As ‘Supernatural’ reaches the end of its 11th Season, The CW show turns in a highly effective slice of spooky pie with ‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’, the Season’s 20th episode.
The following review contains major spoilers. Don’t worry, you ghoulish ghosts will be safe. But if you’re a huge fan, you’ll want to watch the episode first.
Supernatural has always been a particularly unique show. Now in its 11th year on The CW, which used to be The WB, Supernatural has always been a beast of its own. The ghostly series’ most recent episode, Don’t Call Me Shurley, yells this sentiment like a mad banshee.
I’m not leaving you. Ever.-Dean Winchester
Supernatural often leaves threads unfinished for episodes at a time. While the ghostly good show does focus on the exposition of its core characters, the Winchester brothers, from time to time, it’s also not concerned with character-driven storytelling exclusively either. The spirit-hunting show has always been one part plot, one part character, and two parts freaking fun.
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Acklesin ‘Supernatural’-courtesy of The CW
In Don’t Call Me Shurley, Supernatural’s most recent entry in its almost unfathomably long cannon of episodes, we get all three with great execution.
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We get proficient plotting (Amara’s fog destroying the town with its carnage-filled haze and how those Winchester boys are going to fit into that plot), we get the character treatment (God…I mean Chuck and his dealing with not only his dark sister Amara, but his memoir and his proficiency as a writer), and lastly, jokes that work extremely well and filtered through Supernatural’s unmatched tone (mostly, at least in this episode, in the interactions between Chuck and Metatron). All this adds up to 44 minutes of a fearlessly great time.
On top of that, the direction is decent with two great shots in the police station (most of the good direction comes in the more dramatic moments when the fog strikes), the acting is more than serviceable, with guest stars Rob Benedict and Curtis Armstrong standing out (the Winchester duo’s chemistry has always been one of television’s greatest exports as well), and the writing is probably the best stuff The CW has to offer (especially the conversations between Chuck and Metatron, the two guest starts mentioned).
Also, the episode’s ending is especially strong and ties with what came before it beautifully.
If I had one complaint, it’d be that I wish Sam and Dean were in Don’t Call Me Shurley more. But I suppose that’s not so bad, there’s been almost 11 Seasons of the world’s best supernatural-fighting team doing what they do. We have many hours of that at our disposal already, though it is great every time.
So will Sam and Dean thwart off Amara’s deadly fog? Will Chuck (A.K.A the almighty one) finish his memoir? With Metatron receive retribution? Tune into The CW to find out Creatures of the Night.
Don’t Call Me Shurley is an absolute blast from beginning to end. In all my years of watching Supernatural, I’ve seen far worse and unfocused episodes of the show that this. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite episodes Supernatural has ever had. Check it out. Just make sure your head ism’t in a fog first.
THE GRADE: A-
Check out a preview of next week’s episode, All in the Family, courtesy of The CW:
Enjoying The CW’s Supernatural? Did or didn’t like what Don’t Call Me Shurley had to offer? Sound off with your comments below and let’s get as many ghostly viewers as we can to get the conversation going. Don’t forget to tune into Supernatural Wednesdays at 9/8c, only on The CW.