by Billie Doux
As supporting characters on Supernatural go, Garth is pretty much okay. I like him enough that I was hoping… that his adoption by a conclave of church-going non-violent werewolves would work out for him, but that never happens on Supernatural. Except this time, it sort of did. After the requisite death, suffering and mayhem, that is.
For me, the best part of the werewolf plot was the religious trappings: the silver bullet they wore around their necks like a crucifix, the home worship, the Ragnarok werewolf-supremacist cult. It was nice that Garth's new wife Bess, second generation werewolf, turned out to be exactly what she said she was. Although why anyone would marry someone whose favorite movie was Rocky III is beyond me.
So everything turned out sort of semi-okay for Garth, just with fangs every now and then. And things are sort of semi-okay between the Winchester brothers -- except Sam doesn't feel he can trust Dean any more. Dean, the big brother who raised him, who went to Hell to save his life, who has always put Sam first before himself. Okay. I assume Sam is still trusting Dean to have his back while they're hunting. Maybe it's because we're in the ninth season and the boys have fallen out so often, but I found their conversation at the end and its resolution somewhat unsatisfying.
Even worse, Dean still isn't smiling. Not that Kevin doesn't deserve a lengthy period of mourning and I get the state of funk over Sam choosing death, but Dean almost doesn't feel like "my" Dean. Maybe the Mark of Cain is making him gruffer and grimmer than usual. (Although he did let Garth hug him.)
And ... you'd think Sam would at least mention his former honey Madison, who died simply because she was a werewolf. Were these Wisconsin werewolves just better able to control themselves than the ones in San Francisco? Was it just because it was Garth sprouting fangs? Am I just hung up on the awesome Emmanuelle Vaugier? Okay, to be fair, the boys have indeed become more monster-tolerant in the past few after Amy and Benny, but it still bugged me.
Bits and pieces:
-- Dean has serious knife-throwing skills. Have we seen Dean throw a knife before? Dean got werewolf step-mom right through the heart, too.
-- Raw cow guts. It's what's for dinner.
-- Bess called Garth "Honey bunny". That always makes me think of Pulp Fiction.
-- Dean left Sam to clean up a huge mess. Here's a question I don't think I've ever asked. What do the Winchesters do with all the dead bodies?
-- Apparently, Ragnarok is often mentioned in Japanese role playing games. Live and learn.
-- This week: Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Sam was "Agent Perry".
Sam: "He's a skinny… Ichabod Crane-looking kind of guy."
That felt like a nice acknowledgement of Sleepy Hollow, a show that with very little adjustment could take place in the Supernaturalverse. Orlando Jones from Sleepy Hollow is a big Supernatural fan, too.
Dean: "Anything on Gadreel?"
Sam: "Actually, yeah. Turns out he, uh, he left some grace in me before he bolted."
Dean: "You know how wrong that sounds, right?"
Garth: "Everything's kosher."
Sam: "Right. Minus the part where your wife attacked me."
Garth: "Yeah, because you two came busting in here like a house on fire. Guns waving, the jawlines and the hair, it's very intimidating. What'd you expect?"
Guns waving, the jawlines and the hair. Best line in the episode.
Sam: "Truth be told, I'm more interested in murders and 'X-files'-y stuff."
Dean: "Don't you two have a chew toy or something to go play with?"
Sam: "This is the ground zero for their movement?"
Dean: "Freaking Wisconsin, man."
Not bad, but not great. Two out of four chew toys,