Supernatural: Heartache Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Friday, October 19, 2012

Some of the best episodes of Supernatural are those standalone episodes that take a break from the ongoing storyline and allow Sam and Dean to do some freestyle monster hunting.  That’s what we get this week as their search to find the new prophet, Kevin, and the latest tablet with the word of God is put on hold.  A series of murders where the victims have their hearts torn out of their chest get the guys scrambling from Minnesota, to Iowa, and to Colorado.  

The trail leads to a former NFl start quarterback who died tragically in an auto accident and had his organs donated.  Now the recipients of those organs have become killers but what ancient force is driving them to murder by tearing out the hearts of their victims?

“Heartache” was directed by star Jensen Ackles but unlike Season 7’s powerful “The Girl Next Door” which Ackles also directed, this episode was pedestrian at best.  This ep’s villain was strictly minor league compared to some of the other threats the brothers have faced and other than a few sparkling bits of humor, it was entirely forgettable.  On top of that, Sam has told Dean that he wants to quit monster hunting once they are done with Kevin and get back to the normal life he had while Dean was in Purgatory.  And speaking of Purgatory, while the first two season 8 episodes showed flashback’s to Dean’s time there, we got none of it this week. There’s also no Castiel, no Benny, no Crowley. In fact it was almost like this was a fill-in episode, already in the can.

Despite the hopefulness that the boys would be back to business as normal…and remember current Exec Producer supposedly has the show planned out through season ten, it looks like we’ll be dealing with Sam and his homesick angst for at least the foreseeable future.  And we all predict that it won’t likely end well for Sam or for those he cares about?  How many times can we spin that dial?  Why must one of the brothers always be going through some sort of conflict and turmoil.  Turn the page on that plot device already.  

All in all “Heartache” was disappointing.  Not horrible, but definitely disappointing as the new season had got off to a good start, in fact the best in a few years and it felt like it took a rest far too soon.

Mania Grade: C
Episode: Heartache
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Alan Ackles
Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Brad Buckner
Directed By: Jensen Ackles
Network: The CW