This week’s episode, aptly titled “Everybody Hates Hilter,” tackles the bleak fodder that is World War II. Of course, this being “Supernatural” and an episode penned by the deliciously weird Ben Edlund, it managed to pack some belly laughs and golden moments to lighten up fare stemming from one of the darkest moments in history.
After I initially watched the episode, I honestly was clueless as to what it was about or even what had happened. This was a windy, exposition-heavy episode that spanned decades, families and unearthed yet another near-extinct secret society. I watched it again and took more notes than Sammy in a lecture, so let's dive in, shall we?
The episode opened at a secret Nazi camp in 1940s Belarus. The direction and staging of the cold open is a thing of beauty from the uniforms to the set design. Naturally, it all gets splattered with blood and guts as a monster so frightening, it makes friggin’ Nazis scream in terror invades their camp. The leader of this motley crew of racist murderers doesn't try to exit through a secret trap door, but casts a spell instead.
As the monster rips a few more soldiers in half with gusto and bullets bounce off his chest like Superman, I realized that this opening is similar to that of last week’s with Henry Winchester’s creating a portal to the future. The monster has fierce face and body so muscular, it looks like it was carved out of rock. The Commandant spouts finishes his nefarious spell, and then vanishes along with a precious book in a magical, concealing fire.
In the present, in Lebanon, Kansas, the mysterious key from last week's episode unlocks a forgotten bunker that holds all of the intel on the paranormal as it has been observed for a thousand years. Sam almost cries with joy as he finds the geek equivalent to Mecca—a giant library. While Sam devours all of the precious knowledge, Dean opts to test out the shower room. The boys, who have been virtually homeless since early for nearly two years, have their very own batcave. “You know damn well we could use a break. What if we finally got one?” Sam says.
The library set reminds me of Sunnydale High’s library in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” but the the Men of Letters are essentially American watchers, so it makes sense. A robe-wearing, sword-wielding Dean wonders just how relevant 70-year-old information could be, and Sam faceplants in the research to show him.
Elsewhere, a rabbi ventures into a facility to examine a mysterious collection. This scene is brilliantly shot, too. It focuses on the details, his use of white gloves, the mysterious bins, even the walls are strangely non-descript and clinical. Just when you’re trying to wonder what kind of government facility he’s in or if the rabbi outfit is just a cover, the camera pulls back to reveal that it's just an ordinary city library. The old man, who we will later come to know as Isaac, finds what he has been looking for and desperately wants to hide it.