Was able to watch the East Coast feed this week along with live on the TV on West Coast time. These notes are from the 2nd West Coast viewing only.
I'm trying to give myself a break and not kill myself doing these reviews. We'll see how it goes this season.
What's here are basic reactions I typed out during the show, with a few bits and pieces put in afterwards. Hopefully it'll be brief, but still interesting.
Belarus in 1944....Nazis. Is that the same house they used for Casey's place in "Sin City"?
Oh, that ain't no bear attack. Heh.
Yeah, like a little desk is gonna stop him...
Why didn't the other 3 guys shoot while the Golem was killing the first guy? Not that it would work, but still...why just crouch there gaping?
Eeeee! The "Croatoan" music again! :D
Lebanon, Kansas...home state, nice!
This place looks awesome even from the outside.
Even the way the box for the key opens is cool.
I was already spoiled for the big Bat Cave reveal, but it's still stunning. *loves it* :D
Love how Sam's "Son of a bitch" is different than Dean's. :P
Dean: "Sammy, I think we found the Bat Cave."
So the boys spend the night there...cool.
"Get Thee Behind Me, Satan" great song choice. [Found! It's sung by Ella Fitzgerald]
Dean in the robe and lovin' the great shower.
Dean: "The, uh, water pressure in the Letter's shower room is marvelous."
Sam: "Yeah. I still can't figure out how we even have water...or electricity."
Dean: "Yep, well, I am putting that under the 'ain't broke' column."
He even calls Sam, "little brother"....EEEEEEEE!!!!!!
And you gotta love how he warns Sam not to geek out over the library full of goodies and then he takes some practice swings with the swords on display (and tries to hide it from Sam!).
LOL Dean totally cut his finger on that scimitar.
He tries to tell Sam that the MOL probably made a lot of stuff up.
Sam is taking this place as a lucky break, something that could help them and humanity.
Sam: "Are you gonna take off the dead-guy robe?"
Now we're in Pennsylvania.
Hal Linden!!!!! Capt. Barney Miller!!!!! :D
Love how there's a huge container for one book. Hee!
Granted, it's a very valuable book...
Geez...library dude...What a jerk.
Rabbi Bass: “I hope they pay you good to keep that bug up your ass.”
Creepy dude watching the rabbi from the window of the campus bar....trouble.
The rabbi is frantically making a phone call and leaving a message and a number.
Oh, he's burning up! Yikes. Wonder how he did that?
Dean returns to the batcave....he's checked up on Kevin. Nothing new yet. Cas is still MIA.
Sam's been doing that research voodoo he does so well...and he's found a case.
A group of Rabbis, the Judah Initiative, were saboteurs during WWII...and the last one just died from spontaneous combustion (Rabbi Bass).
Cute how Dean's reluctant to leave the Bat Cave when he just got back.
Sammy all collegiate in his sweater. Cute. :)
And Dean talks to the gals at the bar. I swear we've seen them before...
Oh, necromancers...Nazi necromancers.
Meanwhile this dude is giving Dean the eye. lol
Sam gets the book...but it's a book about birds. ooooookkkkaayyyy....
Dude's been following Dean...ooopsie....he thought they had a "thing"....hee!
Dean: Why you following me, gingerbread?
Aaron: Oh, so we didn't have a thing back there?
Dean: Back, where?...What now?
Aaron: I'm sorry. I thought we had a thing back at the quad. You know, a little 'eye magic' moment? And I saw you here and I figured I'd wait until you were done with your meeting and then we might...
Dean: Yeah, uh, okay, but no. No moment. This is a federal investigation.
Aaron: Is that supposed to make you less interesting?
Then he apologizes for freaking Dean out and it just gets more awkward from there. LOL!
Love Dean backing away and into the furniture trying to get away.
Love that the boys have a signal worked out for when one of them is being followed. "That would explain why I have something stuck to my shoe."
Dean: That's weird, I thought I was being followed earlier. Turned out to be a gay thing.
Dean: Never mind.
The boys do a little set up in the parking lot. Sam acts like hes's trying to unlock the Impala's trunk and Dean catches the guy following Sam...
Yikes! Flying Dean time! Ouchie! :(
Sam tries to get the hulk with blade, but it just stops and doesn't have any effect. No! Not strangling!
Aaron (dude from the bar) stops him.
Dean: "Oh, my spleen." Heehee! I think this is my favorite line from the ep...and you don't even see Dean say it. :P
Sam: "What...the hell...is...that?"
Aaron: "It's a Golem. Well...it's my Golem."
Rabbi Bass was Aaron's grandfather. He wasn't coming onto Dean, he was tailing him.
Dean: “I told you I was being followed. He was my gay thing.” LOL
Too funny how the Golem growls and Aaron calls it a "chia pet". :P
We get a little explanation of what a Golem is from Aaron..“Shaped by clay and brought to life by rabbis to protect the Jewish people in times of, I don’t know, general crappiness.”
The Golem was left to Aaron by his grandfather and it soon growls a complaint about the boys being there.
Dean: "It's all right. We...are the GOOD guys." Hee!
So the rabbis knew of the MOL. Nice.
Aaron thought grandpa's stories were fantasy, crazy....but then he died and this box showed up holding the Golem.
Golem: This boy knows nothing, observes none of the mitzvahs, labors on the Sabbath, dines on swine...
Aaron: Everybody loves bacon! Don't we? :D
So the rabbi was trying to track down the Thule Society, the Nazi necromancers.
The Golem has a short temper....and he's hard on furniture. Heh.
Aaron has the number the rabbi left on the phone message....of course Sam recognizes it as a Library of Congress call number. He's so geeky...and Dean's expression is all "Yep, that's my brother." Heehee! :D
So they break into the college library to get the book.
Aaron: What, do you two just break in wherever you go?
Dean: Our dad wanted us to have a solid career to fall back on just in case this hunter thing didn't pan out.
Sam goes after it, finds it and....eeep! Gets darted in the neck! Ow. Nazi dude!
He makes it back to Dean and the others before he collapses...but Aaron gets hit as well. Dean sends the Golem after the Nazi dude. Gotta love a Golem who's impervious to anything....and built like a Mack Truck.
Great how he drags the dude down the stairs.
Nazi: "Long live the Thule."
Golem snaps his neck.
Dean: "Or not." *g*
Aaron wakes up in the backseat of the Impala...the boys are burying and salting & burning the Nazi dude.
They're also trying to figure out how to take out the Golem if need be.
Dean: “You mean how do we ‘Oh no’ Mr. Bill over there?”
Meanwhile, Aaron's a little horrified at the boys burning the Nazi's body.
"Oh, my God. These guys are psychopaths."
The book is the Red Ledger....accounts the horrible magic experiments done on the people at the Nazi camp run by the Thule. They find out the Golem was there but the Commandant destroyed the place.
Apparently, Aaron had a book, an owner's manual for a Golem....but he smoked it in college. Nice.
Don't piss off the Golem!!!!
Sam says the Thule were doing the experiments to try to bring their own dead back to life.
There's also a list of all the Thule members that were reanimated in the ledger.
The way to kill the reanimated? A head shot, but if the body isn't burned within 12 hours it reanimates.
Digging the new music here. Sinister sounding.
It's the Commandant from the camp. He tracks down where the Golem attacked the other dude in the library. Finds some clay on the shelves.
LOL Dean spelling Thule for Garth on the phone. XD
Some really cryptic ways of taking down a Golem....not very practical.
Heh. Dean describes the Golem: “One bad-ass Hummel figurine.”
Aaron's not too happy that they boys are planning to take down his Golem, says it's his responsibility. True, but it's not like he knows how to control the thing and like Sam tells him, it was made to go to war.
Eeeeep! Nazis!!!! Hide the ledger, Sam!
Damn! Too many of them and too many guns. The Commandant, Eckhart, disables the Golem. Rats!
The scroll was in the Golem's mouth! Aaron didn't know about it, didn't know what it meant to write his name on the scroll and take possession of the Golem.
The boys keep eyeing their guns...and threatening the Nazis.
Rats....they found the ledger.
Aaron makes his move.....which allows Sam & Dean to shoot the two guards and soon kill the Commandant with a couple of bullets to the head. I missed it both viewings, but the 4th Nazi got away and out the door.
The guys return from burning & burying the Nazis.
Dean: “Now we know: Paper beats Golem, fire beats undead Nazi zombie freaks.”
The boys offer to take the Golem off Aaron's hands. But he says the Thule are still out there...it's time for him to take charge of the Golem, carry on what his grandfather was doing. He signs the scroll and puts it back in the Golem's mouth, awakening him.
Back at the Batcave, Sam's still doing research and cataloging their newest case.
Dean: "So, uh, what? Aaron's a J.I., and...you're a man of Letters now? Is that it?"
Sam doesn't respond and Dean pours them both some whiskey.
Nice view as the camera pulls back with the boys contented and relaxed for the first time in a long time.
Things are truly "on the sunny side of the street" for Dean & Sam...for now.
Btw, I LOVE them playing the old records. My kinda music. :D
Another great, solid episode for Season 8! Edlund never fails to deliver. :D
My minor quibble: The ending (taking out the baddies) was kind of...abrupt? for me, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
I've said it before but I'll say it again...SO MUCH LOVE FOR THE BAT CAVE!!!!! I wanna live there. No, really. :D
It's great for the boys to have another home base. Seemed like a good idea to let go of Rufus's cabin and this new place holds so much potential. It's also nice to see the boys really back in harmony again. It was sweet how Dean recognized how Sam is fitting into his new role and that he approves and that Sam is equally comfortable with it all. In that big library, Sam is truly in his element. I also kind of like how this place sort of truly belongs to them. The cabin wasn't theirs, Bobby had his house, and the Roadhouse belonged to Ellen. Yet this bunker of a library was sort of passed down to them in a way, through their grandfather (in an indirect sort of way), so it feels like a place where they can truly belong.