From a critical standpoint, an episode like â€œThe Born-Again Identityâ€ is a field day. It was loved, it was hated, there were flaws for sure, but considering most of the critics/reviewers in this review roundup are long time fans as well, the mixed reactions make for some truly great reading.
The first review I read was the one from John Kubicek of BuddyTV, up Friday evening after the episode. He thinks the resolution to Sam’s condition is confusing and a cheap way out. After a year and a half of Sam’s soul issues, he just didn’t like the quick solution. He offers some great reasoning, and yes it ruffles some feathers.
On another side is Laura Prudom of The Huffington Post. She thought the entire episode was brilliant, but like me, thought the ending was too rushed.
This is my favorite review, my pick of the week. It comes from Annalee Newitz at i09. I’ve met her a few times and I know she really is a big fan, but her frustration here is so well put. She gives a very fair analysis, and I love the title, “Supernatural, I honestly don’t know what to think of you anymore.”
By the end of the review she brings up some excellent points that I haven’t explored before. She has problems with how poorly defined Sam’s soul issues have been. His condition has never been clearly defined, and the solution provided in this ep is just as baffling. She also thinks that they’re running out of time for properly exploring the season arcs they’ve setup, like with the Leviathan. This is my favorite line of her review, the closing line:
So my reaction to this episode, in a nutshell, is that it was fun to watch while it was happening because I was given all my favorite candies in rapid succession. But as soon as it was over, I had a stomach full of regrets.
I do ask that anyone reading this review approach from a critical thinking perspective and not a fangirl perspective. It’ll help reading go much easier:
Here’s a few of my favorite writers that I make sure never to miss:
Gerry Weaver at Blogcritics has a very balanced way of looking at things. Another great review here.
Nicole at Salted and Burned (aka @newenglishwoman) is one very happy fan. She’s always so much fun to read.
I’m giving special kudos to Clarissa at TV Overmind for this review just because she managed to reference my favorite line from “Galaxy Quest” in a subheader. Bonus points to those that identify the line in the comments!
Let’s not forget Tina Charles at TV Guide. Another great recap/review:
These are some recommendations sent to me on Twitter too. They are fan based, and the opinions vary quite a bit. They are still very good though.
Innsmouth Free Press: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/?p=17073
My Supernatural Addiction: http://mysupernaturaladdiction.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/supernatural-the-born-again-identity-review/
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