Supernatural: Blood Brother Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Friday, November 02, 2012

Well this week it’s back to business as usual for the Winchesters.  They are hot on the trail of the prophet, Kevin Tran who manages to stay one step ahead of the brothers, using some of their own identity theft tricks to move from town to town.  As they hit another roadblock to finding Kevin, Dean gets a desperate phone call from the vampire Benny who needs his help.  Dean still is reluctant to tell Sam about Benny so makes up a vague excuse about having to take care of personal business.

Sam is none too happy but agrees to continue the search for Kevin while Dean says he will be back in a day.  Dean meets up with Benny in Washington State and agrees to help Benny try to kill his maker since it was his maker who killed Benny and sent him to Purgatory.  However the mission is complicated when Benny discovers his former love is now with his maker and has been turned into a vampire herself.  

And speaking of Purgatory we do get several flashbacks as Dean, Benny, and Castiel fight off vampires and Leviathans and we learn why exactly Castiel wanted to go off on his own.  His Angelic spirit acts as a beacon to attract trouble, specifically Leviathans.  Meanwhile, Dean is having his own flashbacks to his year spent while Dean was a way and his normal life working as a handyman for an apartment complex and meeting and meeting Amelia.

After wondering if Kevin might be the third wheel to replace Bobby, it’s starting to look now as if perhaps Benny might continue to be a recurring character and help out the Winchesters.  He still owes Dean a deep debt for getting him out of Purgatory and Dean did finally introduce him to Sam at the end as a very wary Sam had to restrain himself from killing the vampire.

The question is does Supernatural need the third wheel to kind of act like a ground for the Winchesters?  It looks as if Benny has taken care of the loose ends that he wanted so we may be seeing a lot more of him.  I suspect there is more to Sam’s “normal” life than we’re seeing so far, at least I hope so because watching same fix an air conditioner and unclog a kitchen sink is not compelling TV.

Mania Grade: B-
Episode: Blood Brother (Season 8, Episode 5)
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Ty Olsson
Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Ben Edlund
Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Network: The CW