“The Chitters gave me a complete life story of is another hunter. It is a monster of the week episode to sit and watch before the final 4 entries of season 11 arc. A fan can choose to sit this one out and not miss a beat of the central arc.The MoWs this season are more interesting and this one doesn’t quite live up to that high standard. Still worth a watch as a throw back to season 1 when it was MoW every week. This one is more X-Files in the woods type episode.
If you are familiar with the Colorado Rockies you might notice the difference in the slopes, otherwise the mountain shots are a beautiful contrast to the otherwise stock scenery of cabins, police stations,dirt roads, small town frontage, caves, tunnels,and forests.
The opening montage is a tribute to other hunters we have encountered over the years with a reminder of the Amara/Casifer situation. Won, the writer takes us through the beginnings of a hunter, his revenge quest, and the possibility of surviving the life. She boldly makes the hunters a gay couple. She doesn’t allow Dean to make any rude comments. His focus is more on how it is to settle down with a hunter.( Has he been thinking about Sam’s comment in episode 4?) The small town has more to fear from the monsters than same sex couples. In this respect the episode has more gravitas than other gay couples that have been played for giggles.
There are a few good lines for Dean about orgies, copulation, and he does use the word penis. Sam’s reactions to Dean are classic. The conversation about Sam smoking weed/oregano at college is a saver. Sam’s face, when Jessie and Cesar talk about how great a brother Mattie was to Jessie with his acceptance, lets us know that all is forgiven between the Winchesters.
The monster of the week is a Malaysian cicada spirit called a Bisaan which emerges every 27 years to re-produce using human hosts. This is a new one for the Winchesters and the viewers. It has green glowing eyes, sharp teeth, and “goes at it” while being “junk-less”so that human females incubate the eggs although the human dies. The prosthetics may have been good, but they did not show up well. All I could think of was the cheap mask used for the Rugaroo in season 1. The special effect of the green glowing squirming embryo in the rotted corpses is great, but more is needed. The monster’s eyes glow green with lust.Then I remember Dean has green eyes-well not related.Sam admits that Dean’s labeling the monster as”junk-less” is a new low even for them.
The explanation of what a chitter is holds a few cute moments for the Winchesters, but the exposition is not subtle. We do learn that Sam knows his herbs-white sage for purity. Past memories of episodes gone by….
The Winchesters pair off with the set of hunters giving us less Sam and Dean screen time. The hunter, Cesar. makes a comment about how he hates to lose his blade(fill in your own connection here) and Dean chops off a head with a shovel saying a line has used before with Sam.”you could have jumped in anytime.”
There are the usual set of witnesses that nobody believes and the witness from the past who after having killed his turned daughter, chooses to sit out the rest of his life rather than take an active role or become a hunter. Choices.
Jessie identifies his brother’s remains. The four hunters burn out the nest/maternity ward with 5 gallons of gas from Baby. huh? The social conscious speaks as we hear that there was a fire extinguisher so the entire mountain would not burn. Jessie gives his brother a proper funeral pyre. Sam ruminates how he used to worry about Dad and Dean when they would leave him behind on a hunt(wtf is that all about?). Dean always returned. Premonition?
Sam and Dean contemplate asking these hunters for help with Amara. Dean does not have it in him since this hunt was to be the couple’s last. Dean asks them what freedom looks like.The couple plan to retire to New Mexico to raise horses. Nice shout out to Texas as well. “The two hunters make it to the finish line, you leave that alone.” And while not all hunters die on the job, it is rare and Sam and Dean have much work to do to finish this season.
“Chitters” can stand alone as a MoW episode. I am so used to higher quality performances from guest stars, special effects, that it just lacked that quality. The production seemed cheaper. The actors less involved. I heard Jared and Jensen talk about being free to raise their kids and nourish their family relationships. Maybe they needed an easier episode. Chitters could have been better, but who knows what BTS went on. It’s good but not great. That’s okay-holding on the the feels for the last 3 episodes.