Supernatural Episode Review: "Paper Moon"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 10 episode that first aired October 28, 2014

Synopsis: While on vacation, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) decide to investigate a series of attacks that appear to be caused by a werewolf. While investigating, they come across a familiar face, the college student, Kate (Brit Sheridan), they purposely let get away despite knowing her dark secret. Only, as they quickly discover, it isn’t Kate doing the killing.

Guest Stars

In addition to Sheridan, guest stars include Christoff Lundgren, Daniel Martin, Primo Allon and Emily Tennant.

Back to Hunting

After watching several straight episodes that focused on Dean having the Mark of Cain and the wars both in Heaven and Hell, it was actually very refreshing to see an episode that didn’t have distractions from Crowley (Mark Sheppard) or even Castiel (Misha Collins). Instead, just like when the series first came on the air, it was simply two brothers trying to help innocent people while fighting their own inner demons.

The storyline with Kate and her own sister (Tennant) was somewhat interesting because, in many ways, their situation paralleled situations the Winchester brothers faced themselves. Kate’s sister was dying so she took things to an extreme level (biting her so she would become a werewolf and heal) to save her life and, much like when Sam and Dean did that, it backfired on her because she created a monster.

Unfortunately, it did make the ending a little predictable (I was able to guess how that relationship was going to end the second they were alone in a room together). But, considering it was Sam and Dean’s first real hunt in a long time, I was able to forgive that.

The one thing I did find myself a little curious about is why they decided not to tell Kate about Garth (DJ Qualls) and his werewolf family. Considering she is a werewolf that is trying to fight her inner urges to kill people, pointing her in the direction of people that could ultimately give her some sort of support group just seems like it would be a good idea. The only thing I can figure is she is going to show up again at a later date, either still fighting those urges or after giving into them.

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Final Opinion

As I mentioned, the ending was a little bit predictable. However, it was still good to see this show get back down to basics and at least spend a little time letting Sam and Dean be hunters again and put the Heaven/Hell storylines on the backburner for a little while.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 11/29/2016, StevenHelmer
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