I was wondering how long it’d take for Supernatural
to use the Vampire plot.
Apparently, not very long.
There’s only so many ways for the age old tale of Vampires that can be told. There’s the clichéd story of a man who sleeps in a coffin and hides under a cloak, and there’s the modified version of pretty people who wear Goth, have wild monkey sex and act like teenage hoodlums. It seems that writers chose the latter.
The only problem with that idea is that if it’s not carefully written, it comes out as cheesy and just plain shallow. Sadly, this episode turned out in that unfortunate way.
There’s seems to be a pattern with Supernatural
. Whenever there is a build-up on the Winchester family drama, the episode’s plot becomes flimsy and thin. ‘Dead Man’s Blood’ happens to be mainly about the colt, to prove it works and to bring daddy dearest back into the picture. Oh, and not forgetting about the pretty people in Goth.
You know, for an elusive father, John is around too much. At the beginning of the season, we’re given the story that the brothers are on a hunt to find their father and kill the demon responsible for their dark past. However, half way through the season, and we already see John. Doesn’t give viewers much time to miss him let alone be excited about his return.
During the episode, ‘Shadow
’, John again reappears and his moment on screen felt flat. But when he left, I thought about the possibility of John reappearing again next season and certainly not a few episodes later. The whole ‘rush’ feel comes into play once more as it seems that the writers are cramming too much into one season. We don’t feel much empathy for John anymore especially when he keeps popping up.
Try as I might to feel the strained emotions between the sons and John, but there seems to be a lack of chemistry between him and Sam and Dean. Even when Jeffrey Dean Morgan
let’s loose his lines about Sam’s visions, it felt like he was merely reading from the script. Throughout the past 20 episodes, it’s been so wonderfully done because Padelecki and Ackles have done an amazing job in expressing themselves with persuasion through their dialogue. It’s like everything they say is naturally theirs and not a script writer’s.
The only positive point of the whole episode was the argument between Dean and John. When John reprimanded Dean for not informing him about Sam, Dean launched into a full blown rant and pointed out that John wasn’t around when Dean was dying. Sam had called him then but to no avail. It was that one line that made an impact and was also a good show of continuance between the episodes.
Still, even that couldn’t save this episode.