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This ain't Vegas, boys.

This ain’t Vegas, boys.

 

Otherwise known as the potential spin-off that didn’t get picked up. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think I would have watched it if it had become a series. Spin-offs are always best when they feature a character viewers are already familiar with, and care about. Angel, for instance. “Bloodlines” had completely new characters; some had potential, though, I must admit. Ennis was a shell-shocked but determined guy, who insisted on getting into this hunting gig once he found out about it. Despite more than one lecture from Sam. And David Lassiter had potential as a reluctant, sarcastic hero, breaking the traditions of his own “family business”. Those two in an uneasy partnership, dealing with monster family drama and human trauma, might have worked.

However. Five monster families that run Chicago, and have managed to keep their presence hidden from hunters for what appears to be decades, if not longer? That’s stretching it, for me. Unless they planned to explain eventually that they came to power after the Men of Letters were destroyed, and hunters became a ragtag group of vigilantes without access to a central information resource. And it must be The CW Factor that made all the monsters young, beautiful, rich, and powerful. Where did these families get their fortunes? How did they come to have such power and influence? How many mobster movies did they watch to make sure they had all the clichés covered? And seriously, they were all so shiny and pretty. They made Sam and Dean look like grizzled old veterans.

Pilots are tough to review, especially when you don’t get any follow up episodes to answer any more questions. My spin-off suggestion? Charlie Bradbury in Oz, with the occasional hop back to the modern world. Or a period piece with the Men of Letters. Are the producers taking suggestions?

 

Photo credit:  Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Credit: Chuck Hodes/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved 

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