Supernatural, S8 Ep13 – Everybody Hates Hitler

Sam confronted by the golem in front of the Impala
The Nazi Thule Society leader performing a spell

Nothing says evil quite like the Nazis.

Did you ever feel like Supernatural needed more Nazis? Of course, you did, who wouldn’t? Well, now your wish has come true! In this episode, Sam and Dean get to fight Nazis, but without any sort of time travel involved. But wait, they’re not just Nazis, they’re undead necromancer Nazis! I think I had a dream about this once; I was a pie and there was a donkey, I don’t like to talk about it… Where was I? Oh, yes! On to “Everybody Hates Hitler,” or what I like to call, Raiders of the Lost Golem…

Men of Letters hideout of knowledge, aka the Batcave

Welcome to the Batcave!

 

We started this episode where we left off last week, with Sam and Dean seeking out the secret headquarters of knowledge kept by the Men of Letters. It’s in Kansas, because everything always comes back to Kansas. I’ve had about a week for the dust to settle after my previous beliefs about John’s father had been shattered, and I think I’m warming up to the Men of Letters a bit more, mostly thanks to how awesome Henry was.  Though I’m still side-eyeing the writers over the lack of continuity. The Men of Letters hideout looked pretty cool, and there’s so much information in there that’s bound to come in useful that I’m looking forward to seeing where they’ll take this. Plus, how can you not like a place that Dean gets to call his Batcave? The brothers have a home base now, which is something they’ve never really had before. They’ve stayed at Bobby’s house and Rufus’s cabin, but those weren’t actually theirs. This is the first place without wheels they can call their own.

Sam in a sweater vest

New! Sweater Vest Sam! Now with Archival Action!

Dean settled in nicely and took a shower (he seems to be a connoisseur, considering his reaction to the steam shower back in season one’s “Bugs”). Sam, on the other hand, dived straight into the books. He’s truly a Man of Letters at heart. And that’s one of the things I liked about this episode. Sam has sort of just been going along ever since he broke things off with Amelia. He’s been fighting the good fight only because that’s what he’s always done. It’s the only thing he knows.

Going through the knowledge left behind by the Men of Letters and taking up the mantle of his grandfather’s legacy has given him a new purpose. He’s not just floating along anymore, he’s found his place again. This is the sort of thing I was hoping they would do for Sammy, giving him a decent storyline that plays to his strengths. I think I’m happy now. Which of course means that next week everything’s going to go to hell. Possibly quite literally.

Dean playing around with a sword while Sam reads

I think this picture accurately sums up the two of them.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay in the Batcave for too long. A case of spontaneous combustion dragged them out and back on the road. This is why they never bothered to settle down somewhere, because they’re constantly on the road heading to one case or another. How long will this home base last before something bad happens that ruins everything? The Winchesters can’t have nice things, it’s like one of the laws of thermodynamics: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches zero, and Sam and Dean are doomed to live a shell of a life.

Aaron waving at Dean

How to fluster the man who stopped the apocalypse: awkward flirting.

So Sam and Dean started their usual investigations to find out why some guy just burst into flames. Sam went to a library to show off his mad researching skills while Dean flirted with co-eds. He also spotted a guy watching him. The guy waved and they kept making eye contact across the room. Dean headed over to the guy’s table and, I swear this isn’t fan fiction, the guy was flirting with Dean. Dean got all flustered, not like he was disgusted, but more like a schoolgirl getting asked out on her first date. Oh, Dean, is there something you need to tell us? We’re listening. And recording it on video. We’ll have Castiel bring the handcuffs.

The Golem staring through the window with Aaron in background

Yes, I took out the trash, Aaron!

 

Anyway, the flirting guy, Aaron, turned out to be the grandson of burning guy, Rabbi Bass, who was a member of the Judah Initiative. They were a secret sect of Nazi-fighting rabbis during WWII, a group formed to defeat the Nazi necromancer sect called the Thule Society. The Men of Letters were allies of the Judah Initiative, so Sam and Dean had an easy in when they met what Rabbi Bass left to his grandson: a golem. Golems are men made from clay and animated to do the creator’s bidding. I always thought golems were cool, so I was excited to see one show up. Aaron, however, only found out about supernatural things when his grandfather died and the golem arrived, naked and in a box, on his doorstep. He was in way over his head, and the golem didn’t like him because Aaron didn’t know how to command the golem. He used the ancient book his grandfather had given him as a teenager that had a how-to-train-your-golem guide as rolling papers for his joints. They fought like an old married couple, but Aaron referred to him as “my golem,” so he obviously cared. How sweet.

Sam and Dean standing over burning body in grave

Sam warming his hands over a burning corpse. Well, if you can’t enjoy the little things, what else is there?

Naturally, the Nazis showed up. It was the evil Thule Society that killed Aaron’s grandfather, because he had discovered a secret in the library. There was a book containing the magical experiments the Thule had carried out, and a list of Thule members who they had managed to reanimate, thus making them immortal. So they were undead, essentially, but if you use a head shot and burn the body within twelve hours they’ll stay dead, so it’s not too impossible to kill them.

They even showed Aaron how to take command of his golem when the evil Nazi leader tried to take control of the golem himself. And then Sam and Dean killed the Nazis and burned them. It wasn’t too hard, really; they’ve fought worse. But there are more of the Thule out there, so maybe they will show up again. Everyone loves a good Nazi killing, right?

Yeah, so, the Thule weren’t quite so formidable an enemy, especially not when you have a Nazi-killing golem created by some rocking rabbis back in WWII, but this episode was more about the next generation carrying on legacies. You had three factions that were almost forgotten about, and in the case of the two good guy factions, their leaders were dead and gone and their descendants weren’t raised with the proper training to continue the line. This episode was about carrying on traditions, and neither the Men of Letters nor Judah Initiative descendants knew what they were doing. The message I got from this episode was that ancient traditions are important, and sometimes are useful in killing Nazis. It introduced us to some cool new things, and I really hope we see Aaron and his golem again.

It was a fun episode that delved further into the Men of Letters and the greater mythology of the supernatural universe that they’ve opened up with these new revelations. But there wasn’t much more to it. It felt like a short step in a new direction or a small piece of a much larger puzzle. I want to see more development on these new groups we’re discovering and the knowledge that the Men of Letters have gathered. Luckily, I think we just might.

Next week, we have “Trial and Error.” Kevin’s translated the demon tablet, and the boys have to face God’s obstacle course. How bad could it be?

Sam and Kevin Tran