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SUPERNATURAL: Live Free or Twihard

October 23, 2010 by  

It’s hard to imagine an SPN fan out there that didn’t really, really enjoy last night’s installment. In one of my favorite signature SUPERNATURAL moves, the episode started out hilarious and then progressed to scary, creepy and finally, intensely sad. Dean has finally reached the point where he knows with certainty that something is wrong with his brother, and it’s not something he can ignore any longer.

The cold open was pretty genius in both it’s spot-on recreation of the Twilight phenomenon and it’s send-up of the very same. I’ve never seen the movies, but I did read the books (yes, even that especially dreadful last one with the painful sex and fast-aging hybrid baby). The shoe-gazing hesitancy of the characters, always underlined by the girl holding herself back from her own sexuality and the boy trying not to both ravage her and kill her, was spot-on.

The show was making a bit of a point here: these girls want a safe, sexy monster, and that’s just not something that exists in real life. It couldn’t get any more clear than when Boris, the head of that particular vamp lair, arrived and interrupted the Bella and Edward moment in the alley with his real, not-cute fangs and his un-restrained attack. Even his words “this is what you wanted, right?” were teasing her notions of a soft-hearted, swoon-worthy vampire.

And then Dean and Sam went to her house and saw her bedroom. There must be thousands, if not millions of bedrooms exactly like this in the world right now. And it was hysterical. I can only imagine that there is at least some crossover between the SUPERNATURAL fandom and the Twihard Collective, and I can’t help but wonder how all of the jabs went over with them. Those Twilight superfans are intense, dude. There was a video circulating the net not too long ago featuring a woman who had to be in her 40’s with a bedroom that looked exactly like Kristin’s in the episode, complete with Pattinson pillows and everything. It was more than a little disturbing.

On the one hand I’m resting comfortably on my high horse, laughing at all of the fun being poked at the Twilight franchise, but not an hour before I had been watching this week’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Not to mention my TRUE BLOOD addiction. Of course, in my mind, I draw a few distinctions between those shows and Twilight, but in the end, I’m still lusting after hot vampires. However, I don’t have a Damon Salvatore or Eric Northman anything in my bedroom, so at least there’s that.

In case we’ve forgotten from previous SUPERNATURAL episodes featuring vampires, the best way to kill them in this universe is a nice, quick beheading. And the best way to turn someone is to make them ingest vamp blood. The rules are much more simple than they are in TVD and TB (I can’t recall the Twilight rules), which have so many steps and requirements it’s a wonder anyone even manages to do it properly.

Was anyone else holding their breath in shock when Dean was attacked and Sam just STOOD THERE? He seemed to be watching the entire scene with a detached sense of curiosity, followed by what was unmistakably a smile. Chills. We’ve all known since the beginning of the season that Sam was different, but this was a whole new level of creepy, and an unforgivable thing to do to his brother. It’s a good thing Dean didn’t see him there…yet.

Grandpa Samuel came to help out with the situation, and Dean wanted them to end him, right there. Did you guys see how quickly Sam grabbed hold of the knife on the table? Old Sam would have made Gramps leave his arsenal at the door to ensure his brother’s safety. He would have been on the phone with Bobby, or rifling through John’s old books, looking for a cure. He’d throw Dean in the trunk of the Impala if had to and scour the country looking for old friends of his dad to see if any of them could help. The only thing he WOULDN’T have done is pick up that machete.

But the machete wasn’t necessary after all, because Grandpa came prepared with a cure, and Sam seemed surprised. Only catch is, they needed some blood of the vamp who turned Dean, meaning Dean had to return to the nest. As soon as the older brother was gone, Samuel confronted Sam. They had discussed the cure previously, and he wondered if Sam let Dean get turned on purpose to get a man on the inside of the nest, knowing they could (probably) turn him back. So Samuel isn’t evil? I had thought all along that the two were in collusion, but clearly something else is going on.

Dean returned to the nest and confronted Boris. Things were going swimmingly until he gave away his motives and Boris attacked. And then, The Voice. Did anybody else think that was God, or at the very least an angel interfering? Telling them not to kill Dean, because he held some special significance to the world? Apparently it was just their Alpha holding some sort of overly dramatic company meeting about recruitment tactics. All of the vampires pass out, and Dean is treated to his very own Ring video. There are adorable twin girls, blood, and a man I assume is the Alpha. There’s nothing like putting pristine, well-dressed children in a dark, violent setting to up the creep factor.

Dean came to and proceeded to annihilate everyone in the nest, in a pretty amazing and disgusting scene (Samuel was clearly impressed too). I’m not complaining at all, because I love a good gore-fest, but it’s truly amazing what censors will let shows get away with in terms of violence (multiple beheadings, a lead male character hacking away at a pack of teenage girls? Okay, they were all vampires, but still). Contrast that with the comparatively prudish sex and language standards and it’s all very confusing.

Samuel’s potion now complete, Dean drinks it down and is treated to a flash of images of his brief life as a vampire spinning through his mind in rapid succession. That could not have been more perfect. The way they ended the vision on a freeze frame of Sam’s smile as he watched his brother being turned, followed by extreme close up of Dean’s freaked out eyeball. Well played, show.

It was such a quotable episode; here are some of my favorite lines:

  • I can make my own decisions. I’m seventeen.
  • These aren’t vampires. They’re douchebags.
  • He’s watching her sleep. How is that not rapey?
  • When’s the last time we had a beer together? (Notable not only because it’s sadly true, but also for Sam’s obvious avoidance of the question altogether)
  • You take Efron. I’ve got Beiber.
  • Oh god, I’m Pattinson.
  • I’m okay. I killed so many people on the way over here, so…
  • Those stupid brats are so horny they’ve reinvented us as Prince Charming with a Volvo.
  • You’ve got my back. No matter what happens, I can always count on you, right Sammy? Yeah…of course Dean. (There was so much behind this exchange it almost made me cry.)

How did you feel watching Sam watching Dean? Any new theories now that we know that Samuel and Sam aren’t exactly on the same page? Are you missing Cas too? Head to the comments section to discuss!

Next week’s episode is called You Can’t Handle the Truth. Looks like we’ll finally be getting at least some of the answers we’ve been waiting for since episode one. We’re about a quarter way into the season now, so it’s about that time to throw a new wrench in the plot to kick things off in a slightly new direction. Hopefully a direction that both gets to the bottom of the Sam problem and takes them a bit closer to Cas – he’s been sadly underutilized so far and I want him back with a little more frequency. Here’s the promo for next week:

And since they showed some additional bits from the episode in the “Soon” promo from a few weeks back, here’s that too:

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9 Responses to “SUPERNATURAL: Live Free or Twihard”

  1. Sara on October 23rd, 2010 3:17 pm

    Great recap! This was a fantastic episode. I went from laughing to completely heartbroken in under an hour. I kept yelling “Why are you just standing there?!” at my TV. I don’t know how to defend Sam’s actions. I don’t think I can. Obviously there is something huge going on with Sam but I’m not going to give up on him (and I hope Dean doesn’t either). Something has to change. I’m terrified of next week’s episode but hopefully we’ll get some answers. I’m also so happy that Cas is back next week.

  2. Melisa on October 24th, 2010 1:20 pm

    This was a GREAT episode! I watched it twice, which I NEVER do! I was yelling at Sam on the TV when he just stood there and watched Dean be turned. Did anyone notice that when Dean went to see Lisa, he was standing watching her sleep in the same exact position as the book cover he described as “rapey” earlier in the episode? I was definitely eating up some vampy Dean. I kind of wish we could have seem more of him as the vamp.

  3. Jeanna on October 24th, 2010 2:48 pm

    This was a great recap! I loved this episode to pieces. Vampire!Dean was sexy beyond belief. But when Sam just stood there and WATCHED his brother get turned. . . God. I was screaming, and almost started crying. I’m still depressed about how far gone our Sammy is. 🙁 I greatly anticipate next week’s episode. I love Castiel like none other, so I cannot wait for his interpretation on Sam’s behavior. (and just having him back!) Finally, we get some answers as to what is up with Sam. Hopefully that episode will also introduce more to the main plot as well. 🙂 CAN’T WAIT. This season is killing me so far. 😉 Great recap, again. :3

  4. Kath Skerry on October 24th, 2010 3:32 pm

    I’m with all of you that were floored by Sam’s reaction, or rather lack thereof, to Dean getting vamped. Who IS that person, because it’s not our Sammy. Dan and I talked about SUPERNATURAL on the latest TV Talk Podcast, and we were both put off in some capacity by Sam’s behavior this season, but we are supposed to be, so I guess they are doing their job.. Sam’s been a little “off” for a few seasons now, but not to this extent. I trust that the writers have a bigger plan that they are revealing in small bits, but part of me worries that the brotherly love that has underscored the series might be gone forever.

    There is a part of me that hopes that something evil is possessing Sam. If that’s the case then maybe Dean, Gramps, Bobby or Cas can do something about it. Here’s to hoping!

    LOVED this week’s episode. I’m an SPN and a Twihard, so it was all fantastic for me. Loved the send-up of the Twilight series. They even went as far as naming those first two characters Kristen and Robert…genius! Nicole, I too often have trouble keeping the vampire “rules” straight. Between Twilight, Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries and SPN…too many discrepancies to keep everything in check.

  5. Tanya on October 24th, 2010 6:10 pm

    I’m also a combo SPN & Twilight fan (though no decorated bedrooms 🙂 and I LOVED this episode. Brilliantly making fun of the “Prince Charming with a Volvo” vampires and breaking my heart over the Sam smirk when Dean was being turned is exactly why this show is amazing! The acknowledgment of the ‘no beers’ thing was just the cherry on top of it. I’m so glad the loss of Kripke as front runner hasn’t lessened the quality of the show!

    I can’t wait for the next ep and to find out what the heck is up with Sam!

  6. Kath Skerry on October 24th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Oh I forgot to mention….my room is NOT decorated with Twilight stuff, but I will admit to having an Edward blanket. Yup, I said it. Here it is:

  7. Patty on October 24th, 2010 11:25 pm

    He’s watching her sleep. How is that not rapey?

    ^ Best line ever!

    I am convinced now more than ever that Sam isn’t Sam he’s a shifter and “real” Sam is in a hole somewhere with the Alpha shifter. I think this season will be a monster war. All the alphas are trying to “win” something. Who knows what. But that’s not Sam.

    My apartment isn’t decorated in Twilight stuff although, well, I have the life size standee of Damon Salvatore in my living room and there is a ton of Supernatural stuff everywhere.

  8. Nicole on October 25th, 2010 1:19 pm

    Wow, lots of comments over the weekend! I’m not surprised that everyone loved the episode – it really was amazing. And I agree with you guys that this can’t be Sam. If it were, it would be nearly impossible to bring him back from the things he’s done this season in a way that would satisfy the fans. I’m not sure whether it’s a shifter or he’s still got some Lucifer in him or what, but it had better be something like that.

    Not only would we be able to like him again, but we’ll finally get that emotional Winchester reunion we were so cruelly deprived of in the season premiere (at least, we’d better – those boys have been on an emotional rollercoaster for two years and it’s about damn time to see them completely back as brothers again, right?). I loved all of the intrigue as it was happening over seasons 4 and 5, but I’m really ready for Dean and Sam (and Cas and Bobby) to all be completely on board again and not harboring deep, dark secrets from each other. I have faith we’ll see that.

    And Kath – I LOVE the blanket!! Well, maybe not the blanket itself (as I mentioned, I haven’t seen the movies, so I have no particular affinity for Pattinson), but I love the concept. Contrary to everything I said in my post, if I was given the same blanket but with Damon or Eric’s (or Sam, or Dean or Cas’s) face on it, I’d be totally excited. As a maturity-challenged adult, I’m all for stuff with cute boys on it. But seriously – have you guys SEEN the video of that woman’s room? It looked exactly like “Kristin’s” bedroom in the SPN ep. I think there may have even been a Rob Pattinson body pillow.

    Anyway, I really can’t wait for this Friday’s ep to find out what the frak is happening Sam-wise.

  9. Patty on October 25th, 2010 4:04 pm

    Nicole, there are Sam and Dean blankets. Well, throws. Um, I have them. Dean is on the back of my couch.