This week’s episode of ”Supernatural” featured a new home base for the Winchester brothers, Nazi’s and a creature that even the Sam and Dean can’t figure out a way to defeat.
As teased at the end of last week’s episode Sam and Dean found new digs. On the previous episode Sam learned of the existence of a secret bunker safe from evil that the Men of Letters used to collect thousands of years of supernatural information and as their base of operations. When the boys finally reach the place it is in pristine order, has working electricity and hot water and a kick ass library.
Sam makes himself comfortable in the library while Dean marvels at the water pressure in the shower.
Two weeks later Sam learns of a little known group called the Judah Initiative that operated during WWII, formed to battle the Thule, a group of Nazi necromancers. After cross checking the roster of members Sam discovers that the last surviving member recently died from spontaneous combustion.
The brothers are off to investigate. While Sam heads to the library to try to find what the dead man, a rabbi, had been researching before he died, Dean goes to the bar where the rabbi burst into flames. Sam has no luck and ends up finding a book about birds instead of anything that would make sense to the investigation.
Dean is having only slightly better luck at the bar as two college girls preen and simper their way through an interview. While the girls are practically tossing their hair and rambling on, Dean makes eye contact with another college kid. He excuses himself from the two airheads to speak with the guy. The kid turns out to be gay and he thought he and Dean shared a moment. Dean is so comically flustered that he stumbles his way out the bar, hitting tables and causing a ruckus on his way out.
As Sam leaves the library he realizes that he’s being followed and he phones Dean for help just as Dean emerges from the bar. They set a meet up time. Dean sneaks around the area and discovers the person who is following Sam. Supremely confident he confronts the guy and almost swallows his tongue when he discovers that it’s no ordinary guy as the man/beast stands up and towers over him. Dean is no match for the monster and neither is Sam.
Shocked by the sight of Dean flying through the air and a towering creature barreling towards him Sam fumbles in the trunk trying to find a weapon to defend himself. He’s able to grab a fierce looking blade and buries it to the hilt into the creatures arm with no effect whatsoever.
The college kid who came onto Dean shows up and stops the creature. It turns out the creature is a golem, a Jewish beast made of clay and he belongs to the college kid. The kid pretended to be gay so Dean would not realize that he was being followed. The kid is the rabbi’s grandson. He inherited the golem when his grandfather died. The kid, named Aaron, is no rabbi. He’s barely versed in Jewish culture. He has no idea what to do with the golem. He’s still can’t quite make himself believe that all of the crazy stories about Nazi’s magical experiments turned out to be true.
Before he died the grandfather left Aaron a message that contained a clue, a series of letters and numbers. Sam, nerd that he is figures out the code in two seconds flat. What they are looking for is at the college library. Of course they head straight to the library and break in. Sam races up the stairs in search of the mysterious book and is shot in the neck with a dart for his trouble. Severely wounded he manages to escape and fumble his way back to the stairs.
Another dart pierces Aaron’s chest. Dean and the golem are the only two left standing as the poison spreads through Sam and the kid. The fierce creature leaps into action trying to find their attacker. A dart hits the golem and causes no damage. The golem finds the assailant and bashes the crap out of him before dragging him back to Dean.
He’s the only one who can save Sam and the kid but he refuses. Without hesitation the golem snaps his neck freaking Dean out. Sam and the kid begin to heal.
After the body is burned and buried the golem paces around their hideout. He is smashing things, yelling in Yiddish, generally making everyone uncomfortable. The boys have no idea how to kill or neutralize the golem should he turn on them. Aaron still has no idea how to operate the golem. Apparently, he smoked the instruction manual, as is in, used the pages to roll joints back in high school.
The boys have discovered that the book they’ve found is a list of ghoulish experiments performed during WWII using magic. There’s also a list of Thule members who were dead and then brought back to life. The have learned that a head shot kills the Thule and the body must be burned or it will reanimate.
On their trail is a group of Thule members. The leader is able to pick up a “psychic” trail from the library to their hideout. He and his men storm the place and are outmatched by the golem. The group leader enters and quickly takes control of the golem freezing him in place and leaving Sam and Dean cornered.
Now the Thule leader has the stage. In a predictable moment of the show he does what every bad guy does and launches into a soliloquy. He wants the book. Guns pointed at them the boys wisecrack and refuse to help him.
While the Thule leader rambles on Aaron grabs a piece of wood and whack one of the Thule henchmen. Sam and Dean are able to scramble and grab their guns. The Thule members are quickly cut down. The leader pops back up unafraid. He lets the boys know that there are other Thule members still out there. The boy’s response is a shot to the head.
After the cleanup there is still the matter of the frozen golem to deal with. The boys offer to take it and keep it safe. But after everything Aaron finally understands the enormity of his responsibility and the importance of what his grandfather was doing. Now, that he knows how, he takes ownership of the golem.
Back in their new lair Sam is in his usual seat in the library and Dean offers him a glass of liqueur in a tumbler. Sam looks at the glass for a second before accepting it. It’s a real departure from the usual ending which generally involves the Winchesters drinking beer together. Is it a hint of things to come? Will the boys, especially Sam become more “civilized” the longer they remain in their new home base?
After a three week break the show will be returning to the main story arc, the quest to read the tablet starting next week.
Check out next week’s trailer and watch the full episode at the CW.