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Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”)

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Looks like zombies are kinda good monster-killers in the world of SUPERNATURAL. Or to be exact: clever and intelligent. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Angela (Tamara Feldman) was only dead for a couple of days after she was resurrected, but her behavior was so not zombie-like. Which is to be taken good, because I like intelligent zombies, who kill for revenge and not because they’re hungry for braiiiiins.

Sometimes I asked myself what would happen if a zombie kills the only factor of its life. In here: Angela broke Neil’s (Christopher Jacot) neck in a very “I don’t care”-ish way, which was the moment where I wondered what zombies are doing with their life, when their only reason for being back from the dead is dead. But that’s just a question about the genre, and the episode didn’t even want to ask that particular question. Other than that the episode was somewhat okay. Just not thrilling enough to be worth remembering throughout the season. Stumbling upon a hunt, because Dean (Jensen Ackles) was not able to visit his mom’s grave was okay, but that Sam (Jared Padalecki) wasn’t so sure about supernatural things going on made it a bit ridiculous. I always remember the two brothers saying that they were starting a hunt with less information and events. And now there is another situation, which clearly looks supernatural, but Sam is not so sure it’s their gig, instead pushes Dean’s feelings about not being able to visit his mom’s grave? That was story-stalling, and the unpacking of Dean’s already-known emotions. Nothing against character drama, but I don’t need the two brothers talking about the same feelings and emotions for three episodes in a row.

The supernatural plot itself was kinda boring. I’m not sure if the episode was supposed to be about Angela being a zombie (she clearly didn’t behave like one – or was it the destruction of genre clichés in a SUPERNATURAL episode?), and I’m not so sure if the writers really wanted to tell that story. Creepy moments (like investigating Neil’s basement) weren’t creepy enough, and there wasn’t even space for character development for any of the guest characters – especially Neil. Here Dean tells him everything about how bad and evil zombies can be, but the only thing Neil is able to is having the hots for the dead girl in the next room, just to be killed in the next scene. Opportunity for something big clearly missed. 5.5/10

Young girls shouldn't play with sharp scissors

It goes right through the heart

Written by Christian Wischofsky

October 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM


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