Why oh why when it’s getting good do we always get switched back to regular cases? It’s apparent when the episode starts that that is what is going to be the deal. We are met by two young boys, one about 12 the other around 17. They are in the woods early in the morning making their way through fog to catch the best fish. It’s apparent they don’t have the best home life when the older of the two makes a promise when he turns 18 he’s going to move them far away. That’s when the younger one asks to see some kind of nickel sized coin as a show of good faith. This leaves me questioning the significance behind what is normally considered an everyday object. When the younger of the two says he needs to pee before they fish I know this is probably when something is going to happen. After all most drama occurs after mushy moments on this show, right? Poor kid didn’t even have a chance to pee before some unidentified thing carried his brother off into the woods. I have a feeling this case is going to hit home for the Winchesters… big brother, little brother, and what not.
I was surprised to see Sam and Dean head out to Colorado to find a woman who was supposedly carried off by a mutant as her friend watched. The two were on a camping trip involving lots of cannabis which made her story not so believable to the cops when she told them she saw her friend being turned into a mutant. Come on people, legit cannabis doesn’t cause hallucinations, but I digress. Sam and Dean ask about any other similar incidents in the area because we all know most monsters have some kind of pattern. This monster is no different. 27 years before, about a dozen towns folk disappeared; 27 yrs before that, another 8 had disappeared. The sheriff explains they have no records before that since the town is only about 50 yrs old; it was all virgin woods before that. So that to me tells me they’re dealing with some serious ancient jeepers-creepers type monster, but I guess I’ll have to see!
The facts we learn about the creature are somewhat unsettling. It was naked, pale, green flashing eyes, hairless, junkless, and made a very similar buzzing noise to cicadas. They speak with a woman whose husband disappeared during the last appearance of these things. She tells them she’s leaving town for a few weeks as precaution. Last time people went missing her grandmother told her about the “chitters” -- saying people go crazy with orgy like behavior during the spring equinox and run off into the woods never to be seen again. She was also told to burn white sage to protect yourself, and that seems to be the only defense they know of. Here is hoping whatever these things are they can be stopped.
When we finally see these “chitters” up close, they remind me of zombies. They attacked a young man and his girlfriend when they interrupted their, um, love-making, in a back alley. The girl escaped so she was able to pass along the information which collaborated with what they already knew. Dean heads out into the woods to find out more and comes across the missing girl Libby they came to help initially. She is standing, shaking, making that buzzing noise they were told about when he calls to her. She obviously was the bait because as she turns to face him and expose her emerald flashing eyes, Dean is tackled by a male “chitter”. And just when we think this chitter has the upper hand, bam! Some guy comes and decapitates him and a second comes in and stabs it a few times. I guess we know what kills them now.
It turns out the two men that helped Dean are actually two married hunters who work mostly in Mexico, Jesse and Caesar, and they know all about these awful creatures. Thank goodness, because the boys didn’t seem to be having too much luck finding any information. Their new hunter friends explain what they know: they’re called Bisan, related to the spirit of Cicadas (hence the noise), and they are very rare in America. They live underground and come up to breed every 27 yrs. Unfortunately for us, they can’t breed in the form they have, so they use our bodies to make the deed happen. Once they reproduce, they die off just to crawl back underground and start the process again.
Oh and that little boy we met at the beginning of the episode? He’s actually one of the hunters, Jesse. He came to avenge his brother so this is very personal to him, something Sam and Dean seem to totally understand. He explains the importance of finding the Bisans’ burrow before they start to die off. So they split into teams to get the job done. Caesar and Dean head to the woods and Jesse and Sam take on the streets. It doesn’t take long for Caesar to be attacked, fortunately Dean was able to run after him and find the burrow. Jesse and Sam were also able to get the location by talking to the former sheriff, and this makes me happy considering Dean and Caesar had gone in alone. I know they needed to hurry, but they couldn’t have waited for their back up? They have no idea how many are down there. For Hunters they sure don’t use proper protocol!
Even with their recklessness they still got the job done. Jesse was able to find his closure and a get the chance to hang up his hunting boots. The men gathered to give Matty, Jesse’s brother, a proper burial and even found the coin he once had. Now he and Caesar can retire and live in peace.
I really liked the way this episode was set up. Everything came full circle, and we got to see once again just how deep the bond between brothers goes. Even after discussing among themselves asking Jesse and Caeser to help with the fight against Amara, Dean couldn’t ask. They see so much of themselves in these two men that they want to respect their chance to leave the hunter’s life.