Honestly, what was the episode about?
I have nothing against the episodic plots or the 'found footage' format of filming but something called execution plays a HUGE
role. I get it, this time around we had things from a victim/outside perspective and not the usual hunter view. They did have a plot, probably a good one, an angle to it but they made it seem so random and so out-of-no-where that I couldn't believe this episode belonged to Season 8.
The episode didn't fail for me because it had guest stars or less Winchesters but because of the poor execution and an already controversial format of filming that would physically sicken people. They have had waaay better one off's before with guests stars playing an equally important part. but this is one seemed immature. The characters lacked proper build up and the pace was slow and predictable. I was also disappointed with the guest stars, I mean all the people on the show over seven years who have done cameos and have yet resonated with the viewers, including the many child artists who appeared in the earlier seasons. So that's where these three were very disappointing, given that they had an entire episode to themselves. Even their overall interactions felt superficial.
The episode ignored Season 8 with the exception of 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 satisfied.
Issues I had with the episode :
- It gave no indication of being part of season 8 with the exception of Dean letting the girl to escape. That is important, but not enough to carry an entire episode.
- Werewolves: Aren't they old news? If this had been included in the previous seasons, it would have made sense because of the whole "hunt for Alphas" arc. But why now? If they had to use the monster angle, atleast let us have some flashbacks!
- No update on Kevin and his mother or the demons/Crowely given the whole 'Close Hell Gates Forever' arc. Not that I wanted everything out now, but it wouldn't do harm had they showed us just a bit of it.
Also, why were the characters still
filming? I mean when you're in a life threatening situation, who on earth would bother to hold the camera?
It so reminded me of Paranormal Activity. If there were trying to make it a psychological thriller, they failed at it. I know you can't really expect much when you have a a "found film" about university students love triangles with supernatural elements. This was more of a mini film made for some university project which happened to have Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as cameos than a Supernatural episode.
However, I still won't judge Season 8 on the basis of 4 episodes. They have had a good start and in my opinion gave three good episodes and one bad. So I hope Supernatural makes a comeback soon.
Edited by herms_angel - 26 October 2012 at 7:38am