Supernatural: Bitten Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Once again this week Supernatural detours from its ongoing plotlines involving the Prophet Kevin, and the search for the tablet containing the word of God. We also don’t get any flashbacks to Dean’s time in Purgatory. One thing about this show is that the producers are not afraid to step out of the box and do different things. Over the years we’ve seen black & white episode tributes to Universal horror films; Sam and Dean playing their real live selves starring in a TV show; thrust into a world where they are contestants on a Japanese game show; been thrown into the past and future, to name just a few.
This week we have another episode that goes in a different direction, employing the ever pervasive yet growing tiresome found footage style of filmmaking. Sam and Dean enter a home to find two dead bodies and the floors and wall splattered with blood. On a nearby laptop is a note telling them to watch. On the video we see the tale of two boyhood friends Michael and Brian…film nerds documenting their mundane lives. Michael meets a beautiful girl and she moves in, which begins to drive a wedge between the two friends. When Michael is attacked in the woods and bitten by some sort of creature he is found by Brian and taken home.
Miraculously, his wound heals completely. But even more startling, Michael has developed super strength, making Brian even more jealous. He wants to go to the woods and be bitten by whatever bit Michael. Michael thinks he’s crazy but soon Brian has tracked down what bit Michael…one of their professors…who just happens to be a werewolf!
I’m not crazy about the whole found footage genre. There have been a few standout films but most seem like a feeble attempt to cover up poor filmmaking. But it was interesting to get a look at a Supernatural episode from the outside. Sam and Dean take a backseat to the trio of friends who spy on the brothers as they go undercover as FBI agents investigating a murder in the neighborhood. The ending is what pushed this over the top for me. I won’t play spoiler but it revisits an episode from last season that drove a wedge between the brothers. This time, they and specifically Dean, handles the situation quite differently.
Mania Grade: B-
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Eric Banerd
Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Robbie Thompson
Directed By: Thomas J. Wright
Network: The CW