Jump the Shark (419)
Wow, lots of things happened between “After School Special” and “Jump the Shark.” We learn Dean broke the first of the 66 seals, Sam is drinking demon blood, and Chuck the prophet has been recording the Winchester gospels for posterity.
Speaking gospels, this episode had a lot of detractors before it aired. How could the creators blaspheme the sanctity of the Sam/Dean relationship by adding another brother?It helped that Jake Abel, who played half-brother Adam Milligan, looks like (as one reviewer noted) the love child of Jenson Ackles and Jared Padalecki.
When Dean and Sam learn of Adam’s existence, Dean is certain it’s a trap. But Adam appears to be simply a young man distraught over the disappearance of his mother. Although Dean is jealous that Adam got to spend some “normal time” with John Winchester, he’s also determined that Adam stay out of the life of hunting monsters. Sam, on the other hand, wants to prepare Adam for what’s out there.
Adam is willing to embrace the hunting life, but he’s not what we thought. The Big Reveal is perhaps one of Supernatural‘s best. Dean and Sam discover the truth separately, but nearly simultaneously. Unwilling to use Adam as “monster bait,” Dean is investigating an underground crypt for clues while Sam and Adam are trying to lure the monster to Adam’s house. Eerily reverberating percussion-heavy music plays as Dean becomes trapped in the crypt, and Adam’s mother returns home. Sam knows she’s not human but Adam is hesitant to kill her. Just as Adam reveals to Sam that he isn’t human either, Dean finds the real Adam’s dead body.
Adam and his mother are ghouls, who feast on human flesh. They strap Sam to the kitchen table and proceed to carve him up. Much of Sam’s demon-enriched blood is drained before Dean escapes from the crypt and shows up to take care of the monsters.
So Dean was right all along—it was a trap. Just not the kind of trap they expected. And for introducing something so controversial as a half-brother, the writers handled it very well. The moral? Have faith in your show’s creators.
I Believe the Children Are Our Future (506)
For an unmemorable episode, this one had some great and funny brotherly moments. Not to mention the Castiel Avenging Angel Action Figure. (Why hasn’t Supernatural or the CW licensed this yet?) Yet all that powerful antichrist kid came to nothing.
Urban legends are coming true in Nebraska, some fatally so. Itching powder causes a babysitter to (literally) scratch her brains out; a joy buzzer electrocutes a nursing home resident; Pop Rocks and soda cause ulcers; and some guy’s face freezes “that way.” Whoever is causing these problems has the sense of humor of a 9-year-old, says Dean. “Or you,” replies Sam. Ha!
The source is indeed a 9-ish-year-old boy named Jesse who can alter reality to fit his thinking. (Much like Fred in “Hunteri Heroici.”) The Winchesters discover the adopted boy’s virginal birth mother was possessed by a demon when she gave birth. So this adorable kid is actually “demon-spawn” according to Castiel, who tries to kill him.
Jesse defends himself (by turning Castiel into said action figure). Fortunately, Jesse isn’t interested in being all-powerful, and really doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Dean and Sam are set take Jesse to Bobby’s for X-Men-esque training, but he can’t bring his parents with him (since that would be putting them in danger). Jesse asks to say goodbye to his sleeping parents, and then disappears, apparently to transporting himself to Surf Australia. And thus the Winchesters ruin another young life.
“I Believe…” had some great moments, but so much of it didn’t make a lick of sense. While the Winchesters and demon Mom are confronting Jesse in his living room, his parents are asleep upstairs. Jesse’s parents work, but Jesse doesn’t go to school. Worst of all, the introduction of this powerful kid, and all the angst, dramatic plot, potentially significant arc-altering story come to a big steamy pile of nothing. We’ve yet to hear from Jesse in the ensuing seasons. C’mon Show, you can do better.
The Great Escapist (821)
Since writing my initial review, I’ve seen the move Transformers. So at least now I know who Megatron is, not to be confused with Metatron.
“The Great Escapist” gets 5 stars, despite the excessive Biggersons slaughter, because 1) Kevin was awesome outsmarting and standing up to Crowley; 2) Castiel was strong and resourceful, reminding us what an angel should be; and 3) Crowley got burned—literally.
Oh yeah. If I ever felt sorry for Naomi getting a drill bit to the back of the skull, I take it back. Bitch! No. Mega-bitch!
– Written by Ben Edlund; directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
– TV Fanatic fan rating 4.5 (out of 5); IMDB rating 8.5; TV.com 9.1