Supernatural Review: Beware the Turducken
Bobby can't die can he? Although, isn't that what we were saying about Castiel before?
The cliffhanger was the best (and worst, emotionally) part of the episode. There's no way that the brother's best gruff friend was killed by a bullet. I mean a bullet, bullet.
It was such a jarring last few seconds that it took me a moment to grasp what had happened. Granted, the follow up episode could pick up with Bobby finally responding and nothing really wrong. Although, at this point I'm not too sure. The season has been eliminating any outside sources for the brothers and what's a worse way to complete that than to kill off their last remaining connection?
I had a feeling something bad was going to happen to Bobby especially because he managed to lead the case and garner most of the great lines. Whether it was threatening Dean, "You die before me and I'll kill ya" or referencing Disney movies, "You don't shoot Bambi, jackass. You shoot Bambi's mother," Bobby was on fire in all his gruff and grumbling aspects. Even a little past history about Bobby teaching Sam and Dean to track was thrown in. There was so much Bobby focus that Sam and Dean were turned into background characters following Bobby's lead instead of the other way around.
But, really, there's no way Bobby can be dead? Can there?
Unfortunately, the rest of "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters" felt all over the place and was a real let down considering it was written by Ben Edlund, who has given me some of my favorite Supernatural episodes from "Changing Channels" to "The French Mistake." What happened?
First, there was no Jersey Devil, let alone a real case of the week. I know the "lead" allowed Sam, Dean, and Bobby to start a case and end up deep in Leviathan problems, but it was contrived. It was a wasted potential plot that could have been interesting and instead faded behind mere food.
Exactly. The real threat was a Leviathan laced turducken. Now what am I going to eat for Thanksgiving?
Sure, it gave some humorous moments of a stoned Dean making dazed comments and even enhanced his natural ability to love food, but really? A Sandwich is the dangerous problem?
Then there was the odd use of names from the repetitive comments about Ranger Rick and the Leviathan leader being named, Dick. Aside from Dean generally making jokes about everything, was that supposed to be funny? In fact, a majority of the situations and story in general felt like the show was overly serious to the point of self mockery. Except I don't think the episode was trying to do that. I mean, bibbing?
All I could keep thinking was, "Is this really Supernatural and not some spoof?"
I wasn't a fan when the Leviathan leader was first introduced and hoped there was more to him than a suit. Now, I can't take him seriously because of his name and his number one bestseller. Perhaps Dick Roman would be a good bad guy if this show was focused on corporate espionage, political tactics, and corrupt business. Yet, the show is about monsters, ghosts, and demons. Dick felt like he was on the wrong show, period. I mean, he shot Bobby (allegedly) instead of using some supernatural power to carry out his plans. The brothers may not know how to kill the Leviathan, but this enemy doesn't come close to some of the other "big bads" the brothers have faced.
And I still have no idea what is the Leviathan plan. It can't be making food that turns humans complacent and infiltrating human society so the Leviathan can dominate the White House. There just has to be more. Something I'm missing, right?
I love the monsters of the week, but the larger story arc is lacking direction, focus, and big scares. Season 7 needs to pull itself together, feast on Thanksgiving, and return recharged and ready to go. Oh, and not kill off Bobby, please.
What did you think of the episode? What do you think of the Leviathan? Is Bobby dead? Sound off!
Supernatural: "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.