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Winchesters in Disrepair, Thoughts on Supernatural “Sharp Teeth” 

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW
Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

OK, as good as it was to see Garth [DJ Qualls] again, I’m going to have to say “Sharp Teeth” was just okay for me. Maybe it’s because we just had two stellar Supernaturals that were heavy on mythology. Maybe it was because Crowley was a part of both “Road Trip” and “First Born” and the dialogue Mark Sheppard delivered was some of the best snark ever written on this show. Maybe it’s because the episodes mixed it up a bit wowing us with Sam and Castiel goodness and great guest stars like Timothy Omundson, who really connected with Jensen’s Dean Winchester. So maybe it’s not fair to hold “Sharp Teeth” up to the standards set by those episodes. But life isn’t fair. That’s one of the things we’ve learned on this show, right?

For me, I guess I’m high on mythology and less in love with standalones (unless they’re of the humorous variety, that is). Some thoughts re: “Sharp Teeth”:

-Garth’s a werewolf. Who knew? I’m glad we finally found out what he’s been up to but I’m slightly upset about this development. I’m hoping the Garth-Winchester goodbyes at the end of the hour aren’t permanent. Sam and Dean should have use of a friendly werewolf in the future, right? Speaking of which…

-There are friendly and spiritual werewolves out there. And some are born lycanthropes instead of going the whole being bitten route. I do love when this show puts their own twist on things. But I rather see werewolves of the vicious kind. However, the wife being the dastardly one without her good guy Reverend husband knowing — that smacks a little bit of a season one episode I think you guys have heard of — “Faith.” Now that’s a standalone that was stellar.

-Speaking of season one…the actor who played  Reverend Jim in “Sharp Teeth” just so happened to also guest star in “Scarecrow.” I like Tom Butler so I’ll forgive the recycling. Oh and that was Eve Gordon playing Jim’s evil wife. Gordon’s been on so many shows including American Horror Story, Hart of Dixie, Scandal and Felicity. But I loved loved loved her as June’s mom on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW
Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW

-Sam asks about the mark on Dean’s arm and…Dean tells Sam the truth. We don’t have to go weeks with Dean trying NOT to tell Sam about it. I’m so thankful for this. His being upfront with this latest development was refreshing especially since this particular Winchester has had (more than) a bit of trouble with truth-telling this season. And whenever something of this magnitude happens to Sam, he’s rarely truthful. So to see this reveal now was totally cool with me. Now let’s see if Dean will be as open if he starts to experience any side effects or learns more lore about the Mark of Cain.

-Dean still thinks he’s poison. It’s so sad. He even tries to trick Sam into believing the case was over. I don’t know. Jensen seems to be playing Dean as if he’s kind of dead inside, don’t you think? He still doles out the one-liners but they don’t have the same kind of Dean Winchester flair they usually have. He’s almost zombie-like in manner. Not quite but you get what I mean. This is a nice touch. And, yes, he still thinks he’s dying an early death. It made me even more sad when he told Garth: “Somebody’s gotta live to tell this damn story someday. And who better than you?”

-Not only is Garth a werewolf, he’s married to one and he belongs to a pack. I’m happy for Garth. Glad they got rid of the mother-in-law from hell and that he has a family to share his life with. I don’t think he needs to take any blame for what happened to Kevin. But it’s going to be hard for Dean, Sam and Garth not to feel guilty.

-That Dean hurling the knife at a perfect trajectory to kill the cop/were-dude? Mighty epic.

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW
Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW

-Sam is finally Sam again and he’s taken out of the action. Boo. That was highly disappointing for me. I want Sam and Dean fighting side by side. Whatever’s going on with them they could at least be in sync when in battle mode. And Sam’s spent way too much time being tied up, in a hospital bed, knocked out and otherwise indisposed when it comes time to bring the bad guys down. Come on, Supernatural. Let the brothers fight more than just each other. Let them be the fierce and daring duo we know them to be. And Sam’s such a big guy. Time to stop keeping him down.

-Okay, I’ve been putting off this part of my recap/review — talking about the final scene of “Sharp Teeth.” This is what I’ve been processing for the past two days and I’m still unsure of how I feel about it. Sam and Dean are so damn complicated. And such hot messes. Extremely hot. But this conversation didn’t sit well with me. Here’s what went down after the case was solved and they drove away from Garth. They pulled into a parking lot where Sam’s stolen car was located (I’m assuming it was stolen). They got out of the car and leaned against the door much like they love to do. But what ensued was all sorts of painful:

Dean: Hey. Uh…listen, that night that, uh you know, we went our separate ways…
Sam: You mean the night you split?
Dean: Fair enough. I was messed up, man. Kevin was dead and I…I don’t know what I was.
Sam: Okay.
Dean: Hell, maybe I still don’t. But uh, I know I took a piece of you in the process and for that…somebody changed the playbook, man. You know, it’s like what…what…what’s right is wrong. And what’s wrong is more wrong. And…I just know that when…when we rode together…
Sam: We split the crappiness.
Dean: Yeah.
Sam: Great.
Dean: Okay.
Sam: But something’s broken here.
Dean: I’m not saying that it’s not. I think maybe we need to put a couple of Ws on the board and we can get past all this.
Sam: I don’t think so. No I…I…I wish but…we don’t see things the same way anymore — our roles in this whole thing. Back in that Church, talking me out of boarding up hell or tricking me into letting Gadreel possess me…I can’t trust you. Not the way I thought I could. Not the way I should be able to.
Dean: Okay, look. Whatever happened, we are family, okay?
Sam: You say that like it’s some sort of cure all. Like it can change the fact that everything that has ever gone wrong between us has been because we’re family.
Dean: So what, we’re not family now?
Sam: I’m saying you want to work? Let’s work. If you want to be brothers…(silence for a few seconds) Those are my terms.
Dean nods. They get back in the Impala.

First I’m not completely sure about the way Sam ended his part of the conversation. Does he mean he no longer considers he and Dean family? Has he disowned Dean? I don’t know what writer Adam Glass meant here. It feels like he’s saying we can do the hunter thing together. But we are no longer family. And that’s so harsh. Maybe he meant we’ll just put the family part aside for now. I’m pissed at you. But there’s a job that needs to be done. I hope that’s what Sam meant.

And I get Sam not trusting Dean right now. I really do. Although I didn’t think he was all angry about being talked out of shutting the gates of hell stuff at the end of last season. He has every right to be completely pissed about Dean letting Gadreel possess him, however. Dean did it for the right reasons but he knew damn well that Sam wouldn’t really ever agree to it. And I’m not going to go back into my whole Sam not wanting to die last season argument I tend to bring up continually. I think Sam has every right to be angry. And that he should own it. But blood is blood. You can’t deny that.

And on Dean’s part, he’s the one that was all about keeping his distance from Sam and now he’s suddenly let’s hook back up? I don’t know. It felt a little too sudden for me. And it’s not going to be as easy as getting a couple of Ws on the board to fix what’s going on with them. Dean — this is a complicated matter. It’s going to take a complicated solution.

I don’t know. Every time I think the relationship between these brothers has deteriorated as far as it’s going to go, things descend to a whole new level. Is there going to be a time when Sam and Dean’s relationship is too damaged to repair? I hope not but are they dangerously close? Because I miss them being on the same page (for the most part). For choosing each other at the end of last season, they haven’t really spent that much time together this season. I miss them being in sync. I can’t wait to see how this show is going to get these brothers out of this hot mess. Extremely hot. Have I mentioned that yet?

Oh and congrats once again on the ratings for this show — I love that it continues to do so well for the CW.

Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Arafel

    Well, you have to know that I hated this resolution-if that’s what it was supposed to be. But then again, I haven’t really felt the bond for a long time now. All the way back to Fallen Idols to be precise. I know that for me it’s been consistently and predominantly because of extremely poor writing of these type of scenes-unless we’re supposed to believe that Sam always has all the answers as to what’s wrong with the relationship as he supposedly had back in that S5 episode, too-but that one never sat right with me and neither does this one and honestly, neither did the one in Sacrifice. So in a way I kind of expected this and I expected to be disappointed. I’m not sure that the writers can fix the relationship because they don’t see all of the layers, even though they’re there and anyone with eyes could see them and even though most of their viewers-at least the on-line ones that I read-can.
    Sam calling out Dean for “splitting” on him?-Really?-when Sam has been the poster child for this for most of the series? And his not mentioning that he AGREED with Dean to stop the trials and live and that left the gates of hell open. Or that he was in no way better suited than Dean to take on those trials in the first place. Dean is in a darker place than he has ever been before on this show. You’re right about that. What happened to Sam’s vow to lead him to the light? Is that never going to be mentioned again? Is what happened with Martin and Benny last season never going to be brought up again? Is Dean really over Sam not ever having even tried to look for him when he was lost in Purgatory? If I didn’t know these writers I’d be flabbergasted at the lack of resolution. But I DO know them, so it just is what it is to me now-disappointing. Again.

    On a brighter note, I liked the hunt. LOVE!!! BadassDean. So much. Hope we get to keep him. I even hope he’ll get to go dark from The Mark. Jensen IS bringing something different this season that I also can’t quite put my finger on. But it’s awesome to me. It feels like he’s upped his game tremendously again to me and as he did in S3. Not zombie-like to me either-more dead *inside* than ever before, though-and as has been alluded to numerous times by more than one character through-out the seasons of this show. Hope they do something awesome with his sl that will finally match his performance. Oh,loved Dean’s spidey sense and all those hunter skills of his on full display in this one. YOWZA!

    And I ached for him when he told Garth what happened to Kevin-“I wasn’t there when he needed me.” If there wasn’t such an air of finality about our Dean, I’d say that this was S1 or S2 Dean again-but then again, I think Dean’s story has been heading to this place that he’s at now since John died for him. Again, I’m not sure if the writers see that, but I do.

    Not a fan of Garth at all, but he was inoffensive in this one.

    Thanks for the review, Tina.

    1. Tina Charles

      The thing is — I have no idea what this resolution was. I don’t think it was a resolution. Sam didn’t even finish his sentence so I don’t know exactly what he was trying to say. I can infer but I’m not completely sure.

      I like that Sam finally has a chance to show his anger but the writers never seem to get it quite right.

      Hopefully in the future they can. And these boys can be in sync once again because you’re right, Arafel, it’s been a long time. Too long.

      And I of course loved Dean in Dean Winchester mode. Although I was not so crazy about the werewolves I have to say.

      Thanks for commenting Arafel! Thanks for continuing to read my recaps even though they are no longer on the original site.

      1. Arafel

        “I like that Sam finally has a chance to show his anger but the writers never seem to get it quite right.”
        Yeah, this is the consensus that I’m seeing for the most part this time around, too. It makes me wonder if Carver and co actually watch the show, as opposed to just writing for it.

        “Thanks for commenting Arafel! Thanks for continuing to read my recaps even though they are no longer on the original site.”
        I don’t even giving them hits, now that you’re not there. 😉

  2. Lituch

    I can’t get how can be high ratings when new shouraner and writers dont know the characters. they dont understand what about this show. and we make them ratings. our own hands we kill the show. I dont know what to do? Just boycott SPN to save SPN? I want Carver and Co understand that they doing something wrong!

    1. Ann

      I think the ratings are going up because the writers have decided that their target audience is teenagers and so more teenagers are tuning in. When Kripke was in charge, the scripts had better quality as in believable dialogue, better storylines and there was a limit to the angst. Looking at the preview for next week’s episode, all I could do was shake my head. How many times do we have to sit through the tired ‘police officers with donuts’ routine? It’s a perfect example of how this show has become dumbed down to suit the younger audience. It also, in my opinion, is an example of how little the writers and producers respect the intelligence of the older fans of this show. I just hope the producers will come to their senses and hire better writers – people who understand the characters as Kripke created them.

      1. Tina Charles

        I totally get your point. I don’t know if the show is being dumbed down — I actually think it’s better than it was from seasons six and seven. But there is something off. Although I’m telling you, last week’s episode was hands down the best episode of Supernatural I’ve seen in a long, long time. So I know that occasionally the writers have it in them. I do wish that we still had some of the writers from the early years however. They were the BEST. Same with Kripke.

    2. MByerly

      The ratings were so high this week because all the other on-air networks were showing “The State of the Union” address.

      A pity people didn’t see last week’s episode instead of this one which was so weak.

      1. Tina Charles

        Actually last week’s episode did well. Sharp Teeth did a hair better. But First Born still did well — 2.7 million viewers (as opposed to this week’s almost 2.8 mil) and I think a 1.1 in the demo compared to this week’s 1.2.

        So almost the same amount of people watched last week’s which is the best episode of SPN I’ve seen in the last few seasons.

  3. Janet

    Tina, you are one of my favorite reviewers ever and thank you for this post. I absolutely love Supernatural. It is my favorite show hands down. However, I am getting sick of the relationship issues between the brothers. The issue of “we are family” has always been sacrosanct and at the core of the show and the brothership bond has always been the “glue” for me. So, I just want them to have a fight, a few beers and get back to being the kick-ass hunter team they really are. In short, this ongoing conflict is getting old and I am especially tired of seeing Sam’s furrowed brow!!!

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