Supernatural season 8 episode 13: Everybody Hates Hitler

Review Caroline Preece 8 Feb 2013 - 18:32

The past two episodes of Supernatural have been a much-needed breath of fresh air. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler

Before I go into talking about this week’s Supernatural, I want to apologise for missing last week’s awesome episode. I’m mournful not just because I didn’t fulfil my duties as resident Supernatural reviewer, but because it might have been my favourite episode since any given hour of season five, and it left me weeping like a baby for all the wonderful nostalgia it brought me. That said, I was extremely apprehensive when entering into Everybody Hates Hitler, since (as Misfits proved last year) Nazi-themed episodes more often spell disaster than fun hours of fantasy telly.

The episode definitely wasn’t a disaster, and it actually surpassed my expectations as to what the writers could do with the Winchesters’ new status as Men of Letters. It was an interesting subplot, sure, but I half expected Sam and Dean to forget about it entirely until the season finale. Instead, they instantly follow up on the lead given to them last week, and end up taking up residence in the secret society’s ‘bat cave’. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and they’re making themselves very comfortable in their new digs, researching leads and checking up on Kevin from the safety of their new kitted-out lair.

But this new development does far more than just offer us a new set to stare at (will we ever see the motel room again?!?), as it solves the mystery as to where the show can go from here. A couple of weeks ago we all wondered how the brothers could ever come back from the almighty sacrifices they made for the cause but, by the end of this episode they look, dare I say it, happy. They solved a case, they have a new meaning to their lives, they feel more connected to their father, and everything’s as hunky dory as it gets for these guys. It has to blow up in their faces at some point, but I hope the writers milk this new structure for all its worth before that happens.

The case this week gives us a chance to pick from a new basket of villains, with Nazi necromancers and one hapless Rabbi fighting it out with the use of a pet golum. Sounds silly? Well, yes, it is, but it treads the line carefully so as not to become an out-and-out comedy episode. Aaron is an interesting twist on the same ideas the Winchesters are dealing with, as he’s been inducted into a secret society with no knowledge of what he should do with the power. Now that the Thule were defeated (for the time being, anyway) and the golum has been tamed, we might even see these guys return as allies in a future battle.

As previously mentioned, Sam and Dean seem ecstatically happy with how things have turned out, with a lovely new home with Wi-Fi and a mini-fridge to stay in while they wait for Kevin to do his thing. Even more interesting is how Sam reacts to the change in dynamic, since their dual status as hunters and Men of Letters could allow him to get stuck into the research side of things while Dean takes up hunters duties. Sam has always been more comfortable with this side of things, and the final scene of him cataloguing their missions while Dean puts his feet up with a beer could be a sign of things to come.

As far as I’m concerned, any big changes to the Supernatural formula that doesn’t involve Sam and Dean at each other’s throats is a good thing. We’ve been stuck in a rut for at least a season and a half and, while there have been plenty of bright spots in that time, these last two episodes have felt like a much-needed breath of fresh air. 

Read Caroline's review of episode 11, LARP and the Real Girl, here.

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