'Supernatural' Recap: Embracing Legacies and Fighting Nazis
"A Jew, two Genti and a Golem walk into a bar" — how many do you think should make it out alive?
That should have been the joke or at least the line of the episode when The CW’s Supernatural took on Nazis. After all, a Golem is basically just a clay creature brought to life through magic, and everyone knows that using magic comes with consequences. Though the guy controlling the Golem in this case was one of the good guys, we saw just how easy it was for someone who knew the lore and the language to flip the switch and establish some of that control. But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves yet.
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) went Nazi hunting on “Everybody Hates Hitler” with a little help from Veronica Mars’ Adam Rose. I have to admit I had no idea the history of Nazis included so much lore, so this was one episode in which I actually learned a lot.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t yet watched Wednesday night’s “Everybody Hates Hitler.”
I’ll admit that seeing the promotional photo for “Everybody Hates Hitler” prior to watching the episode itself, I assumed the Golem (John DeSantis) was going to be the bad guy Sam and Dean had to take down. Maybe, it’s because he towered over the boys in a scary way I never expected anyone to be able to do; maybe, it’s because I was having “Ghostfacers” creepy birthday basement flashbacks. But, the opening of the episode did nothing to dissuade those assumptions, as the Golem destroyed a Nazi camp with his bare hands.
Yes, yes, I know, anyone or anything who takes out Nazis is a good guy by default, but that didn’t change the fact that this was a Golem without a master in present day, and that can lead to a lot of (even if unintentional) destruction.
Dean and Sam investigated the spontaneous combustion death of a Rabbi (guest star Hal Linden), who had been researching Nazi necromancers and actually came across an old, though ageless foe of his from years past right before burning up. In digging into the Rabbi, Dean inadvertently stumbled across his grandson Adam (Rose), while Sam stumbled across the grandson’s Golem. And so the usual duo became a visually comedic foursome as they struggled to understand yet another new society, whose members were brought back from the dead. The juxtaposition between the Thule Society and the Men of Letters was subtextual only on this episode, but it was still something fascinating to consider. Though Dean and Sam may think all of the Men of Letters are gone, many must have thought the same about the Thule and were wrong. Who’s to say some Men of Letters can’t pop up down the line?
But what was mostfascinating about this episode was that even after the Golem killed the Nazi who had killed the Rabbi, Dean still felt he needed to be put down, too, so to speak. Aaron didn’t know how to reign in what was ultimately his, and the ease that the Golem exhibited when dragging the Nazi down the stairs and snapping his neck could spell major disaster if unleashed on other people. Aaron didn’t like someone else trying to tell him what he could or could not do, though, and managed to take control by the end of the episode to continue the work of the Judah Initiative, which was the legacy he hadn’t even realized he had rejected when he smoked his Golem owner’s manual in high school. It’s nice when they mature, isn’t it?
Though, I still kind of worry about the future of the “JI” if guys like Aaron are it, though I could not have more faith in Sam continuing the work of the Men of Letters. Watching Sam and Dean settle those headquarters was heartwarming because for once it seemed like they might actually have a real home with some peace and quiet. They’ve had places they could put their feet up before, but they were always still in the middle of the war zone, having to bathe their windows in bloody sigils just to keep the demons and monsters from showing up. With this bunker, the biggest problem seems to be where to park Baby out of sight. And maybe down the line they will have to address the fact that someone clearly has kept the lights and water on, and that person could be a foe. But for now, it was just nice to watch Sam dive into new books and Dean literally kick back and get some real relaxation in. Interestingly, the end moment reminded me a lot of when Sam and Dean ended up at Jared Padalecki’s house in ‘The French Mistake.”
OMG!: Max from Veronica Mars is all grown up and hitting on Dean!? Even though it turned out to be B.S., what will the crossover shippers think?
Thank you, TV gods.: Actually, thank you, Dean for spelling “Thule” for us. Nice to see you’re a bit more studious these days. And for saving us a 1.5 second Google.
Awk-ward: Sam sprinting up the library stairs was a moment out of a training montage in a sports film. WTH was that?
Hotness: Dean had a nice layer of scruff on his face tonight. I assume he couldn’t find any razors along with that bathrobe in the Men of Letters bunker, and I hope it stays that way.
Fab-u-lous: Though Ben Edlund pictured something with underground spiral staircases initially, the Men of Letters bunker that the show was able to build was just as magical. Anything that had more than one room would have been a palace to these guys, but this really was a palace. Watch them discover it again above.
Can. Not. Wait.: Is the lore on reanimation in this episode foreshadowing for the reanimation on “Remember the Titans?”
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 7 – I loved the parallels of Adam’s plight with the Winchesters’; he was expected to live up to a legacy for which he didn’t have proper training, and I, of course, loved the introduction to their new “home base.” Yet, there was a lot of lore in this episode that required further research, or a second watch of the episode, to fully comprehend. If you didn’t know that Golems were made of clay in real life Jewish lore, for example, it may have come out of nowhere for you in the episode.
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