***The review below contains spoilers.***
By Tyler Olson
It has been a while since Bobby left a void in the lives of the hunters, so it was only a matter of time before someone would fill his boots, and Garth was just the man for the job.
How much Garth has changed since we last saw him really impressed me. Dean might have been upset with him initially, but he fit into the role that Bobby left very well. Sure he wasn't exactly like Bobby, but he didn't have to be. It was fun to see him try to act like him though.
Much of this episode was a repeat of what happens in almost every season of Supernatural. I mentioned this in past episode reviews, but it was front and centre in "Southern Comfort". Every season, Sam wants to leave, which drives a wedge between the two brothers. I was wondering how long it was going to take before Sam brought up Dean killing his friend last season, although I'm not crazy about Sam threatening to do the same to Benny. If these brothers have such hostile feelings toward each other, it might be a good idea to split them up completely. It would also prevent the rinse in repeat bickering.
It is completely believable that Sam will leave at some point since he did find someone who he really cares about. Perhaps if he doesn't stop hunting, she could join them for a bit.
The case of the spectre was a very standard Supernatural case, slight twists and all. For some reason this series always feels to be at its strongest when it returns to the status quo. The ongoing story arcs are great, but without the standard monster hunt, this series just wouldn't be the same.
Besides the brothers' behaviour, "Southern Comfort" was a great episode, and I hope that Garth makes his appearance more often as his services are desperately needed.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5/5