Supernatural: Winchesters Checking In
First Supernatural episode of 2010! I’ve missed the paranormal shenanigans of the Winchester brothers and I happily welcome them back to my living room! Dean and Sam commit themselves into a psychiatric facility to investigate a string of deaths after being called by an old hunter friend of their father’s (who is an inpatient himself).
The brothers simply tell the truth to the doctor, that it’s the apocalypse and that they have to save all of humanity and voila they are committed for observation. It was entertaining to see them just be truthful about what they were doing as they interacted with the different characters because they were inside the loony bin and it was expected. Who would believe a psych patient that there was a real monster attacking them?
What was great about this episode is that the brothers are able to take a break from the end of the world and see the impact that demon hunting has had on them. There’s still action of course as they figure out that patients are being killed by a wraith that feasts on brains, but the pace is much slower as they confront their own inner monsters. When they are on the hunt for Lucifer there isn’t much opportunity to pause and reflect at their own humanity because they are too busy saving lives. Sam discovers that he has a lot of pent up rage and finally realizes that he is responsible for that. Dean in the meantime finally feels the burden of being accountable for 6 billion people and sees his drinking and womanizing as a way of coping with the stress.
They get to this point because the wraith has poisoned them by touch and they start hallucinating, but what they see is still their creation. It’s very much like your own personal hell where your inner fears are brought out. The wraith turns out to be the nurse who sees the facility as her own private restaurant. I was surprised though that Dean was able to kill her pretty easily even in his drugged-like state.
In the end Dean tells Sam that they need to bury all their issues so that it doesn’t drive them insane because they still have something important to accomplish. Still there is one scene where the imaginary psych doctor asks Dean, why does he have to be the one to save the world? We can learn something from this because people always find themselves in less than ideal situations and we ask the question, why me? The Winchesters didn’t ask to be demon hunters or to save humanity from the apocalypse, but those are the cards they were dealt with. While I’m sure Dean’s bury everything mentality will bite them in the ass at some point in the future, I have to admire their gusto to keep going anyways. Sometimes that’s all any of us can do, keep going.
For another take on this episode, check out The Winchesters Experience A Mental Breakdown by Bilal Mian.
Season 5, Episode 11: Sam, Interrupted (originally aired January 21, 2010)
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