A new column at The Nerdy Girl Express is The Miller Twins Talk Supernatural Season 12. Here twins and The Nerdy Girl Express writers, Stacy Miller and Tracy Miller, will share their thoughts about the heroic Winchester boys, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) as well as the many other wonderful characters on The CW’s longest running show. Will these twins agree on the characters and plot themes for each episode? Read below to find out.
So far with a vengeful spirit and psychic powers highlighting a few episodes, Supernatural Season 12 has revisited some of the themes that framed the earlier seasons. With its latest outing, The One You’ve Been Waiting For, fans were treated to a unique premise and the brief return of a familiar character.
In Columbus, Ohio, a woman goes into an antique shop to retrieve an impressive looking 1931 watch. After some pleasantries with the potential buyer, Marvin (the owner of the antique shop) became greedy trying to up the price. The woman goes from being livid about the financial shakedown to shocked when Marvin spontaneously combust. Subsequently, the woman flees the shop then she too spontaneously combust. And there you have the dramatic Supernatural opening teaser.
Back at the Men of Letters bunker, Sam returns from a grocery run (why is it that Sam always has to be the one to go out to get the food?)while Dean is on the computer. Dean tells Sam about the potential case of spontaneous combustion then the boys are off to the antique shop to investigate. While Sam is busy hacking into Marvin’s hard drive, Dean finds a hidden Nazi lair. You guessed it: The Thule are back.
The Winchesters contact Aaron Bass who is in Berlin, Germany carrying out his grandfather’s work. Unfortunately, Aaron doesn’t have too much information about The Thule to offer. It was good to see Adam Rose back on Supernatural, but I was disappointed that his role wasn’t more significant.
When a woman Ellie nervously ponders pursuing a love connection with her date, he catches on fire too. Ellis manages to escape but is later kidnapped by Christoph, a young man who turns out to be the son of a Nazi necromancer. The Winchesters rescue Ellie, capture and interrogate Christoph. Christoph reluctantly gives the brothers information about the Thule’ master plan . He explains that Hitler’s soul is in the watch. The Thule want to resurrect Hitler but need the blood of the maniacal leader’s descendant to accomplish this task. Poor Ellie (who believed that she could trace her lineage back to the Mayflower) learns that she was adopted and is a Hitler descendant. Further, the Thule had been keeping tabs on Ellie for her entire life. She is justifiably upset. Sam tries to comforting her. I like Ellie. She is spunky. Allison Page is a breath of fresh air. I hope to see her again on Supernatural.
There are many action packed sequences where the brothers battle The Thule. Ellie is once again captured. But Christoph becomes a surprising ally to the boys after he kills one of his father’s Nazi henchmen(Christoph’s father wanted his son killed because the young man revealed the Thule master plan to the Winchesters) and helps them locate Ellie. However, Hitler is resurrected and later killed by Dean. Dean, who killed the Yellow Eyed Demon back in Season 2, was extremely proud of himself for killing Hitler.
There were some good aspects to this episode. The overall plot was creative. Ellie was a likable character and Christoph had larger scale daddy issues that made the Winchesters problems with John seem to pale in comparison. Both of these characters could return for later episodes. However, I do think that this plot might have been stronger if the Thule could have been tied into the British Men of Letters story line. Overall, I felt that this was a solid stand alone episode.
When I read that Adam Rose would be returning to Supernatural in Season 12, I was excited that we would be seeing the actor again and curious about the story that would bring his character Aaron Bass back into the Winchesters lives. As viewers of Supernatural remember Aaron’s grandfather was involved with an organization known as The Judea Initiative that worked to stop the Nazi branch known as The Thule Society during World War II. Aaron had inherited a Golem upon his Grandpa Bass’ murder by The Thule. After helping Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) defeat the Commandant of The Thule, Aaron and his Golem took off to keep the rest of The Thule at bay. That was way back in Season 8 and there has been no mention of Aaron, The Thule or Nazi necromancers. Until now.
So when an owner of an antique shop and a potential customer burst into flames after touching a watch from 1931, Sam and Dean are on the case. And after finding a back room full of Nazi items, they realize that The Thule are back.
Writer Meredith Glynn crafted a plot based upon the soul of Adolf Hitler being trapped inside the antique watch and needing a vessel to live again. A young woman named Ellie (Allison Page) is pursued by The Thule and it is revealed that she is a descendant of Hitler so obviously The Thule reason that she’s the perfect choice. The head Thule member Nauhaus (Gil Darnell) and his son Christoph (Keenan Tracey) track Ellie down. But in the middle of the episode, Christoph joins Team Winchester and tries to stop his father’s evil plan for Ellie. Throughout Supernatural’s rich history there have been many characters with underlying ‘daddy issues’ and Christoph seems to be the latest. He struggles with doing what his family wants vs doing what’s right. Ellie has her own family issues as well but they have to take a back seat while she fights for her life in the episode. The casting of Allison Page and Keenan Tracey worked and here’s hoping their appearance isn’t a one shot deal.
Nauhaus decides he would be a better host for Hitler’s soul so he makes the necessary adjustment to take Führer into his own body. We’ve seen many portrayals of Hitler in various movies but Gil Darnell’s was a little different that what we’ve come to expect from the dictator. His Hitler seemed less intimidating than usual. I was at first confused by the giddy laughter and basic happy personality Nauhaus as Hitler exhibited, but then I thought Gil Darnell was showing a Hitler glad to be a living and breathing person again and to see some of his old comrades. I know that Sam and Dean are the heroes and tough hunters,but I wish defeating Hitler would have been more of a challenge. It made the conflict anti climatic. I’m reasoning that this was a deliberate choice on Meredith Glynn’s part. Which makes me wonder, did the watch really contain the soul of Adolf Hitler or that of a less powerful Nazi? Only Glynn knows for certain. But that it something to think about and the skill of a gifted writer is to leave you wondering.
I did wish that Adam Rose’s Aaron Bass had a larger role in the action. He served as information guy for Sam and Dean, which is a pity. I would have loved to see him do more in the case. But there’s always next time for Aaron (and Ellie and Christoph too). Overall I found the episode enjoyable and hope to see future episodes written by Meredith Glynn.
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