Post your thoughts on tonight’s back-door pilot for the potential Supernatural spin-off and let us know if you think it would make a good TV show. Check out my full recap HERE or keep reading for my quick thoughts.
First, a warning. This is NOT an episode of Supernatural. Sam and Dean are barely in it, so please don’t bother complaining about it. This episode is absolutely a pilot for a new show that happens to exist in the same universe as the Winchesters and features them in glorified cameo roles.
With that out of the way, I guess I’ll review this as a potential new series for the CW. For the most part, I think I’m hooked. The ensemble nature, plus romance and family drama, all make it feel more like a CW drama (The Vampire Diaries or The Originals). Let’s be honest, as good as Supernatural is and as much as we love it, it often feels like an adopted child in the CW family, off on its own, being successful but not really sticking with the same formulas that work for everything else. That’s great for SPN, but if the show’s writers want to sell another show to the network, this is the way to do it.
What I loved most is Nathaniel Buzolic as David Lassiter, the college kid who uses his shapeshifting powers to steal test answers and who still pines for his werewolf ex. He’s funny, charming and would make an excellent main character for Bloodlines. Moreso than Ennis, who ends this episode by becoming a murderer, which was a twist I didn’t see coming.
Ennis is OK, but I think a potential bromance with David is where the show would go, and those two working together would make for a pretty entertaining series, I think.
As for the others, we didn’t see a whole lot of Margo, Julian and even Violet. This episode mainly established David and Ennis as the two protagonists.
It’s an interesting world, and obviously one that could provide a lot of stories. With all of the different monster agendas (djinns, vampires, ghouls and wraiths have already been referenced, besides the shifters and werewolves), I would gladly watch Bloodlines on the CW this fall. They certainly set up more than enough mysteries and storylines to make CW executives comfortable knowing that this show has a lot of ideas.