***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
By Tyler Olson
After the shaky mess that was "Bitten", "Blood Brothers" brings us back to what makes Supernatural great, the monster hunting.
You may have noticed there was no review from last week, and there won't be. That wasn't Supernatural; it was a shaky found footage version of Teen Wolf with a small crossover involving our hunting brothers.
This week was a proper episode, although it was oddly character driven. Sure we had our monsters and carnage, but for the majority of the episode it focused on the changes the brothers went through over the past year.
Sam spent the entire episode remembering his first introductions to his girlfriend Amelia, and from what we have seen, there are plenty of reasons for him to go back to that life. It was a bit too much that his new dog would just run and jump on her lap though.
Dean's was eerily similar, but in a bromantic sort of way. He built up a very strong friendship with his new buddy Benny, and it changed his views on monster hunting. Last season he killed any creature, even if they weren't evil, but now he is more willing to give them a chance. We now know we can thank the vampirate Benny for that.
That's right, Benny was a vampire pirate, one who was madly in love with a human and got killed for it. The present day adventures revolved solely on his story, and what a heartbreaking story it was.
Benny's existence is going to put a huge amount of pressure on the brother's already fragile relationship, which is not what they need now. This might be just the push that is needed to have Sam leave Dean and his vampirate friend and crawl back to Amelia again.
This season has already built up a very strong pattern; not all monsters are evil. This could be a huge change in this series, and perhaps one that will tip the fights in their favour. If they can make enough friends in the monster world, they may be able to take on even darker threats than Crowley. One can only hope, right?
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5/5