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29 April 2014 @ 10:28 pm
SPN #9x20 Bloodlines (episode review)  
Trying to gather my thoughts in order about this. Sorry if they are incoherent, dealing with a nagging headache at the moment :P

So, um, this was a spinoff pilot. Yup, you could really tell. Because there wasn't much Sam and Dean at all. It was more like a new show premiere with Sam and Dean making guest appearances. How did they not know about the monster families? Haven't they been to Chicago before? Were they that well-hidden? And they just happened to show up as Feds...I assume they checked the newspaper articles and found out about the murders?

And wow, the connections to our boys that these characters had just hit me over the head with an anvil. Ennis loses his girlfriend just as he is about to propose to her. The bad guy killed her because "she was in the way." Sam had planned to propose to Jessica before she was killed by YED. And I believe YED told Sam in AHBL that he killed Mary because she was "in the way." Also, the whole thing about his dad kind of made me think of John and Dean. That phone call at the end that was supposedly from his deceased dad (who knows if it was really that) made me think of Long Distance Call when "John" aka the Crocata called Dean.

Then there is David. We see him at school, having got out of the family...gee, does that sound familiar? I guess what I will say is his interaction with Ennis was interesting. If this does become a series I wonder if they would be working together or at the very least running into each other.

The bad guy. Geez, Freddy Krueger much? Seriously. Turns out he was just a plain old human. I could feel for him thinking that Sal had killed his son, even though Violet said he didn't.

I wanted to to feel for Ennis when his girlfriend was killed, I really wanted to. And I think I did a little, but maybe not as much as I'd wanted because it seemed to happen so quickly I think. Not sure. But I'll have to think about it a little more.

I don't know if the premise of the show is really for me, the whole idea of monster families running the underbelly of Chicago. It makes me think of The Sopranos, but it's like Sopranos, Supernatural Style, lol. Plus the canon issues bugged me.

No development as far as the Sam/Dean/Mark of Cain issues go, but then I wasn't expecting there to be any with this concentration on the spinoff. But what we did see of our boys I liked from the shallow POV. Their first scene dressed as Feds...mmm they were both smokin'. And Sam's hair blowing in the wind at the end....I nearly died. Is it me or was Dean's voice more husky/gravelly than usual? Looks like we are getting back to the Metatron issue now with the call Dean got from Cas at the end. Though it was also used as a plot device to get our boys out in a hurry. :P
Liliaethliliaeth on April 30th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
Honestly, the fridging with Ennis girlfriend was way too obvious.

Couldn't they have just had him come upon a case that made no sense and have the girlfriend leave him because she doesn't believe him? That at least would be original.

the only part I like so far is the interaction between David and Ennis, and more for David's side of it than Ennis'.
jessm78jessm78 on April 30th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. And they sure dealt with it in a big hurry.

I think that would have been a lot more interesting and not such an obvious rehash of what we've already seen in SPN.

Yeah, I liked that too but that was about it.
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on April 30th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Wow sounds about as bad as I thought it would hon. Not even going to waste my time watching this crap. I MIGHT watch it when I get season 9 on DVD maybe.
jessm78jessm78 on April 30th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yup, if you skip it you won't miss anything hon. I'm really not interested in the premise and the mess with canon/continuity was bad. I thought two of the guys (the 'leads' I suppose) weren't bad, but the acting from everyone else was blah. :P

The only thing I even sorta liked in it was the eye candy. If you see gifs floating around of Sam getting out of the Impala with his hair blowing in the wind, don't miss them. It was a lovely sight :)

Edited at 2014-04-30 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on April 30th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Is it true Sam and Dean leave half way though the ep?

Yeah no Sam and Dean then not interested.
jessm78jessm78 on April 30th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
No, they're in it until maybe the last scene. They don't show up though until 5-10 minutes after it starts. When I do my Puppy picspam I'll be fast forwarding a lot I think. They were more like secondary characters in this, which sucked. Though what we did see of them I liked.

Here is one of them:

Edited at 2014-04-30 05:44 pm (UTC)
Natalie: Supernatural by <lj user=" title="Natalie: Supernatural by " />lawofar18 on April 30th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, all I took away from that episode was that Sam's hair looks really reddish in a certain light. =P Other than that, I felt like I was watching the wrong show most of the time. Wasn't my cup of tea.

Edited at 2014-04-30 07:33 pm (UTC)
jessm78jessm78 on May 1st, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: Agreed!
Haha, I noticed that too. It did seem like a different show to me and I kept looking up at the clock to see when it was going to be over.
mosinging1986 on May 19th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
This ep put me to sleep.

I don't know if the premise of the show is really for me, the whole idea of monster families running the underbelly of Chicago.

This explanation would explain a lot. I live here.

jessm78: Supernatural: Dean designated smartassjessm78 on May 19th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Same here. It just wasn't Supernatural. Though it probably would have fit in with a lot of the other shows on the CW nowadays...

This explanation would explain a lot. I live here.

Bwahahaha, I love it. Now that you put it that way... ;)

(though I probably shouldn't talk... I live near NYC and sometimes I think a similar premise set there would explain a lot too)

mosinging1986 on May 19th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
Of course!