In previous seasons, the Supernatural writers have attempted to start a spin-off and failed. In season nine, there was a direct attempt to create an official spin-off titled, Bloodlines. It was a full length episode that introduced the characters, story, and setting. It was absolutely horrendous. The writing was shit, it wasn’t scary, and most of all, it wasn’t Supernatural. Nothing about the episode felt like the rest of season nine, or any other season. So, they gave it up, for a time. There was a hint of a possible spin-off in season ten, when new character Cole Trenton met the boys. However, this didn’t pan out either. Finally, “Don’t You Forget About Me” may be the spin-off we were hoping for.
This is the first episode of season 11 where the story gets put on hold. Previously, the side episodes of this season didn’t really depart from the story that much, and instead tied in really cool ways. Not here, and I’m happy to say, that’s fine. It is very much a self contained story.
The Winchesters are pretty busy this season. Lucifer and The Darkness are loose on the world, and Castiel is possessed by Lucifer. The boys get a call from Claire Novak, the daughter of Jimmy Novak, whom we saw return last season in a major story arc. Claire is living with Sheriff Jody Mills and Alex Jones. While Alex has adjusted to her new life, Claire has had a harder time. She is obsessed with hunting, and has misidentified many innocent people and monsters. The boys come in to town, and just when they think it was a waste of their time, they find a dead man tied to the top of a flag pole.
Let’s take at look at the performances and the new characters. Kathryn Love Newton returns as Claire Novak, and surprisingly, she worked. In season ten, Claire’s character was brought back in a smart, well written way. However, I wasn’t thrilled with the casting choice of older Claire. I found her to be a really bad actress. She did however progress in huge strides over the course of the season, and was really great in the episode, Angel Heart. She’s still as rebellious, stubborn, and grumpy as ever, but she was written so well in this episode. Jody Mills has taken both her and Alex in, and cares for them like a mother. Alex is played by Katherine Ramdeen, who gives a decent enough performance. I can’t really see her as a hunter, whereas with Claire I can. I think the writers want to do a type of Wayward Sisters spin-off, and to be honest, I think I’m down. Jody Mills would obviously work as the Bobby/mother figure role, and Claire and Alex would be the protagonists. They have pretty great chemistry, and if it’s written well, it might work.
As I’ve said repeatedly in my Supernatural reviews, this season has had some brilliant humor and comedy writing. I mean, this episode was just chalk full of gags. They were so funny, well written, and natural. Usually, Dean is the food lover, but Sam and Dean both had their turns gorging themselves. It was hysterical, but definitely not the funniest moment. The band of friends sit down at Jody’s place for a meal, and a heated conversation about sex and birth control comes up. The look on Sam and Dean’s faces was priceless.
Going into this episode, I was admittedly a little suspicious. It didn’t look that incredible from the trailers, and the premise seemed a bit shaky. However, I was surprised. The writing this season has rally held up strong. The light hearted comedy and interactions between the characters made this episode really entertaining, despite some minor flaws. Sure, the big bad monsters in this episode were anything but memorable. I mean, you could almost see them twirling their evil bad guy mustaches. Once again though, it was ultimately the writing and acting that held up the episodes.
“Don’t You Forget About Me” is a fun, light hearted, and well written episode that will leave you dying of laughter. Sure, the villains are pretty pathetic, and it is a really predictable episode, but it’s a lot of fun.