Blood Brother Review: It just got personal

The Winchester Holy Grail quest has been ground to a halt by Kevin Tran, who WAS in advanced placement, after all, outwitting our heroes at every turn, and Dean insists on underestimating him out of pride. Now Sam sits by himself in a hotel room, haunted by memories of his normal life, while Dean attacks a nest of “Vampirates” (isn’t that the third thing you say?) with a vampire, who doesn’t seem to have what it takes to hunt monsters in the real world. What happened to the peaceful perspective we saw at the end of “Bitten”? We saw no argument between the brothers as they peacefully let a werewolf slip into the night.  There was a glimmer of hope that maturity was on the horizon, but I guess it’s always calm before the storm. And of course, the silent, jaw working anger in Sam’s face as he fights back the instinct to kill the vampire.  It’s going to take another whole episode of yelling to work through this mess. Winchester dirt slinging: “What friends?  All your friends are dead!” “Last I checked you took a year off.  I’m asking for a day.” “You DID try to kill his mother.” “Did you have a stroke?” Dean’s got a guilt complex that’s binding him up like a kid in a cheese shop.  Sam’s so willing to be angry that he’s willing to just be Dean. I can hear Bobby now –  “How’s that workin’ out for ya?” Chuckleheads. We’re getting closer to finding out what happened in purgatory – Cas is still with Dean, despite his and Benny’s clearly stated opinions on the folly of it all.  Dean doesn’t take no for an answer, ever, and it’s starting to catch him.  It didn’t look so good for Dean when he was watching Benny get caught in the vampire nest like...

Supernatural 8.5 Recap & Review: Blood Brother

Benny is out for blood.  Vampire Blood. After attacking members of his former nest, Benny lies bloodied and broken and calls Dean for help. Sam and Dean find themselves in Enid, Oregon looking for Kevin, who has once again duped them with a fake credit card trail. Dean, still silent regarding his escape from Purgatory, tells Sam he needs some personal time to help a friend.  Dean departs to find Benny, and four story lines emerge: Purgatory Dean, Benny and Castiel fight off Leviathan while trying to make it to the portal back to the world.  Benny and Castiel hold no love for one another, but are still together and following Dean’s wishes to bring Castiel with them.  Benny and Castiel reason that Castiel’s presence is attracting too many purgatory residents, and further, that a seraph cannot likely cross the void.  Dean remains firm in his conviction that Castiel is coming with them. Sam’s Normal Life While waiting for “Dog” to recuperate, Sam befriends the hotel owners and begins working for them as a handyman.  This lands him under Amelia’s sink, and gives him a view into her life that she would rather he didn’t have.  Amelia is alone, without family or direction, living in a hotel for months.  She finds Sam “creepy”, particularly his “Army/Navy Surplus” wardrobe and creepy sideburns. Benny’s Salvation Benny, in his first vampire life, is second only to his maker in his nest. Benny betrays the nest and goes to bagged blood to live a ‘normal life’ for the love of a woman.  His maker eventually tracks him down and sends him to purgatory.  Before he dies, he realizes that his maker has killed his woman. Present Day Dean joins Benny in his mission to exact revenge on his nest.  Sam ruminates in Enid, Oregon, with no idea of Dean’s whereabouts.  Benny finds his...

‘Bitten’ Episode Review: Point of View

Our beloved staff has treated us to a different perspective in Season 8 Episode 4: Bitten. Bitten, a story about a group of college students gone wolf, is shown from the point of view of home video.  So we take a trip down the Blair Witch Paranormal Avenue and take a look at the story as it unfolds for three college roommates. At the end we find out the entire thing is compiled by Kate, the middle of our coed love triangle.  Kate, Brian and Michael are terrible cinematographers, but apparently Kate is just awesome at editing.  Just a shout out to those who treat us to the ‘Awesome’ cinematography in Supernatural – we love your work. We tune in every week to be treated to it, even when you switch it up and go game show or sitcom on us. Eric Kripke – you may have noticed that we also love our heroes.  Fans are screaming about this episode, losing the faith and giving up on the whole season.  This is Sam and Dean withdrawal.  Oh, and let’s not forget the Impala.  We didn’t get to ride in it once.  We should start a trivia contest to see if anyone remembers which scene the Impala was actually in. People are so caught up in not seeing the show through our heroes eyes that the true art in this episode is missed: Perspective. This episode spirals in on itself in so many ways that it’s difficult to jump into the subject.  Sam and Dean are hunted by students, who are hunted by an alpha, who is hunted by Dean and Sam. We’re watching from the point of view of Brian, which is compiled by Kate, and eventually we learn that we’re watching through the eyes of Sam and Dean.  All this pales in comparison with the significance of the...

Supernatural 8.4 Recap & Review: Bitten

Supernatural goes Paranormal for the Blair Wolf Project Brian, Michael and Kate are college students documenting their lives (and whatever fun they can steal from others) on digital media.  “Bitten” is shown from the perspective of these amateur documentarians. The story commences with clips of Sam and Dean from a camcorder through the bushes, ‘suited up’ for an FBI gig with the local constabulary.  It’s another animal attack, and the victim’s heart is missing. The FBI suits don’t fool our college stalkers, though. According to Kate, “I’m pretty sure FBI agents don’t say Awesome that much”. From here, we are thrown into the night bushes, where the camera crew is chased through the woods by an angry, jolted would-be lover straight into a growling beast who attacks, but doesn’t kill, Michael. Fans are treated to the story from the victim’s point of view using the harsh jolting reality of home video, smattered with clips of Sam and Dean investigating the case.  Michael turns werewolf, Brian is jealous, Kate is worried and the three eventually all go native. What did we learn from ‘Bitten’?  We finally figured out why some werewolves turn outside of the moon cycle.  If they’re less than 4 generations from an alpha, they’re not as feral and can turn before, during and after the lunar cycle.   We watched from a camera hidden in the bookshelf as Sam and Dean extinguished the first werewolf in this chain, a college professor who fed off animal hearts for years before he slipped and had to turn Michael to cover his tracks. We also learned that Brian is in love with Kate, who is Michael’s girlfriend.  In the end, the boy-wolves fight and Michael loses.  To realize his dream of living eternity with Kate, Brian bites her.  Brian apparently didn’t understand the fury of a woman scorned.  Kate is...

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