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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I have to say this is my favourite episode of this season. I loved every second of this episode. As a long time horror fan and my love for zombies runs deep...I got chills when Sam said "headshot." I adored the dynamic duo of Aaron and his golem and so hope to see them back. I've watched this episode 3 times already and still feel the need to watch it again to pick up on more subtleties (I missed Dean moaning about his spleen on my first viewing). With episodes like these my love for Supernatural continues on unwavering.

The nazi Misfits episode was NOT a "disaster"

Had a great Opining set in The 40s and the build up to it was amazing but the episode fell apart and did....Nothing. Has a great title but that's it. I will watch it again because I missed something's. There was one line about a box the Nazi-Withces were looking for then after that it was never mentioned again. I usually like Nazi themed episode of Sci Fi series ,The X Files and Its Nazi scientists Sub plot and also the Triangle ep with the dream nazis and Doctor Who-Lets Kill Hitler, so as u tell I was hyped for this ep but it went nowhere. What was the point to the episode- Mabye I'm being to harsh as I loved the episode and will watch it again. It just didn't top last weeks time travel episode. I hope in future episode will well see Sam and Dean go back in time again. I hope this ep is expanded as it a a great Concept, The Thools.

It was a great Episode, and that Opening Scene was Awsome, But WHAT was the episode about, so many questions, Why did the golums not save the Jews from The Holocost ? why did the Nazis loose the War if there were some kind of withes that new lots of spells ? did hitler know, was hitler a He-Witch ? why were the Imortal Nazis looking for the Book ? And also what were they looking for"A mystrious Box" ? We're the Nazis looking for a supernatural object to rise again ?????? Soo many Questions.

I discovered Supernatural some time last year and blazed through 7 seasons in a matter of weeks. One suspects most Supernatural fans would agree that the show "should" have ended with Season 5 and the changing of the showrunners, and since then they've been floundering somewhat and trying to work out what to do with the guys..

Personally i found the front half of this season a slog and skipped a lot of the vampire bromance and Sam's domestic bliss.. the last few episodes have been a genuine return to form though, with the Cosplay one, and now this semi-reboot of the mythology and dynamics.

Supernatural seems to have worked out its kinks somewhat and i applaud the move away from the ever-escalating battles with Heaven/Hell/Angels/Demons into a sort of side-universe of alternate deities and religious iconography.

The "Bat cave" is a welcome addition too, and the splitting of the Winchester's responsibilities between Letter/Hunter play well to the characters.

For the first time since the end of Season 5, i find myself actively looking forward to the next episode, so let's hope they keep it up. :)

Agreed, it had a lot going for it. As did this, actually. Jared and Jensen looked like they were enjoying themselves for the first time in a while. Oh, and I really wish I had my own Golem

Amazing episode... so glad there are other people who realize how awesome it was. I have watched Supernatural for quite some time and have seen pretty much every episode. I definitely agree that the last 3 episodes (this one included) are a return to form. I personally believe the men of letters setup is RIPE with awesome story potential, and the rabbi and the golum are a welcome addition. Here's to supernatural's return to glory!

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