This week’s episode of Supernatural, entitled “Paper Moon,” involved an old victim, a classic monster-of-the-week set-up, and something we’ve never seen before in the lives of Sam and Dean Winchester: our favorite brothers attempted to take a break from hunting. For the first ten minutes of this episode, I was surprised, and enthralled, by the idea that Sam and Dean were attempting to take time off. The episode opening on Sam and Dean sitting by a lake with sunglasses and multiple cases of cold beer has become my new favorite image of them.
An opening like that, and the characters acknowledging that they have needed this, was great. It was actually like reading fan-fiction about the boys when we don’t see them. I was really hoping that the entire episode would run that route, showing them when they aren’t hunting. It could have been good, and we could have gotten some action with the brothers pondering their actions during the summer. It was nice to have Dean address Sam’s injured arm but we still didn’t get the full story behind what happened. However, the change of pace ended when Dean brought up the need to work. Why? Random animal attacks.
Thanks, Dean! Thanks so much.
The case brought Sam and Dean to Washington to investigate a few werewolf attacks; there they run into Kate, a former victim from season eight who became a werewolf. I understand that the writers used the relationship of Kate and her sister Tasha as an opportunity for Sam and Dean to examine their own relationship and actions. That comparison gave us some loaded dialogue exchanges between Sam and Dean and acted as an interesting therapy session.
Other then the beginning and the therapy session, I was a little bit bored with the episode. It was clear to a regular viewer where the episode was going. There was no shock or major reveals in this episode. Unfortunately, “Paper Moon” acted as an filler episode. I hate to say this so early in the season, but after the first fifteen minutes, you can safely turn the episode off.
Based on the opening alone and the therapy session in the Impala I would grade this episode as a B-. It’s expected that in a groundbreaking tenth season of a sci-fi/fantasy related show that they would be a bit wiser with their storytelling. There would be less telling and more showing. I would have preferred to have an episode where the boys took a break, and reflected on the events over the summer. It would have been a better way to spend the hour.
Like The Flash, Supernatural is also taking a week off and will return on November 11th with a musical episode, which should be an interesting episode. We all know that Jensen and Jared can hold a tune, but can Sam and Dean? We’ll see.