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Supernatural Episode: "Freaks and Geeks"

Season 8, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean investigate a series of vampire kills and discover that some orphans, who lost their parents to vampires, are being trained as hunters by a mysterious man. He claims he is helping the kids get revenge, but Dean is suspicious of his motives.
Original Air Date: Mar 27, 2013
Guest Cast Adrian Hough: Victor
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Season 8, Episode 18
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Length: 41:46
Aired: 3/27/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Freaks and Geeks" Season 8, Episode 18

Remember Krissy from last season's "Adventures in Babysitting?" Well, she's back. She's lost her dad and she's in full hunter mode. It's up to Sam and Dean to find a way to keep her safe. But, you know Krissy. She's tough. She's smart. And she thinks she's found a way to deal with her grief. Revenge.

While admittedly Season 7 wasn't what I'd call my favorite season of Supernatural, one of the highlights had to be the introduction of Krissy. Back then, the teenager turned to the Winchesters for help in rescuing her hunter father. At such a young age, she showed she was fierce, fiery and could handle herself with a knife.

These days she's hunting with a couple teens she now considers her family. They're acting as bait. They're tracking and killing vampires. They all have the same revengenda: get the vampires that killed their families. Yes, Krissy and her dad did get out of the hunting business for a while. Unfortunately, the supernatural life wouldn't let him go. One morning she found him dead.

Krissy and her Scooby gang work for some guy named Victor who's suspicious even though he first comes off as a good guy. He's training the teens to be the next generation of super hunters. But at the same time, he's making sure they get an education and have a semblance of a normal life. So he's cool, right? Wrong. He's as far from cool as you can get.

You see, those of us who have seen every episode of Supernatural know that the actor playing Victor played a monster in Season 1's "Something Wicked." Yup, Adrian Hough was the doctor/shtriga that preyed on little kids and drained them of their life force. He was the one that almost got Sammy when he was young (and as an adult); and he's the one that sent Michael's little brother to the hospital.

Knowing that, it was difficult to trust Victor for more than a second. Dean didn't trust the guy at all. But that's no surprise. Turns out Vic was working in cahoots with a vampire and ordered the creature to kill the teens' families after having scouted them all for his mission. His quick and dirty backstory? The guy went off the deep end after losing his family to a Wendigo.

In order to amass a teen hunting brigade, Victor tricked the kids into thinking they were getting revenge on the murderous vamps responsible for offing the ones they loved most. But, really, they were killing newbies who had nothing to do with the murders. It was all to get the kids ready to battle all things supernatural.

My favorite aspect of the episode has to be the way the boys interacted with Krissy. They were like big brothers / mentors / protectors. They want to save her from going through what they went through. But she has her own mind. She's in this life. And she's going to live it with her new family. Dean tries to teach her that being a hunter doesn't have to be about revenge (he's always believed this — go back and watch Season 1's "Devil's Trap").

It also doesn't have to be about killing the monster. Not when you can save it. And not when you can trust it to live life on the good path. Dean's learned this lesson more recently. This viewpoint was cemented via his friendship with his Purgatory buddy, Benny.

They don't kill people either. Krissy was able to get closure without resorting to murder. She had a gun on Victor. She could have killed him. She pulled the trigger for each and every wrong he inflicted on her and her friends. But, thankfully, she removed the bullets. In the end, Victor took his own life.

"Freaks and Geeks" (approve of the title, by the way) was an entertaining standalone. Of course, there's the bit at the end where Dean's more determined than ever to close up the gates of hell -- he doesn't want Krissy and her pals to have to always be on alert. He wants them to have a real life. Sam and Dean always carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, don't they?

Random Thoughts

-Love that Sam and Dean both wanted to know the other was okay. Dean, of course, meant physically in regards to his brother. And Sam wanted to know how his big bro was doing emotionally after what went down with Cas in "Goodbye Stranger." Of course, Dean didn't exactly open up to Sam.

-Sam's usually the one to go true blue Fed when the occasion calls for it. This time it was Dean's turn to get serious in order to snag the footage that has Krissy beheading a vampire from the police.

-Why was it important for Sam and Dean to have known who Victor was? To give him some hunting street cred? I don't know. The connection seemed thin. They briefly met him while hunting a rugaru in Washington. 

-Sam heard what Victor had to say about being able to raise these kids as hunters yet enable them to have as normal a life as they can. I think these words struck a chord with Sam. He's always going to hold out hope he can get it. Maybe now he thinks he can have it all — the family business and la vida normal.

-Dean: "I'm proud of you." Krissy: "Shut up, before I punch you." I just can't get enough of the Madison McLaughlin / Jensen Ackles scenes, especially when Dean went in for the fist bump and she countered with a kiss on his cheek. And I like that Dean's not fighting her plan to stay with her new family, Josephine and Aidan. Bring Krissy back next season, please.

-Sam might need to stay away from Krissy, though. The two times she's been around, he's gotten captured.

-Love how Dean instantly took offense to Victor calling Bobby a barely functional alcoholic.

-It's always odd when we get to see Sam and/or Dean sit down at an actual kitchen table for a meal. This time around it was Sam. It just seems so normal a thing to do and their lives aren't normal.

-Victor asked Sam if he wanted kids. He said he didn't know. Is that true? I liked this question being asked. I wonder if he'll ever answer it truthfully.

-There have been so many actor recycles this season [Adrian Hough, Brian Markinson, Kathleen Munroe to name three right off the bat]. Is this distracting to you guys?

-I'm looking forward to the next episode. Big time.

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

 

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Remember Krissy from last season's "Adventures in Babysitting?" Well, she's back. She's lost her dad and she's in full hunter mode. It's up to Sam and Dean to find a way to keep her safe. But, you know Krissy. She's tough. She's smart. And she thinks she's found a way to deal with her grief. Revenge.

While admittedly Season 7 wasn't what I'd call my favorite season of Supernatural, one of the highlights had to be the introduction of Krissy. Back then, the teenager turned to the Winchesters for help in rescuing her hunter father. At such a young age, she showed she was fierce, fiery and could handle herself with a knife.

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