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Quick Reaction: 8x05 Blood Brother

Ben Edlund episode! Yay!


Okay, despite my hatred of vampires, that was a good episode. I think though, that in order to talk about it coherently, I'm going to talk about the flashbacks in separate flashback chunks - rather than try to remember at which point in the episode the flashbacks occurred. And actually, let's talk about the flashbacks FIRST, just to switch it up...

Sam's Flashbacks

YAY Sam flashbacks! From what I had heard about this episode, I assumed we wouldn't be getting any - I'm happy to have been wrong. I will say though, that Sam's flashbacks, for the most part, seem to come apropos of nothing. Like..okay, klonky fan, I understand, but staring at an ice machine while you're in the middle of something? I think the last one in the car though, DID come from the state of mind he was in...but I guess I'll get to that.

What did we learn from Sam's flashbacks? Sam's a secret handyman! Also, he lived at a motel - not surprising. I like the fact that he learned the name of the kid running the desk, when Amelia obviously didn't. He was also there long enough to burn through a credit card...I wonder if he actually stuck with one name. Or, I guess he just started working for the motel and they let him live there free.

(Is anyone else a fan of Community? In the air conditioner scene, did anyone else start giggling to themselves and imagine John Goodman appearing out of nowhere to tell Sam that he had a gift and try recruit him for sinister purposes?)

We also learned how he started socializing with Amelia, that she was kind of a drifter too and thought he was a creep...until he spotted that she was all lost and lonely like he was. (Because yeah, that's not creepy...oh Sam.) Also, I love that he called the dog Dog for the first little bit. That's what I do with all animals... and my sister has friends who have named their dog D.O.G. :P

Also, Sam apparently buys his clothes from Army/Navy Surplus (I haven't actually looked up the brands for Sam's clothes yet - but I'm guessing they are going to be like Dean's, and are actually American Eagle, Eddie Bower, Carrhart, etc. And if they are anything like the rest of Supernatural's wardrobe, they are probably purchased at Mark's Work Warehouse and The Bay...and obviously, American Eagle.) 

We also learned that Amelia really likes limes, but does not know how to properly dispose of the skins.

Dean's Flashbacks

In Dean's flashbacks, we learn that there's not much to do in purgatory but bicker with your boyfriends. :P

....when you aren't killing people, that is.

We also learnt that Benny didn't like traveling with Cas, because he's a beacon for trouble. We learn that Dean refuses to leave Cas behind, even though Cas isn't sure he'll be able to leave with Dean. Dean is human, Benny once was human, but Cas was never human and never will be. Also, to me this confirms that Jimmy is dead - because if I were Cas and I knew that Jimmy was still alive, I'd say "Listen, I can't go with you, but take Jimmy back," because I'd be a decent angel like that.

Leviathans can apparently drop from the sky like liquid bombs and then form themselves into the semblance of man... that was actually pretty cool, I thought.

And, Benny rescues Cas - and me and my friends discussed this, because one pointed out that that was the moment that Dean knew he had to help Benny escape, because Benny had saved Cas for Dean, even though Dean knew Benny didn't want Cas around. My argument was that that was exactly why Benny did save Cas. It wasn't out of the goodness of his heart, but rather a strategic move to have Dean feel even more indebted to him.

I was also really happy that Cas voiced the metaphysical question that I've been asking since this season began: If you kill a monster in the monster afterlife, where do they go?

Okay...THE PRESENT:

It's nice that they're actually trying to track Kevin down. I loved Dean raiding the mini-fridge immediately, knowing that it was on someone else's dime. (Also, he took that money later in the episode.... I wonder if Dean has developed a PTSD hoarding issue....)

And then he gets the call from Benny who has had his ass-kicked... and Dean takes the call outside. I was waiting for Sam to clue into the fact that the only person who should be calling Dean is Sam. :P

So, Dean leaves on "personal" business...and I love how absolutely confused Sam is about it... because, while Dean has a point that they should be allowed to have personal lives apart from each other, when have they ever?! 

Sam angrily stays behind to try to find Kevin and resist googling his ex-girlfriend and Dean takes off to Vancouver... I mean, Puget Sound.

Benny needs blood to heal up - and I liked that addition to the mythology. The fact that vampires can't just snap themselves back together easily. Man, for the life of me though, I could barely understand a word Benny said when he was explaining to Dean how vampires heal. His voice was way to low and whispery (for the record, this is also one of my main problems with Nolan's Batman films. I need subtitles.) Benny also has really blue eyes.

The vampires are pirates! They're vampirates! I love how Benny is like "Wow, we never thought of that" and Dean is says "What? It's like the third thing you say!" and Benny is just like "No...no it isn't." Hahaha, oh Dean. It's funny, but it made me wonder if Benny got the whole picture of Dean in Purgatory or not... I mean, Dean was really focused and whatnot, but did he make jokes? Was he ever as goofy as he is on earth? Probably not.

It IS a pretty good vampire-gig though, I have to hand it to them. Attack boats, drain the passengers, loot, and then the boats are "lost at sea" and no one is the wiser... until, apparently, you fall in love with a Greek heiress, who shares your love for high-waisted pants. Then you give it all up, settle down in Louisiana, and live happily ever after until the vampires find you and kill you. It's the dream.

So, Benny is on his revenge mission, and Dean just tags along, even though Benny tells him not to. I do wonder what Dean's reasoning is there...does he still owe Benny, does he just want to hunt? Would he terribly sad if Benny died again? I guess I'm just wondering how emotionally invested in this vampire Dean actually is.

The conversation in the car was interesting, because Benny sounded a bit like someone Dean could relate to... the whole "worshipped my father like a god" thing...which was kind of surprising when you find out that his father is a vampiric equivalent of Kurt Hummel from Glee.

Anyway, get to the house and things go south...and the continuity is always a bit spotty in Supernatural when it comes to vampires, because some can hear a human heart from two blocks away and others can't seem to hear the human heart that is hiding just down the hall. 

Turns out the vampires didn't kill Benny's love, they turned her - which is something I totally saw coming. And Benny's distracted enough that they get the drop on him and tie him to a chair. Thankfully, they're so distracted by someone coming back from the dead, that they totally miss when Dean sneaks off to the basement, or wherever he went.

I loved him calling Sam, and admitting to where he was. We had to pause for a laughing break when Dean said he had a friend backing him up, and Sam said "Who, Dean? ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD!" and Dean was like "THIS ISN'T THE CONVERSATION I CALLED TO HAVE!" or whatever the heck the line was... I just thought it was hilarious, because I suddenly imagined a universe where Dean DID call in order to have a conversation about how all his friends were dead. :P

You can't text while you are on the phone though... or at least, I can't. I can only talk on the phone when I'm on the phone.

Dean's phone gets destroyed and Sam angrily drives out to meet him. And this is where Sam has the flashback of recognizing that Amelia had lost someone... and Sam is super super distraught when he comes back from the flashback...and yeah, I think Sam is absolutely terrified of losing Dean AGAIN...like, the last time was the last time, and he just can't take it anymore... which might have oddly been why he didn't obsessively try to resurrect/find him. Maybe he just couldn't take losing him anymore. 

Meanwhile, Dean is taking down monsters, and Benny is meeting with his besweatered father-god, and purgatory did a fine job of training both of them.

But sadly, the Greek heiress is now a monster and not the girl Benny fell in love with...because when it comes right down to it - if you are reborn into a vampire, then it means whatever you were before has died. So, Dean chops her head off. I laughed then too, (I added my own dialogue: "Sorry about killing your girlfriend, man. It's just this habit I have. Ask Sam.")

Which then brings us to Sam and Benny meeting... and it's AWESOME. I love how Sam is already seething on the dock. I love how Sam can tell the minute he shakes Benny's hand (As my friend pointed out: Benny would be cold to the touch.), and I love the slowmo of Sam reaching for his knife, and then Dean shaking his head...

And I love LOVE the final shot of an EXTREMELY pissed off Sam.  I kind of have a thing for Angry!Sam. (Actually, I have a thing for anger on guys in general - my long-suffering male bestfriend would constantly get frustrated with me because I'd basically metaphorically poke him until he snarled, and then he'd look over at me expecting me to be angry too or sorry or something, but instead I'd be like :D )



So, the shit hath hitteth the fan... can't wait for next week! :) 


Comments

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missyjack
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
his father is a vampiric equivalent of Kurt Hummel from Glee LOL SOOO true.

Also - that epic bitchface of Sam's at the end was EPIC!

I really loved it adn there's a whole mess of character meta stuff swirling round in my head about the monster finding something to value in humanity, and whole Sam, Dean and Cas all intersect with that. I think i need some wine to sort it all out!

eta: i wonder if the hearing a human heart beat thing is only after your just turned??? based on what Benny adn Jessica said, and that we've only seen it with people freshly turned in the past. Maybe it settles down after a while?

Edited at 2012-11-01 10:31 am (UTC)
hells_half_acre
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I really loved it adn there's a whole mess of character meta stuff swirling round in my head about the monster finding something to value in humanity, and whole Sam, Dean and Cas all intersect with that. I think i need some wine to sort it all out!

This is why I love Ben Edlund's writing. I find there's always a whole mess of character meta stuff swirling around in my head afterward. :)

eta: i wonder if the hearing a human heart beat thing is only after your just turned??? based on what Benny adn Jessica said, and that we've only seen it with people freshly turned in the past. Maybe it settles down after a while?

You might be on to something here - because, now that I think about it, it's always the new vampires that seem to have the most superhuman abilities...and they are also the ones that are the most uncontrollably thirsty. (which I guess gives more respect to Dean's ability to resist feeding in Twi-Hard...an episode that I was sure was going to be mentioned last night, but wasn't!)
quickreaver
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode MIGHTILY for all your reasons! I'm already jonesin' for next weeks. :D :D :D
hells_half_acre
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Me too!! So far this season is rockin', and that's even WITH a recurring vampire character - so that's saying something. ;)
lon_dubh
Nov. 1st, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
and my sister has friends who have named their dog D.O.G.
Strangely enough we have a client who named his dog exactly this, same spelling and everything.

In Dean's flashbacks, we learn that there's not much to do in purgatory but bicker with your boyfriends.
This.

The vampires are pirates! They're vampirates! I love how Benny is like "Wow, we never thought of that" and Dean is says "What? It's like the third thing you say!" and Benny is just like "No...no it isn't."
Sadly, this was the first thing I thought of much to the embarrassment of my spouse who produced an eye-roll when I said it just prior to Dean.

and the continuity is always a bit spotty in Supernatural when it comes to vampires, because some can hear a human heart from two blocks away and others can't seem to hear the human heart that is hiding just down the hall. 
Complained to the telly about that myself. Maybe they were just really stoopit vampires on land.

So, the shit hath hitteth the fan...
That it hath.

Love reading your recaps. You always seem to see the deeper meaning that I miss the first time 'round.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Strangely enough we have a client who named his dog exactly this, same spelling and everything.

My sister actually knows two people who did this independently of each other - so, it's not as uncommon as we think, I guess! It's either that or between us we know the three people in the world who have done it. ;)

Complained to the telly about that myself. Maybe they were just really stoopit vampires on land.

Well, missyjack above makes a good point: It's always the new vampires who have the superhuman abilities and the bloodfrenzy...so maybe as vampires age, they're abilities aren't as impressive.

Love reading your recaps. You always seem to see the deeper meaning that I miss the first time 'round.

Haha, thank you, I always feel like I'm missing over half of what's going on, so this makes me feel better. :)
metallidean_grl
Nov. 1st, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Loved your thoughts and take on the episode. And that you liked the vampire storyline - very cool.

My argument was that that was exactly why Benny did save Cas. It wasn't out of the goodness of his heart, but rather a strategic move to have Dean feel even more indebted to him. I don't think Benny is that calculated. I just think that Benny knew that Cas was important to Dean, very important, and given Cas was in trouble Benny decided to save Cas because he was Dean's friend, because he and Dean had started forming their own bond and he has seen the loyalty and devotion Dean has for his friend, so he saved him. Nothing more, nothing less.

I was also really happy that Cas voiced the metaphysical question that I've been asking since this season began: If you kill a monster in the monster afterlife, where do they go? I read someone's theory about that and their thinking is that when a monster is killed in Purgatory it is never permanent. Once killed they are all eventually brought back to existence in Purgatory so they never really die. I don't buy this theory, because then the monsters wouldn't be scared about being killed if they knew they would just be brought back again, so it wouldn't matter if someone got the drop on them. So, that brings us back to the question, what does happen when someone gets killed in Purgatory. Good question. I wonder if show will ever give us an answer.

So, Benny is on his revenge mission, and Dean just tags along, even though Benny tells him not to. I do wonder what Dean's reasoning is there...does he still owe Benny, does he just want to hunt? I think Dean stayed with Benny because that's who Dean is. He came to Benny's rescue, got him all healed up and Dean has never been one to turn away from a friend in need. Just by having to come help Benny, Dean could see that Benny needed some help, so Dean stayed to help out where and how he could because that is who Dean is. He is devoted and loyal to his friends. And yes, I would say that given all that he and Benny went through in Purgatory that Dean IS VERY emotionally invested in Benny and if Benny were to be killed, I think it would affect him deeply.

Loved this episode. There is so much there, so many feelings it is hard to sort them all out. And the ending was just epic. Loved it how it was filmed and how it set it up perfectly for the confrontation the boys will be having next week. Oh boy. I think we may have to hang on tight with that one.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think Benny is that calculated. I just think that Benny knew that Cas was important to Dean, very important, and given Cas was in trouble Benny decided to save Cas because he was Dean's friend, because he and Dean had started forming their own bond and he has seen the loyalty and devotion Dean has for his friend, so he saved him. Nothing more, nothing less.

Fair enough. I guess my hatred of vampires has me expecting the worse, despite evidence to the contrary.

Once killed they are all eventually brought back to existence in Purgatory so they never really die. I don't buy this theory, because then the monsters wouldn't be scared about being killed if they knew they would just be brought back again, so it wouldn't matter if someone got the drop on them. So, that brings us back to the question, what does happen when someone gets killed in Purgatory. Good question. I wonder if show will ever give us an answer.

It's true, because on the one hand, you have Cas saying "this is where they come to rip each other apart for all eternity" and yet, if they truly did just reappear in purgatory, why would they care if they died?

He is devoted and loyal to his friends. And yes, I would say that given all that he and Benny went through in Purgatory that Dean IS VERY emotionally invested in Benny and if Benny were to be killed, I think it would affect him deeply.

I suppose you are right. I do not see this ending well. I think even Benny was surprised at how devoted Dean is - given that he seemed partially surprised that Dean carried through with his promise to resurrect Benny...though, that might have just been the depression of not knowing what to do next talking.

Loved this episode. There is so much there, so many feelings it is hard to sort them all out. And the ending was just epic.

This is why I love Ben Edlund scripts. There are always so many layers of meaning.
metallidean_grl
Nov. 2nd, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
We still might get the worst with Benny. He could have us all fooled. Based upon what we have seen of him so far, I really hope that he is exception and continues on the straight path. It was interesting, when Dean first meets up with Benny and sees his bloody body, that is exactly where Dean went, thinking that Benny fed on humans. But then Benny corrected him and told him the tale. So, I wonder if deep down, Dean is kinda thinking or expecting Benny to slip as well.

Yes, Benny was surprised with Dean's loyalty to his friend. He even made an offhand comment about it. So, Benny knowing how Dean is, I really hope that that friendship and loyalty he knows he has from Dean will help Benny to stay clean. Plus, I would really like it if Dean had at least one friend that didn't betray him.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm conflicted on Benny, because a)I'd like it if Dean had a friend that didn't betray him too, but b)I really want Benny to betray Dean.

Too very conflicting desires.

And maybe I'm being influenced by my reaction to fandom, rather than my reaction to the show - because I will admit that part of me wants Benny to be bad news because I want Dean to mess up in a very obvious way... just because of the segment of fandom that holds fast to the notion that Dean is a saint who has never done any wrong (even though he has.)

Though, I guess another part of me just doesn't want a recurring vampire-character on the show, due to my dislike of vampires. But, that being said, I did find myself liking Benny in this episode - the actor who plays him is very good and he has great chemistry with Jensen.

Also, I may get my "Dean messed up" storyline with Cas this year. Which, would be a nice arc for Dean and Cas's friendship.

So, yeah, basically I'm just all over the map with what I think I want. It's a good thing the writers don't listen to me before making plot decisions. :P
nanloo
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
If I had to use one word to describe how I felt about this episode, it would be 'LOVE'.
Even the Sam flashbacks weren't that horrible to tolerate.

Dean comes up with 'Jefferson Starships', 'vamponite', and 'vampirates'. Sam comes up with 'Dog'. LOL And he is supposed to be the smart one. LOL.

You kinda knew that Benny and the girl were not going to go away together, so her death was pretty much assumed. Dean had to kill her, because I doubt if Benny would have been able to do it.

You know maybe that is why Sam didn't try to look for Dean. He knew that Dean was gone, and he thought that if he tried researching where Dean may have gone, and then knowing where, but not being able to get Dean back, it would be like losing him all over again. Poor Sammy.

Sam meeting Benny. Wow, that was all kinds of awesome, you could feel the tension in the air. You could also see the very loud (non-verbal) conversation that Dean and Sam were having in regards to Dean's new 'friend'. Next week Garth (ugh) plays marriage counselor.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything! Except that I did more than tolerate Sam's flashbacks and I'm looking forward to seeing Garth again ;)
ashkiryn
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Top Questions That Kiryn Wants Answered (Damn It) :

1. WTF happened to the Leviathans and their Nefarious Plans on Earth?

2. WTF happened to Cas?

3. WTF is up with Amelia and Sam/Amelia?

4. WTF happened to Dean during the rest of the Purgatory year?

5. WTF will be Benny's end game? Good? Ruby-evil? (Personally, despite my dislike of vampires, I WANT Benny to turn out good, solely because I just want SOMETHING to go right for the boys and for them to not be hurt anymore, but I'm afraid to hope for that, and honestly think that Dean is going to follow previously established formula of the even numbered seasons.)

6. WTF is happening to Kevin? Where is he?! please be safe :/

And you're right. Benny's eyes are REALLY REALLY blue. Sheesh.

Anyway, I'm so freaking curious about the Dean/Benny relationship. Because Dean is obviously emotionally invested in him, and at this point, I guess he believes that Benny has been/will be keeping his promise not to hunt humans...but then why not tell Sam, if he doesn't believe he's doing something wrong? Or does he believe he's doing the wrong thing? And why not tell Sam anything about Purgatory??? Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn, you're going to kill me at this rate. (Although, lol, it seems that Dean is still keeping within his 10-episode-secret-keeping limit. XD)

*sigh* Hopefully, next week will have more answers.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I want to know all those things too! This season is full of MYSTERY.

5. WTF will be Benny's end game? Good? Ruby-evil? (Personally, despite my dislike of vampires, I WANT Benny to turn out good, solely because I just want SOMETHING to go right for the boys and for them to not be hurt anymore, but I'm afraid to hope for that, and honestly think that Dean is going to follow previously established formula of the even numbered seasons.)

Personally, I kind of want Benny to have been a mistake on Dean's part...mainly because Sam has messed up, Cas has messed up, but Dean hasn't really ever messed up...I mean, I argue that he also messed up S4 almost as much as Sam, but I want him to mess up in a MAJOR way. And I'm not ashamed to admit that it's just because I want to knock some ardent dean-girls off their high horses. :P (horrible of me, I know.)

Also, I hate vampires. :P

borgmama1of5
Nov. 4th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Episode FINALLY aired in Chicago...

Vampire reforms because of love for a girl...where have I encountered that storyline before *cough Spike cough Buffy*

Best scene for me? When Sam starts driving like a maniac to get to Dean. Almost like he still cares.

Sorry, that was uncalled for snark, I know :(

hells_half_acre
Nov. 4th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Aww...Sam totally does still care, which is I think why he looks like he doesn't. :P

I don't watch Buffy - but yeah, cliche storyline there in any case.
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