Thursday, November 17, 2016

Supernatural 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

Supernatural has rarely delved into the network of hunters that exist outside of the ones that come into contact with the Winchesters, so tonight was a nice look into some of the others that are also out there. And a nice little nod to the show being filmed in Canada with these hunters being based up in the north. Just how do we meet all of these new hunters?

Well, one of them dies, of course.
Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatural 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"
The one in question is Asa Fox, who we learn in a little flashback was a young boy saved from a werewolf by Mary back when she was supposed to have given up hunting. Once he knows about this other world, he takes it upon himself to also become a hunter, and we get a montage of his life growing up and killing things and bedding girls, you know, the hunter's way. All of that comes to an end when he gets strung up a tree, dead.

Turns out, Jody knew him, and she happens to find out about his death right when the Winchester are passing through town. They all head up to pay their respects, and learn that all of the other hunters know who the Winchesters are, with some of them being a little too fanboy gushy. They're all telling stories about Asa when Mary shows up, much to everyone's surprise. But she has been trying to find people she knew all those years ago, and found out about Asa, etc. etc.

It's not long before death visits the hunters again, though, when they discover that another of their own has been killed - and right in the very house the wake is taking place in, aka right under their noses. One of the hunters surmises that the one doing it must be a crossroads demon named JL, I think, who had it out for Asa. They try to head out to find said demon, but discover the house has been warded. They can't get out! Except for Dean, who is already outside lamenting his mommy issues.

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatuarl 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"
Dean gets back in with the help of the reaper Billie, who was there taking dead hunter Randy's soul. The demon hops into one pour lout after another until it rests inside Jody, who of course no one wants to kill, except maybe Mary, since she doesn't understand the import of one Sheriff Jody Mills. There is much tossing about of people around the house and JL spouting off people's secrets - like two of the young ones were actually Asa's kids, and that Jody secretly wanted a relationship with him.

Oh, and that his best buddy actually killed him. Dun dun dun! Yes, it turns out that hunter Bucky accidentally killed Asa and decided to make it look as if JL had done it. He confesses to the whole thing after they manage to do a group exorcism. What do they do with Bucky? Basically ostracize him, which is better than killing him, I suppose.

Mary is still struggling with being back in the living world, though. She hasn't really accepted the hunter life, though it seems like she's on her way there. But then Billie shows back up. And I'll tell you what, I was going to be pissed if she left so quickly. Thankfully, it turns out that a reaper can't just take a soul without the person being dead, and seeing as no one is planning on killing Mary, that will just have to wait. Mary still isn't quite ready to head back to the bunker with the boys, but she at least lets them buy her breakfast.

Random Thoughts:

- I have to say, I enjoyed this episode a lot. I think it might be my favorite of the season so far. Do I like every episode that Jody is in? Hmm. I think maybe I do!

- These hunters were introduced in a more natural way than they've done in the past, and I wouldn't mind seeing some of them again, even those young twins who seem ripe for another Supernatural trial at a spin off, what with being the kids of a hunter and a witch. They did say their mom was a witch, right? I think so.

- Did you all hear that Supernatural will be moving to 8pm come mid-season? While the show has been on virtually every night of the week over its many years, it has never been on at any time other than 9pm. I'm not sure what to think about that. Isn't the 8pm hour supposed to be more tame? Hmm.

- I love that Mary has the one piece of hair that's longer than the rest. I don't know why, but I do.


Jody: Wow, you look terrible, what's wrong.
Dean: Sure, we'd love to come in.

Sam: Did you know people tell stories about us?
Dean: Yeah, we're like, legendary.

Billie: Between us, it's always nice to see a Winchester who can't get what he wants.

Dean: Can we buy you breakfast at least?
Mary: Bacon?
Dean: All the bacon.
Mary: I would love that.

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