Supernatural

Season 5 Episode 14

My Bloody Valentine

8
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2010 on The CW
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The brothers take on Cupid when the people of a small town start killing each other in the name of love. However, they soon discover that a greater power is responsible.

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  • One of the best and most inspired episodes of the season, which sees each character come to terms with the hungers inside of themselves... yes, even Castiel!

    9.5
    Valentine's Day episodes, or generally most episodes centered around holidays, have always been a bit of dubious ground for me when watching TV shows since they tend to border around the complete cliche, cheesiness that makes it hard to watch.



    However, "My Bloody Valentine", like other SPN episodes, is anything BUT cheesy and cliche... for the most part. Can't have a Valentines episode without SOMETHING cheesy but for SPN, it works very well.



    The episode centers around a simple town that goes crazy when the next Horseman of the Apocolypse, Famine, rolls in and every person in said town succumbs to their own personal hunger, such as an alcohol drinking himself to death and, in quite possibly the most disturbing scene on television, a young couple eager to fulfil the emptiness inside of themselves actually begin eating each other.



    Of course, the boys and their angelic companion are in town too making two of the three easy targets. Castiel's hilarious and inspired hunger came from his vessel, Jimmy's, love of red meat and brought a great amount of humour to the show and provided and interesting concept that Castiel could be affected in such a way from his vessel, showing him becoming more human.



    Sam's hunger was obvious from the start; Demon Blood. The moment the first demon walks past him, it is clear he has been infected and I personally adored the scenes where Sam admits to Dean he hungers for demon blood and admits that he cannot be trusted to stave off his hunger alone as it says much about Sam's mental welfare as well as his desire for Dean to trust him again. However, as soon as he is apart from his brother and alone to contend with the hunger, like Castiel, he succumbs to his hunger, a sentiment which eerily echoes the events in 'The End', that as soon as Sam is apart from Dean, he is incredibly vulnerable.



    However, I did say only two of the three were infected. Dean, who we would assume would go off and "eat, drink or screw himself to death" is seemingly unaffected, a mystery which is cleared up by Famine; Dean wants for nothing because he is already broken inside, which I find more than a little disturbing considering this is the same person who pushed a heart at Sam and jokingly asked him to "be his valentine" but the more you look into the episode a second time, and even into previous episodes, it is clear to see the Dean this season is not exactly the same Dean as before.



    The moments which stick out the most are truly the pieces at the end of the show with Sam succumbing to his desire for demon blood and Dean whispering two simple but beyond heartbreaking words; "Sammy, no." These are all the words Dean needs to say at this point, the devastation can be seen clearly on his face. And by the last scene, Sam is once again detoxing in the Panic Room and a tired Dean is left alone to ask for help from above.



    "My Bloody Valentine" is a terrific episode on the whole, surely one of the best and most compelling of season 5 so far. The plot is quick and sticks closely to the main mythological plot of the series, the writing was swift and cutting and the characterisations were flawless. Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Misha Collins (Castiel) played their parts absolutely perfectly. Jensen Ackles' portrayal of Dean stands out the most in this episode when he finally breaks down and shows the world just how broken he is that he asks for help from above, to a God he has never believed in. It is surely some of the most powerful acting I have ever seen and surely helps makes this episode a winner.moreless
  • Quite a surprise....

    10
    Now i know, when I see a trailer that shows almost nothing in the next episode i know its gonne be good. Because that is what they did here. Made us think this episode was gonna suck and then it goes ahead and changes everything. A little gory, a little nasty, and if you get turned off by people eating with their mouthes open then I suggest you avoid this episode. But its gonna be hard to do being such a great episode. P.S. It looks like someone just spammed the score on this episode down to an 8.9, actually all the episodes ranks seemed to have dropped a point or more since 3 days ago. Me thinks someone doesnt like season 5 very much.moreless
  • 'My Bloody Valentine' is a dastardly little rascal of an episode, a televisual upstart, if you will, that defies convention, flies in the face of expectation and simply refuses to sit still.moreless

    9.0
    You know you're onto a winner when your episode's named after a superlative cult noise act from the early 1990s. 'My Bloody Valentine' is a dastardly little rascal of an episode, a televisual upstart, if you will, that defies convention, flies in the face of expectation and simply refuses to sit still, flitting intermittently between genres and storytelling styles to produce a melting pot of scrumptious goodness, an encapsulation of all that is so bloody brilliant about this most flexible and daring of shows. And perhaps predictably, it's from the indomitable pen of one Ben Edlund, the man responsible for a plethora of Supernatural's most memorable moments (the talking Teddy bear? All Ben).



    What is perhaps most remarkable about 'My Bloody Valentine' is its ability to present a number of genuinely comedic moments within a narrative that is chiefly concerned with the progression of the season-spanning narrative. At its heart, the central story is desperately bleak, focusing on the harrowing effects of Famine being free to roam the Earth. We're treated to a superbly macabre teaser sequence that moves from cliche-ridden schmaltz to one of the most grotesque ideas ever presented on the show. It's executed so seamlessly and with such verve that it remains with you long after the episode has finished and is one of those stark visuals that undoubtedly has a place in the annals of Supernatural history. People eating each other while having sex? Yeah, you're not going to forget that one in a hurry. There are a number of other superb conceits too, particularly the idea of the guy eating himself into an early grave and Castiel's craving for red meat, but the icing on the squeamishness cake has to be Famine's grand entrance in the cafe, which contains just about every gluttonous, debaucherous activity known to man and is genuinely terrifying (the guy putting his hands and head into the fryer? Jesus!) However, amongst all of this horror, the script maintains an undercurrent of humour that manages to work in con junction with the more serious elements to create something truly rich.



    Evidently, some of the more hyperbolic moments of repulsive excess become humorous by virtue of their extremism (Castiel's penchant for burgers being one of them). However, there are other amusing nuggets here, the most notable of which is the debut of one of many Cupids. Edlund's writing is absolutely perfect, making use of every beat and nuance to manufacture something so patently absurd and contrary to every behavioural convention to which Sam and Dean adhere that it's howlingly funny. Every detail is spot on: from the guy's nakedness to his childlike enthusiasm for the concept of love; from his ridiculous 'handshake' to the moment he begins to cry when his feelings are hurt. And in order for all of this to work so well, Cupid requires a foil, something that Edlund takes great delight in delivering. The reactions of the central cast are just priceless: Dean gets angry, Sam feels awkward and Castiel, well, Castiel just doesn't know what to do and his laconic, aborted attempts at comfort are certainly enough to tickle your funnybone, if not have you in stitches. It's a neat idea at its core too, and one that slots nicely into the show's mythology: that Heaven might have a hand in orchestrating love, in determining who can and cannot 'couple up', so to speak, in order to ensure certain destinies come to pass, is both a nice notion and a somewhat scary one, since (again) it demonstrates the callous disregard that those upstairs have for free will.



    This draws an uncomfortable parallel with the machinations of those downstairs too. Effectively, Famine is manipulating the entire cast throughout, robbing them of their ability to temper their hunger, to use their free will to prevent them from, say, sticking their heads in the deep fat fryer. Once again, Supernatural refuses to paint its apocalyptic war in demonstrable black and white, instead choosing to illustrate the murky and complex nature of everyone's motivations: hell, you need only look to the plight of poor Sam for evidence of that. His struggle to resist the temptation of chowing down on the ol' demon blood is harrowing to watch, especially when it's accompanied by a hefty slice of dramatic irony, since the viewer knows Famine's minions are heading to the hotel when Cas and Dean leave the poor boy there. And while it's neat to see him saving the day, albeit through the use of his dangerous powers, the effect is qualified by a saddening coda in which he finds himself forced into cold turkey, locked in the 'panic room' in Bobby's house until purged of all that he has consumed. Comparatively, Dean's juxtaposing character expose, while far less visceral, is no less heartbreaking. The idea that Famine cannot affect him because he's 'dead inside', incapable of feeling the way he used to, sits well with all that's happened to the character in the last season and a half and gives Jensen Ackles some decidedly meaty beats to play, to which he rises admirably (tell me you weren't a little choked up by that last scene... go on!)



    All of this and we still haven't mentioned Famine himself, who is just fantastic, a real tour de force of casting and representation from all involved. Really, this guy is astoundingly eerie and is arguably one of the finest villains in Supernatural history which, frankly, is saying something. Still, in an episode so loaded with brilliance, it's easy to bypass a few things. Yet again, Ben Edlund provides us with a script bursting at the seams with engaging ideas and insightful character development, moving effortlessly between genres, throwing grotesque horror, superlative humour and highly suspenseful drama at us with reckless abandon and clearly loving every second of it. Five years and ninety six episodes in, Supernatural still surprises and delights with each passing week. If only more shows could follow suit.moreless
  • One of the very best of the season IMO...

    10
    Yay! I really loved this epi! It has been a while since I've gotten really excited over this season, but this epi just started it up for me again... :)

    This is classic SN: The comedy of Cupid (Cass: "They're not incontinent"... FUNNY), the gore of people eating eachother (YUCH!) and the heartache of Dean. His expression in the bar when he saw Sam kill the horseman was just heartbreaking, cudos to Jensen Ackles, and the writers for not having that moment filled with words it wasn't needed. You could just tell his heart was breaking.

    And the thing that really got to me about this epi was that Dean was finally confronted with his sadness. He's been so emotionally dead these last epi's, it's going to be hard to safe the world when you have forgotten what you are actually fighting for... I hope he will remember what he really is fighting for...moreless
  • The most gory, funny, dramatic episode you'll see

    9.5
    A little late with the review but who cares this does deserve a review..

    One of the few unexpected perfect episode..

    It had everything... gore, comedy and drama.

    What could have been just a filler episode turns into a perfect episode. Not only did this episode have more gore then usual, and if your not into gore it had a great story line, a comedic moment here and there and a very dramatic end..

    I don't want to spoil the episode for you guys but let me tell you this is a must see episode.

    Not only does it pertain to the rest of the story line of the season it is an episode that can stand on its own..moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dean: Where am I going?
      Sam: Dean, it's Valentine Day. Your favorite holiday, remember? I mean, what do you always call it--uh, Unattached Drifter Christmas?

    • Dean: Cherub?
      Castiel: Yeah, they're all over the world. There are dozens of them.
      Dean: You mean the little flying fat kids in diapers?
      Castiel: They're not incontinent.

    • Cupid: Love is more than a word to me, you know? I love love, I love it! And if that's wrong, I don't want to be right!
      Castiel: Yes, yes. of course. I, uh... I have no idea what you're saying.

    • Sam: Dean, enough!
      Dean: What?
      Sam: You just punched a Cupid!
      Dean: I punched a dick!

    • Dean: Hey, when I want to drink, I drink. When I want sex, I go get it. Same goes for a sandwich or a fight.
      Castiel: So... you're saying you're just well-adjusted?
      Dean: God, no. I'm just well-fed.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 5, 2010 on LIVING
      Sweden: July 30, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: November 22, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: February 14, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Australia: February 14, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Czech Republic: October 7, 2011 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Title:
      Referencing the 1981 Canadian slasher flick of the same name, where what appears to be a deranged miner dons protective (and identity-covering) clothing and goes on a killing spree. It was subsequently remade in 3D in 2009, with Jensen Ackles as the leading man.

    • Sam: Unleash the Kraken. See you tomorrow morning.
      Referencing the 1981 fantasy movie Clash of the Titans, telling the story of the Greek mythological hero, Perseus. When Acrisius of Argos defies Zeus, the King of the Gods has Poseidon unleash an ancient sea monster, the Kraken, with the line, "Unleash the Kraken!" The film was remade in 2010 and released a few months after this episode premiered: commercials featuring the line "Unleash the Kraken!" were prominently featured beforehand.

    • Dean: Why does Heaven care if Harry meets Sally?
      Referencing the 1989 movie comedy starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as the title characters. Harry and Sally start as friends, and their relationship is chronicled over the years as they go from friends to lovers and back again.

    • Dean: What are you, the Hamburglar?
      Referencing one of the inhabitants of MacDonaldland, a thief dressed in stereotypical garb. As per his name, he goes around stealing hamburgers from the other residents of MacDonaldland. He and many other MacDonaldland characters such as Grimace and Mayor McCheese were phased out of McDonald's advertisements over the years.

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