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Supernatural – Live Free or TwiHard

This week’s episode of Supernatural, Live Free or TwiHard, as the title suggests, is centered around vampires and some much needed Twilight jokes. As someone who didn’t become a big Supernatural fan until season 3, I’ve always wondered why they have seemingly ignored one of the most classic monsters around. It seems like ghosts and shape-shifters have been used much more than vampires have in its later seasons. Perhaps the show was purposely avoiding the annoying teen girl vampire fad. With missing girl reports escalating, Sam and Dean are on the case and it finally brings vampires back into the mix. The two quickly realize that all of the missing girls are vampire fanatics, which leads the brothers into disrupting their new scheme.

With a mixture of online pedophile and taking advantage of the recent vampire craze, the real vampires of the Supernatural universe are using fan websites to lure hot, but very very dumb teens into meeting with them under the pretense that they’re vampires. What goes from what they think will be a forbidden romance turns into a bloody sex slave operation. Once at the club where the meetings are happening, the brothers each follow a suspected vampire; Dean is surprisingly attacked by a real vampire and is forcibly turned into one. What’s even more shocking about this is that Sam got there in the middle of the attack and allowed his big brother to be turned. The look on Sam’s face when Dean is being turned is one of delight. The brothers get beat up… a lot, but seeing one of them completely overpowered and taken advantage of, while the other one is allowing it to happen, is actually hard to watch.

As Dean is turning Sam calls grandpa Campbell for help. Dean being the hero that he is wants Campbell to kill him before he fully turns, so he won’t hurt anyone. Dean telling Lisa goodbye is a sad scene to watch. Some people may say that Dean has been a bit too whiney this season, but considering everything he’s been through, he’s allowed to be emotional. The character development of this show has been somewhat surprising. Dean started off as the cold hunter type and Sam had the big heart, but now it seems as if all of the adversity they have faced has made Dean more human and Sam less so, of course that’s assuming that Sam is really Sam. As Dean return’s from Lisa’s it is revealed that Campbell knows a cure for vampirism as long as the person has drunken any blood, but nothing is ever simple on this show. Dean has to infiltrate the vampire hive and get the fangs of the boss vampire that turned him.  As Dean leaves, Campbell calls out Sam for not mentioning the cure to Dean sooner and even accuses him of allowing Dean to be turned, so they could find out more information about the alpha vampire. It seems as if his theory is true, but even knowing that there’s a cure, it’s hard to believe that the real Sam would use his brother like that. This does reveal that whatever or whoever Sam and Campbell really are, they’re not fully working together, since Campbell seemed appalled by the idea of using Dean like that.

As Dean is waiting for the opportunity to kill his sire, he explains that his plan is to turn good looking guys into vampires who will then turn the Twilight hazed girls and the cycle will keep repeating, which keeps populating the vampire race for an army. Right after Dean’s botched assassination attempt, all of the vampires pass out from an order who we can only assume is their alpha. The way that the message was delivered was surprisingly angelic, which might not simply be a coincidence. It was nice to see that once Dean’s stealth plan failed he could resort to just attacking them. I like and respect the family man side of Dean, but he still needs to be badass at least sometimes. It is slightly hard to believe that a day old vampire could defeat an entire hive, which included a 600-year-old one. However, Dean has been a hunter for years with no powers, so him fighting with superpowers for once and defeating them is somewhat plausible. As Dean is being cured, he sees a flashback of his time as a vampire, which includes him seeing Sam watching him being turned. Dean’s last line of dialogue to Sam solidifies that he remembers and trusts what he saw.


The big worry this season after a great season finale that seemed more like a superb series finale, was what is the show going to do now. Going from Michael vs. Lucifer and having god disguised as a normal character doesn’t seem beatable as far as how epic a TV show can be. In that regard, the show has done very well this season. The sky doesn’t need to fall every episode or subplot. So far, the show is focusing on its characters, which is mainly Dean while the mystery of Sam continues. That theme was also featured last week in the Bobby centric episode. With so many subplots going on at once, there is a big danger in the show losing its focus or being spread too thin. There’s already the aforementioned Sam mystery then there’s the alpha monsters, heaven’s civil war, heaven’s stolen weapons, who is Campbell working for, and several other smaller storylines. The show went from seemingly being done to looking like it has enough plots for another season or two. It would be nice if the Sam mystery were solved sooner rather than later, since right now it’s the Dean show, instead of them being partners. So far Supernatural remains very strong after returning from its apparently series ending finale.




In this week’s episode of Supernatural, Live Free or TwiHard, as the title suggests, is centered around vampires and some much needed Twilight jokes. As someone who didn’t become a big Supernatural fan until season 3, I’ve always wondered why they’ve seemingly ignored one of the most classic monster around. It seems like ghosts and shape shifters have been used more than vampires have in its latter seasons. Perhaps the show was purposely avoiding the annoying teen girl vampire fad. With missing girl reports escalating, Sam and Dean are on the case and it finally does bring vampires back into the mix. The two quickly realize that all of the missing girls are vampire fanatics, which leads the brothers into one their schemes.

 

With a mixture of online pedophile and taking advantage of the recent vampire craze, the real vampires of the Supernatural universe are using fan websites to lure hot, but very very dumb teens into meeting with them under the pretense that they’re vampires. What goes from what they think will be a forbidden romance turns into a bloody sex slave operation. Once at the club where the meetings are happening, the brothers each follow a suspected vampire; Dean is surprisingly attacked by a real vampire and is forcibly turned into one. What’s even more shocking about this is that Sam got there in the middle of the attack and allowed his big brother to be turned. The look on Sam’s face when Dean is being turned is one of delight. The brothers get beat up… a lot, but seeing one of them completely overpowered and taken advantage of, while the other is watching is actually hard to watch.

 

As Dean is turning Sam calls grandpa Campbell for help. Dean being the hero that he is wants Campbell to kill him before he fully turns, so he won’t hurt anyone. Dean telling Lisa goodbye is sad scene to watch. Some may say that Dean has a bit too whiney this season, but considering everything he’s been through he’s allowed to be emotional. The character development of this show has been somewhat surprising. Dean started off as the cold hunter type and Sam had the big heart, but now it seems as if all of the adversity they have faced has made Dean more human and Sam less so, of course that’s assuming that Sam is really Sam. As Dean return’s from Lisa’s it is revealed that Campbell knows a cure for vampirism as long as the person has drunken any blood, but nothing is ever simple on the show. Dean has to infiltrate the vampire hive and get the fangs of the boss vampire that turned him.  As Dean leaves, Campbell calls out Sam for not mentioning the cure to Dean sooner and even accuses him of allowing Dean to be turned so they can’t find out more information about the vampire alpha. It seems as if his theory is true, but even know that there’s a cure it’s hard to believe that the real Sam would use his brother like that. This does reveal that whatever or whoever Sam and Campbell all, they’re not fully working together since Campbell seemed appalled by the idea of using Dean like that.

 

As Dean is waiting for the opportunity to kill the his sire, he explains that his plan is to turn good looking guys into vampires who will the Twilight hazed girls and the cycle keeps repeating, which keeps populating the vampire race. Right after Dean’s botched assassination attempts all of the vampires pass out from an order who can only assume is their alpha. The way that the messaged was delivered was surprisingly angelic, which might not simply be a coincidence. It was nice to see that once Dean’s stealth plan failed he could resort to just attacking them. It is slightly hard to believe that a day old vampire could defeat an entire hive, which included a 600-year-old one. However, Dean has been a hunter for years with no powers, so him fight with superpowers for once is somewhat plausible. As Dean is being cured, he sees a flashback of his time as a vampire, which includes him seeing Sam watching him be turned. Dean’s last line of dialogue to Sam solidifies that he remembers and trusts what he saw.

 

 

The big worry this season after a great season finale that seemed more like a superb series finale, was what is the show going to do now. Going from Michael vs. Luificer and having god disguised as a normal character doesn’t beatable as far as the level of grand a TV show can be. In that regard, the show has done very well this season. The sky doesn’t need to fall every episode or subplot. So far, the show is focusing on it’s characters, which is mainly Dean while the mystery of Sam continues. That themed was also featured last week in the Bobby centric episode. With so many subplots going on at once, there is a big danger in show losing focus. There’s already the aforementioned Sam mystery then there’s the alpha demons, heaven’s civil war, heaven’s stolen weapons, who is Campbell working for, and several other smaller storylines. The show went from seemingly being done to looking like it has enough story for another season or two.

Rating
8.8

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