'Supernatural' S10E13: Halt and Catch Fire

★ ★

Last week’s episode certainly was very original and had a gimmick that revealed a lot about Dean’s character, this week’s tried to pull that off a second time but didn’t do as well. There was a lot of nostalgia present in this run-of-the-mill ghost episode. Seeing the Winchesters break out salt and fire is a memorable touch that goes way back.

Although, that wasn't enough to save this episode from its superficial characters and cliche storyline. That’s right everybody, a vengeful spirit killed the people responsible one by one in a mysterious fashion. The group of college kids we’re introduced to have a dark secret and the ghost kills them because of that.

Supernatural S10E13

The college kids were… idiotic to say the least. They weren’t charming enough or funny enough to be memorable, and the girl we’re supposed to like is just as 2D as her friends. Like Selfie, there was an overuse of digital age words and terms, like using hashtag in dialogue seemed like a joke at first… Then you realized it wasn’t. Supernatural tried really hard to tackle social media issues this week and missed the mark by a mile. While, at first, it was funny, it quickly became silly and unrealistic. Having all of the teenagers on their phones during the car ride was just plain unnecessary. You can tell where Supernatural was going with the idea, but the episode felt like it was trying to make a message rather than simply be satirical.

Sadly enough, even Dean and Sam weren’t same from this episode’s artificial dialogue. The Winchesters came off as far less developed than what we have been seeing so far. Yes, we’re aware that Dean is useless at technology, but I doubt he’s as clueless about it as he was in this episode. Sam’s tech proficiency felt oddly placed and too convenient at times.

On that note, Dean’s speech about finding peace was just as weirdly put. We’ve seen him struggle with the Mark and all of a sudden he’s ready to sit down and accept it? It felt forced and lacked the depth we saw last week. Heck, pretty much all of the dialogue in this episode felt forced.

I found myself entirely unable to care about the fiancé of the wifi ghost just for how weirdly okay she was with everything. We’ve seen characters before who admit knowing about their ghostly relative because of their experiences, but never has there been a character who so quickly accepted the fact that her dead fiancé was going around slaughtering college kids. The way she tried pleading with her not-so-scary-or-emotive dead boyfriend to not kill Dean was in-sincere.

Overall, this was a pretty forgettable episode despite the throwbacks it featured. Sam and Dean’s lines were underdeveloped and the episode featured some very superficial characters.

P.S. Why wasn’t this named "Ghost in the Machines"?

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