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‘Southern Comfort’ Review: Vengeance is Mine

What could possibly break the tension between the Winchester brothers?  Possession by an avenging spirit should do the trick. Southern Comfort breaks in with Dean and Sam arguing heatedly about the encounter with Benny.  Once again, Sam is frustrated that they’re working what seems like a sketchy case, and if this isn’t enough tension, they run into Garth, Texas Ranger. Garth has not only started working the case before them, he’s become a self-styled replica of Bobby.  He’s wearing Bobby’s hat. He’s using Bobby’s phrases.  He’s giving advice to hunters everywhere through a bank of cell phones he wears in his buckskin jacket.  Dean pointedly lets him know that he’s doing it wrong.  Garth finds the ectoplasm.  Garth finds Bobby’s note that identifies their target as a Spectre, a vengeful spirit. Sam ruminates some more about Amelia.  We don’t see anything of purgatory in this episode, but Sam is dreaming on about Amelia. It’s a little reminiscent of Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in “Paint Your Wagon” (if you haven’t seen that, you really should).  I keep waiting for Sam to break out in song, “I still see Amelia, she keeps on returning…” This spirit travels on a cursed object – the penny he wore around his neck for luck, which was stolen from his grave by some local miscreants.  Corporal Collins is his name, and his anger is amazing.  A woman in love and married to a man for 37 years drops a car on him for going to the prom with someone else before they were married.  Her son does in a former business partner with a shovel in a local store.  A deputy kills the sheriff for asking him to write a report.  Another deputy chases down a softball umpire in the hospital for calling him out at second base. Wow, good thing he didn’t get a...

Supernatural 8.6 Recap & Review: Southern Comfort

Vengeance is mine – penny, penny, who’s got the penny? Sam and Dean still can’t find the Kevin trail, and wind up in a little Missouri town where a wife of 37 years drops a car on her husband and carves the name of a childhood fling on his chest with her fingernails. Suited up for first contact, the Winchesters find that the case is already being worked.  Enter Garth, Texas Ranger.  The three compadres work the case together, finding through Bobby’s notes that they are chasing a Spectre.  Not just any spectre, the ghost of the body that is buried in the Confederate Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Local legend has it that the ‘unknown soldier’ is actually a man named Vance Collins, whose brother betrayed him by fighting for the Union Army.  Vance has sworn an oath of vengeance against his brother, and now anyone he is able to encounter takes their vengeance on their enemies. The Spectre is released from the tomb through a penny he had tied around his neck when he was buried.  Local kids were drinking in the tomb and stole the penny – then used it during a purchase at a local store.  Once the penny started its circulation, vengeance was wreaked upon the citizens of the small town. A husband is killed for a fling he had 37 years ago, before his marriage; a young entrepreneur is shot in the local mini mart for his part in a failed business partnership; the sheriff has his chest removed with a 12 gauge for asking the deputy to write one more report; another county cop chases down a softball umpire at the hospital, and runs into Dean. “Ohhh…the Spectre likes you,” he smiles, and hands Dean the penny. Dean, rife with anger for Sam’s betrayal during his year in purgatory, waits patiently for Sam and Garth to...