Supernatural season 6 episode 9 review: Clap Your Hands If You Believe

Supernatural pays its own special tribute to The X Files in its latest,chuckle-filled episode...

This review contains spoilers.

6.9 Clap Your Hands If You Believe

This week, Sam and Dean are investigating a number of missing persons, some believe possibly abducted by UFOs. Thus, the brothers question a local watchmaker whose son has gone missing. Sam believes the watchmaker knows more than he’s letting on. So, while Sam follows the watchmaker, Dean investigates the site of the first abduction, a crop circle in a cornfield. Only thing is, he’s then abducted himself. Oops. 

The first thing to mention about this episode, then, is the opening credits. It is an absolutely great homage to The X Files, one that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to many a geek’s face. Very well done to all involved.

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Obviously, this isn’t the most serious of episodes of the show, though, and quite welcome it is to. It’s nice to take a break from the intensity that has built this season and, with the added bonus of The X Files influence, this is a very fun episode that just stays the right side of comic relief.

With regard to the ‘alien abductions’ and the creatures actually responsible, I thought it was a clever twist employed here. I liked the modern interpretation of the old children’s story. It also seemed to suggest the idea that in this modern age it is much easier to accept belief in UFOs than it is fairies and leprechauns.

Furthermore, with Robert Picardo as a guest star you know you are going to get a great performance, and again he doesn’t disappoint. His annoyance at Sam towards the end of the episode is a very funny moment in a very funny episode.

Now that the ‘real’ Sam has been revealed the interplay between Sam and Dean has a new edge to it, Sam saying the first thing that occurs to him and Dean’s exasperation of trying to cope with it produces some great dialogue between the brothers. You really feel for Dean having to be the responsible older sibling again.

Sam also considers this episode whether or not having his soul back would actually be better or not, which is a point of view I hadn’t considered. It’s something that I had taken for granted, that now we know what is wrong with Sam, the regaining of his soul would begin. But Sam not wanting his soul back would certainly throw a spanner in the works.

Either way, any doubt that this run wasn’t going to be as good as previous seasons seem to be fading fast, and Supernatural, once again, is shaping up to be a highlight of this geek’s week. Keep watching the skies…

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