Episode 11.12

“Don’t You Forget About Me” Review

By Annie Kenney

So after last week’s episode I was really excited. Last week’s episode was brilliant. I loved the brotherly moments, I was scared witless by the monster, I thought the supporting characters were awesome and the story moved along at a cracking pace. So this week was going to carry that excitement on wasn’t it? Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and I’m sitting here thinking the unthinkable – why the heck did I bother to even watch that episode?

So where do I start? Claire – what can I say about Claire? I just don’t like her, I find her character pointless and I don’t really see what she brings to the program. So she is Castiel’s vessel’s daughter…but that alone doesn’t make her interesting. We have seen the boys interact with teen hunters before (Season 8’s Freaks & Geeks) so this wasn’t really anything new. Jody often calls the Winchesters when she thinks there is a case and I usually look forward to seeing her. Jody is a great character – usually – but even she couldn’t save this episode.

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The good things about this episode (and I’m finding it hard to think of anything positive): the Elvis burger, Sam’s tale about a weasel riding a flying woodpecker (and that actually happened folks – check it out on Google) and the boys enjoying some time together! Sam and Dean’s pure animal enjoyment of a good, home cooked meal (loved the piggy way they ate) and Sam’s facial expressions during the sex talk at the table! These things just about saved this episode from being completely awful but only just…

The bad things about this episode…well just about everything else. The slow, slow, slow pace. The soap opera exchanges between Claire and Alex, The terrible acting from Alex’s popular boyfriend, the fact that the ‘monsters’ (and I use the term loosely) were vampires. I’m sorry but vampires are just not scary! They don’t work particularly well in modern settings (I much prefer a Victorian bodice ripper like Dracula) and they are pretty easy to kill. The fact that one of the vampires wore a janitor’s uniform for the entire episode didn’t help!

I also thought the writing was lazy. So the monsters were just after Alex and after revenge. Couldn’t they think of anything better than that? What was the point of this episode? To see Claire and Alex again? I had almost forgotten about both characters to be honest and I really didn’t need reminding. It just seemed like an excuse for Sam to talk about how it’s better to have a normal life (again) and for Dean to share a few choice words with Claire. Jody was virtually side-lined and even Sam and Dean seemed like supporting characters in the Alex and Claire show…

I feel pretty bad for writing such a miserable, negative review and I know not everyone will share my point of view. For me this was one of the weaker episodes in – what has been – an excellent season so far. I was bored, I lost interest and my mind wandered. Not even the beauty of Sam and Dean could save it for me and if I ever decide to re-watch I’ll just be rewinding the Elvis burger/dinner table scene over and over and pretend the rest didn’t happen!

Will we see Claire again? I sincerely hope not! Alex? Don’t care, Jody? I really hope so and I hope we get to see her kicking ass this time! I want her paired up with Donna, because it is always more fun.

So a despondent 4/10 for this week and finger’s tightly crossed that next week’s will be 100% better!

 

  • DanglingThpider

    I find this massive anti-Claire rhetoric from the Bros side of the fandom to be deeply disturbing.

    • Annie

      I don’t think you should view it as anti-Claire rhetoric to be frank; I’m just reviewing the episode from my point of view. I don’t like Claire as a character just as I didn’t like Rowena as a character. Not finding the character appealing does not make you ‘anti’ the character. In a show like Supernatural there have been lots and lots of supporting characters over the years, some hit the spot, some don’t. At the end of the day Supernatural is NOT an ensemble piece – it is – by its very nature the story of two brothers and although the universe has – rightly – expanded, to me Sam and Dean are still the most important thing, the driving force and the oil that greases the wheel. Other characters can come and go and our thoughts about them are differing but valid.

      • DanglingThpider

        “I just don’t like her,I find her character pointless”…Sounds pretty anti-Claire to me.
        One biased review doesn’t concern me, one biased review on the back of a swathe of people who cannot seem to evolve past “the show is about two brothers and no one else” does.

        • Annie

          I am sorry that you feel that way. So because I don’t feel the same as you my review is bias. Why is it bias? I am just being honest and expressing my opinion – surely everyone is entitled to their own view. Yes we have had to involve past the show is about two brothers but you have to understand that, at its heart, Supernatural is a show about two brothers just as the X Files is a show about two FBI Agents (Mulder & Scully) and Dr Who is about – well – Dr Who! Of course there are other characters who orbit around the main one (s) and some of them are excellent and some of them aren’t. In my opinion last night’s episode added nothing to the story, to the Supernatural canon or to the current arc. Claire was pointless to me because she appears to have no real purpose apart from being a difficult teenager who just happened to be Jimmy Novak’s long lost daughter – unlike Charlie for instance or Jody herself. If someone’s opinion is different to yours it does not make them bias nor does it make your own opinion wrong. We all see things in different ways and that is what makes life so interesting.

          • DanglingThpider

            See I don’t buy that. Claire has faced her father leaving, being possessed by an angel, watching her mother be possessed by a demon, her father leaving again, her mother abandoning her and finally both of them dying. She’s bound to push Jody because she’s testing the boundaries, expecting to be abandoned by Jody just like everyone. She’s also fighting demons, vampires etc and trying to find her feet in a world that’s continually knocked her down. There’s a lot more to her than a ‘brat’ or Jimmy’s daughter.
            This is why I get frustrated when people don’t bother seeing past the brothers, you miss out on interesting stories. You judge her character without bothering to try and understand her.
            Dean and Sam don’t just have characters that orbit around them, they have family. These characters are just as important and loved as the brothers are.

          • Annie

            I take your point on board and I can see where you are coming from. Unfortunately, due to lazy writing, and a very shallow view of the character none of this comes across. In this particular episode she did come across as a brat. Her dialogue was very limited and there was nothing in the scenes to suggest any of the things that you mentioned above. Perhaps it is fair to say that some characters are not ‘allowed to grow’ in the same way as others therefore they do not come across so well. I think you make a very valid point about Claire but until she stops having strops and her main arc is refusing to go to school it is going to be difficult to take her seriously.

          • DanglingThpider

            I don’t think a failure to see beyond her “throwing strops” is a fault of the writer. If it was, I wouldn’t be able to see it either.

            I really don’t believe you’re going to able to see any character development if you can’t get past your hatred for said character. Maybe start exploring more deeply into where this hatred comes from.

            Her character is developing pretty naturally and there is much more than you’re allowing yourself to see.

          • Annie

            I am sorry but I have never used the word ‘hate’ in respect to this character (or any other) – hate is a far too strong a word to use out of context when – in the end – we are simply debating an episode of a TV programme and we are not actually talking about people who actually exist…

            I am actually quite disturbed by your final statement about exploring where ‘my hatred comes from’ – I don’t hate her, I just find her character annoying and – in this case – a tad pointless. You clearly disagree and it is fine that we can agree to disagree but do not use words like hate so casually as it is making a mountain out of proverbial molehill…