The Road So Far: “Bitten” Review

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK, IDJIT!

Despite the fact that this post is probably pretty short I am having a terrible time writing it. Why? Because I’m having an internal conflict between Professional Geek Girl and Fangirl Geek Girl. Basically this is what happens every time I try to talk about this week’s episode:

Fangirl Geek Girl: OH MY GAWD YOU GUYS THAT WAS SUCH A GOOD EPISODE!!! IT WAS THE BEST EPISODE EVER!!

Professional Geek Girl: You have to be professional, analyze the episode, talk about the good and bad elements of the episode.

Fangirl Geek Girl: IT WAS ALL GOOD! DIDN’T YOU WATCH IT!

So, here is an attempt to take the Fangirl aspect of my personality and combine it with the Professional aspect of my personality, and write a coherent review….

So without further ado let’s talk about “Bitten.”

I have a new favorite Supernatural writer! Robbie Thompson, my hat is off to you. Not only did you write “Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” but I expected to hate this last episode, “Bitten.” I’m actually pretty blown away.

The reason I thought I would hate “Bitten” is the shaky cam. I never like that style of filming. I mean, I get why horror movies and shows use it, but I just get a headache from watching it and I get pissed at the characters. In Paranormal Activity, which I actually liked, I was so annoyed with the main girl’s boyfriend. She would be crying or fighting with him, or being possessed and he would still be there with that damn camera!

(South Park did a pretty excellent parody of this style of filming. Thank God for Matt and Trey!)

However, even that problem was resolved pretty easily in this episode by having the main character Scott hide hidden cameras all over the place. This allowed the audience to still witness all the events, without us, the viewer screaming, “put the camera down, asshole” at the characters. There were still, however, random ridiculous moments with cameras. Like the filming in front of the bathroom mirror. If I was crying and upset I wouldn’t film it. I understand the necessity of the audience seeing those moments, but they still bother me.

Another thing I was surprised with was the lack of Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean featured enough in this episode but the focus was not on them at all, or at least not a lot. And I was pleasantly okay with that. Michael, Scott, and Kate were interesting enough that I was simply enjoying them, instead of watching the clock and wondering how long it would take for Sam and Dean to come back. (I also enjoyed the return of all the Sam and Dean are gay jokes.)

Kate was a particularly compelling character that you can really identify and sympathize with. Despite Michael and Scott having much of the focus, she is actually the main character and she is very human. Anyone in Kate’s position would want to protect the person she loves and try to help them deal with this new complication in their lives. She even goes so far as to put herself in danger in order to protect Michael. When Scott bites her, she breaks down, but then rises up to avenge the man she loved. It’s all these very basic human qualities that make her a fantastic character, and her speech at the end, pleading with Sam and Dean not to hunt her down and kill her, pointing out that all these monsters started out human, is so moving and tragic. In many ways this episode mimics the old school monster movies where the monsters were these tragic figures that the viewer could sympathize with.

This episode is also the perfect filler episode, because it still ties everything back with the main theme and plot. This episode, more than any other on Supernatural, has you sympathizing with the monsters. A clever and convenient move considering next week’s episode will feature Benny heavily. So whether or not Benny is good or bad the viewer approaches that episode with this one in mind. With thinking of the monsters as these sad tragic figures, instead of just evil creatures that need to be butchered. Furthermore, despite the lack of Dean and Sam in this episode we still get character development that will inform the show later on. Sam is rusty at hunting so expect him to screw up in the future, and Dean’s friendship with Benny has caused him to sympathize with the monsters he hunts more than he ever has, so expect that to come into play as well.

Also our free will and responsibility theme pops up again, by showing how the monsters may have the free will and power to literally tear someone apart but they have a responsibility to at least try to not give into their baser instincts. Rather, they are meant to overcome them and rise above. A thinly veiled metaphor about how humanity needs to rise above many of our baser natures in order to do the right thing? I think so.

See you next week SPN fans! Remember, keep calm and grab the salt.

Also, Adam is in hell, and Sam and Dean don’t care. In fact, if all goes as planned they will lock hell this season, effectively trapping Adam forever. Just sayin’.

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