Supernatural: About a Boy
February 5, 2015 11:48 PM - Season 10, Episode 12 - Subscribe

The Winchesters investigate a case where people vanish into thin air, leaving only their clothes behind. Unfortunately, Dean becomes a victim himself.

Well, unfortunately for him. Fortunately for us because Teen Dean is hilarious and spot on!
posted by brundlefly (9 comments total)
 
Teen Dean was really good! Why would they have considered a horrible spin-off like Bloodlines when they could have a Smallville-esque spin-off of young Sam and Dean?
posted by cfoxhi at 12:30 AM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


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posted by brundlefly at 1:13 AM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


This one was much better than I expected from its preview! The laws of TV say that of course he had to be restored to adult by the end, but in-story, that was a wonderful problem for Dean, to have to consider staying like that (and slowly growing up again) to be free of the Mark.

The young actor was good, too. After a minute, I forgot about him and accepted him as Dean.
posted by tomboko at 9:20 AM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


The one thing that bothered me was Dean shoving the hex bag in the witch's mouth as he pushed her into the oven. I mean... there was no real in-story reason for him not to keep it to finish de-youthing the other victim.

Making the woman okay with being reduced to a teenager with no money or visible support network felt like another case of the writers taking the easy way out, much like they did by making Randy extra bad before Dean gutted him. (Jensen Ackles is enormously talented and fun to watch, but Dean Winchester has been courting monsterhood for awhile now. He was, if anything, *less* awful as a demon because he was too lazy to go out and do stuff.)

Apart from that, thought it was a very solid monster of the week story, far preferable to anything they're doing with their story arc lately. (I realize this referenced Rowena, but I'd prefer to just look the other way on that.)

Why would they have considered a horrible spin-off like Bloodlines when they could have a Smallville-esque spin-off of young Sam and Dean?

The thing is, I'm struggling to think of a time when something like that went well. TV's current incarnation of the phenomenon is fun to watch, but more in the sense of rubbernecking at a trainwreck. Smallville was fun for a season or two, but dragged on for a full decade of awfulness. Young Hercules was Sorbo-free, but otherwise not very good. The Phantom Menace was, uh... yeah, I got nothing.

Personally, I'm still wishing they'd do a spinoff with Jodie Mills and Mrs. Tran.
posted by mordax at 12:50 PM on February 6, 2015


Oh, and this was another case of 'witches are plainly the top of the food chain in the Supernatural universe, above and beyond even the Judeo-Christian god' - one of them managed to beat the Mark of Cain *accidentally*. Without even noticing.

I really wish they'd never done anything with witches on that show.
posted by mordax at 12:51 PM on February 6, 2015


The one thing that bothered me was Dean shoving the hex bag in the witch's mouth as he pushed her into the oven. I mean... there was no real in-story reason for him not to keep it to finish de-youthing the other victim.

Yeah, I didn't get that at all.

Personally, I'm still wishing they'd do a spinoff with Jodie Mills and Mrs. Tran.

I've been saying this for ages! Although I recently revised it. Sheriff Mills and Sheriff Hanscum go around hunting things. Mrs. Tran is the show's Bobby equivalent. She helps with lore, coming up with new technology and magic stuff, etc.
posted by brundlefly at 3:19 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Call me, CW! Call me!
posted by brundlefly at 3:20 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was equally hesitant going into this episode, based on the premise, but the one thing you can count on is the actor who plays young Dean. He generally always provides a good performance.

And GEEZ! I about fell off my couch when the cooking witch turned out to be Lesley Nicol, none other than Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey! That was a delicious slice of meta right there.

This was much closer to a classic Supernatural episode from the first few seasons and it's good to know that the writers still have it in them to bring something like it forth in the 10th.

Oh, and this was another case of 'witches are plainly the top of the food chain in the Supernatural universe, above and beyond even the Judeo-Christian god' - one of them managed to beat the Mark of Cain *accidentally*. Without even noticing.

I don't know, I could definitely see the Mark suddenly appearing on Dean's arm when he turned the age, to the day and minute, he was when he received it. I don't think it was really beat so much as it has a place in Dean's time line. This could also be me trying to be a bit of an apologist, though.

Finally, I loved the, "Blame Obama," quip. Cherry on top, that.
posted by Atreides at 5:28 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Having finally gotten around to watching this in reruns tonight, Tina must be out of her mind to think it's going to go well as a 13-year-old with no family and no income. I can see why "fresh start" of no 50k or ex-husbands is appealing, plus no choice about it (again, stupid to have the hex bag go in her mouth!!!!), but...come on, don't just let a teenage girl roam around free with no parents. We just HAD an episode where we saw a teenage girl get fake-adopted by the first older skeezebucket who'd pimp her out because she was left alone, after all.

I love Teen Dean and Teen Tina, but that was...a terrible place to leave that.

Poor Mrs. Patmore.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:58 PM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


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