I love Supernatural. Tacked to the wall of my cubicle is a picture of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki staring at me through the windows of the Impala. And I have been fighting depression throughout hell-atus like everyone else. That said, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” was, in one (not Webster-recognized) word, meh.
First, my top three gripes (because this isn’t the American Idol judging panel so I don’t have to start on a positive note):
1. Are you there, main plot? It’s me, Sandra
Supernatural was on hiatus for more than a month and a little mention from a dusty book is all we got in terms of the apocalypse. I would have liked to see the show return with a huge revelation, and I don’t count Bobby’s head being in the crosshairs as a big revelation. They’re all in danger… all the time. The big picture was lost with all the zombie rising. Instead of a great, big return, we were spoon-fed a fairly predictable episode.
2. Let’s try this again. Are you there, God? It’s me, Dean
At the end of the last episode, Dean cried to the heavens for help/hope/a hey, it’s gonna be okay, kiddo. We were left in tears (okay… maybe just me) and hoping that heaven would answer his call. We’re still on hold, listening to heaven’s elevator music. But frankly, with the main plot on standby, I don’t know how much more of this waiting I can do. (Empty threat. I love this show.)
3. I’m never going to sleep again
The bloody-mouthed zombie child who ate his father might give me nightmares for the next 5 years.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system. Here were what I think were the high points of last night:
1. We learned a little more about Bobby’s past, and the episode gave Jim Beaver a chance to shine — and shine he did! The most heartbreaking scene was when Bobby talked about how he never thought he’d hear his dead wife’s humming again. Beaver is one of TV’s most underrated actors, I say.
2. The little things. If there’s one thing Supernatural does well, it’s feed the detail beast. Among last night’s tiny moments you might have missed: Bobby’s the town drunk? Color me concerned. And speaking of concern, the glance that Sam shot Dean after they learned another horseman had arrived echoed my feelings about po’, tortured Dean. (That boy’s headed for the deep end…).
3. The preview for next week. One of the best parts of Supernatural is wondering what will happen next week.
What did you think, PopWatchers? Were you more enthusiastic about this episode than I was? And will you join me in lobbying for a 2-hour episode somewhere down the line because one hour just isn’t enough?