I wasn't planning on writing reviews for every episode of this season of Supernatural but this is the third episode in a row that has inspired me to write a review for whatever that's worth. Unfortunately this time out I don't have a much in the way of positives to offer.
Oh this was such a good episode. Doctor Who is a juggling act and th best episodes manage to give you humor, fear, action and a big idea all in a single package. It's not easy, but when it works it's great. This worked. Writer Jamie Mathieson came through with a script that was actually even stronger than Mummy On The Orient Express, which is no small achievement.
After a lackluster start to the new season, Supernatural comes roaring back with a much more impressive episode that actually has a bit of bite to it. It's pretty much a direct continuation from Black, but Reichenbach has a very different feel to the Supernatural season première. There's an edge here that was sadly lacking in episode one. What's In A Name? It's an interesting choice of name don't you think?
For the last few years Doctor Who has been fixated on high concept episodes. Big, bold ideas of the sort you could imagine people mashing together and throwing out on twitter. There's not a lot of room for subtlety in these ideas though. In fact subtlety is something we aren't seeing very much of in Doctor Who currently. Even the latest title sequence is an exercise in hitting the viewers over the head.
Season 3 of Arrow starts with things in a good place for Team Arrow, showing us everyone working together happily and effectively like… well an actual team. This is not normal for this show. And speaking of not normally Oliver seems almost, happy, for once. Which is completely contrary to the normally sulky individual we are used to.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's pretty much been the rule for Supernatural for several seasons now. They throw in a few twists and turns, but fundamentally you know what you're going to get when you sit down to watch an episode of Supernatural. And mostly that's probably what its loyal fans want. Douchey Dean With the opening episode of Season 10, title Black, Supernatural quickly set up the new status quo, which it turns out contains most of the elements that were in the previous status quo.
Well that was certainly a wild ride. The episode opens in very familiar territory for this season but we soon find ourselves surrounded by classic horror tropes (flickering lights, flashlights, noises, spider-like creatures). Of course over the years Doctor Who has often borrowed the common elements from movies to sculpt its episodes. But Kill The Moon isn't satisfied with just aping one genre. Instead we rapidly transition from horror to epic disaster movies as the whole moon begins to break up around the Doctor and his companions.