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Supernatural Episode: "Bitten"

Season 8, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Their probe leads them to an apartment where they find two dead bodies and a computer with some disturbing footage that indicates the deaths may be the result of an unusual animal attack.
Original Air Date: Oct 24, 2012
Guest Cast Brandon Jones: Mike
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Season 8, Episode 4
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Length: 41:49
Aired: 10/24/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Bitten" Season 8, Episode 4

"Bitten" is one of those very special episodes Supernatural likes to throw at us every once in awhile ("Ghostfacers," anyone?); an episode that abandons the regular format and tries to accomplish something different. This time around, Sam and Dean find an edited video that tells the tale of how three friends made the transformation from college students with exams, love lives and insecurities into werewolves.

The whole thing starts with the Winchester brothers entering what seems like an abandoned residence. They briefly search the house before sitting down to watch the found footage. The very first thing we see is a slate that says: "This should have never ended this way."

We get a peek into the lives of the video camera-loving students who seemingly filmed every aspect of their lives because they were bored and they could. There's Michael (Brandon W. Jones), Brian (Leigh Parker) and Kate (Brit Sheridan). Michael and Kate become a thing while Brian's basically the third wheel. It's clear from the get go that the nerdy, socially awkward Brian is jealous of his good-looking friend who always gets the girl. And it's also clear that Michael is Brian's only friend.

The only time we get glimpses of Sam and Dean are when the cameras catch them in action while they're in FBI agent mode. The hunters look nice in their suits; Dean gives the local LEOs some FBI 'tude and at one point we do see them sitting down at a diner to eat and do research. Occasionally we hear snippets of their conversation. When Sam's skeptical that there's a case, Dean says he rusty. And Dean says "awesome" a lot.

The case -- of course -- turns out to be right in the Winchesters' wheelhouse. As for the Scooby gang, things change drastically when Michael is bitten. Overnight he develops superhuman abilities and he has fun trying them out. Brian grows envious of his friend's new "powers" even when they all figure out (courtesy of the visiting hunters) that Michael has become a werewolf.

Brian's jealousy knows no bounds. After all, it's not fair that Michael has the looks, the girl and the powers. Brian wants to be him even after Michael kills someone. He figures out who's responsible for the werewolf attacks that brought Sam and Dean to town -- it's his professor who for years existed on hearts from animals but suddenly got the taste for human hearts again. This pureblood werewolf is even able to shift before, during and after the lunar cycle. Michael begs the professor to bite him and he did.

Things domino from there. The Winchesters kill the professor. Brian kills Michael and turns Kate. Kate kills Brian and then disappears but not before leaving a finished version of their story. She says she's not going to kill. She's going to hightail it out of town and live off of animal hearts. So she doesn't want Sam and Dean to hunt her down.

Needless to say, it's an interesting predicament here. A werewolf has just said she's not going to prey on humans. She's going to coexist on earth peacefully. These hunters pretty much have to take her word for it. Anybody thinking about how Dean killed Sam's childhood friend Amy last season even though she promised she would no longer kill people after saving her son? I never thought I'd have to think about that story again but here it is. Thankfully, we didn't have to worry. Sam and Dean are on the same page. Dean says to give her a shot. They decide to go after her should she give them a reason in the future. Hmm...did Purgatory change Dean or did striking that alliance with Benny in Purgatory change Dean?

Watching "Bitten," I thought that, for the most part, the actors pulled off what was asked of them. Being at the mercy of the camera angles was cool as well. However, there were times I was totally into what was going on and other times I started to lose interest.

I've seen Chronicle and I completely loved that movie. This episode did have the Chronicle (along with the Blair Witch Project) vibe down but what it didn't have was the 83-minute total running time that the film had to really delve into the personalities a little bit more. To really dig deeper into the motives of these kids that all of a sudden became supernatural beings. In a (roughly) 40-minute episode, it was easy to see that the nerdy kid was going to go bad. "Bitten" was a fun episode to watch but it's not going to be one of those that I'm going to revisit over and over again.

Random thoughts/Favorite Moments and Quotes

-I like that Sam and Dean got to see how they look and act from an outside perspective.

-Shallow TV alert: I'm sorry but the guy that played Michael was adorable.

-Michael and Kate had some real chemistry.

-I did feel bad for Brian -- wanting the girl and not getting her. Didn't mean he had to go all dark side, though.

-What's funnier -- calling Sam and Dean "Starsky & Hutch" or "Rizzoli & Isles?"

-I love a perpetually cranky Dean telling the local police that they are there to do the job of the cops.

-I loved Michael testing out his new abilities by holding his girlfriend up above his head with one hand.

-One of my favorite moments happened when the kids spied on Sam and Dean at the restaurant:

Sam: "Dude, two burgers?" Dean: "Hey, I didn't eat at Big P's for like a year, OK? Clear eyes and clogged arteries. Can't lose." This bastardization of the Friday Night Lights mantra -- "Clear eyes, Full Hearts, Can't lose" -- is especially awesome (to use Dean's favorite word) because Michael B. Jordan, who played Vince Howard during the last couple of seasons of FNL, was actually in the movie Chronicle. And he was great in it too.

-Dean looked so serious when he asked Sam if he really said awesome a lot. Loved Sam's "no, no, no, no." Those were very quick nos.

-I liked the show saving all the credits until Sam and Dean's last scene.

-How great is it that the next episode of Supernatural airs on Halloween? Can't.Wait.

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"Bitten" is one of those very special episodes Supernatural likes to throw at us every once in awhile ("Ghostfacers," anyone?); an episode that abandons the regular format and tries to accomplish something different. This time around, Sam and Dean find an edited video that tells the tale of how three friends made the transformation from college students with exams, love lives and insecurities into werewolves. read more

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