Garth makes his glorious return, more about Amelia is revealed, and Sam and Dean fight instead of talking to each other. Just another day in Supernatural (and, oh yeah, this is a review of “Southern Comfort.”)
Garth! Garth is the new Bobby. Let me say it again, Garth is the new Bobby! Whoever decided that that needed to happen deserves a gold star, because that is utterly brilliant, perfect, pure, and beautiful. Garth literally grew on me. When he first appeared I didn’t think I would like him, but man that guy is just too funny. I love that he constantly tried to get Sam and Dean to open up about their feelings, that he told off Dean for attacking him like Bobby is only for him and Sam, and I especially love the insights into Garth’s past. He killed the Tooth Fairy… I don’t even know.
So Garth is objectively perfect. What about Amelia?
I’m already seeing people online saying that Amelia is boring. Stop it! Amelia is an interesting and dynamic character, and has so far been giving us our theme in almost every episode. Amelia is shaping Sam’s entire story and perspective right now. Without Amelia we just have Sam sitting in a hotel with a dog. That being said, I would like if Amelia became a bigger part of Sam’s life as a hunter. As I said last week, Sam and Dean will never settle down for a normal life. If they do it’s probably because it’s the last season and the show is over. So for Amelia to survive and not be killed or written off, she needs to become a part of the Supernatural universe, and not just Sam’s last hope for a normal life. ((And yes, I totally just paraphrased a line from The Dark Knight.))
Sam and Dean are pissed because they betrayed each other and aren’t talking about their problems! Must be Wednesday. Part of me wants to say this is old hat, and the writers need to try something new, but secret-keeping and pent-up rage seems to be the Winchester way. It’s less a reused plot device and more a part of Sam and Dean’s characters. However, I would really like to see Sam and Dean grow up a bit. All of their drama stems from keeping things from each other and then resenting each other for those things. Now, if there was no drama the show would be boring, but there are other ways to write drama in the show. But then, betraying brothers and forgetting about brothers is a key Winchester trait.
My only real complaint is that the specter’s whole backstory was that his brother betrayed him so now he’s this vengeful spirit. This is something we have seen a lot on the show, and while I love having character foils, Sam and Dean constantly conveniently run into bad guys with brother issues. I get it is supposed to reflect Sam and Dean’s own struggles, but this happens so often in the show I’m starting to wonder if brothers in history ever haven’t betrayed each other.
Other than that, I think this was another amazing episode—and we finally got some rock music back, which has been sorely lacking recently. And some good old fashioned Supernatural gore, which is always nice.
But of course, my excitement is less for this episode and more for next week’s because….
Cas is back!
Looking forward to next week, SPN fans.