Welcome to this special edition of our spoiler-lite preview. But itâ€™s always special, I hear you say! Aww shucks. Wait. Maybe that was just me talking... Well this one is extra-special because this week, Alice got to have a bit of a chat with Mr. Edlund, the writer of this weekâ€™s episode, "Everybody Hates Hitler", so Iâ€™ll be including a couple of spoiler-lite grabs from the wonderful Ben Edlund himself.
First up â€“ where do we find ourselves after last week?
A Winchester came out of the closet â€“ literally â€“ while the brothers were busy getting dressed!
The brothers met their time travelling granddad - Henry Winchester - and discovered that they were born into a Legacy they knew nothing about, a Legacy of knowledge of the supernatural.
In our present, Henry died protecting the secrets of the "Men of Letters", a hidden organisation who chronicled everything about every evil thing. Dying in our present meant that Henry never made it back to the past...and to his son John...
Now Sam and Dean have the key to the "Men of Letters" secret lair â€“ AKA the batcave! What information will they find inside?
We have a Golem and heâ€™s taller than Sam!
For those that don't know, a Golem is a creature from Jewish folklore. Usually it is brought to life from inanimate matter - like mud or clay to seek revenge on behalf of whomever called it into existence. You may remember The X Files episode called "Kaddish" which dealt with a Golem. The Golem in "Everybody Hates Hitler" is a person though - because well, budget and time would preclude creating a gigantic claymation Golem!
Of course, thereâ€™s a lot more to this weekâ€™s episode than just a Golem, because we'll also be finding out some additional information about this new storyline of the "Men of Letters" and learning how their recently discovered Legacy, will begin to take shape for the Winchester boys.
So letâ€™s check out the synposis.
SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST A GOLEM â€” Sam and Dean investigate the death of Rabbi Bass (guest star Hal Linden, â€œBarney Millerâ€), who spontaneously combusted. The case becomes ever more confusing when they learn that the Rabbi was researching Nazi Necromancers. Sam and Dean are attacked by a Golem (guest star John DeSantis) who turns out to belong to the Rabbiâ€™s grandson, Aaron (Adam Rose). The key to the case lies with the Golem but Aaron doesnâ€™t know how to control him, which leaves everyone in danger. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Bed Edlund.
So, two exciting things hereâ€¦this is Phil Sgricciaâ€™s first episode for season 8. He hasnâ€™t directed â€œSupernaturalâ€ since 7.18 â€œParty on Garthâ€. Phil's been doing double duty on Revolution (damn you Kripke), so itâ€™ll be good to have him back at the helm. The other exciting thing of course is Ben Edlund. For a lot of us, his outtings represent season highs. Benâ€™s last episode was 8.05 â€œBlood Brotherâ€. His episodes have been pretty heavy going of late, but he promises a little more humour in this one.
While we're talking humour, let's take a look at the CW promo â€“ which was kinda weird I thought â€“ obviously going for the humourâ€¦.but not quite hitting the mark.
Ummm yeah.... that promo is just odd. Nazis though! Necromancer Nazis even! As Ben says....
"It gives us this new species of wretched critter who happens to be a Nazi so you can especially kick them in the face. No offense to, well I guess we donâ€™t really need to worry about offending Nazis, thatâ€™s what so nice about it."
Before we look at the sneak peek - let's check out some more of what Ben said today. Iâ€™ll avoid anything thatâ€™s overly spoilery!
Ben was asked if there was much comedy in this week's episode - as some of his more recent episodes have been quite dark.
"People batting each other great distances can sometimes be funny (laughs). In this case thereâ€™s a couple of things that function that way. Yeah. The Golem is so physically present that the guy we got to play him is amazing. Heâ€™s like 6â€™ 11â€™â€™. Usually when Iâ€™m writing something for Sam and Dean and I say, â€œThis person towers over Sam and Dean,â€ Iâ€™m in a really bad place to begin that discussion cause Jared is 6â€™ 6â€ and Jensen is...tall. Jared makes Jensen seem like...theyâ€™re both just very big. Trying to get them to be towered over is pretty much an impossibility or to get them to be towered over and then have any acting quotient is especially an unfortunate assignment for casting.
This fellow was great, was amazing, and has this voice that sounds like a church bell rolling down a hill. He adds such presence to the intent of the comedy thatâ€™s written in the script that itâ€™s really just amazing. Thereâ€™s physical comedy and thereâ€™s just this physics issue of the Golem just standing there, which is comedic."
I have to say, seeing the photos of that dude towering over Sam is pretty funny â€“ itâ€™s not often you see that! In fact, have we ever seen that?
And what about the â€˜batcaveâ€™ what can we expect from it? Hereâ€™s what Ben said...
"Itâ€™s gorgeous, itâ€™s beautiful. It will stand for sometime I hope because itâ€™s really, really wonderful looking. Adam Glass brought the Men of Letters into his episode. It was the opportunity to give them a really cool, very atmosphere rich space for them to be in and Jerry Wanek has done a beautiful job of making it real, or as real as movies get. Itâ€™s really beautiful.
That was one of the challenges was writing the language of the set. I got very prosy in the script because I was just so excited to do it I had to actually limit myself. It started out un-produceable and then we scaled it back. At one point it was constructed as an echo of the axis mundi and was a mini-universe in the ground that had all these spiral staircases and un-produceable elements. For the feature series maybe weâ€™ll get into the other version but this is just gorgeous. I donâ€™t mean to downtalk it, itâ€™s just that I made something absolutely un-shootable or buildable and then Jerry made incredible out of it because we brought it back to a certain thing. I re-described it and itâ€™s beautiful."
This sounds like the perfect time to check out the sneak peekâ€¦.
It does look super cool huh? The boys wonâ€™t know themselves with all that space! I really love the look of the library. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see them have a bit of a base that they can use and disappear to. Iâ€™m hoping that they keep it a secret from all and sundry. I'm also totally impressed by the double "Son of a bitch"!!
And what do Sam and Dean think of their new base? Mr. Edlund...
"Samâ€™s really excited that theyâ€™re in this place and heâ€™s really jazzed about this wealth of information and the library and everything that comes from inheriting the Men of Letters headquarters. Dean is a little less geeked out in that regard and points out that all the information kind of terminates in 1958. How it relates to the present day is a mystery to him.
It for him [Sam] represents a kind of well that he wants to get to know because he feels convinced itâ€™ll give them leads and information. In the history of the Winchesters theyâ€™ve had the myth of secret societies but almost no contact. Weâ€™ve never really made a point of them and they are a huge corridor of occult studies. For Sam, itâ€™s like â€œWe found it.â€ This is an important thing and itâ€™s going to add up to something that gives us tools to fight the enemies we are courting in this season."I'm kind of in love with the idea that Sam geeks out about this new place. I can't imagine Dean being too excited about being surrounded by all that research - but yes, Sam I can see loving it!
Weâ€™ve had a couple of great guest stars of late â€“ like Mike Farrell in "Hunteri Heroici" and this week, we have "Barney Miller" himself, Hal Linden! Turns out, Ben's a fan...
"I really loved â€œBarney Millerâ€ a lot and I was there in the audition when he came. Heâ€™s a really wonderful guy. I didnâ€™t spend days with him but we got to speak for a moment. No, that was great. Itâ€™s a point, I donâ€™t know what you call it, itâ€™s not a point of personal pride because itâ€™s Hal Linden, itâ€™s all Hal Linden, but Iâ€™m really pleased. I guess I am proud to have a piece of work that he appears in because I watched â€œBarney Millerâ€ religiously as a little kid. I donâ€™t know, I just really loved it. They had a werewolf episode (laughs). They had their own little supernatural moment."
So what do you think? It looks like we're going to get a case - mixed in with some more information about the "Men of Letters" as the brothers check out their new digs. I'm pretty excited about this twist from last week. I'm looking forward to seeing where the show takes it.
I'm also looking forward to seeing this episode, because I'm totally crazy about Ben Edlund - I'll admit that freely - and I always like it when he delivers an episode with equal dark and light moments, I don't think any other writer has ever done that so well and that gigantic Golem fellow looks like he'll add some funny situations to a serious case.
And before I go.... here is the CHCH promo!
Nazi zombie freaks. Awesome.
And here's Carver's preview!
Man, that dude is BIG!
If you want to read more of Alice's catch-up with Ben, check out the full transcript here. There is more infomation on the plot of this episode - but it is a little spoilery, so I chose not to include it. You've probably read it anyway!
If you're interested in reading more about what a Golem is, here is the Wikipedia link.
And don't forget - for information on upcoming episodes, check out our spoiler page.
So are you excited, dubious, worried, ambivalent, thrilled beyond reason? Sound off below!
And as always thanks for reading, enjoy the episode and I'll see you soon in reviewland!