This episode may be hard with those with small children (and a fear of lethal kitchen sinks) to watch. The scene opens up with a classic scenario many people may have faced in their childhood. A little girl in bed as her is downstairs unpacking boxes. It’s obvious they have just moved, and the mom possibly had her husband pass away quite recently. She looks up when her daughter approaches her saying something is in her closet.

Of course, mom goes upstairs to check. She puts on a show of going to look in the closet. It’s obvious the mom doesn’t believe her daughter that there’s a monster lurking in there. After checking, the mom tells her daughter she has nothing to fear. Closing the closet doors, and after her daughter’s instance moves a chair in front of the doors as well. The mother goes back downstairs, but hears a scratching sound. She goes to check in the basement for rats. Only to discover a small box filled with family pictures from the previous family who lived there. It’s pictures of Sam, Dean, John, and Mary when they Winchester family lived there before the fire happened.

As the mom is gazing over the photos a fiery apparition appears in the daughter’s closet. Her worst fears now confirmed as the figure walks out towards the little girl.

One interesting aspect of this episode is the foreshadowing that takes place in it. Dean starts to show signs of having telepathic powers of some sort. As Dean is talking to him about tackling a new case Sam is obsessively drawing the picture of a tree over and over. After gazing at the tree for a while Sam puts two and two together. In his father’s journal he and his brother discover the tree Sam had been drawing earlier. The tree is in front of their old family home from when Sam was a baby and Dean was just a kid. So the brothers travel all the way back home.

The brothers talk with the woman and catch scent something is not quite right with the house. They become suspicious when the daughter confirms there’s a person who’s on fire living in her closet. Sam and Dean have warning bells going off in their heads, and go off to do some investigating on their own father. It doesn’t take them long to find themselves being led a psychic named Missouri.

While this is going on the mother has a plumber come to her home, and explains how her sink is backed up. She thanks him for coming and quickly leaves to go into another room. The plumber is checking the sink, and as he does he thinks something may be clogging it. He sticks his hand into the garbage disposal and well…

Let’s just say the mother ended up being on the phone talking about not being able to afford a lawyer. The Winchester brothers learn an evil spirit lives in the house. While they’re talking to Missouri the psychic, the mother’s little boy (at least 3-4 years old) is let out of his playpen. The door to the refrigerator closes on the little boy when he crawls into the fridge. The mother comes back into the kitchen, but finds her son gone. She starts yelling his name as she searches for him. Having no idea that her son was locked in the fridge by the spirit, even going so far as to put to snap the child safety lock in place.

As the mother frantically searches she notices milk is spilling out of the fridge. As she goes up to the fridge to unlock it there’s a brief shot that’s taken from afar. If you focus on the part where the child safety lock is in this far shot when the mother is bending down near the fridge, you will notice the lock is in fact undone. The actress does lift the lock (you can see her doing in the episode) pretend to undo it, and take the little boy out of the fridge.

Missouri, Sam, and Dean arrive at the front door soon after the incident. Missouri confronts the mother and reassures her that she isn’t crazy. There is an evil spirit in the house. After fighting with the poltergeist they manage to purify the house. Sam states he doesn’t quite want to leave even after they save the mother and her children. He says he just has a bad feeling. Dean continues to complain up until the point where they both see the mother silently screaming and pounding on her window.

They fly out of the car and go in to save the family. Sam gets the children out okay while Sam gets the mother out. Sam gets yanked back and held against a wall. Dean manages to smash his way in, and is about to shoot the flaming spirit coming at them until Sam tells Dean not to. The fire dies down, and both boys realize they’re staring at their mother. After greeting her sons Mary drives away the Poltergeist that had been plaguing the house, and sacrifices herself to save their lives.

The ending scene shows Missouri talking about Sam’s new powers and commenting how powerful they are. When she turns to look at John she states she can’t understand how Sam couldn’t even sense his own father.

Hello one and all! Today I’m going to be covering the game Ark: Survival Evolved. Now, some people may have heard of this game. Some may have not. I’ve had the pleasure of playing it for the past couple of days. Just to clarify my game playing background here are a few games I’ve played in the past:

That’s it. I’m not a huge player of games, but Ark caught my eye so I though I would give it a shot.

Premise of the Game

As the title states Ark is about surviving. When the game starts your character is dumped on an island. There is no explanation as to why you’re there. How you got there. No tutorial, introduction, nothing. In the game its up to you to build a base, collect resources, and make everything you need in order to conquer the island!

On the island you can do a number of things. Tame dinosaurs in order to help you gather more resources. At the same time you have to avoid being eaten by predators on the island like saber cats, T-Rexes, Spinos, raptors, and many more. The dangers abound on land and in the deep! So, be wary of where you venture.

Aspects of the Game

When I first started playing this game I did single player first. I wanted to get a good feel of the controls before I joined a server. One aspect of this game I like is the leveling system. Leveling is important, but not in the way you would think. When a character is leveled you’re given the option to upgrade certain things like Stamina, Fortitude, Weight (how much you can carry in inventory), Food, Water, etc. After you do that you can spend “Endgram Points”. These points allow you to unlock “Endgrams” in-game. Endgrams are basically recipes for things like weapons, armor, saddles for certain dinosaurs, etc. As you progress you’ll have to choose carefully how to spend your Endgram Points on the recipes you need.

Gathering resources is another huge aspect of this game. Not only do you have to make sure your character has food and water constantly. Being able to build a basic hut is necessary to in order to protect your character from the elements. You will also need to build storage boxes to store supplies like hide, rock, flint, metal, and other items so they don’t take up room in your inventory. Not to mention when you tame your dinosaurs you need to build a fence around them in order to protect them from being attacked by outside predators.

Now, for a survival game this sounds like a lot, right? Well, it really isn’t. Once you begin to play the game is pretty straightforward. There are options to build buildings out of thatch, wood, and stone. You can have cool features like booby traps, trap doors, wires, etc. In the higher levels there is even a bit of technology in the game too! For example, you can have guns in the game in later levels.

The game does go out of its way to help you along too. There are these great shining beams of light in the sky with a crystal that will drop down to the ground. These are known as “supply drops” and contain any number of items. Each color means a different level can access that supply drop. So far, I’ve found nothing special with them. The gesture is nice in-game though if you’re just starting out and need some extra supplies to help you along.

Built Perfectly for Playing with Other People

Remember how I mentioned I played Ark: Survival Evolved first on single player? Well, it’s hard. Other people who are used to survival games will probably run circles around me at this point. However, I did find I had a hard time trying to play by myself. I was able to tame a few dinosaurs (who then died due to me running into battle with another dinosaur) and of course that didn’t end well. At one point I was able to gather my supplies together, get my base built, and set down a respawn point for myself.

This is one of the many reasons I also love this game too. Its built perfectly for playing with other people. I joined a private server, got into a small tribe, and found it a lot easier to gather supplies. If I needed something my tribe

members were there to help me out. There were many more resources (and dinosaurs!) to use. I didn’t have to worry about being attacked by a predator wandering around since there was a spinosaurus parked in the water only a few yards away from the base. Not to mention the triceratops, scorpions, and other tamed dinosaurs by us as well.

The Game Allows You To Play as You Want (and Make Your Own Story)

I feel just about anyone who plays this game will find something about it to love. Do you prefer to farm and gather resources? There is an option to grow crops in game so you can continue to harvest resources. So far I believe its just berries, but I have not personally done this part of the game. Exploration? This game is massive. Its a huge open world where anything goes and anything can happen. I’ve only been in maybe three squares at most in the game and got lost a few times. So, you’ll never grow bored. Do you want to battle dinosaurs? There is literally an endless number of beasts you can do battle with growing difficulty.

So far there is not end game objective. There are a few bosses you can summon in-game to do battle with. However, as far as an explanation goes you’ll have to come up with one of your own for right now.

Downsides of the Game

Now, to be fair to the developers of this game. Ark: Survival Evolved is an Early Access game. This means its still in development and the final product is not out yet. The game is predicted to be fully complete in June 2016. So, it’s to be expected there are going to be glitches since the game is not fully polished. (Even though it’s still amazing.) The game is updated quite frequently too. So, there’s another plus.

Getting Stuck

I’ve had issues in this game where if I jump or run past a tree sometimes my character will get stuck there. One way to fix this is destroying the tree or rock I got stuck against. So, not a huge issue if you know what to do. It’s still annoying though. Dinosaurs are also prone to these glitches as well. More than a few times I’ll be hunting a dinosaur and find it has stopped dead in its tracks head deep in a rock. For some of the larger dinosaurs they can become stuck between trees, on rocks, in rocks, and one time I found a raptor stuck in the side of the mountain.

Dinosaur AI

The dinosaur AI in this game is…okay. There are times it can be a bit dopey. For instance, dinosaurs getting stuck in places they should have been able to run around. I’ve also experienced issues when I have a pteranodon following me as I travel. It would often fly right in front of me and prevent me from moving forward. (This is also the same issue that made me accidentally kill mine when firing arrows. Oops!)

Clipping Issues

There are quite a few clipping issues in this game. One example is when a dinosaur is walking or swinging its tail. The feet of the dinosaur will sometimes sink into the ground if its heading uphill or walking over a large rock.

Takes up a Lot of Power

This game is pretty computer heavy. It takes up 4GB RAM in order just to play at full capacity. I had to turn everything down to low in order to just play decently. If you’re looking into playing this game you do need a “gaming computer” that can handle it. However, the game does look amazing if you have a computer that can handle it.

Not a Lot of Dinosaur Carnage

I have seen a few dinosaur battles in-game. I’ve seen a spinosaurus hunting in a river before it caught sight of another dinosaur and went after it. I’ve had a raptor leap clear over my head to attack a parasaur. It’s really amazing, but at the same time leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Ark is surprisingly clean for a game with dinosaurs in it. The dinosaur fights are sub-par at best. In-game all you will see is the dinosaurs doing one attack over and over. One of them will begin to look bloody before it falls over and dies. Again, not really a huge issue. However, for a dinosaur game I would expect a little more innovation when it comes to the dinosaur fights.

Score: 7/10

I know I’ve said it before, but to be perfectly fair to this game its not fully complete. After playing it for 50+ hours it does get boring taming the dinosaurs, building bases, and exploring new areas. Dinosaur taming times can also become quite ridiculous in the higher levels. On singleplayer I’m not ashamed to admit I did resort to a few cheats to tame my dinosaurs. (I don’t do that on servers though!)

All in all, Ark: Survival Evolved is an excellent game. I believe its well worth the money spent for the amount of game play I’ve got out of it (and have continued to receive even today). Since its still being worked on there are new dinosaurs and new innovations promised to show up in the game in the future. The team behind this video game is amazing. I’m sure once this game is fully complete it will be a perfect 10/10. Until then I’ll be satisfied with taming dinosaurs and playing alongside my friends.

On the road for yet another hunt again! Fair warning sensitive viewers concerning this episode. It’s a depressing, tragic story that is very realistic. The acting within this episode is also top notch by actor Brendan Fletcher, who plays Max Miller in this episode. So, let’s get down to the meat of the matter, shall we?

The episode starts off with a man pulling into his garage. As the garage closes, the car turns back on a few seconds later. As the carbon monoxide builds up in the garage, the man starts to panic. His car locks down, trapping him inside. After a few more seconds of panic the man finally dies. There is a quick view of his Michigan license plate before the screen goes black.

Sam wakes up with a start, and we learn Sam had a premonition of the man’s death. He wakes Dean up insisting they have to leave right then and there. As they’re driving Dean insists it’s just a vivid nightmare. Sam runs the license plate he saw in his dream, and a name pops up. So the brothers drive down to Michigan to find out what’s going on.

Upon arrival, they find what appears to be all of the neighbors at the house. People are sharing their condolences about the untimely death of Alice Miller’s husband. The boys dress up as priests (and look quite dashing while doing it) as they head up to the house. They offer their condolences to Alice, who invites them in.

Once inside, Sam notices Max for the first time. Max is sitting in the corner by himself in another room. Sam goes over to talk to him and notices how traumatized Max looks. They talk for a few minutes, and we get a glimpse how Sam has a knack for connecting with people. Dean does a quick investigation of the house but finds nothing unusual. So the brothers leave to gather their thoughts and plan their next move.

As they continue to investigate, they are completely stumped by the case. Sam has another vision, and this time Max’s uncle is the one to die next. The uncle’s head is chopped off when a window slams down on his neck. As the brother’s scramble to find out what is going on, they still have no idea what could be haunting a family. Dean suggests it could be a family curse. Sam agrees but is skeptical of a curse being the true cause of the deaths. He still agrees to go to Dean to the family’s old home address to find more information.

When they reach the old address, they uncover a few disturbing facts. It turns out that growing up Max was abused by his father. He was regularly beaten, and even his uncle would take a swing at him sometimes. As Sam and Dean are talking to the neighbor, Sam suffers another vision while still awake. He sees Max crying as he demands to know why his step-mother never did anything to stop the beatings. As he’s crying, he picks up the kitchen knife Alice Miller was using to chop vegetables. Only instead of holding it in his hand it floats in mid-air. Max then stabs Alice in the head with the knife, killing her instantly.

The brother’s rush to Max’s house is intending to talk to him. Sam tries to convince Dean to not use violence, but Dean insists on bringing along his gun. Once they get inside Sam insists on talking to Max. At first Max is hesitant, but after a minute starts to follow him outside. Max catches sight of Dean’s gun in the hallway mirror. All hell breaks loose then.

Max loses his mind and takes Dean’s gun. Sam eventually does convince Max to at least allow Dean and Alice upstairs so they can talk alone for five minutes. Sam soon learns Max dealt with a lot of physical abuse growing up. A week prior to Sam and Dean coming up to Michigan, Max’s father had beaten him yet again. Max even shows Sam the half-healed scars on his side from the beating.

Sam attempts to talk Max down from what he’s about to do. Things continue to escalate, and it doesn’t look good. In the end, Max doesn’t go through with his plan to kill Dean and his mother. Right in front of Sam Max uses his powers to shoot himself in the head.

One aspect of this episode that’s interesting is the foreshadowing that takes place. Leading up to the final scenes Sam finds out Max’s mother died the same way his did. Max’s mother was pinned to the ceiling and burned to death over his crib. Max’s father blamed him for his mother’s death, and this is what ultimately led to Max’s abuse. Sam also finds out his powers and Max’s powers manifested around the same time. This leads to the brothers wondering if what killed their mothers was not in fact up to something far more sinister.

“Nightmare” is a very dark episode for the Supernatural series. Perhaps for the fact it’s not so much ‘supernatural’ as it is striking very close to home on a realistic note. There have been many real life cases of abuse where a victim has simply been done suffering before taking drastic measures, so they no longer feel afraid.

Brendan Fletcher, the actor who plays Max in this episode, does a very good job of acting. In every scene that has Max, he communicates a character who is damaged and has faced a life of abuse. Max is a recluse and doesn’t appear to be able to connect well with other people. In one scene, he even states after killing his father and uncle he’s still scared. He tells Sam he no longer wants to feel helpless or afraid. He wants to feel in power because he still has nightmares about the beatings.

At the end of the episode, Sam admits to Dean their lucky to have their dad. He states that their father could have easily taken a different turn. Instead of demon hunting he could have turned to tequila. Sam and Dean could have easily ended up with the childhood Max had.

All in all, Nightmare is a realistic and tragic episode. It opens up the doors to showing there is something more going on than what Sam and Dean initially thought. Until then, the brothers have to continue their hunting in order to find the answers to Sam’s strange powers.

Let’s set the stage for this one. Imagine waking up in a cage. Inch thick bars all around you, everything, is creaking. You see a dark figure enter through a creaking barn door to your cage. The bars slide open, but only to give you food and water. The dark figure leaves, and you’re left with your thoughts. Scared yet?

In this episode, we take a look at the darker side of human nature with the Winchester brothers. Episode 15 starts off with a bang, and of course as always Sam and Dean are on the case.

The episode kicks off when a young boy sees his neighbor disappear. He hears a whining growl, and the next day the Winchester brothers check in to see what’s going on. At first neither of the brothers can say for sure what’s been going on. They speculate on what kind of beast it may as they go out to the bar to do more brainstorming. Dean is playing darts, and Sam states he needs to go out to the car.

As Sam is walking out he hears something strange. He kneels down to look under a car and gets scared by an orange tabby cat. The cat hisses at him before Sam smiles to himself. Standing up thinking he just heard things. A split second later the screen goes black. Dean becomes concerned when Sam doesn’t come back inside and goes out in search of him. He even asks a few people if they’ve seen Sam, but nothing comes of it.

Dean reports to the police station the next day. He gives the policewoman a false name and a stolen police badge. Stating he’s looking for Sam and that he’s family. As the policewoman brings up the information, she notices the description for a deceased “Dean Winchester” matches the description of the supposed “police officer named George” sitting in front of her desk. She tells Dean he will need to fill out a missing person’s report, but Dean convinces her to take him along to go see the traffic camera where Sam went missing.

Sam, on the other hand, finds the man who he and Dean had been looking for to begin with. Sam quickly learns that people have kidnaped him. He does see a dark figure enter in to give the other man food and water. The man states he gets fed once a day, and scoffs at Sam when he says Dean will come looking for them. A while later the cage door for the other man opens up, and he gets out. Promising Sam he’ll send help. He leaves but is quickly hunted down and killed. Sam hears the man’s screaming but is unable to do anything.

The policewoman runs the badge number Dean gave her. When it comes back, she realizes her instincts were correct the first time. She shows Dean the picture of the police officer who owns the badge, and even points out that the report mentions the badge was stolen. Once again, Dean finds himself almost caught but convinces the police woman to help him find Sam. She agrees, and they continue their search. It’s not long before they find a back road where Sam maybe have been taken. She handcuffs Dean to the handle of her car and leaves him to go search out the area. The policewoman meets a young girl, and starts talking to her. Only to be knocked out a minute later, and locked in a cage as well. Sam can do nothing but watch from his cage, but he has been working on a way to break out.

Dean escapes his bonds and goes up the road the policewoman had taken. He breaks into what appears to be an abandoned, run-down house. Inside he hears music playing. As Dean makes his way through the house, he notices many disturbing things. For one, there are human bones everywhere. Dean even comes across a mason jar filled with human teeth. He runs into the same little girl the policewoman did and is knocked out from behind with a pan. He’s tied down to a chair and interrogated. Once Dean is forced to reveal why he’s there, the father of the two sons and the daughter gives him a choice.

Dean gets to choose who gets hunted that night. Dean attempts to refuse but is forced into choosing a person by having a hot poker pressed into his shoulder. Dean chooses the policewoman, and at first that seems like it would be enough. Instead, the father gives the order shoot the policewoman and Sam while they’re still in their cages. Stating they need to clean up this new mess.

Thankfully, Sam figures out a way to break out of his cage. He slips out and hides after the power goes out. He jumps the men allowing for the policewoman to escape as well. Together they take out the men as Dean comes in to help them finish the job. The policewoman shoots the father after demanding to know why the man killed her brother. When the father laughs at her, she decides to end his life and lies that the man was attempting to escape.

As Dean is talking to the policewoman, she agrees to let them go. Unfortunately for the brothers they have to walk the entire way. Dean warns Sam the next time he goes missing; he’s not going to go look for him. Sam just grins and lets Dean have his way as they walk down the road.

“The Benders” is certainly an interesting episode. It goes off the beaten path of the Supernatural episodes we’ve seen before, and with a bit of a twist. One thing Dean states in the episode is that demons he understands, but not people. It’s certainly sad to see that the people who kidnaped Sam had done it before. The father even saying he and his sons kidnap two people a year. They give the people a chance to escape while going to hunt them down. It’s disgusting they treat people like animals and sad that the others were not saved beforehand.

This episode as Supernatural can be seen as a lesson. Demons, werewolves, vampire, and other supernatural beasts aren’t the only monsters the brothers have to worry about.

Fun Fact: Dean and Sam’s last name “Winchester” is the same as the “Winchester Rifle”.

Fact: There was a family called the “Bloody Benders” who were a family of serial killers. They owned a general store and an inn in Southeastern Kansas in Labette County in 1871 to 1873. The family is rumored to have killed at least a dozen different travelers.

When the crimes of the family were discovered, they fled before they could be punished. Their fate is unknown to this day. For more information about the Bloody Benders here are some sources:

https://kathlit.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/laura-ingalls-wilder-and-the-bloody-benders/

http://boingboing.net/2012/08/20/little-house-on-the-prairie-s.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Benders

 

Strap in for another episode review of Supernatural! In this episode, things get a little more interesting. We also get to see the first signs of demonic possession. So, fun, right?

This episode starts out with Sam and Dean on yet another case. We learn Sam has been having trouble sleeping due to the death of his late girlfriend. He talks about it briefly with Dean before they get a call. It turns out to be a contact of their father’s requesting help. A plane has crashed under mysterious circumstances, so the brothers go to check it out.Upon arrival we finally get a glimpse of some of Sam and Dean’s detective skills. This is also the first episode where viewers learn the signs of a demon. Sulfur is found in the wreckage of the plane. This indicated demonic possession. One person they interview states the man he was looking at had black eyes, yet another sign a demon is in the area. Dean even cracks out a homemade EMF (Electromagnetic Field) in order to detect if anything is amiss. Later in the episode the device plays a big role in finding the demon on the plane they ride.

The episode itself is okay, though obviously not one of the best in the series. There are a few odd moments where the poor work of CGI shows through. It’s so horrible that it’s almost hilarious. There are a few scenes where a black matter or “mist” is seen going into people. This is to show people becoming possessed by the demon in order to crash the plane they’re on. A few instances where the horrible CGI shows through are usually shots of the plane. It almost looks like a plastic toy flying in the air rather than an actual plane.

There are actually a couple of hilarious moments in this episode. We learn that Dean is actually scared of flying. He reveals it’s the number one reason he drives everywhere in his Impala. In one scene when he and Sam are trying to exorcise a demon, the plane starts to go down. Dean is stuck in a corner screaming his head off like an idiot as the lights flash. We get two shots of this, and it’s actually pretty funny to watch.

Towards the end of the episode, only one major thing is revealed. John (the father of the brothers) had actually prepared ahead of time for his own disappearance. On his voicemail to his old cell number, he gives out Dean’s number instead for any of his old contacts who may need help. Dean calls to confirm this for himself, and the boys listen in silence to the message. There’s also a little bonus towards the end of the episode.

In one of the final scenes for a few seconds the camera is focused on the sky. A plane flies by before panning down to focus on Dean and Sam standing by the Impala. If you pause on the scene where the plane is flying by, you’ll notice a Canadian flag symbol on the tail of the pain. Since the show Supernatural is shot in Canada and not in the United States. Some of the scenes shot in this episode were shot directly in the Brittania airport.

Have you ever wished to visit a haunted asylum? To linger in the very halls where so many of the insane suffered? Well, Sam and Dean take a trip into the dark depths of an abandoned asylum on this new hunt!

This episode of Supernatural is well thought out. It starts out pretty normal. A pair of adventurous teenagers decides to break into an asylum. They use bolt cutters to get through a pair of double doors where a riot had taken place in the past. As a police cruiser pulls up both police officers comment about how they have to check the asylum again. Obviously, it’s a common occurrence as the officers casually walk through the asylum searching for the wayward teens.

The teens are eventually found and told to leave the premises. As the officers are coming back, the younger of the two is acting strangely. Once the younger officer is back in the car a small line of blood trickles down from his nose. After he returns home, the officer is still acting very strangely. He doesn’t respond when his wife starts teasing him and telling him she’s sorry for their argument earlier. A few seconds later the officer kills his wife and then himself.

What makes this episode so interesting is the serious nature it carries. In past episodes of the first season, there is an easy humor, Sam, and Dean go out to kill the monsters, and they move on to the next case. In this episode, the villain is not so clear cut. At first the viewer is led to believe that it’s the deceased inmates who are the bad guys. Sam even goes so far as to register for a therapy session to talk to the son of the doctor who used to run the local asylum. It’s implied Sam stays for the entire therapy session talking about his problems with Dean and their unplanned “road-trip” they’ve been having. When Sam walks out, he appears visibly stressed and tells Dean about the riot that took place at the asylum.

The inmates had risen and taken over the asylum. Ironically, some bodies were never found after the riot took place. One of those bodies happened to be that of the infamous doctor who used to run the asylum. Sam and Dean go to investigate, and in the process run into a teenage couple who had been in the asylum as well. The boy accidentally mistook a ghost as his girlfriend and had kissed her. Only to hear his girlfriend calling for him down the hall. When he looked at the ghost, she backed away revealing a scarred face. The boy screams, and makes a mad dash for it.

As Sam and Dean continue to search through the asylum, Sam notices something odd. He points out to Dean the ghosts do not seem to want to harm them. Dean is skeptical but agrees to split up to look for clues. This is where the twist comes into play. Dean finds a journal with details about the illegal experiments the infamous doctor was doing to his inmates. He also finds out the doctor has a hidden room in the asylum where he performed his experiments.

Sam gets a call on his cellphone, and Dean’s scratchy voice answers he’s in the basement. Concerned, Sam goes down to the basement only to be attacked by a ghost. Dean appears a few minutes later looking for his brother. He talks to the teens, but after finding out his brother was called quickly hurries down to the basement himself.

Dean finds Sam standing alone in the basement. Dean immediately knows something is off. He goes in search of the secret room but is attacked by Sam. Crazy with rage over what the doctor has done to him Sam starts bringing out all the skeletons in his closet. Mocking Dean for always following their father, and how Dean doesn’t have a mind of his own but Sam does. Sam even goes so far to shoot Dean with a gun filled with rock salt. The blast sends Dean through a wall and makes him fall flat on his back.

After mocking Dean for a few minutes, Dean offers Sam a loaded gun. Stating real bullets will kill him a lot better than rock salt. Sam hesitates for a few precious second but pulls the trigger. Only to hear the hammer fall back with a loud click since the gun was unloaded all along. Dean uses Sam’s surprise to knock him out before continuing his investigation. He ends up finding the doctor’s remains shoved into a filing cabinet.

Just as Dean is getting ready to torch the doctor’s corpse, the ghost ambushes him. Applying electroshock to Dean’s face as the ghost mutters about making Dean all better. Sam ends up being the one who comes to the rescue. Torching the infamous doctor’s corpse and saving the day. As the brothers are leaving Sam tells Dean he didn’t mean anything that was said while they were in the asylum. Dean doesn’t respond, and when asked if he wants to talk about it declines.

The episode ends with Sam answering his cell phone. He sits up and realizes it’s his father before the episode ends.

This Supernatural episode contains a good moral lesson to it. In fact, you get two gems for the price of one! Dean mentions to the teenage girl that she should pay attention the next time she watches a horror movie. That if someone mentions if a building is haunted, and not to go inside it.

Another excellent lesson to take from this episode is that the monsters may not always look scary. In this case, the doctor was the bad guy. Practicing illegal procedures on helpless patients entrusted to his care. If nothing else, this is certainly a very thought-provoking episode.

Dead in the Water is just one depressing episode.

This author could just leave the review at that. However, to understand why this episode is so depressing we’re going to have to go into some detail.

The premise of the episode starts out with a string of disappearances. People have begun drowning in the lake of a small town. Sam and Dean start doing research and interviews to figure out what is going on in this small town. While asking around Dean meets a kid named Lucas who seems to know something about what is going on about the disappearances. However, whatever Lucas has seen has traumatized to the point where all he does is play with plastic army men and draw with his crayons.

As the episode progresses Dean begins to notice the drawings Lucas gives him have a connection to the disappearances. As the pieces fall into place a man who lives near the lake loses first his daughter, and then his son. Once the father is the last one alive he to dies in the lake. He is not able to live with the guilt he has hidden for over three decades, and gives himself up without a fight.

As Dean and Sam starts to close in on the answer of what is going on the pieces fall into place. They come to find out 35 years ago a little boy drowned and died in the lake. Lucas somehow has a connection to this little boy, and not until the last minute the brothers find out why. The little boy who had died so long ago had not drowned so much as he was accidentally drowned by three other boys. Those same boys who drowned him grew up to be men, have families of their own, and for a time live their own lives.

Towards the end of the episode the last man to be alive, the sheriff of the small town, ends up sacrificing himself to the spirit. He does this in order to save his daughter and grandson since the spirit has attempted to murder them before. This is the first case where Sam and Dean do not truly “solve” anything, but more along the lines of preventing a few people from dying. Mainly Lucas and his mother are the only ones who survive the entire ordeal.

One of the main aspects of this episode that makes it depressing is how true it is in a sense. Imagine, a group of four boys going out onto a lake. They want to play a joke on the fourth boy in their group by holding his head underwater. They end up holding the fourth boy’s head underwater for to long and drown him. Instead of pulling the body out to try and help him, or even seek the help of an adult, they just let the body sink. Bury the red bike of the boy they drowned, and return home hoping to forget about the incident.

The incident could quite literally happen to anyone in real life. This is what makes the episode of an eerie feeling to it as everything plays out. If a group of boys had just told the truth or sought out help, their families would not have to suffer for a mistake they made. In the end the spirit was only calmed once it had gained revenge for its untimely death.

 

The Winchester Brothers are at it again! Episode 12 is here and ready to rock and roll! So, what kind of interesting case do Sam and Dean bring you today?

Episode 12 takes a dive into the deep end of the spectrum. The episode starts off with Dean running into a house. He and Sam are focused on saving two kids from a monster. Dean, unfortunately, gets electrocuted quite badly. He ends up in the hospital and is told he had a month at most to live. Sam starts to panic about how to help Dean. Eventually, his search to find a healer for his brother leads Sam to a man named Roy Le Grange. A blind, religious man who is a self-proclaimed faith healer.

Sam convinces Dean to go with him to the faith healer. Dean reveals that he’s not one of those people who likes going to church every Sunday. In fact, he shows a great reluctance to go even up to the faith healer when the man calls him up. Regardless, Dean goes up and is “healed”. Not before he sees a strange creature as he falls to the floor Roy’s hands on his head. Even stranger Dean seems to be the only person who sees it.

So, the brothers do some investigating. They find out that Le Grange’s healing abilities are not all their cracked out to be. Le Grange’s wife has leashed a reaper to do her bidding. What happens is the reaper steals the life of anyone Le Grange’s wife deems unimportant. Once the life is stolen, it’s given to whoever Roy is “healing” and allows them to live instead. It’s a transfer of life.

What makes this episode interesting is the questions it brings up. Dean faces his mortality, and, in fact, is perfectly fine with it. He’s willing to walk to stagger to his grave with a huge grin on his face. While Sam and Dean are trying to break the spell, Dean also faces a huge dilemma. He meets a beautiful young woman he takes an immediate liking to. The mother of the woman is mad Dean was healed before her daughter was. It turns out the daughter has an inoperable brain tumor. Mother and daughter have attended every service given by Roy Le Grange just so the daughter can receive her healing.

It makes it even harder for Dean because he doesn’t believe in God or a higher power. He feels as if the world has been completely abandoned. While the episode is not too heavy on the action, the emotions brought up in this episode are very sensitive issues.

The brothers do end up defeating the wife by breaking the spell. The reaper steals her life before disappearing. Dean then meets with the daughter one final time. He tells her he doesn’t believe in God, but she’ll pray for her. It’s a bittersweet ending that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Dean and Sam can’t justify the reaper stealing life, but Dean also feels guilty for not being able to let the reaper steal life one more time so the daughter can live.

It’s a tough call for the Winchester brothers. This episode just goes to prove that the life of a hunter is not always glamorous. Even when the brothers do save the day, they don’t always come out on top as the winners.

Do you want another reason to avoid dark cornfields and creepy orchards? Dean and Sam argue, Sam goes hitchhiking, and Dean finds out what kind of lengths people are willing to go to in order to maintain their way of life.

In this episode, it starts off nicely enough. A couple had their car break down while on a road trip. Luckily, their car broke down right outside of a very friendly small town. The owner of a local restaurant and his wife help the couple out. The owner fixes up the car for them and just as night is falling gives the couple a free apple pie. Nice people, right?

Well, the couple continue driving down the road at night. They don’t get far until their car breaks down outside of what appears to be an apple orchard. The guy spots a house with lights on and suggest him, and his girlfriend go to it for help. As they’re walking the girlfriend notices a disturbing looking scarecrow hanging up. She comments about how creepy it is, but the boyfriend insists it’s nothing to worry about. As they’re walking away, the scarecrow turns its head to stare at the couple. The girlfriend stops to gaze at it but chalks up her fear to nerves. A minute later she finds her boyfriend with his face skinned. He’s lying on the ground dead. She screams, and the Scarecrow attacks her too.

Sam answers the phone in the next scene. It’s his father, and John is telling his son he can’t come see them. Sam refuses to listen to his father’s orders and continues a diatribe about how John has to tell them where he is. Dean eventually takes the call and falls in line. He takes down a few names for his father before hanging up.

This episode of Supernatural is well planned out and shows other aspects of Sam and Dean only hinted at in earlier episodes. For example, Sam refuses to go on their next case. Over the years, several couples have gone missing while driving down the same highway. Sam states he doesn’t want to follow their father’s orders. Instead, he wants to go down to Sacramento, California to search for John himself. Dean eventually just drops Sam on the side of the road with his bags before driving off.

Sam goes his way while Dean continues to investigate the case. When he arrives in town, he shows pictures of the couple who had been missing before. No one seems to know anything until Dean arrives at a restaurant. A young woman there states that she has seen the couple and that she recognizes his tattoo. The older couple who run the restaurant exchange glances before mentioning now they remember the young couple stopping in town.

As Dean starts to get suspicious about what is going in town, Sam meets a beautiful young woman on the side of the road. It turns out she’s a hitchhiker too. They part ways for a brief time until Sam meets up with her again at the bus station. They sit down to talk, and Sam reveals his desire to go his way from his family. He finds out the girl feels the same way. They start to bond and in one scene are even sharing a table full of snacks as they talk about themselves.

Dean continues to do his research, and even goes so far as to hit up an old college professor for information. He ends up finding out a Norse deity matches the description of the scarecrow Dean found out in the fields. His suspicions are confirmed when the professor confirms human sacrifices were made to the deity to have a rich harvest that season.

One aspect of the episode is that it’s disturbing, and shoots the creepiness level up with the scarecrow itself. Its face is a dark mask of dried human flesh stitched together. This is confirmed when Dean studies the scarecrow up close. He finds a piece of “leather” that has the same tattoo design as one of the couple missing. It’s not long before the townspeople kidnap Dean and lock him up in a cellar.

The townspeople have a brief meeting about what to do. It’s kind of disgusting as the aunt and uncle of the young girl who lives with them (their niece) talk about sacrificing Dean. The aunt and uncle then go on to state that they have no other choice but to sacrifice their niece. There is no one else to do it. It’s infuriating since the aunt and uncle could very well sacrifice themselves instead of their niece and Dean.

When the niece is brought to the same cellar as Dean, she’s crying. She begs her aunt and uncle (who were also the same people who own the restaurant) to not do it. Despite her pleas, they still insist on sacrificing her. They tie Dean and the niece up only a few yards away from the scarecrow. There is one more moment where the aunt states the good of the many outweighs the good of the one. The townspeople then leave the two to their fate.

Evening comes, and it looks as if Dean and the niece are going to be the human sacrifices. There’s a moment where the leaves are crackling behind them where they assume the scarecrow has come to life to kill them. Thankfully, it’s just Sam who came back. He admits to Dean he stole a car to get there and releases them. A short chase takes place until the trio is trapped by the townspeople.

Poetic justice comes in the form of the scarecrow itself. It goes up and chooses the aunt and uncle as the human sacrifices instead of Dean and the niece. The scarecrow kills the uncle and drags the aunt away still alive and screaming. Sam and Dean burn the tree with the nieces. They see her off on a bus to going their way.

A bit of foreshadowing happens at the end of this episode. The young woman Sam had met while hitchhiking slits the throat of a driver who picked her up. She gets his blood in a bowl and stirs it with her finger. The blood begins to spike up as she talks, but the viewer is given the impression whoever she’s talking to is speaking back to her. The scene ends with her agreeing to wait before going after the Winchester brothers.

Are you ready for some creepy crawlies? Do you want to see people escape an old curse? If so, welcome to another episode review of the Supernatural series.

In this episode, the opening scene shows two men working at a construction site. New homes are being put up in renovated lots. One of the workers falls into a pothole that opens up in a ground. When he slides down his friend asks him if he’s okay. Once he’s given the affirmative, the other man goes to get some rope. As the worker in the pothole is waiting he starts to notice something weird. There are beetles in the hole. They start to climb all over him, and he goes into a panic attack. Beetles climb into his ears and other orifices of his body. When the other worker finally returns with rope, he shines his flashlight down only to see the man is dead. The trapped man has blood streaming from his mouth and eyes.

The scene switches to Sam and Dean. Sam is reading the newspaper about a mysterious death that happened in the paper. When Dean comes out they have a brief chat about Dean’s ways of paying for their Hunting career. It consists of hustling people at pool and credit card scams. As they discuss their newest case, Sam mentions doctors are saying the man’s death was caused by mad cow disease.

Dean: Didn’t Oprah talk about that?

Sam: You watch Oprah?

Dean: (Uncomfortable silence)

So, apparently Dean Winchester watches Oprah. One aspect of this episode is that it can be a little much for the more sensitive viewers. It also has a few hilarious moments following by a not so subtle jab at humor. They show up at the new neighborhood being built and attend a barbecue. Sam and Dean get mistaken as a gay couple as they’re attending. As they go in Sam notices the son of one of the realtors has a tarantula. Sam talks to the son about father issues before the young man is dragged away.

As the two brothers are settling into an empty house one the female realtor goes to take a shower. As she’s bathing spiders start to come out of the pipes. She panics, and crashes out of her glass shower. A trail blood follows her before the camera shows her blank eyes. A few stray spiders crawling over her face.

Sam and Dean find her death suspicious. They sneak into the house where the death occurred. As their inspecting the area Dean goes to pick up a towel the woman had been wearing. It’s brief, but “spiders” fall out of the towel. If a person pauses the episode at this point, they’ll notice the “spiders” are of the plastic variety that clatters to the floor.

A little more investigating, with the help of the realtor’s son, they find out the insects have been acting strangely in the area. Dean ends up finding a skull in a mound of worms. They visit an Indian renovation and find out from an old Native American that there was a curse on the land. A long time ago a Native American tribe had lived on the land. At one point an army attacked the trip, and killed every man, woman, and child during the summer equinox. After this tragedy a curse was set on the land. That nature would rise up against any white man who tried to settle on the land again, and not leave them alive.

Sam and Dean rush all the way back to the neighborhood. They rush to the realtor’s house, and protect him from the flow of bugs attempting to kill the family. While they do eventually kill off the curse Sam ends up having some doubts. He tells Dean he wishes to find their father.

This episode is certainly not for anyone who doesn’t like the creepy crawlies. There are quite a few things of live bugs crawling around. There is even a scene of cockroaches erupting out of the dirt. The camera stays on the cockroaches for at least a decent thirty seconds before changing the scene. Another thing is that some viewers may feel a little sensitive when it comes to the Native American take on this episode.

On a side note, there are plenty of cases of hauntings that take place over disturbed Native American burial grounds. This is mostly due to the fact that no respect was given to the dead before renovations happened. It’s actually not that uncommon of an occurrence. The bones are disturbed, a new home is built, and there’s some shock when years later people find out they built their home accidentally over a graveyard.

All in all, episode eight is pretty decent. It has a few funny moments, and Sam deals with some issues concerning his father.