On my website, The Winchester Family Business, I’ve been going back and doing mini-reviews of Supernatural season one and two as the episodes air in syndication on TNT. The idea is that since I didn’t find this show or start writing reviews until season three, I’d go back and cover those episodes I missed. An interesting result has happened from this experiment. Suddenly, season five looks different.
Sure, it’s different. The brothers are older, worse for wear, and they’ve got this apocalypse thing going. That’s not what I mean though. When seeing the issues the brothers experience in “Sam Interrupted,” those same problems have surfaced in season one and two episodes. The difference in season five is they’re manifesting and it’s not pretty.
As with most MOTW episodes, the time is divided between the ghost story and the surfacing of some personal problem involving one or both of the brothers. This time it’s both. The brothers, being easily spotted as hunters since their story about the apocalypse might be crazy for psychologists but not supernatural beings, are poisoned in a way that fuels that crazy long burning in them. It didn’t take much.
I’ll just get the monster thing out of the way first because it’s easily the weak part of the story and one that exists to raise brotherly issues. The nurse is a decent foe. Her “so-spunky-its-creepy” attitude, as well as her “Silkwood shower” thoroughness make her interesting, but her being the evil Wraith is also predictable. She meets one very anticlimactic end which is a waste of a potentially good villain.
So, let’s just go to the crazy. In a nutshell (pardon the pun), Sam and Dean lose their marbles. They’re there because of a call from another one of “Dad’s” friends who let the hunting life get to him. I’d love to know what older hunters aren’t dead or crazy (I still say Bobby and Rufus are borderline happy home). Martin turns out to be an interesting and likable character. He’s just lost his nerve. He does his part though so Dean can save Sam just in time, so he’s not so far gone after all.