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TV Review: Supernatural 8.3, ‘Heartache’

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Supernatural returns to its largely successful monster-of-the-week formula that made Season One such an enjoyable romp. Heartache wasn’t the strongest episode it’s ever aired but it was efficient and held enough subtext to imply that this season is still going as strong as the previous two episodes have suggested.

The monster-of-the-week turns out to be a Mayan warrior’s group of crazed fanatics. The warrior, obsessed with competition, made a collection of deals and sacrifices, enabling himself to turn up, time and time again, as a different sporting hero, perpetually triumphing in his chosen field. His legacy isn’t as clean-cut as one might expect it to be, however, when a host of individuals begin to make their own sacrifices in order to stay fit and healthy forever. Fanaticism at its darkest – more subtext perhaps…

Everything passes by in a satisfactory manner; Dean and