Supernatural borrows a random story idea from Doctor Who

Well, almost. Last night's Supernatural certainly felt like a lesser copy of some of Russell T. Davies' more out-of-left-field writing. Watch a clip and see for yourself.

Spoilers ahead...

Yep, it was the Adipose all over again, with a few tweaks. Instead of a miracle fat drug that turns your bodyfat into cute white critters who run away, there's a Peruvian demon who sucks out bodyfat. But she's actually nice and doesn't hurt people — unlike her mean brother who's been killing people in a nearby town.


This was a weak "monster of the week" outing even by recent Supernatural standards — the fakeout that the killer might be the girlfriend of a sore loser of a hot-dog-eating contest felt too flimsy to worry about, and the pursuit of the fat demon lacked any real sense of menace. And meanwhile, the humor seemed to consist of bland fat jokes, "fish out of water" comedy as the brothers get jobs in the demons' weight-loss spa, and then an abundance of "people in the Midwest have funny accents" humor. This show has done 100 episodes set in the Midwest, but suddenly the accents are funny? It seemed odd.

The whole point of all this seemed to be — for the second week in a row — that some monsters are nice and just want to coexist with humans. Last week, it was friendly Christian werewolves, this week it's therapeutic fat demons. It's an odd sort of detour from the twin civil wars in the angel and demon communities — but the recurrence of the theme two weeks running gives me a smidgen of hope that this is actually going somewhere.

Oh, and the brothers had another couple of painfully awkward conversations, in which the raw tear-jerking spark seemed to be gone. Dean basically would let 10 busloads of nuns go off a cliff to save Sam's life, but Sam wouldn't necessarily go to crazy lengths to save Dean if it was Dean's time and he was ready to go. This seems apt enough, given that Dean has gone to crazy lengths for Sam about seven or eight times now, while when Dean was in Hell and Purgatory, Sam just got on with his life.

Sam and Dean's chronically assymetric relationship has just gotten out of whack at this point, and they can't just muddle along any more. Or maybe they can, given that this show is getting its best ratings in years.


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Bogus Maximus

I wonder if this "monsters are people too" bit will somehow relate to the spinoff show (Tribes) that tells the story of five monster families?

Also, Dean just doesn't have good luck with food.

"I just got drugged by a sandwich."