writing about, but they're perfectly happy to critique it, too. They aim to make insightful, accessible, and entertaining posts without getting bogged down in overly academic terms and ideas.
Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' trailer recalls 'Alien'-style sci fi horror (Video)
HBO cancels shows including 'Hung,' 'Bored to Death'
'The Hobbit' trailer provides a glimpse into a new Middle-Earth journey (VIDEO)
'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer draws controversy for villain Bane's portrayal
'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer is here, gritty
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
“Bloodlust”, on the other hand, is an episode I really really liked. It’s not a particularly fresh concept (consumed, sadistic hunter juxtaposed against reformed demons), but it’s one that the show didn’t really hit upon last season, and I was curious when it would. The world Sam and Dean operated in, the world John threw them into, was stark in its moral clarity, and the question of whether or not demons should be killed, if they have a conscience, was never really in doubt.
So “Bloodlust” does a nice, if slightly hamfisted (was it really necessary for Gordon to be black to drive home the metaphor?), job of beginning to engage those questions. It was a little odd these questions didn’t come to light sooner given Sam’s distance from the hunt for so long, and the shades of gray that, as the episode points out, he lives in, but given the urgency behind their search for John, it makes sense for such questions not to come up.
Dean’s shifting moral stance on the issue of these vegetarian vamps (Amber Benson, showing more life as a performer than she ever did on Buffy) does happen a little too quickly, but it plants the seeds for more interesting questions on down the line, questions I hope the show strives to explore more fully in future episodes. What is the morality of the world they live in? Are there more good demons? There must be, yes?
And while I chafe a little at the obviousness of Gordon’s darkness being so literally done, I do value the expanded world that season 2 is constructing with Gordon and the Roadhouse. While we’ve known about other hunters, and even seen a couple, I really dig the idea of the connections between this world being more visible, and why these people have turned to such a dangerous and weird life.
“Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things” - “Nah, I think she went out to rent Beaches.”
I appreciate that when the show made a decision to do a zombie episode, it didn’t go for Sam and Dean fighting off a small town of undead. While that would’ve been a great deal of fun, it wouldn’t have worked at this point in the season. Likewise, it would’ve been a largely impersonal story. Why the episode works so well is the reason why the best Buffy episodes worked.
The monster of the week here serves a larger purpose beyond being creepy (and pretty for the walking dead) in that it helps Dean to begin to work through his guilt (the poor trunk lid of that Impala). It’s an instance I wish the show were a little more subtle, as having Dean repeat “The dead should stay dead” over and over again, and then have him tell Sam that it touched a nerve. Yeah, we know, we’re smart enough to get it.
On the upside, the episode still chugs along nicely and gives us its ideas of what makes a zombie. Indeed, if the only way to kill a zombie in Supernatural‘s world is to silver stake it in its own coffin, then (re)killing a zombie horde is going to be a pain. I dug the fact that zombies kill living plants, it’s a particularly nice touch. But beyond that, she seem like most demons the show has shown: Fast, strong, unstable.
I was really satisfied with this run of episodes. I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of John in some form, so I’m curious to see how he re-enters the narrative. But the initial story units — Dean dealing with guilt and death of John and establishing the Roadhouse — work well, and I’m eager to see how the show develops these concepts and also introduces new ones.
Noel Kirkpatrick blogs at Monsters of Television.
The Christian Science Monitor has assembled a diverse group of music, film, and television bloggers. Our guest bloggers are not employed or directed by The Monitor and the views expressed are the bloggers' own and they are responsible for the content of their blogs. To contact us about a blogger, click here.