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  • TV Series: Supernatural
  • Episode: Jump the Shark
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
  • Written By: Daniel Loflin, Andrew Dabb
  • Directed By: Philip Sgriccia
  • Network: CW
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Supernatural: Jump the Shark

Supernatural winds down.

By Stephen Lackey     April 25, 2009


Mania gives their thoughts on the latest episode of SUPERNATURAL: Jump the Shark(2009).
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This week’s episode just gives the brothers Winchester more to cry about. It’s a long running joke that female fans love to see these two guys cry. So now if they weren't carrying enough emotional baggage, they have a brother to deal with, another reason for an emo breakdown. It is however always interesting when the creators of the show are able to work in themes and characters relating to Sam and Dean’s father. Their father is at the center of who both of these buys have become and his influence is on every decision they make. For a long time, it seemed that Dean was more like his father in the way he acted and in the decisions he made but now the tables have turned. The reality is that Dean has always tried to hard to be like his father but now after a little trip to hell, he’s not so keen on completely following his father’s path. Sam is different now too. He’s apparently embraced who his father was and now more than ever, he understands his father.
 
One of the better scenes in the episode comes when Dean confronts Sam over Sam’s desire to make their younger brother a hunter. Dean explains that he accepts the life they have but he believes that the kid still has a chance, a chance to go to college and have a life. It’s a shame Sam didn’t think that way back in season one. If he had, Sam would be leading a much different life himself. The scene ends with both of the brothers contemplating their jealousy over the kid. They are jealous of him for very different reasons. Easily the best scene comes when Dean is investigating the grave robberies and he’s asked if he’s ever thought about how he would like to spend eternity. His response is classic Dean, it’s meant to be a joke but it’s also probably true.
 
They discover their brother when their father’s cell phone rings and he’s on the other end of the line looking for help after his mother disappears. This episode deals with a couple of thematic elements; family and revenge. These elements are portrayed on both the side of Sam and Dean and on the side of the monsters of the week. Even ghouls can have families after all. In the small town of the week, not only has Sam and Dean’s newly discovered brother’s mom disappeared, but a local bar owner has also went missing. At the same time, bodies are disappearing from graves. Sam’s father came to this town twenty years ago to stop a grave robbing monster and now it appears the cycle has started again when Sam and Dean arrive in town.
 
The episode features a minimum of action and no classic rock blasting from the car. It does however feature some nice twists and turns and dramatic moments. The episode is a single story that doesn’t really play into the overall story arc but the discovery of a brother and the realization by Sam and Dean of who they’ve become will most likely be factors in some way over the next few episodes. It’s time to get serious about the bigger story though. Often this season’s episodes have felt like false starters. An episode appears to be the beginning of something important only to be followed by a few episodes that don’t really matter. I’m not talking about single story episodes I’m talking about episodes tied in some way to the bigger story but what happened in them doesn’t carry over in the story arc. By the end of this season, there’ll be many things that seemed important at the time they happened that won’t matter when it’s all said and done. This week’s episode isn’t as epic as most of this season’s installments have been but it was a nice way to ease back into the world of Supernatural after being away for a few weeks.

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ponyboy76 4/25/2009 6:18:03 AM

First, got to love the name of the episode. What`s great is that they aren't even close to "jumping the shark" as a show.

Second, while I agree that some episodes have seemed like they were building up to something important but didn't there have been plenty of episodes that seemed like they weren't important at all and then revealed to be very important. For instance the guy who ends up being a prophet for God and the episode where they didn't know eachother, which ended up kind of being a test for Dean and Sam to put them back on the right path.
 
What I thought was cool about this episode was that they teased us with them having a brother then did away with him but not in some annoying cliche way like he dies trying to save them or something lame like that.

mbeckham1 4/25/2009 7:01:12 AM

I agree, I love the role reversal betweenSam and Dean and I  too thought it was interesting that Dean was advocating giving this kd the life that Sam tried to have.  It reminded me of the Siren episiode that brought  up how the changes they've each been through sice Dean went to Hell, have set them aprt since he was brought back.  It alo makes me think of the High School episode where Sam's teacher suggested  he should go to college and where Sam dreamed of a normal life.  And even then Dean's acceptance of his lot seemed like something he was trying convince himself of.  with his reaction to his girl friend offering an alternative life.  And I too loved the scene where the cemetary guy asks Dean if he'd thought about where he'd like to spendeternity and he said "All the time."  Classic briefe and to the point  line that evokes so much recent history.  I like the more intraspective and less sure of himself Dean.  It really adds depth to his character, I also like Sam beng more acsertive and less reluctant to take point. 

I haven't see the previous seasons of this series, but I really like where they've taken this season.  And i'm really lookinbg forward top morew Angel on Angel action next week, and hopefully another inch or two forward on the main story arc.

mbeckham1 4/25/2009 7:06:03 AM

I also love the scene where Dean tells Sam that Sam is more like their father than Dean ever could be.   It shows more of that more mature and insightful and slighty damaged Dean that has been so well done this season.

snallygaster 4/25/2009 1:23:12 PM

I love the way this show slips in sly pop culture references.

Anybody else notice the shout-out to one of the more infamous "jump-the-shark" moments in TV history?

Hint: The name of the diner was "Cousin Oliver's".

redhairs99 4/26/2009 10:07:21 AM

What no Smallville review this week?

trazalca 4/27/2009 9:14:03 AM

I have to say that this episode was among the grimmest of the bunch. Also, I am very disappointed in that this ep was given a B. I thought it a solid A in my book. The whole time I was watching, I was trying to figure out why it was called Jump the Shark, and if anything, this ep proved to be the most anti-shark-jump I've ever seen. I agree this story revealed a bit of a setup for their characters that will fit well into this season's closing episodes.

I also thought it was cool how they brought in the concept of a ghoul, which, unless I'm mistaken, has yet to be taken on as part of the Supernatural mythos.

Overall, Supernatural is among the best of any TV show out there now.

Jakester 4/27/2009 11:59:28 AM

Christ on a Crutch!  I went to login to comment on your post, Traz, and I get the login screen for all of two seconds before it disappears and is replaced by an ad.  Fuck that shit.

 

Okay, now where was I?  Oh yeah, Traz, it was called "Jump the Shark" because adding a long-lost family member to an established show is usually a "Jump the shark" move, like when the Brady Bunch added that cousin, or when a great cast member is killed off and replaced by some never before seen relative.

I agree that the episode was a solid A, and honestly there's only been ONE episode of Supernatural that I haven't loved.  Sadly, yeah, it was this season.  I'm not a fan of Sam's demon blood addiction, but otherwise, it's been a great season.

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