Supernatural Round Table: "Freaks and Geeks"

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Supernatural let its geek flag fly very high last Wednesday, as we were introduced to an X-Men like school for potential hunters.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff members Sean McKenna and Carissa Pavlica are joined by Alice Jester from The Winchester Family Business to breakdown "Freaks and Geeks."


What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?
Carissa: I loved Sam and Dean's exchange at the beginning when they both hemmed and hawed about who felt okay and alright and making sure they were good to go a huntin'. And Dean thought they needed herbal tea and some Cowboy Junkies.

Alice: Hmm, this one was quite underwhelming all around. All I got is Dean offering advice to the young hunter Aiden about pursuing Krissy. He thought Dean would say he’ll kill him if he hurts her, but no, Dean was warning that she’ll kill him.  “Good luck.”

Sean: I agree with Alice about that last scene. I was expecting Dean to say he would kill him if he hurts her, but liked the switch up to say Krissy would do it herself.

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What did you think of the young hunters?
Carissa: Honestly, they were a little over the top. Given their circumstances and the ass who was raising them afterkilling their families it wasn't surprising, but it was kind of sad and not what I would have wished for them. Sarcastic know it alls are NOT the future of hunting, and Victor thinking it was showed how little he really knew about the craft.

Alice: They were okay. I like how much they cared for each other, like they were family now. I think they blended well. I just didn’t like the whole concept that they were the new generation of “superhunters” that they were made out to be. The story came across as contrived. Then again, I’ve never been one to like anything that showed kids pretending to be grown-ups.

Sean: I really liked the concept, not necessarily super hunters, but the idea of a new generation. It would be interesting if there actually was a school for hunters, not just a crazy guy training three of them.

Were you surprised how Krissy handled learning that Victor manipulated them?
Carissa: Didn't she learn by Dean taking them to the baby vamp and him telling her? If not, then I missed something. I felt badly that she was taken in by such a jerk, that they all were, but now that they have the good hunters looking after them like Sam and Dean did while John was always on the road, they'll be okay.

Alice: Not surprised, no. Krissy seemed to be mature for her age in “Adventures In Babysitting.” I’m just surprised she fell for Victor’s lies to begin with. She seemed a lot more street smart than that. She certainly didn’t trust Dean when she first met him. I was hoping the kids would have figured it out instead of Dean. 

Sean: No, but the fact that they could be manipulated reiterated the fact that even if they are hunters, they are still kids with a lot to learn. It was good that Sam and Dean were there to help. That said, the way Krissy handled Victor and didn't kill him was definitely a step in the right direction.

Was Dean right to be concerned about hunting too young?
Carissa: He lived it. His opinion counts probably more than anyone else's. Even more than Sam's, because Sam got away for a while and almost lived a normal life by going to university. He only got sucked back in when John went missing and Dean needed his brother and finally got over his himself long enough to ask for his help.

Alice: Sure, only because he was raised in the life and knows. He had every right. What I didn’t like is Sam supported their lifestyle, using of all things the defense that he and Dean hunted when they were young, so these kids can too. He believed these kids could hunt and have a real life. You know, Sam Winchester, the guy who’s resented the fact that he has been forced into hunting his entire life, especially when he was a kid. The man that’s tried to leave the hunting life multiple times. That guy. The one that forgot to show up in this episode.

Sean: It's true that Dean definitely experienced that life and he's always been concerned about the after effects, especially where his brother was involved. And while I like that Sam was advocating for a possible hope for that normal life, I was a bit surprised that he seemed pretty on board with the combo lifestyle. I guess he's holding out hope and through these kids he sees a possible one, but I expected more resistance from him.

Could Sam and Dean have a combo of a normal life and be hunters, or is it really only one or the other?
Carissa: I think they'd need to court fellow hunters or something similar. They could never hide their hunting side from their normal life, and unless the supernatural side of the world goes away completely they're never leaving hunting, so they have no choice but to incorporate the two.

Alice: I don’t think Dean can. For him, it’s one or another. He’s already tried that and it didn’t sit right. He’s a hunter, always and forever. As for Sam, he doesn’t want the combo either. He wants out completely. I think if circumstances forced him though, Sam would try both. Of course if he did it would completely backfire on him, especially since he’d lie about his double life. Which is why his belief that these kids can hunt and have a life seems quite a bit out of character. Didn’t he just go through this with Amelia? You can’t have both and he knows that.  

Sean: It is true that this season sort of further established that once a hunter, always a hunter. The normal life just doesn't work out. Like Carissa said, the only way I think they could ever have some type of relationship would be with female hunters, others who as invested into the supernatural world as they are. I'm curious as to where the whole concept is going to go, especially with season nine.

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