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Supernatural Review: Let's Make A Movie

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Found footage movies seem to be everywhere these days.

Sure, The Blair Witch Project followed up by the Paranormal Activity series really struck a chord in the scare department, but the genre branched out beyond just the horror and spread into party movies like Project X, sci-fi flicks like Cloverfield, and the more recent superhero movie, Chronicle.

So it's really no surprise that Supernatural jumped on board to try it out for "Bitten." In fact, it's a wonder the show never really attempted it before.

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Okay, you could say that the Ghostfacers was probably the closest thing, but that was more of a spoof on all of the ghost hunter and paranormal investigator programs. And maybe the characters were a bit more goofy themselves, but it felt like even with the scary aspects, the comedy rang through.

This episode, although it did catch a few good Dean lines about "Clear eyes. Clogged Arteries. Can't Lose," was primarily set in a serious tone. The stuff that we and essentially Sam and Dean saw weren't meant to be laughed at.

And I admire the series' ability to really go out on a limb and try something new. There's such a tendency to stick to what we already know, that giving the shaky cam and new perspective a shot was a bold and daring move. I applaud the efforts.

But I wonder if I would have liked this episode more had it been placed at a later date.

Truly, the whole concept of getting to see the other side was informatively unique and captured the emotional and personal side of the so called monsters. It gave everyone a chance to see beyond just the title of werewolf and recognize the humanity in the characters, the youthful drama between them and the sad consequences without any real say in the matter.

Seeing the trio of friends go from happy-go-lucky to loving the new "superpowers" to falling into something of a bloody tragedy because of that human nature for greed, love, power, pity and hope was a great visual for Sam and Dean. It really illustrated the depth behind just "monsters."

At times the story felt like it dragged on in an effort to establish Brian, Mike and Kate as characters, but for me, I just kept waiting for Sam and Dean. Of course, other times, the turning of events felt rapid fire as if trying to get an entire life's story into one hour, especially near the end with Brian killing Mike, declaring his love for Kate and then suffering death at the hands of her.

It all had a very home video feeling to it and it was easy to get caught up in the camera work. And wasn't it a little odd seeing Sam and Dean show up, but basically nowhere near front and center? Watching them from a far was a brand new experience.

I'm so used to seeing them in the middle of the action that it almost felt like we weren't entirely on an episode of Supernatural, but slowly experiencing and understanding the other side of that hunter world. It was as if Sam and Dean were merely cameos.

Really, that type of outside look felt like something that could have easily been done in the early seasons, as viewers were also trying to learn and experience what the monsters and hunters were like. Similarly, the whole concept of killing a monster because it's a monster resurfaced, but elicited a new response from Dean. Clearly, Purgatory gave him that brand new outlook, but definitely witnessing the tragedy of transforming human into creature had its own emotional impacts.

And maybe it was just me, but for a show that really felt like it was trying to put the focus and attention back primarily on the brothers, this seemed like a real departure from that goal. I missed seeing Sam and Dean in action and getting to the heart of their new-found issues.

I guess after coming off the heals of last week's one-off episode, I'm not sure I was ready to see less of the Winchester bros.

This type of an episode probably could be one to divide the masses into a love it or hate it separation.

It was fine for what it was and I appreciate that in Supernatural Season 8, the writers are still trying new things. And while it was a good ending with a nicely paired song (but a bit of surprise that it wasn't the classic rock we're so used to hearing), I wanted more Sam and Dean time. I almost wish the found footage stopped at the halfway mark to return to the normal viewing experience.

Which is why I wonder if this episode would have been better suited a bit further down the season line, allowing for the main story arc to progress a bit more before the experimental episode kicked into gear. Ultimately, it wasn't a bad hour, but it's also not one I'll be constantly saying "awesome" about.

What did you think? Love it? Hate it? Sound off below!

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I love SUPERNATURAL and have watch every show since its been on. Out of all 152 shows that have been aired BITTEN was the worst ever!! PLEASE writers of this great show do NOT ever write another like this. The fans of this show deserve the best which is what they have always gotten before - but a show like this one was not one of them. Jensen and Jared can't give their best when they are given such a bad script to work with.

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I was on flipboard tweeting the whole time. Only watched the seconds Sam and Dean had. Awful .

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Boy was I let down by this episode. It wasn't the story line, but the camera jumping all over the place. I felt like I was on a rollercaster that had no end in sight. It was interesting to see the bros. from outside. But, I didn't see enough of them. It was good to see that this season seems to be taking the boys in a different direction. But was it ever weird for Dean to let her go. That one I saw coming at the end when she said she was leaving. Guess Dean did change in Purgatory. I don't like ths side of him. Of course I didn't like the first episode where we found out that SAM didn't even look for Dean? Since when does he believe a demon? (Demons lie Sam...). And Dean seemed to take it in stride. Oh well, I will continue to love SPN. I just will skip over sone episodes on the DVR.

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The found footage viewing and less of Sam and Dean time is not what got to me, it was the crappy acting by the actors playing the three college students. I felt like I was watching a high school play filled with people that just weren't meant to be actors. Other than that I thought it was an okay episode

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I loved this episode, esp. upon rewatching. It does seem odd to have such an out-of-the-box episode this early in the season, esp. after last week (I keep cracking up at the idea of "Cacao" since that's also what whole foodies call chocolate--Sam and Dean being menaced by candy!). The three characters were well drawn, and the glimpses of the boys all brought their story slightly forward. Sam's reluctance to hunt, Dean "getting" what Kate is talking about, and the general feeling of something being "off" about the brothers. I also liked the offbeat music, and the camera work was fantastic. Haven't seen Chronicle, and you couldn't pay me enough to watch the Paranormal movies. I'm pleased that the Supernatural creative team is still thinking up new ideas, esp. after the mess that was last season.

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I actually liked this episode far better than last weeks, if which I can't even remember the specifics.... It was weird but cool to see the Winchesters from a different angle.... ( each sighting was like seeing famous people you like in public and being the only one to recognize them, and the kids emo jokes were cool as well. For three kids who you knew had no future ( two of em anyway) I really came to care about them and applauded Dean's decision to let Kate go... I deleted this from my Dvr for space reasons but want it back again... It will be nice to find out what happened to Castiel and why Benny was purgatory's smartest vampire, but this will mean the end of the season ( and soon the end of the show) Supernatural had had a fine run ( leviathans excepted ) but I'm not ready to see it gone just yet...

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This is by far, the worst episode of supernatural EVER!!
the whole "Found footage" was so boring and unbelievable that i was only waiting that it ended
who the hell would be worried of a videocamara when you find out that your best friend was bitten by some creature is just ridiculous !!!
if i wanna see some crappy footage movie i would see paranormal activity not SUPERNATURAL

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Interesting concept-not executed as well as I would expect from Supernatural. Like that they are trying new ideas-but think the stated arc for this season should have been carried a little further before putting in this kind of episode.
I am a big Supernatural fan and always expect a great show when I tune in. Maybe I'm just spoiled, but I always want more-not less-of Dean and Sam.

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While I generally like Supernatural, this episode was sub-par. The writers' room must be lacking for ideas when all the can come up with is this blatant riff on the movie Chronicle. Come on, who forgot to check the calendar to do a proper Halloween episode?

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Something Supernatural happened to me today. I couldn't sit through even 20 minutes of a Supernatural episode.

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