Supernatural Snark Fest: “The Things They Carried”


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Episode 10×15 or “Blah blah blah Khan worms blah”

Sorry, Collectors, I was a little bored this week, and so my review is going to be fortified with a little thing I like to call sarcasm. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I promised snark, didn’t I?


The episode begins a montage of Sam saying “I don’t know.” I didn’t know we needed that montage, but hey, it sets the a good tone for an episode in which I don’t know what’s going on. There’s footage of a murdered woman that feels unnecessary and, well…


The boys take a break from researching the Mark of Cain to track the killer to a military town. There’s been a series of murder/suicides in the town, all of which have been from the same military unit. Cole shows up and insists on helping with the hunt, because, hey, one run in with the Winchesters makes him really useful, right? He’s got, like, necessary military skills or whatever. His connections to some of the victims are helpful, but his immediate familiarity with the Winchesters (“Dean-o”? Really?) is off-putting and artificial. Which begs the question, why?


So there’s some kind of parasite that leaves you dying of thirst and then later a raging homicidal maniac that requires blood and bone marrow to survive? Call me crazy, but didn’t we see this in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan? Oh, that’s right. We did. In fact, not once in the episode is the mysterious monster named OR researched (this doesn’t sound very Winchestery).

I wonder if the writer was just like…


In the end, it wasn’t the mysterious Khan worms or random montages or the pointless reappearance of Cole that set this episode up to be one of SPN’s most underwhelming; it was the complete and utter disinterest I had in watching more white man pain. The Winchesters themselves give us a heavy dose of angst on a weekly basis, but after ten years, I care a little bit more about their white man pain they say, Cole and his military friends. The stilted dialogue between the characters did little to bring forth my empathy, and I was left wondering if the entire point of the episode was to prove to Cole that there’s a monster in all of us.

But, wait, why do we care about proving things that the Winchesters already know to Cole?


The heavy-handed parallels that I hate so much appeared again when Dean tells Cole that he needs to fight the inner monster and hold on and keep fighting and blah friggin blah. To be honest, I kind of stopped paying attention.

Wait, so why did this episode happen? What did we learn about the Winchesters that we didn’t know before? Are they closer to curing Dean of the Mark of Cain? But, what about the story arc? The consistent characterisation? The Chuck-damned continuity? Why did you title this episode after one of the most important novels about the Vietnam War???



Yeah, Sam, I don’t know either.

-The Collectress

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