Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh itâ€™s the last episode before the HELLATUS! Weâ€™re heading in a bit early this year, at episode 9. But still! We have 5 weeks ahead to sweat over what happens this week and drive ourselves crazy with more theoriesâ€¦though maybe, this week will help us with some of those? (Yeah right!). Okâ€¦thereâ€™s no putting it offâ€¦hereâ€™s the last preview for 2012.
Dean came back from Purgatoryâ€¦with a friend.
Benny, he seems nice, except for the vampire thing.
Sam met a girl and a dog and wellâ€¦we think he did.
Sam and Dean had an EPIC fightâ€¦or rather, Dean yelled a lot.
Sam keeps flashing back to his dream life, which seems only dreamy in appearance.
Dean keeps flashing back to his Purgatory life, where he looks totally dreamy.
Sam and Dean are talking but not talking talking.
Cass came home, but he doesnâ€™t know how.
Dean thought he left the little guy behind, but it turns out, not so much.
The angels are being angels againâ€¦as inâ€¦dicks!
Kevin saw Crowleyâ€™s true colours and lost a digit in the process.
The God rock got broken in two and it looks like the good guys got the boring half.
Kevin and his mamma are in hiding with Garth on a houseboat!
The brothers appear to have bought a tanning bed.
Crazy Martin is back!
And vampiresâ€¦. Meep!
Hands up who liked Martin? Me! â€œSam Interruptedâ€ was one of those episodes that grew on me. I didnâ€™t love it at firstâ€¦except for the boys getting around in pjs the whole time and that â€œPuddingâ€ thingâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.......what? Oh yes. Martin.
Martin Creaser was a hunter friend of John who went a bit crazy-town and wound up as a patient in a psychiatric hospital that was being decimated by a wraith. The boys checked themselves in, by telling the truth (I loved that), and then proceed to go buckets of crazy themselves after being infected by the wraithâ€™s toxin. Martin, for all his said crazy, helped them solve the case and escape. I liked Martin a lot and I like the actor who played him, John Gries. So, Iâ€™m pretty happy to have Martin backâ€¦though maybe not under these circumstances.
Letâ€™s take a look at the official synopsis for this week.
SAM PUTS A TRACKER ON BENNY â€” Sam asks a hunter named Martin (guest star Jon Gries) to keep an eye on Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) without telling Dean. However, when Martin tells Sam there was a vampire kill and he thinks Benny is responsible, Dean defends his friend. When Martin decides to take things into his own hands, things get messy and Dean is forced to make a very hard decision. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Daniel Loflin.
Dean is forced to make a very hard decision. DEAN IS FORCED TO MAKE A VERY HARD DECISION. GAH!
Another freshman director! This will be Nick Copusâ€™ first â€œSupernaturalâ€, but heâ€™s got a great big resume, including a bunch of Nikitaâ€™s and The 4400â€™s and stacks moreâ€¦plus heâ€™s just done an episode of Arrowâ€¦so I like him already.
This weekâ€™s episode is written by Daniel Loflin. Last weekâ€™s episode was written by his writing partner, Andrew Dabb. Do you think these guys had a fight or something!? Iâ€™m most interested to see how Loflin does, because I thought Dabb did a great job with his solo outing. Maybe these two hold each other back when they write together?
What are we to make of the title, â€œCitizen Fangâ€ did Benny have a sled called Rosebud (serious Citizen Kane spoiler thereâ€¦so apologies if you didnâ€™t know that)? Rosebud, of course, represented everything that Kane didnâ€™t have in his world of wealth and power. It was the only piece of his childhood that he could remember, that tiny bit of happiness, before everything was ripped away. He didnâ€™t even consciously remember that sled, as he turned into the mogul he became, but in his dying moments, that was the one thing that came back to him, the one thing that was important, not his wealth, not his stature, but the simplicity of his life as a child and the love of a mother he never knew. It was something that he never lost; heâ€™d just completely buried it, as he became someone else. Rosebud represented who Kane could have been, had he not been dragged from that life and pushed into another, a life that essentially destroyed his humanity and turned him into a monster.
Okâ€¦cinema theory over! Though if you want to read a great interview with Orson Welles about the psychology behind Citizen Kane and Rosebud, itâ€™s here. (Yes Iâ€™m a movie buff as well as a â€œSupernaturalâ€ nut).
So putting all that aside, because it could mean zip, what does the CW promo tell us?
Thereâ€™s a vampire in town and he/she is killing. Is it Benny? Sam seems to think yes, Dean, obviously, doesnâ€™t want to think so. Bennyâ€™s never let him down. (Flashy edit flash flash flash edit).
What does the CHCH promo tell us? Yay I found it this week!
Martin features in this promo! We see him telling his story about the vampire â€“ we assume heâ€™s talking about Benny. Martin still looks a tad jittery to me. Sam and Dean butt heads over Benny. Sam says he doesnâ€™t know Benny. Dean tells someone â€“ I assume itâ€™s Sam by Deanâ€™s eyeline â€“ that heâ€™s not to fight Benny because heâ€™d be lucky to get out alive. Then we see Dean confront Benny.
Benny â€œWe gonna talk a bit or what?â€
Dean â€œLetâ€™s get to the part about the blood.â€
Now, how about the preview clip?
Dean comes back to the car with food (bless) and Sam is on the phone to someoneâ€¦he seems a bit frustrated. Dean asks whatâ€™s going on. Sam tells him that thereâ€™s been a vampire attack in Louisiana. Interestingly, Dean doesnâ€™t immediately jump to where Sam has gone or where we would go, that it might be that southern belle of a vampire Benny, but rather he jumps to Ã©touffÃ©e! Dean and that stomach of his! Dean asks, whoâ€™s the source and it turns out itâ€™s their crazy old friend Martin Creaser. Deanâ€™s pretty astonished by the news that Martin is out. Sam says he seems ok â€œmostlyâ€ and then instantly comes clean with Dean that heâ€™s had â€œmostly okâ€ Martin tracking Benny for a week. Dean is astonished again and confused and a whole lot of something elseâ€¦but he seems to be keeping a tight lid on it.
Dean â€œSo Martin says Benny did this.â€
Dean â€œIf Bennyâ€™s in Louisiana draining folks, we should look into it.â€
Well, I donâ€™t think that conversation went quite how Sam was expecting! He looked all tense and ready for his brother to fight him and yet, Dean didnâ€™t.
I said somewhereâ€¦or maybe I just thought it, I canâ€™t even tell anymoreâ€¦that these two appear to be walking on eggshells around each other. Like they both know itâ€™s all there, all the crap, simmering under the surface, but neither wants to explore it or explode it. Itâ€™s easier to just suppress it all than face it. Itâ€™s like theyâ€™re together, but not together together (and I donâ€™t mean together together like together together...!).
They need to have it out. They really do. We all know somethingâ€™s coming. Weâ€™ve all heard the buzz out there about a conversation thatâ€™s coming down the line. But what happens before that. Is there finally going to be a proper, non-supernaturally interfered with, showdown between Sam and Dean? Is it in this episode?
Itâ€™s the midseason finaleâ€¦soâ€¦midseason finale=fan pain, we know that right? Last season we were left in a blubbery mess! So what are our options?
Sam and Dean have a great big fight and Sam storms off to find Amelia (not want).
Sam and Dean have a great big fight and Dean storms off to join Benny (not want).
Sam kills Benny (not want).
Dean kills Benny (not want).
Martin kills Benny (not want).
Benny kills Martin (not want).
Dean kills Martin (not want x 1 million).
Benny is the vampire in question (not want).
They all realise it was a huge mistake and go off to have a beer together and laugh about it (wantâ€¦puppies and rainbows all around!).
Ugh. I have a feeling in my waters that itâ€™s going to be one of the first twoâ€¦.and I really donâ€™t want either of them but I really donâ€™t want 2 over 1 more. Iâ€™d be far more okay with Sam taking a time out than Dean going off with the vampire. That makes my stomach hurt. It all makes my stomach hurt and I havenâ€™t even watched it yet! But, we know that this being all-reasonable with each other stuff canâ€™t go on. The scene in the Impala is great, but itâ€™s great because itâ€™s, â€œHuh?â€
Also, Iâ€™m pretty sure Martin is still looney tunes so, I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if heâ€™s totally jumped to the wrong conclusion and got it all around his crazy chops. Iâ€™m pretty sure that itâ€™s not going to be Benny but some other vamp.
I wonder if weâ€™re going to see the Alpha anytime soon? I mean, he sure as hell teased it on his last encounter with Sam and Dean.
Anywayâ€¦soâ€¦how are we all feeling? Excited, nervous, sick to the stomach? All three? Iâ€™m going with all three. I think this episode looks great. But it looks painful, but I kinda like thatâ€¦because Iâ€™m weird and twisted and a â€œSupernaturalâ€ fan, so I gotta be good with angst right?
Let me know your thoughts, theories, fears...just on the show thoughâ€¦you knowâ€¦
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Enjoy the episode and see you later in reviewland!