First of all, the b&w horror movie theme and the Oktoberfest setting were inspired! As usual, the homage our show crafted was authentic down to the smallest detail. In addition to the plot and the dialogue, the sets, the costumes, the music, and even the make-up were all exquisite, perfectly evoking those movies I first thrilled to on Sunday afternoon TV as a kid. And then they added that unique Supernatural twist. Like Dracula on a scooter! hee!
Dean was beyond awesome. He was everything that made me fall in love with him from the start: snarky, adorable, funny, over confident with the ladies, unfailingly inappropriate, and impossibly, achingly hot. Hey, baby, how you doin'?
Sam was delightful. He was long-suffering, indulgent of his brother, and always trying to stick to the case, using logic and lore to solve the mystery, while Dean focused on getting laid. :) He was also tall, broad, and dreamy, especially in that suit. Sammy in a suit gets me every time. And his hair looked fabulous.
I thought the Big Bad was a smart choice. Yeah, we've seen shapeshifters before, but what a perfect monster for this story. It enabled us to have multiple monsters, and to revisit the idea that shapeshifters, for all their conscienceless actions, are on some level the victims of their very existence in our world. That concept is at the heart of the story of Frankenstein's monster, and is what makes that story speak to so many. There is no doubt that the monster must die, but we feel his pain nonetheless. Well done, Ben Edlund. And Todd Stashwick, the actor, had a lot of fun with the role.
I have to give a special mention to Michael Eklund, who played witness and initial suspect Ed Brewer. Just as he did on Smallville in Combat, he took a tiny part and ran with it, making the forgettable unforgettable. He's one of my favorite Canadian bit players.
There was so much to love in this episode, and I could go on and on, but I'll just leave you with my top ten quotes and caps. Tell me your favorites in the comments!
Dean: The radio around here sucks!
Dean: We still have to see the new Raiders movie.
Sam: Saw it.
Dean: Without me?
Sam: You were in hell.
Dean: Big pretzel!
Dean: I'm a maverick, ma'am. A rebel with a badge? The one thing I don't play by? The rules.
Sam: Can you describe her assailant?
Ed: Oh, he was a vampire.
Dean: Okay, right. And by that you mean...
Ed: You know, a vampire.
Dean: Uh, huh.
Dean: So he looked like...
Ed: He looked like a vampire.
Dean: Which leads me to conclude, sadly, that my virginity is intact.
Dean: I have been rehymenated.
Sam: This is stupid.
Dean: No. The X-Files is a TV show. This is real.
Dracula: Ah, you have brought a repast. Excellent! Continue to be of such service, and your life will be spared.
Pizza Guy: Uh, huh. That'll be $15.50.
Dracula: Tell me...
Pizza Guy: Yeah?
Dracula: Is there garlic on this pizza?
Pizza Guy: I don't know. Did you order garlic?
Pizza Guy: Then, no! Look mister, I got four other deliveries to make. You wanna just pay me the money, so I can go?
Dracula: Of course. Yes. But I have a coupon.
Sam: Hey there, Hansel.
Dean: Shut up!
Screen caps courtesy of oxoniensis, with my thanks!
Okay, I'm ready to go back to reality now. Well, Supernatural reality, anyway. You know: heaven, hell, Castiel, Lucifer, Sam's demon blood, Dean's mission from God. Bring it on, Kripke! And thanks for the interlude. Although I may never get the mental image of Jensen pulling on those sweet knee socks out of my head. :)