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Thursday, April 23, 2009: Supernatural

by Zach Oat April 23, 2009 6:00 am
Thursday, April 23, 2009: <i>Supernatural</i>

You have to love a show that doesn't take itself seriously. Considering that the self-mocking folks at Supernatural have previously titled episodes "Sex and Violence," "After School Special" and "A Very Supernatural Christmas," it's no surprise that they went with the very meta title "Jump the Shark" for tonight's episode, in which the Winchester brothers meet their new kid brother. I guess when the show's creator and stars are both looking to wrap things up after one more season, there's no harm in pointing out where fans will say the show started going downhill, huh? After all, they already made fun of their writers and their message board posters in the last episode, and mocked the show's entire conceit in the episode before that. Not that I'm complaining. It's my favorite show on TV for that very reason.

And tonight's introduction of half-brother Adam Winchester isn't some kind of Brian Bonsall moment, where the whole dynamic of the show changes -- I'm not even sure he survives the episode, to be honest. But it does add an interesting layer to Sam and Dean's relationship with their dead father, since John felt the need to protect Adam from the Hunter's life, and yet he was perfectly willing to draft Dean and Sam into his war against the dark forces. Curse you, Jeffrey Dean Morgan! Why are you such a shitty dad?! While I'm sad at the thought that next season might be the last, I'm glad it's been so good for so long, and that they're planning on going out on their own terms. It's a better model than Smallville, which should have been beheaded and burned ages ago.

Supernatural airs tonight (and every Thursday night) at 9/8 C on the CW. If you're looking for something else, check out our Week in Preview.

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