‘Supernatural’ Review: “Blood Brother”
‘Supernatural’ season 8 scares up its fifth episode of the season “Blood Brother,” as Dean goes off on his own to aid Benny (Ty Olsson) in his quest to find the vampires that made him, while Sam remembers more of his year off living in a motel and meeting up with Amelia (Liane Balaban).
Last week’s ‘Supernatural’ episode “Bitten” saw the boys uncovering a documentary of three college students coming to grips with a series of werewolf attacks, while Sam and Dean themselves investigated the goings-on from afar. So, what does the latest season 8 episode bring? Will the Winchesters finally be able to rid the world of Crowley’s demonic scum, once and for all? Are we making any progress with that?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Supernatural’ season 8 episode 5, “Blood Brother!”
At an eerie dock in Washington, Benny steps out from the shadows and confronts another vampire, demanding to see “The Old Man.” The young associate quickly reveals himself as a vampire, as a pack surrounds Benny, and the beheadings begin! Elsewhere in Oregon, Sam and Dean enter a local motel to find that Kevin Tran has thrown them from the trail yet again. A bloodied and battered Benny calls Dean, who leaves to answer as Benny reveals that he needs favor.
Dean packs for the trip, dodging Sam’s questions of why he would need a “personal” day when they’re hot on Kevin Tran’s trail, and hits the road. Irritated, Sam continues searching for Kevin on his laptop, doing his best not to cyber-stalk his old girlfriend Amelia, when a broken fan overhead gives him pause. Sam remembers staying in a different motel with the still-recuperating dog, and gaining a job as a repairman for fixing the local AC.
Back at the Washington shipyard, Dean finds a parked car with a cooler full of blood packets, and tracks a bloodied and unconscious Benny down to a basement. Sometime later, Benny seems to have mostly healed, as Dean remembers his experience in Purgatory with Castiel and his vampire pal. Both Castiel and Benny agree that the angel’s presence hurts their chances of escaping purgatory, but Dean refuses to leave without him. Back in the present, Benny explains to Dean that he’s hunting his vampire maker Quentin, before the maker kills him first.
While Sam dips back into another memory of repairing a motel sink and running into his veterinarian Amelia, Benny explains to Dean that his vampire pack used to feed by attacking passing yachts, a sort of vampire pirate gang. Together, they discover the location of Quentin’s nest, as Benny reveals that he wanted to leave the pack to be with his human love Andrea, until Quentin killed them both for Benny’s betrayal.
Arriving at Prentiss Island, Benny and Dean manage to sneak into the vampire’s home, only for Benny to be confronted by the vampire reincarnation of his long-lost love Andrea! The woman and the other members of the pack restrain Benny, while Dean hides in the shadows, until in private Andrea reveals that she still loves Benny and slips him the tools to escape. Meanwhile, Sam finally gets through to his brother on the phone, learning that he’s caught in a vampire nest. Of course,Sam is still off in his own head with memories of clashing with Amelia at the hotel.
While Dean stealthily takes out the other vampires, Benny is brought before Quentin, intent on ending the pack’s operation. Impressed that Benny made his way back from Purgatory, Quentin does his best to rile Benny up, while Dean flashes back to the initial days between he, Castiel and Benny. Benny explained then that he only drinks blood packs for moral reasons, having seen something in humanity, but the discussion gets interrupted by approaching Leviathans!
Back in the present, Sam races toward Dean’s location, all the while remembering more of time getting to know Amelia, as Benny lobs more threats at Quentin. Benny manages to free himself from the handcuffs, and finally manages to kill both his maker and his lackeys, but finds downstairs that Andrea wants to continue their yacht slaughters together. Despondent that the part of Andrea he loves has died, Benny merely watches as Dean comes up from behind and decapitates her, killing her for good.
Later, Benny wonders aloud why Dean helped him escape from Purgatory, not knowing who he is anymore, as Dean remembers how Benny saved Castiel’s life from the malicious Leviathans. The pair pull into the harbor to find Sam waiting at the dock. Benny introduces himself to Sam, who immediately realizes him to be a vampire, and nearly draws his weapon before Dean backs him down. Sensing the brothers have plenty to talk about, Benny says his goodbyes to the pair.
The flashback episodes ‘Supernatural’ season 8 employs become trickier and trickier to manage, considering Dean and Sam’s respective memories have little to do with one another, and share very little tonal connectivity. For the most part, “Blood Brother” does a fine job of selling the relationship between Benny and Dean, but Sam’s part in the story seems altogether light and forgettable. Time will tell if the flashbacks can dovetail in more thematically relevant manners, but for now ‘Supernatural’ feels a little uneven from episode to episode.
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