Supernatural Review 9.13 - "The Purge"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.05.2014
The rift between Sam and Dean grows, unlike the waistlines of this episode's victims.
The Road So Far: Sam and Dean caught up with Garth, who is a werewolf now and living with a werewolf family. After killing some of the worse lycanthropes of the family, they leave Garth to live a peaceful life. Their rift grew wider as Sam revealed that he doesn't want them to be brothers anymore, just partners in hunting.
Season 9, Episode 13: The Purge Directed By: Phil Sgriccia Written By: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
This is the last episode before a three-week break, and it's just an average one to close things out with some bombshells saved for the end. I will give it credit for trying some new things and introducing a new type of monster, but it's kind of a lame monster and that sort of hurts things as a whole. Then of course there's the end, which I consider almost as bad to Sam's character as "I didn't look for Dean while he was in Purgatory". More on that later.
The episode sees fat people suddenly losing 80 pounds or more and dying as a result. Sam and Dean investigate and come to the realization that a health spa may be responsible, as it claims its patients can use weight faster than normal. That leads to them going undercover as personal trainers in an attempt to get to the bottom of the case. There's not much else to the story than that, as it's really typical "monster-of-the-week" stuff.
Stand-alone episodes are a real problem when a show is this far into its run. The X-Files had "Improbable" and "Sunshine Days" in the ninth season of its run as it was clear they were running out of new ideas for Mulder and Scully when they weren't battling government conspiracy. Buffy the Vampire Slayer mostly stuck with the main story in its final season and it was still the weakest of the series. It's a problem when a show's main draw is monsters to come up with new and interesting monsters for the heroes to face. Fat suckers aren't that kind of monster.
I'm not saying the episode was all bad because it's not. There's some fun interaction with Sam and Dean and Jensen Ackles in particular get a great comedic scene when he can't resist a cup of pudding (and we all know how much he loves his pudding). I like the concept of the episode more than I like the reveal. Overweight people dying by getting their dream of losing a ton of weight? That's a good Tales from the Crypt style death.
This movie also drops some bombshells at the end of the episode, as it usually does when reflecting on the brothers' current problems in the season. In this case, without spoiling anything, Sam drops a pretty big one that not only lends credence to the theory that the writers prefer Dean (which some fans are claiming and I never thought anything of until the last two seasons) but seems completely out of character for him, just like last season. This is not the same Sam that was in "Mystery Spot", that's for sure.
There's no new episode next week, but the next episode sees the return of both Crowley and Castiel, along with a guest appearance from Snooki. Yeah, I'm not really excited for that. The show made Paris Hilton tolerable, but there's no way I have faith in them to do anything good with Snooki, of all people. See you then.
The 411: "The Purge" was merely an okay episode with a poor choice of a monster and a really out of character moment for Sam that will definitely split fans right down the middle. There were some good character moments but overall the entire experience was forgettable this week.