Supernatural, Season 8 ‘Citizen Fang’ Review
Show runner Jeremy Carver said that this episode was going to deliver an emotional punch and boy, did it ever. That last scene between Sam and Dean – wow.
But let’s start at the beginning. . .
This week we’re off to Carencro, Louisiana where Benny is running the night-shift at a cafe that serves oyster po’boys (that’s a sandwich for you Northerners) and gumbo. If Benny’s boss Elizabeth looked familiar its because you’ve seen her on Supernatural before. She was Katie’s mom in “The Kids are Alright”.
Jon Gries is also back as Martin, the hunter we last saw watching the walls melt in “Sam, Interrupted”. But he claims he’s mostly okay now. One shock therapy treatment in the morning and he’s good to go. That’s why he’s sure that Benny’s on a killing spree even if he didn’t actually see him do it.
Dean takes the news that Sam put Martin on Benny’s trail rather well. He’s pissed, but says he’s on board. “If Benny’s in Louisiana draining folks, we should look into it,” he says with the utter confidence of a man who believes his friend is innocent.
After meeting with Martin, Dean asks for a few hours to check things out and Sam agrees. Which is good because Martin’s ready to cut Benny’s head off without all the facts. Can’t blame him, though. . . “because sometimes it’s not easy to see things for what they are. . .” (Insert another boring Sam and Amelia flashback.)
At least when we come out of it we get a “Dean loves his pie” scene which is always adorable. Alas, Benny has gone “fishing” and it doesn’t look good. But second body or not, I still think he’s innocent.
So Dean confronts Benny and it’s info dump time. Benny’s being framed by a young vamp because he blew the kid off, Carencro is Benny’s home town and his boss at the gumbo cafe is actually his great granddaughter.
Oh boy, Benny just said the magic word – family. Dean’s on his side now.
Brother Quote of the Night 1:
Dean: “My brother is not someone you want to mess with.”
He says that and then he messes with him, making a crack about how Benny is the only person who never let him down. Yikes. Way to slap down your brother. I’m surprised that Sam didn’t slug him and I was surprised when Martin did.
Take note of the massive, cut over Dean’s right eye. Same place as the scrape we noted in the first scene. I’m thinking they filmed that fight scene first and Jensen took a real whack in the head poor baby.
Dean gets loose, calls Benny to warn him and we get:
Brother Quote of the Night 2:
Benny: “No offense Dean, but your little brother doesn’t exactly put chills up my spine.”
Brother Quote of the Night 3:
Dean: “Do not underestimate my little brother.” He hasn’t referred to Sam as his “little” brother in a long while.
Switch to Martin and Sam on the hunt and wait! Sam gets a text from Amelia. He hops in the car, leaves Martin as vamp bait and drives to Texas.
Seriously? That has got to be one of the most ridiculous plot points I’ve ever seen on this show. Sam doesn’t even say anything. Just goes. That belongs in last week’s Looney Tunes episode. No one does that.
Also, it’s dark when he leaves, drives all those hours and finds Amelia watching movies at night with her hubby. No.
After that, things get good. Dean and Benny hunt the bad vamp and for a split second it looks like maybe Benny was bad and just walked Dean into a trap.
He didn’t, but can we talk about how desperately Benny wants to suck Dean’s blood? No? Okay. Day saved. Benny leaves town. Oh shoot, one loose end – Martin.
I adore the imagery of Martin licking cherry red pie off the fork as he talks to Benny. Whose the blood sucking monster now? He takes Elizabeth hostage then forces Benny into a no-win situation.
Cut to Dean getting the call from Elizabeth and I couldn’t decide – Benny or Martin? Which one bit the dust?
Martin and I’m glad. I like Benny and I like this new wrinkle. Sure he killed the guy but what choice did he have. He was protecting his family and Dean knows about crossing the line in order to save family.
Or save Benny.
Final moments, we discover that it was Dean who sent the phony cry for help from Amelia. Wow. That was a gut punch I never saw coming. Talk about crossing the line. Forcing Sam to relive his painful break-up just to keep him from hunting Benny!
I love ya, Dean but that was as low as it gets.
Overall, I loved “Citizen Fang.” Not only did I enjoy the storytelling, I really loved the production values.
Kudos to the audio team for the sounds of summer crickets in the night to the hot, twangy Louisiana background score. The director also made some excellent choices such as the chain link fence shot of Benny and Dean, the shot up through the water when Benny was washing his hands, and the slow, shadowy floor shot when Dean enters the cafe at the end.
Oh, and did you notice the shout out to “What is and What Should Never Be?” An El Sol beer sign hanging in the bar at the end. This photo is from another episode. Guess it’s the Supernatural beer of choice.
That’s it for the rest of this year. Supernatural returns on January 16. Here’s a promo to hold you until then:
What did you think of “Citizen Fang?”