Supernatural "Bitten" Review: Motion Sickness Masterpiece Theater

Supernatural S08E04: “Bitten”

I suspect there will be mixed reactions to “Bitten,” somewhere along the divisive lines drawn by Season 3's “Ghostfacers.” The big complaint with “Ghostfacers” was that it lacked Sam and Dean and emphasized minor characters and guest actors and if you hated that approach then, you probably hated it in "Bitten." However, I freaking LOVED “Ghostfacers” and I’m a dork for “found footage” movies, motion sickness and all, so I really dug “Bitten.”

Dean and Sam walked into the gory aftermath of what appeared to be a horrific supernatural murder in a house shared by three college students, Brian, Kate, and Mike. HOORAY FOR GORE. That was some high-quality gore. First-rate. Really. Good gore and grainy handheld footage just push all of my Halloween buttons. (Maybe they should have saved this one for next week?) Unlike so many Supernatural episodes, “Bitten” was actually frightening in the psychological sense, rather than in the OMG WEREWOLVES sense. It was scary the way (literary-nod-of-the-week) Lord of the Flies is scary: When the game of life changes, people can be pretty awful to each other.

Now, again, if you didn’t care about the three non-regular characters and you only tuned in for your weekly Winchester fill, watching the formerly tight trio of friends utterly self-destruct once super werewolf powers were introduced to their lives might not have broken your heart into a million itty-bitty pieces like their story was intended to. It’s cool. The tough thing about an episode like “Bitten,” where the standard episode format is thrown out the window, is that it can be a very good hour of television while still failing to entertain fans of the series who (rightfully) have certain expectations when they tune in every Wednesday night.

I want to move forward. I want to know what happened to Castiel. I want the Benny situation to blow up like we all know that it eventually will. I want to find the Tran family. Poor Dumb Brian reported that Sam and Dean “talked about” their year apart, but it would have been nice to witness what was probably a doozy of a chat. And hey, I’m shallow—Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are pretty and I like to look at them and there wasn’t much opportunity to do so during their limited screentime this week. These are the factors that worked against “Bitten” and perhaps inhibited it from claiming a spot among the Great Hours in Supernatural History, but they didn’t stop it from being a great episode of television in general.

So, we had the gore, we had the Winchesters, and we needed our monster(s). Someone had the foresight to leave a Post-It on a laptop with “Play Me” clearly instructing the brothers what to do, and with the click of a mouse we met our three future werewolves/corpses. I immediately liked them. They were dorks. Supernatural doesn’t have a great track record with its on-screen treatment of nerds, losers, and social rejects, but Brian, Mike, and Kate somehow managed to avoid becoming the butts of jokes. Brian, the president of the AV Club, sought to make a great film and began aimlessly shooting scenes of their campus with his BFF, the infinitely-cooler-but-still-nice Mike. Their filmmaking caught the attention of wannabe environmentalist/lawyer Kate... who hooked up with Mike, moved in, and promptly (though unintentionally) demoted Brian to third-wheel status. Brian had concluded that he was the Piggy to Mike’s Ralph a long time ago, so while the not-a-rejection rejection hurt, it didn’t exactly send him into a homicidal rage either. Yet.

Long story short, the roommates' English professor was a purebred werewolf who had once trained himself to survive on animals rather than humans. Unfortunately, he fell off the wagon, ate a student’s heart, and—knowing that hunters would be after him in no time—decided to turn perpetual class-snoozer Mike into a werewolf and set up Mike take the fall for him. Unlike our previous encounter with werewolves in Season 2, where Sam Winchester Death Peen Victim #12657, Madison, had no control over her change, these purebred werewolves were a different breed. Closer in relation to the alpha, they could change into their werewolf selves at will and survive without consuming human hearts if they tried hard enough. They also inherited super strength that wasn’t reliant upon being in wolf form. If you could avoid eating your neighbor, it wasn’t a bad deal at all and Brian immediately wanted in on the action.

Brian tracked Mike’s change to their English teacher and blackmailed the educator into biting him as well. Sam and Dean swept in shortly thereafter to smite Dr. Fuzzball and Brian thought that meant he and Mike were off the hook and could go back to being besties... except, well, there was still Kate in the middle, and Sam noticed Brian’s Candid Camera set-up in the corner of the professor’s office, so it was only a matter of time before the Winchesters found him too. Brian and Mike fought. Brian killed Mike. Brian turned Kate in hopes of making her his werewolf bride. Kate killed Brian, and it was Kate who finished the film and left the note for Dean and Sam before hitting the road with a plea that they let her go and a promise that she wouldn’t harm any humans. “This should have never ended this way.” GROUP HUG, YOU GUYS.

Supernatural has touched on the stories behind its “monsters” in the past, particularly the ones that were, in a way, victims themselves. Madison, Jack from “Metamorphosis,” the bully ghost in “After School Special,” and even, sometimes, Sam and Dean. But outside of Sam and Dean, we’ve never really seen the full "what it's like to be a monster" experience. We've always assumed that it was a terrible experience, but the guest-star has barrier always acted as a protective buffer. Madison’s fate was terrible, but it was made clear in “Heart” that her death ultimately hurt Sam the most and, to date, we haven't seen or heard about her again. Her story didn’t resonate in quite the same way as that of Kate, Brian, and Mike.

But something in their story certainly hit Dean, who we know has struggled with concerns over his “monster” status in the past, particularly after his time as a torturer in Hell. Earlier this season we discussed the way his experiences in Hell could've influenced the aftermath of his time in Purgatory, how Dean became a torturer to avoid being tormented himself, but never actually embraced the role the way he seemingly did in Purgatory. The Dean who returned from Hell saw himself as a monstrous torturer and hated the role. So far, we’ve been led to believe that Dean once again embraced his crueler tendencies in Purgatory, but this time, came back pretty okay with what he did and who he became... and he lives with it.

Okay, so I was fully expecting Dean to be dead-set on hunting Kate down despite her intentions to live a good life and clearly, so was Sam. She’s a monster. Monsters are bad. End of discussion—unless we’re talking about Eleanor. But I think Dean saw a little bit of himself in Kate. When he came back from Hell and saw himself as a monster, he thought that negated his right to call himself a hero. The Dean who came back from Purgatory has certainly grown and matured and now, much like werewolf newbie Katie, I think he understands that deep down inside, monsters are people too.



Case Notes


1. Is it just me or were there some definite Being Human vibes in “Bitten”? Three monsters living together—one embracing his power, one loathing it, and a chick stuck in the middle. Jeremy Carver, your influence is showing!

2. “Clear eyes, clogged arteries: can’t lose.” I see what you did there, Supernatural. Cute.

3. Totally caught the opening credits playing at the end. Clever. I like clever. Keep it up.

4. Kate on the tracks at sunset with the emo kid music was a gorgeous closing shot. GORGEOUS.

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This Chronicle ripoff is the worst piece of garbage episode I've ever seen. I have no idea how it was voted so high. The dialogue is lousy, the transitions of narrative make no sense sometimes. The shaky cam thing could've been ok, but it seems forced with everyone conveniently having a camera. It is the single worst episode of the show... And I'm a HUGE Supernatural fan
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I was prepared to hate this episode due to the lack of Sam and Dean action. Upon initial viewing, I was convinced I hated it. However, after going back and watching a second time (this time paying attention to the actual story), I realized this was a very good episode. Sad even. I still prefer to see episodes with Sam and Dean prominently displayed and in action, but this episode wasn't as bad as I originally thought it was going to be.
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Good review and a good episode.

I am agnostic on the found footage POV issue. I agree it requires a suspension of disbelief ... but then again believing someone is a werewolf requires a pretty big dose of SOD too so in for a penny in for a pound.

I don't agree with the comparison to Chronicle. At a sufficient level of abstraction they are similar (teens getting unexpected powers and embracing / rejecting them) but that is like saying Chronicle is a rip-off of the first season of Heroes (brothers get unexpected powers and embracing / rejecting them).

In both cases the details are completely different. For instance, no girlfriend issue in Chronicle. The good guy in Chronicle never really rejects his powers - he just doesn't go power mad with them. Spoiler - the good guy in Chronicle wins, whereas the good guy here ends up dead and Yoko survives etc.

I am torn on the whole issue of doing something new thing at this late date. If this is the last season then I see the logic behind basically giving the fans exactly what they want. If they want mashed potatoes with gravy then give it to them. No fancy alternatives, no experiments with sweet potatoe fries - just mashed potatoes and gravy all day every day. OTOH this series is a couple seasons past its natural end date so there isn't a whole lot new to see in the core dynamic so it makes sense to try and expand the horizon of the show. It is also consistent (in a certain way) with the notion of going back to the origins (and basically ignoring the past year or so). The focus is different (then it was entirely the brothers) but the theme of having more one-off episodes instead of myth heavy episodes fits.

Oddly, while I did not particularly like any of the three guests, I did like the episode itself. And some parts of it were geniunely scary - both psychologically and literally. You can't really get the later with the main characters who basically can't "die" in any meaningful way. Does anyone else see a connection to Dean and Hank venture in the first few seasons when they still had clones? Sam and Dean die from time to time but they don't stay dead. Their being dead is like the rest of us catching the flu... it is unpleasant but it passes. So it is hard to have any real suspense with them on that front.

My main complaint with the episode was that it was predictable. Still, I enjoyed it over all. Not necessarily a top 10 pick but in the upper 1/4 or so.
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My only complaint with the ep was the inclusion of a love triangle. I'm sooo sick of love triangles right now. I don't want SPN to turn into TVD.
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This episode was just an Origin Story for the character introduced. I'm sure they're going to use her in the future, and we'll know who she is.
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Not my favorite episode, I mean seriously the writers ripped off "Chronicle". Watch that movie and then watch this episode and you will see the similarities. It just seemed like a lazy effort from the producers/writers.
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i enjoyed it because there was a new character introduced at the end, something this show is dangerously lacking in. Maybe she'll be a werewolf Hunter (not one that kills werewolves only, but a hunter that's werewolf) they could use the help.



If we hadn't gained the new character, i wouldn't had really liked the episode, but I understand it's purpose. 8/10
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Even before this season, we've seen Dean let monsters go if they haven't hurt any humans yet. For example, in "The Girl Next Door" we saw Dean kill Amy Pond (Jewel Staite) as she'd killed some humans to save her son's life. She said she would never do it again, but she'd just done it. HOWEVER we also see Dean let the kid go, because even though he ATE the organs his mom brought home (to heal him) he didn't actually kill.



I THINK there were other instances of them letting a monster go that was just a sad case cursed soul that hasn't hurt anyone... but I forget.
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I honestly didn't like it. I had to skip a few scenes, most of them involving those three kids. It was boring because 1) it was about a 'basic' and boring monster. Werewolf, seriously? 2) You can't really get more annoying that snotty, hipster, entitled college students. The love triangle/third wheel aspect of it was really cringy.





I know it was experimental but if it isn't about Sam or Dean or about an interesting monster, then I won't be interested. Please go back to the old format.
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I watched it. then I immediately deleted it from my tablet. If I hadn't watched it it wouldn't have made any difference. Let's hope the next one tackles the main story for a change.
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I didn't care for it. It seemed like an experimental filler. And considering this could be the last season of the series it seemed a waste of an episode. But I found that all the "lost footage" stuff could have been summed up in only five or ten minutes. I understand what they were trying to do, but I don't think the experiment worked. The pace was just too slow.
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Couldn't agree more. After 5 minutes the homemade movie thing was in no way interesting anymore - if it was the intro to the episode it would have worked fine, but there was nothing in the episode to justify using a full episode to tell the story they told.
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Really didn't like this episode. Generally I'm not against found footage but this time it was predictable and sloppy and it didn't make me feeling involved or detached or anything. Maybe I'm more sick of found footage stuff than I thought.

Whatever, still pretty watchable and with some good ideas.
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I've read several reviews and blogs about this, and I've noticed that when the original post is positive, most of the comments will be positive, but when the original post is negative, most of the comments will be negative. Either most people are only reading the reviews that agree with their own opinion, or they feel more comfortable expressing a negative opinion in a safe environment where the tone has already been set. Because for those of us who didn't like the episode, when you express that opinion you will quickly be accused of being a hater, a Samgirl/Deangirl who can't stand to be without the boys for even half an hour, or being against creativity and innovation. (I have loved or at least really liked every single episode before this one, Weekend at Bobby's is one of my favourites even though it features very little of the boys, and I got a big kick out of Ghostfacers which did this particular bit of creative innovation five years before Bitten.) Frankly, I was either bored or annoyed through this entire episode. I can't help it, that's just how it made me feel, and I had read what it was going to be about and went into it expecting to like it. But I just didn't. Not even a little bit. I was glad when it was over.
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Generally I hate shaky-cam/found footage movies, but I really liked this episode and found myself involved in the mystery. The actors were decent and that girl resembled Meg so much. The episode would have been a huge hit like the Paranormal Activity (which are dumb imo) movies if it was done as one! It was better than 95% of the movies in this genre!
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I am no fan of this format so I had to watch this episode setting my mind that I am not watching Supernatural at all, and it works for me this way. I really like the story and new faces were good. She did a pretty good job with editing al the footage in such a short time. ;) I like the end.
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I did like how the kids overheard them talking about the Golden Mayan, then the taller boy thought he might be a Golden Mayan too, as his eyes turned Golden, but as a werewolf instead of a God.
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why are you trying to compare dean's behaviour after hell and purgatory? Both were different experiences for him. In hell, he has to torture human souls, so he can avoid torture himself. But in Purgatory, there were only monsters, whom he loves to kill anyways. So, its not like he suffered psychologically in "the Big P" as he did in Hell.



And I loved the episode, always love the different eye view of the main characters of the show, makes it more interesting.
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Okay, I'll admit it: I HATE the found footage format - hated it in Blair Witch Project and REALLY hated it in the Ghostfacers ep (which I didn't like altogether).

That said - for some weird reason I really liked this episode. It's like for the first time I was able to look behind the slightly nauseating camerawork (motion sickness much?), and was able to appreciate to lovely and compelling story behind it.

The lack of Sam and Dean - though never a treat of course - has also never really bothered me in previous episodes. Those episodes as well were mostly great and well done, like weekend at Bobby's - easy one of my favorites in the history of Supernatural.

When I read in the preview that this episode would include found footage, my first response was 'oh no, not again!'. Suffice to say that this episode totally turned me around on the subject. Plus I totally love the show for it's guts to think outside the box and try a different format every once in a while - knowing up front that it will actually piss off the bigger part of the fans.
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I liked this better than the Ghostfacers episode, actually. Bitten had more of a realistic vibe. Ghostfacers was great in a funny way, but Bitten touched on reality. And I agree that Supernatural often skims over the POV of the victims and the monsters, and I enjoyed the route Jeremy Carver took to capture this side of the show.
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After all of this, I agree that Ghostfacers was great and fun, I loved it but this, as most pointed out and as I kept saying to myself throughout the entire episode, was Chronicle! I mean, sure, it had the "Supernatural" features of werewolves and Winchesters but the "one embracing the gift, one shunning it" ordeal was totally Chronicle and I give absolutely no props to Eric on this one; it was not original at all and it did not give us loyal fans what keeps us watching this train wreck well beyond season 5.
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I agree with you completely. The dynamic between the two boys could not have been pulled anymore directly from Chronicle. The one kid even looked the same. Just terrible. A cheap, lazy filler of an episode.
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I got Ghostfacers flashbacks while watching this but other than that, it was a good episode. It was interesting to see it from the kids' POV and to see them experiencing what they had to go through. Certainly made me feel some sympathy for them.
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I was prepared not to like it because I didn't care for the Ghostfacers episode but what a pleasant surprise this episode was. I really enjoyed the storyline and even though Dean and Sam were secondary players, it made sense and the featured characters did well. One of the better stand alone episodes in a long time.
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Found footage sucks my balls. In the bad way.
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I honestly though that they were taking a lot from Chronicle when I was watching this episode, but it really was a great episode to watch. There wasn't much of Sam or Dean in it, but the storyline and the interaction between the characters was great in my opinion.
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Geez, enough of the Paranormal-Blah Witch project types already. Yet another lame week of nothingness. Let's see if next week makes it strike 3?
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It was somwething different for Supernatural to do, and I really liked where everything went!
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its 100% like that movie, Chronicler.
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Really good episode.
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I have nothing against episodic plots or the found-footage format per se (I really liked Ghostfacers), but it just didn't work for me here. In this case it's simply because it ignored Season 8 with the exception of an all-but-throwaway comment about the boys spending a year apart and Dean's willingness to let the girl go in the end. And while I do think the latter is significant, it wasn't enough for me to feel in any way satisfied. To me, this is the sort of thing that would work BRILLIANTLY as bonus online content: it requires next-to-no budget, minimal presence of the stars, and is exactly the kind of stuff that really exists online, bringing the audience into the narrative. Fans would eat that sh*t up if it were presented that way and the SPN website would sure as hell be getting a ton of traffic. But I digress...

My issues with this episode:

1. It gave virtually no indication of being part of season 8 with the exception of Dean allowing the girl to escape. That is definitely significant, but not enough to carry an entire episode.

2. Werewolves: been there, done that. If this had been included last season it would have made sense to me because of the whole "hunt for Alphas" arc. But now? They're kinda old news (Purgatory monsters are SO last season) with the exception of Dean's purgatory buddy who wasn't even mentioned or flashed back to. At least give us a new creature if they're going to use monsters!

3. No news on Kevin & his badass mom.

4. Nary a mention of a demon. And based on what we know so far based on Kevin and the new tablet/Word, demons are the Big Bad of the season in some way or another. I didn't need a lot of that, but just something to tie the episode into the season's overall arc.

5. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH/TO CAS, DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!'

So while I didn't HATE it, I was very disappointed.
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one of my favorite supernatural episodes to date loved it
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I had mixed feelings about the episode - I ADORED Ghostfacers and all, but it made sense for those dorks to be ardently filming even during a moment of crisis (and consider, they even had headgear rigged with cameras, so even if they were using their handhelds, we still got to see what was going down) but for Kate, Mike and Brian? It puzzled me that Kate took that camera into the bathroom with her in after she was bitten. I don't get it. Your BF is dead and you've just been bite-raped by the guy who stabbed him, why would you still be filming? I think at that point they should have been relying on the rigged cameras around the room - things would have been a little grittier, a little realer.



I did love that last shot though, and the departure from the usual musical fare was refreshing. I kinda hope we get to see a bit more of Kate in a 'still-not-eating-people' way. I smell potential...
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Yeeeeah, I kind of chalked her taking the camera into the bathroom at the end to maybe she had already made her decision? Like, she knew what she was going to go and she knew it needed to be on video?



If that wasn't the case though, then yeah, it was totally weird. ><
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**Ghost Facers, I should say...**
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Reminded me of the movie Chronicle, which I liked....having said that, this was very meh... It felt like a C-movie with cameos by those lovable supernatural hunter brothers! Ghost Hunters was funny! It was a good spoof. This was not funny at all...
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I didn't like it at all. I can't even say it was creative or innovative. Found footage has been done many times before, including the Ghostfacers on Supernatural. And we have had many episodes exploring the issues of humans turning into monsters: Heart, Bloodlust, Roadkill, Fresh Blood, Metamorphosis, Twihard, etc.



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This was very entertained and enjoyed the humanity behind the monsters. Very Well Done!
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I loved ghostfacers despite the found footage and the less-than-usual Sam and Dean. But I could barely restrain myself from changing the channel for Bitten. The camera work was so bad it really got on my nerves. And I don't know how much of it was my irritation at the camera work carrying over, but I found the three Being Human stand-ins annoying too. Ghostfacers had much better camera work, much more Sam and Dean (not just in screen time but in action and presence as well) and a much more interesting story and likable characters. Though I found the camera work tiresome in Ghostfacers as well, it was to a much lesser degree, but more importantly there was so much to like about the episode it was worth putting up with it.
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Loved Ghostfacers, love found footage movies, hated this. Didn't feel like a proper episode of the show, and instead like a bad low budget found footage movie.
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WHY WERE THEY STILL FILMING!!! And, why were they filming everything all the time always. Here's what I don't get about the "found films" method. If you are in the middle of a pre/post apocalyptic, monster mash, lost in the woods, horror freak show, alien invasion, running for your life situation, WHY IN BABY JEBUS' NAME is holding a camera important to you. I also liked how token douche bag also just happen to be filming when he died even though he never had a camera before that point.

When it's all said and one, the episode wasn't bad. I mean sure it was slowly paced and predictable, but what do you expect from a "found film" about university student love triangles with supernatural elements.

However, do agree others, this wasn't a Supernatural episode. It was a mini made for tv found film indie pilot project screen play for some university course that just happened to have cameos of Padalecki and Ackles.
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Lol, yeeeah, that's always the part where suspension of disbelief comes into play for me, when the mortal peril starts to infringe on the film making, maybe ya'll should put the camera down. I just go with it. A lot of times, I'm wrapped up with the characters enough that by that point, I can hand-wave it.



I agree that it felt more like a non-Supernatural episode that just happened to have Supernatural characters in it. It still entertained me regardless, but I totally understand why a lot of people hated it too. It is what it is.
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I liked it, and it's a good time in the season for a trying new things random filler episode. The thing I like most about Supernatural's pseudo-breaking the fourth wall/Vonnegut episodes is the self-deprecating sense of humour. The Monster at the End and The French Connection are two of my favourite episodes.
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Like the "workplace romance" jokes! I dig the self-deprecation too. I'm all for laughing at the show and I don't mind the show laughing at me. The only time I didn't think it worked was in Season 7, Time for a Wedding. I thought that one got a little mean-spirited.
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I really like this episode. This season of supernatural has been the best since the creator left. This was a great filler episode. Not every episode can be part of the main storyline when the season is 20+ episodes.
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I'm not a regular Supernatural viewer, and I thought the episode was great. I don't think your summary quite does it justice. It was great television, but when I saw that line "It shouldn't have ended like this," I didn't know which of the students had left the message, I didn't suspect the professor of being the alpha for quite a ways into the show (I was suspecting Kate since Mike had been left alive), and I was expecting all three students to be dead. The whys and wherefores weren't all laid out in the first act. I'd also say "understandably" rather than "rightly." It's the story that should take precedence, not some viewers' adolescent hormones. People who hated this episode because the regulars weren't on screen much would probably find episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O or The Naked Gun (which often focused on the guest stars) pure torture.
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Correction: I meant The Naked City, not The Naked Gun.
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Or SVU and Cold Case. Cold Case excelled at putting the guest stars first and making it work.
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Given that SPN has had only two regular cast members (with an occasional token addition of Misha or Katie Cassidy or Lauren Cohan to regular listing) for over 7 years, I'd say it's an expert at making guest stars work. This episode didn't fail (in the opinion of most people who think it did, like me) just because of 'guest stars' or 'less Winchester'. That's gross oversimplification. A poorly-executed already-controversial filming format that physically sickens a lot of people + a random story with new characters who required a lengthy buildup to introduce + blah writing that failed to compensate for the distraction of the format = sufficient reason for viewer disconnect.
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Yes, this!
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With the exception of Misha, there were quite a few people who disliked Katie Cassidy or Lauren Cohan being on the show, especially Lauren Cohan.



I don't believe I oversimplified at all. I based my concern over the lack of Winchesters on what the loudest complaint with "Ghostfacers" was which was, at the time, the lack of Winchesters. However, I also mentioned that the episode was frustrating for fans who are ready to move on in this season's storyline or who aren't fans of outsider POV (which is not the same as not having enough Winchesters).



I agree that the filming choice was not the best though, because like you said, it DOES make a lot of people physically ill, and the build-up was quite lengthy. We really didn't need the entire story of how they all came to live together. Honestly, we could have picked right up from Dean and Sam's first appearance in the student's film and gone from there and been just fine.
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Oh, I didn't mean that Katie and Lauren were successful guest stars - they were the only two other than Misha to be billed as 'full stars' for a season each, I think (and maybe Genevieve, not sure), so I'm sorry if my sentence communicated otherwise. I meant all the people on the show over seven years who have done tiny parts and have yet resonated with the viewers, including the many child artists who appeared frequently in the earlier seasons. So that's why these three were very disappointing, given that they had an entire ep to themselves. I don't know if I'd have connected more with them if I wasn't struggling with the camera, but overall their interactions - even the lovey-dovey stuff with Kate and Mike (?) felt shallow and superficial, and the story didn't bring anything fresh to the table.



I also didn't know the biggest issue with Ghostfacers was the lack of Winchesters, I thought they were all over that ep? I thought it'd be the ff format. But yeah, there are die-hard fans who believe Sam & Dean should be front and centre at all times. Not me, though :) This show is what it is in a large part because of its guest stars who make the stories whole.



Anyway, going to look forward to the next ep. I'm just very upset that I couldn't even finish watching this ep, a great disappointment at so many levels. Thanks for putting up with my rants :)
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I enjoyed the episode. It reminded me of the commercials for that movie Chronicle that I never saw. So there is that. However, I think it would have been better done if it was more indicative of people turning into the monsters that Sam and Dean deal with. I think showing the average person turning into a monster and dealing with it would have been better than the whole post teen angst/ I love you my buddy's girlfriend, join me in eating hearts together. I can deal with the lack of Winchesters, but I would rather have had some depth to the characters and some conflict in turning. Like the pervious werewolf episode. Speaking of which, why the heck did they do another werewolf one?



As for everything else. I liked the girl, I thought she was the best part of the episode. And I like how Dean let her go. I think it is going to have something to do with his Vampire buddy. Also, I would like to see her back, she seemed like a good character and if she can control it, why not make her an ally.



Overall decent episode. It was an appreciated break between Sam and Dean's family issues and Sam's hair that needs to be cut. Maybe that could be the next episode, an abominable hair cutting monster, hell bent chopping off his locks.



Case notes;

1. No. Not at all.

2. NIce

3. It was fun

4. No tracks, bring her back.
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YOU LEAVE SAM'S HAIR OUT OF THIS!



Anyway, the teen angst three-way was eye-roll inducing, for sure. Kate grew on me though. I'd like to see her again.
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No, yeah, Sam's hair in getting out of control. Not as bad as Dan's of Gossip Girl last season, but it's almost as bad as Damon's Janet-from-Three's-Company mullet early last season in The Vampire Diaries.
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Sam's hair has got to go. It can start a new show with Fiona's eyebrows from Burn Notice.
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Hey man, Fiona was in prison. Not much point in grooming if you're constantly worried about getting shanked in the restroom.
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But she didn't trim them when she got out.
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I get that it wasn't everybody's piece of cake, but overall episode....... i enjoyed it............... i wish people would be a little patient, we are gonna see so much of the storyline the next episode, sam meets benny, and this is just the 4th episode, and i think the pace is OK (if slow for some people) but carver did say that the show was buried in its mythology and he wanted to move away from that a little, and i agree with him.
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This sentence sounds terribly condescending: "if you didn't care about the three non-regular characters and you only tuned in for your weekly Winchester fill" - People don't watch SPN ONLY for the Winchesters. But *WHY* would we care about three random characters who suddenly appear AND have no connection to ANY regular person or plot on the show? The ep with Kevin's mom was just fine, and she was only in that ep. Or Madison. Or the tens of episodic characters who have left their mark on the show, by the virtue of their ASSOCIATION with at least one core character of the show, or their relevance to that episode, even if it's a couple of fleeting scenes, like that weirdo guy who was bidding for Thor's hammer.



These three, totally random losers - esp that nails-on-a-blackboard-cutesy girl - in the worst cliche story with terrible acting and that sickening, was-cool-in-the-last-millennium found footage format should be interesting to a viewer because...? Does anyone even have to GET to the fact that the Winchesters were cameos to dislike this ep on its own (lack of) merits?



It failed at many, many, many levels. Story, casting, format, and even ideology. We ALREADY have had many storylines with regretful monsters or those without choice in the matter. What was all that mm-hmm Dean was doing at the end? I don't get it. Letting Amy go last year would have been far, far stronger plot to establish a 'humanising' or gray aspect for Dean's character than in him letting this girl go - he didn't need the Purgatory experience, he had a lifetime of hunting and a trip to Hell and ***SAM*** (demon blood, soulless, etc. etc.) to reach the 'enlightenment' that not all monsters are 'bad'.



And frankly, I didn't even care that he let her go. Ghostfacers was much cooler than this, because of the cast, and the link back to the S1 ep and the direct relation the Ghostfacers had with Dean & Sam. Plus it had a great script, with tension and humour. This ep, on the other hand, is the WORST in the history of SPN. It wasn't terrifying, it was TERRIBLE.



I still CANNOT believe that there's actually a Supernatural episode that I turned off after 20 min (though I saw the last 5 min later after reading a few reviews). I'm astounded.
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I agree with the casting. These kids were meh. I been re-watching the first season and there are character with tiny rolls that make a bigger impact.
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I don't disagree that the episode failed for many viewers as a Supernatural episode, for various reasons, but I don't think it failed as good television in general and I think "worst in the history of SPN" is a little harsh. "Season 7, Time for a Wedding" was awful-- unfunny, un-entertaining, and downright offensive at times.



You're absolutely right that we've had reluctant monsters in the past, including Amy, but I think the fact that Dean let Kate go after he REFUSED to let Amy go, even though they made the exact same argument, is the thing that makes his "mm-hmm" so poignant. He was clearly thinking hard about something. There was no thinking with Amy, it was all instinct, his lifetime of hunter training working against him. Even when Sam was doing the demon blood thing, Dean was willing to let him die in detox rather than become a monster because that was how strongly he felt that being a monster was absolutely the worst thing anyone could become, that there was no hope for them to be a decent person afterwards.



Ultimately, this episode comes down to "to each their own" and I totally get why people didn't like it. I'm actually surprised by how many people apparently DO like it.
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Oh yeah, "Season 7, Time..." was an exercise in hazing. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. I'm not a Becky fan, but it was simply schoolyard bullying. But I could finish watching it because the camera was still, so I'm going by that additional personal parameter. Because of the format I could not watch the main part of this episode that everyone is saying they loved, the 20 - 35 min part, it was just too shaky :(



That said, a surprisingly large percentage "loves it" (double the other two categories combined) so something must have gone very right that I missed altogether.



Thanks for explaining Dean's rationale, I understand the ambivalence better now, that this was a 'considered decision' rather than an 'instinctive' one. I know they're going to tie this to Benny's story, but now that I think about it, I'm just as curious to see how Sam, who's always been so compassionate towards reluctant monsters, handles Benny the vampire (if he's that) who Dean's obviously going to vouch strongly for.
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OMG, "Season 7, Time..." legit made me feel bad about liking the show. I totally indulge in fandom outside of recapping duties and the entire implication that we're all a bunch of socially awkward creeps with no fulfilling lives was just insulting. And all that aside, it was just an awful storyline in general. There was so much that was just not okay.



I honestly can't wait for them to tie this into Benny's story myself. I think Sam is going to be a handful.



And since, for some reason, I can't reply to your comment near the top: ranting is A-OK! Supernatural has so much ranting potential, both good and bad, and I love a lively discussion.

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I've had serious problems with the Becky character ever since she was introduced in Season... 4? When they found out there were books written about their lives (I MISS CHUCK!) I also feel that each episode she's been in, the Convention one, the Wedding one in 7, they take the "Crazy Fangirl" trope to a whole demeaning place. Conversely, Felicia Day last season, while playing into some techie-gamer girl cliches, was not over the top and uncomfortable. Becky just always scared me and her depiction on the show was mentally unstable.
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I enjoyed "Ghostfacers" better than "Bitten"...i do like found footage but this episode was extremely slow-paced...
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I hate this season. I especially hate this episode. If more episodes are like this, then Supernatural should be canceled soon. :(
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I Don't mean to be offensive but another suggestion is that if u don't like it u could not watch it instead!!!! :) :)
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Agreed, but so many of us still are holding out for a graceful, worthy ending to this show. It just has strayed from its original path, so many seasons ago. We keep watching in the hopes that it will bring us back to its core values: two brothers bonding and classic rock! Where's the classic rock!?
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Well, better than the Ghostfacers episodes.
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I really did enjoy the episode, as much as I love my Winchesters it was nice to see them as you would if you stumbled upon them IRL. I love the, "no FBI agent says awesome that much' line, cracked me up. but saying that I would really just like to move the story along already. 2 monster of the week episodes in a row is enough so I am glad we are going to be getting back to the overall arc and Benny next week. He has been left to his own devices for too long and is probably up to trouble.
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Total disaster... I love the show, but does anybody seriously like this season and above all, this episode?? The premiere was cool but the other three episodes and especially this one was simpy crap. When you try to remember what Supernatural used to be it's just insanely sad. It's becoming a rotting corpse of a great TV show.
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Totally agree with you. I think viewers like us are what's keeping this corpse animated. I think we've had enough and it's time for it to end ( with dignity, I hope)
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It was a good review covering all the pros and cons. As you said people who were looking to get winchesters in action would have been disappointed (not me) but jeremy carver has done a good job till now, ( with respect to last two season with poor story line and even poorer visual effects: don't forget they used washing detergent to kill levaithans, and that is pretty dumb.) Anyways i hope that we get to see some exciting and hilarious episodes (characteristic of Carver : don't forget season 5, it was awesome).
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Borax is SODIUM borate. It's a salt. It's no more crazy than using SODIUM chloride (common salt) to repel ghosts and other monsters.



And season 7 was ten times better than season 8 so far, as far as I'm concerned.
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haha i agree, this season is already 10 times better than the last season. washing detergents to kill...lol.
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it wasn't that they killed them with just washing detergents. It's what's in those detergents,that killed them. Chemicals and that stuff. You hurt/kill werewolf with something silver,so it doesn't have to be bullet. You hurt demons with holy water,not because it is water,but it is blessed and that's what hurts them. Vampires you can kill with something wooden. You break broom in half and you can kill them with that. There is method to their madness,not just, let's kill them with bullets and knives
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yeah, I knew. but using the detergent as a medium was hilarious.
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well,well,well....my,my,my....this episode......SUCKED:D



what I thought it would be a around 2min intro for that video,was an all episode thing.... &#$(/$#)/!!!! I acctually thought episode started good and it has good points and BAAAAD points,which I will address both.



positive:

- opening credits at the end was like you said clever. I also liked that,even though it was a small thing,but it was good

- scenes with Sam and Dean at the end

- start of episode

- think we learned,that Dean was in Purgatory for a year...anyone agrees on this?

- no flashback scene ( in last episode with flashback scene,seemed so forced to me, that it was just pointless-> talking about the one with Sam and his girlfriend....love the ones with Dean)



negative:

- hated those 3 kids ( girl the most and right from 1st second she opened her mouth ) 2 min into episode and I thought....ok cool,they will spend 2 min to show us how they were killed....2min turned intho whole episdoe and bi-t-ch got away...hope we never see her again(*throws a coin into well*)

- if you get people who will guest star for whole episode, get people who can act! There is acting, then there is overacting something and mix of what those 3 did. In few scenes, they looked( yes even girl) seemed that they know how to act

- get a life and stop filming every second of your life, damn wannabe...ooh,ooh, I am gonna be a star and on tv..."sure you will"

- liked movie Cloverfield, but lame attempts like this episode are just....well, lame....and I also liked all episodes of Supernatural till this episode. This episode was/is/will be SUPERTERRIBLE in my book



If some of the episodes are gonna be a do-over from past seasons episodes and they gonna suck like this one, this show might be in trouble.

I don't mind if we don't learn everything about Cas,Purgatory,Kevin and all that in first 5 episodes,but episodes likes this one, could have and SHOULD have never been made!
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It's been repeatedly said that Dean was in Purgatory for a year, the first ep says the story picks up a year later.
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I know it said at start of episode One year later, but from when we learned that time runs differently in hell, I wondered if it was the same thing with Purgatory
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