When I saw the preview for â€œFreaks and Geeksâ€ I think I got the wrong idea. Iâ€™m not sure if the preview was misleading or if I was making assumptions, but I thought this episode was going to be about a school for young hunters. Kind of like Hogwarts for hunters where kids would go to learn everything there is to know about hunting. I imagined classrooms where kids would learn about lore, how to make salt shot shells and running a proper con job. You know, the usual kid stuff. But what I got was a little different. Instead of a whole school of kids, we got three. Krissy, Aiden and Josephine. And instead of a classroom we got a cozy, seemingly stable home.
Once I got past the slight disappointment that there would be no Hogwarts for hunters I was interested in the life that Victor had set up for these kids. They are hunters but they were also able to go to school, they ate at their meals at a table and had a father figure that seemed to really care about their success. So naturally, it was too good to be true. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m not the only one who questioned Victorâ€™s motives from the beginning. Victor himself took the time to point out the emotional and sometimes mental instability of hunters and yet weâ€™re supposed to believe that heâ€™s perfectly adjusted? I donâ€™t think so.
Iâ€™m still a little unclear about Victorâ€™s reasoning. His family was killed by a wendigo which explains how he got started hunting. And he mentioned wanting to create a new generation of hunters that are better than anyone could have dreamed. So naturally I would assume that he wanted a new generation of hunters that could save other families from the kind of trauma that he suffered. That seems reasonable. So the logical next step is to find three kids with promise and kill their families? Thereâ€™s a huge disconnect there. I know Victor wasnâ€™t totally balanced but canâ€™t he see that this isnâ€™t new? This is how all hunters come to be. They suffer a loss, go looking for answers, seek revenge and then usually decide to keep hunting and saving people from similar fates. So I wonder what Victor thought he was doing differently to create superior hunters. Sure, these kids had a stable life but eventually, hunting takes you out on the road. Itâ€™s the nature of the job. And many hunters started early. Sam and Dean have been learning the ropes since childhood and Krissy is proof that they arenâ€™t the only ones. So am I missing something? What was Victorâ€™s big plan for creating superior hunters?
While Iâ€™m asking questions, Iâ€™ve got another one. What was the hooded vampire getting out of this deal? Just free meals? I suppose his agreement with Victor offered him protection from hunters but what happens after all three kids get their â€œrevengeâ€? Was Victor willing to just keep looking the other way while the vampire snacked on innocent people? What do you guys think?I know that the last time we saw Krissy Chambers there was a lot of controversy over her character. Many people werenâ€™t big fans of her. Iâ€™ll admit that it can be tricky with younger actors, especially on a show like Supernatural. Many times there isnâ€™t a whole lot of life experience for the kids to draw on when portraying these characters. I happened to like Krissy the first time we met her. I think this had to do mostly with Krissy and Deanâ€™s chemistry. To be fair, Jensen Ackles could create chemistry with a stump. Not that Iâ€™m calling Madison McLaughlin a stump. In fact, I still enjoyed Dean and Krissyâ€™s chemistry in â€œFreaks and Geeksâ€, but I did find something lacking in some of her standalone scenes. I just think she lacked the emotional depth of a girl who lost her father under such horrific circumstances. So for me, some of her emotional moments fell flat. Now I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s her fault, or if the writing didnâ€™t really give her enough to work with. What do you think? As far as Aiden and Josephine were concerned I didnâ€™t really connect with those characters at all. I donâ€™t know that we were really supposed to though so Iâ€™m okay with that.
This was very much a standalone episode. There wasnâ€™t much of a tie-in to any of the ongoing plot lines of the season. There were a few mentions of Samâ€™s wish for a normal life and a clumsy reminder about closing the gates of Hell, but thatâ€™s it. Even Sam seemed surprised to have Dean bring it up. He literally asks Dean how Hell is related to what they were just talking about. That made me laugh a little. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I like a good standalone episode from time to time. I just think the writers usually do a better job of drawing a parallel between the plot of the episode and the story arc of the season.
Iâ€™m afraid it sounds like I hated everything about this episode, but thatâ€™s not true. I found it perfectly entertaining. There was definitely room for improvement, but I thought the concept was very interesting. It probably doesnâ€™t help that â€œFreaks and Geeksâ€ aired right after last weekâ€™s stellar â€œGoodbye Strangerâ€. But what did you all think? Am I being unfair? Did I miss something in this episode?
Who is excited for next week? I am dying to get to the second trial; saving an innocent man from Hell. Something about the backside of that man looks very familiar but Iâ€™m not ready predict anything out loud. Iâ€™m too afraid Iâ€™ll be wrong. And I knew we hadnâ€™t seen the last of Benny. I am very excited to have him back!
Ok, itâ€™s quote time!
Sam: â€œJust want to make sure youâ€™re okay.â€
Dean: â€œWhat, like my feelings?!â€
I love how disgusted he is at the very idea of feelings.
Dean: â€œIâ€™ll tell you what, why donâ€™t I go get some herbal tea and you can find some Cowboy Junkies on the dial and you know what, weâ€™ll just talk it out. Good talk. Nay, great talk. Very healthy.â€
Dean: â€œHunting isnâ€™t all about killing and revenge. I thought we had this talk last time.â€
Dean: â€œIâ€™m proud of you.â€
Krissy: â€œShut up before I punch you.â€
Krissy: â€œYouâ€™re alright for an old guy.â€
Dean: â€œIâ€™m really not that old.â€
Dean: â€œMaybe if we shut that hell hole once and for all those three could have a real life.â€
Sam: â€œMaybe they wonâ€™t be the only ones.â€