As you may know, the Supernatural episode “Bloodlines” was supposed to act as a sort of backdoor pilot to a potential spinoff. This was a very Winchester-light episode; it mostly focused on the cop Ennis Ross and who I’m sure was supposed to be his future friend, the shapeshifter David Lassiter. Plus it set up the idea of Chicago being run by five monster families: werwolves, shapeshifters, and djinn being three of them. While the mystery of the silver-clawed killer was solved, many other questions remained unanswered (SPOILER ALERT: Was Ennis’ father a Hunter? And how is he somehow alive??).
Unfortunately, the CW did not pick Bloodlines up for a series, at least for the 2014-2015 season. I’m imagining that The CW made its decision based off the fan reaction on the internet. A lot of fans on twitter and tumblr did not like the episode; the biggest complaints were that it had a different feel from Supernatural and there was too little screen time for the Winchesters in this episode. According to Entertainment Weekly, in their online poll, not even 40% of viewers wanted it to continue on, though there are rumors that the CW is not totally ruling out an eventual Supernatural spinoff.
Personally, I thought that Bloodlines showed potential. I liked the beginnings of the dynamic between David and Ennis, and the episode pretty much left things off at a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens: will there be war between the wolves and shifters? Who are the other monster families controlling the city (though I’m guessing vampires are probably one of them)? Will Ennis have to go on a Supernatural Season 1-like search for his father? It did try to pack a lot into an episode; the characters and plotlines definitely deserve to be better developed. Yes, the episode had a much different feel than a regular Supernatural episode, but spinoffs can’t be EXACTLY like their parent show. For example. Torchwood has a very different atmosphere than Doctor Who, but it’s still in the same universe and worked very well as a spinoff.
I would love to see Bloodlines as its own show. What they should probably do is develop Ennis, David, and the “Godfather with fangs” storyline a bit more on Supernatural: I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to get the Winchesters involved in things again. If the story can be more gradually reintroduced, then fans may be a bit more receptive to giving the idea a chance. Using the Torchwood example, Captain Jack Harkness was on five episodes of Doctor Who before he got his own tv show. Even if Bloodlines doesn’t get its own show, then I still at least want some answers!