Supernatural Season 9 Review “Bloodlines” – A New Hunter is Born

Bloodlines

In this episode of Supernatural, called “Bloodlines,” the new spinoff (if it gets picked up next season) begins with the story of Ennis and the monster families in Chicago.

As this was, for all intents and purposes, a brand new series, I decided to keep this review pretty simple and break it down into the stuff I liked and the stuff I didn’t like.

What I Liked

Ennis and David. Of all the characters we were introduced to in this episode, they definitely stood out to me – as I’m sure they were supposed to do. I like the idea of seeing a hunter story being told from the beginning and I didn’t realize that Ennis wasn’t already aware of the monsters in his city. It was fun to see him get an education from Sam and Dean and if the show is picked up, I think it will be fun continuing to watch his journey into hunterhood.

As for David, his personality was a lot of fun and I thought he had a very Dean-esque vibe. Mix that vibe with the skills of a shapeshifter and you’ve got quite a force to be reckoned with. I thought for a minute that David and Ennis might decide to team up, but then David announced he was returning to his family so I’m not quite sure where that’s going. I’m still hoping those two will be the core bromance of the series, because let’s face it, we can’t have Supernatural without that, right?

The overall look of the series was different from Supernatural and reminded me more of newer shows on the CW like The Originals. I wouldn’t ever want the original to take on those characteristics, but I do think it worked for a story set in Chicago.

What I Didn’t Like

Too many characters. I realize that they wanted to give us a nice, full cast of rich characters but after a while I couldn’t keep track of who was who. There’s a reason I only mentioned two characters above: I can barely remember who else was in the episode. I think we could have been introduced to just two, maybe three, in this episode and then had the rest slowly come in later. For me, it was just too much at once.

Ennis’ storyline practically reeking of Sam’s, circa Season 1. As soon as he mentioned the engagement ring, I knew exactly what was going to happen to his poor girlfriend and from then on, I was just waiting for it. I know all hunters start from a place of tragedy, but couldn’t it have been someone else? Also, the dad being mysteriously absent and then leaving him a cryptic message at the end was a bit much, too. I felt smacked over the head with a brick that said: “See? Just like Sam and Dean! Love this show! It’s Supernatural!”

Overall Opinion

Overall, I felt it was pretty good. Not the best episode of Supernatural I’ve ever seen, but not a bad pilot to a new series either. I think it has a good chance to become a series and if it does, I hope they’ll pull back the story a bit to concentrate on less characters, then build on them to slowly add more.

My favorite bits:

Sal changing his hair with a flip of his hand. Being a shapeshifter has its perks.

“Werewolves, you think you’re so special When really you’re just sons of bitches.”

The use of “Little Black Submarine” by The Black Keys. Perfect for the scene.

Ennis getting an up close and personal view of Dean chopping off a vamp’s head.

“He looks better with a little off the top, don’t you think?”

Sam warning Ennis that if he didn’t stay away from what they did, he was going to get hurt, too. How well the boys know that fact. Maybe they should give him the Supernatural books and then watch him run away screaming.

“I’m a shapeshifter.”
“You’re a what??”
“We shift our shape, it’s kinda all there in the name.”

Dean admiring the fact that Ennis didn’t quit.

Ennis and Dean’s “awesome” in unison. That made me actual LOL.

“Sometimes you gotta work with the bad guys to get to the worse guys.”
“Dude, I’m right here.”

David calling Dean “Buffy.” Ha! You gotta admire a guy who can go head-to-head with Dean in the smartass remarks department.

Violet going all vamp to protect David.

Ennis choosing to kill the other “monster.” AKA the human. Whoa.

Ennis getting a call from his dad and a warning to stop hunting. Interesting.

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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