Supernatural Review 9.19 - "Alex Annie Alexis Ann"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.24.2014
Jody Mills should go into witness protection.
The Road So Far: Metatron disguises himself as Gabriel to trick Castiel into leading an army of angels against him. Castiel doesn't fall for it but learns that Metatron sees himself as the hero of this story. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean captured Gadreel and tried to get information out of him, but had to give him back in exchange for their friend. We also learned that Castiel's stolen grace is burning him up from the inside out and he has to recharge it to stay alive.
Season 9, Episode 19: Alex Annie Alexis Ann Directed By: Stefan Pleszczynski Written By: Robert Berens
If I were Jody Mills, I wouldn't even leave my house when Sam & Dean come to town anymore. It seems like she gets beat up or seriously wounded in every episode she appears in now. Of course it's partially her fault this time, but it doesn't change the fact that this show loves to beat her down. As an addition to that thought, I think she should be the one getting the spin-off instead of whatever we get next week. I say that solely on the fact that Kim Rhodes is kind of awesome and I'd like to see more of her.
This episode is sort of a take on Martha Marcy May Marlene (as you can probably tell by the title). However instead of a wacky cult, the title character joins a family of vampires and helps feed them. Sam and Dean come in and do what Sam and Dean do best to vampires. However there is a wrinkle in that Dean initially wants to treat the girl as if she were a vamp, but Jody has formed a bond with her.
The only thing I ask this late in the series when they bring up tired monsters is that they try something different. I'll give them credit for doing that. Alex, the human who feeds other humans (and herself) to vampires, is an interesting story. However it felt rushed and the execution wasn't completely great. This show just doesn't seem to have it when it comes to Monster of the Week episodes anymore, as most of them are average at best.
I did enjoy the development of Jody Mills, however. She got to grow some as a character when normally she's been relegated as the person who helps out the Winchesters occasionally. Her bond with Alex stems from the fact she's lost her family due to supernatural events. It helps to have a solid actress like Kim Rhodes in the role, capable of portraying not just her sadness but her strength and resolve to overcome that sadness.
I would mention what Sam and Dean are up to this week, but they're really more of an afterthought. Dean does show some more influence from the Mark of Cain, though, so at least he gets some build. Sam might as well have not been there. I'm not a fan of episodes that move the stars to the background to focus on a guest character (and I don't mean Jody). I get that we have to care about whoever it is Sam and Dean are saving, but it shouldn't focus on them to the point that the stars of the show are expendable.
Overall, this was just an average monster-of-the-week episode. Next week is the episode that sets up the spin-off and it doesn't look too great. I guess we'll be able to decide if we want to watch it then, but I'm leaning towards no.
The 411: While it wasn't the worst episode, there's nothing to write home about concerning this episode either. It's merely average with somewhat poor execution of a new idea involving vampires. The work of Kim Rhodes and the development of Jody Mills as a character, however, is top-notch.