Is Bloodlines the worst episode of Supernatural to date? Quite possibility.
Penned as a backdoor pilot to a spin-off series that (unsurprisingly on the strength of this episode) never took off, Bloodlines commits the cardinal sin of reducing Supernatural's protagonists (the Winchesters) to bumbling, secondary characters in their own show.
The whole episode feels off, from the set-up to the music (usually such a key element of the Supernatural oeuvre).
It is revealed that, unbeknownst to everyone in the Hunting community (yeah, right), Chicago is secretly run by five "monster families" (shapeshifters, djinn, werewolves etc) who are locked into an uneasy peace ... to help conceal their existence from mortals.
However, a cloaked freak with a silver-bladed Freddy Kruegar glove is determined to provoke a war for his own ends.
A random innocent, Ennis Ross (Lucien Laviscount), the son of a dead cop, gets pulled into this mess when his girlfriend is accidentally killed during an attack on a 'monster club' by the dude with the knife-glove.
It's at this point the Winchesters show up, investigating the death, but the episode stays focused on Ennis and a corny Romeo & Juliet romance between a shifter and a werewolf.
Bloodlines groans under the weight of cheesy dialogue and clichéd set-pieces, while the Winchesters miss all the action beats (these are left to the characters I presume were meant to star in the show that never appeared) and have to be spoon-fed ideas by the supporting cast.
The whole thing reminded me of (what little) I know of The Originals - the successful Vampire Diaries spin-off - and I couldn't help but think that someone involved with Supernatural had seen the same adverts for The Originals that I have and declared: "We should do our own version of that."
Unfortunately, from its shoddy treatment of the Winchesters, through the surfeit of bland characters, to the appalling dialogue and corny plot, Bloodlines turned out to be a stinker of the highest order and a major insult to loyal fans of the show who'd tuned in for their weekly dose of Supernatural goodness.
I also suspect we'll never hear of these 'monster family' mobsters again...