After leaving us off with an amazing episode, Supernatural returns from its 2-week hiatus with ‘The Chitters’, the last monster of the week case of the season.
One of the things I have always missed from Supernatural was seeing more of the hunter community. We got close to it in Season 2 with the Roadhouse, which is why I hated so much that they burned the place down along with the Harvelles, and the Men of Letters storyline kind of made up for it a bit, but it still wasn’t enough. Even if it’s highly unlikely that we will see Cesar (Hugo Ateo) and Jessy (Lee Rumohr) again, it was still a breath of fresh air to see Sam and Dean getting to chat and work with other hunters for once.
This week’s case featured random people disappearing every 27 years, something that awoke many urban legends and different theories. However, the people of this town were still very skeptic to the point that the police didn’t even think it was worth investigating and just preferred to focus on the current disappearances instead. I find it hard to believe that there would be no investigations regarding these generational accidents, but this fact actually added another layer that related to the textual queer storyline we got in this episode. Jessy had lost his brother 27 years ago because of this mysterious vent and, along with his partner, he has devoted a long time to getting revenge (‘revenge’ being one of the main themes in Supernatural‘s early seasons). Jessy getting angry at the close minded town people and the fact that they didn’t do anything to help resounds with some people’s indifference towards queer rights: (“You didn’t wanna say that your kid was one of them“).
In fact, one of the reasons why ‘The Chitters’ carried so much emotional weight is that, whether you ship Wincest or Destiel, there were parallels for everyone. It’s the viewer’s choice to decide how they interpret the text, but it can’t be denied that many things in this episode, from losing a brother to a supernatural creature (both something that little!Sam feared and something that some have speculated will happen in the end of the series) or Dean asking what’s it like settling down with a hunter after a season full of Dean-looking-for-something-new-like-settling-down subtext (including not being able to sleep due to worrying about Cas in this same episode), were placed to make us think about Team Free Will and their possible endgame.
Monster of the week cases have had a bad reputation among fans and casual viewers for a while now. Eleven seasons in, it’s understandable that viewers want to focus on the main storyline instead of random cases and side-mission that do very little to advance the plot and that become even more irritating considering that it’s the end of the universe we’re putting on hold. Regardless of this fact, Season 11 has had many decent and memorable MOW of the week cases and ‘The Chitters’ is certainly one of them.