Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 110 “Asylum”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

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After a text message from their father containing the coordinates to Rockford, Illinois, the Winchester brothers set off to investigate a haunted asylum because any old, dilapidated hospital makes for an awesomely creepy episode. When people think hospitals, they usually think death. Add in the fun element of psych hospital and you get the crazy dead. This particular run down asylum was the home for an exceptionally brutal riot of the inmates which lead to several deaths, including the head doctor, Dr. Sanford Ellicott (Norman Armour).

Dean is all for following directives from his father. When John Winchester gives an order, the sons are to obey. But Sam wants to find John. Before the text message was sent, Sam was worried John could be seriously hurt or dead. Why else wouldn’t he come to help the two of them when they returned to their childhood home? Even after they receive the message with the coordinates to Rockford, Sam is still worried about their father, but mostly he is annoyed at both John and Dean for wanting to go back as if what happened in Kansas was nothing. Dean eventually puts his foot down and they go to Rockford.

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As the brothers look into Dr. Ellicott, they find he was a bit of a sadistic guy. He was experimenting on the most violent of his patients by eliciting extreme rage in the hopes it would vent their violent ways right out of them. Of course they rioted because that is what a bunch of really angry people will do, sane or not (just take a look at recent world events). Those who have broken into the asylum since its closing (out of a dare or curiosity) have gone crazy and killed people they had an issue with. Sam and Dean think the ghost of the “doctor feel good” is possessing people and tapping into their anger just as he did when he was alive. The only way to stop him is to find his body, which is hidden somewhere in the hospital, and burn it.

What they didn’t count on was two teenagers, Kat (Brook Nevin) and Gavin (Nicholas D’Agosto) breaking in that same evening for the worst date ever. Gavin and Sam have encounters with ghosts of dead patients, but none of them were violent. Sam speculates the ghosts were trying to tell them something so when Kat becomes locked in a room with another ghost, Sam tells her to keep calm and face him. When she does this, the ghost whispers “137” in her ear and lets her out of the room unharmed. Can you blame the girl for telling Gavin they are breaking up if they both make it out alive?

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Dean orders Sam to lead the two teens out of the hospital while he investigates room 137 where he finds the doctor’s notes about the experiments and the secret room in the basement he would conduct them in. Sam, Kat, and Gavin find the exit, but it is locked. As they try to figure another way out, Sam gets a phone call from Dean saying he is trapped in the basement and needs help. Arming Kat with a shotgun full of rock salt to ward off spirits, Sam takes off to help Dean. But Dean was never in the basement, Dr. Ellicott is and he possesses Sam’s mind to ignite his anger.

Dean finds Kat and Gavin who tell him about the phone call and Sam’s trip to the basement. Dean goes to investigate and finds Sam and the secret door. Sam confronts Dean about his older brother’s authoritative ways and their lack of progress in finding their father. He shoots Dean with the rock salt knowing it will only hurt his brother, not kill him. Dean gives Sam his gun, tells him it is loaded with real bullets, and goads him into shooting him if he really feels that way. Sam does pull the trigger, but the gun wasn’t really loaded, momentarily distracting Sam so Dean can overpower him and knock his younger brother out. Dean locates Dr. Ellicott’s body and sets it on fire as the doctor attacks him and attempts to possess him as well. As the body burns up, the ghost disintegrates and releases his power over Sam.

Sam apologizes to Dean for nearly killing him and tries to pass off his anger as the work of the doctor. Dean accepts and just wants to sleep the night off. But later on that morning, Sam is woken up by Dean’s phone. It is their father calling.

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It is pretty obvious to me the things Sam said while possessed said are real thoughts he has about Dean. The older brother acts as an older sibling would do, he takes control of the situation and gives the orders when the parental figure is not present. This is not a new dynamic for siblings to have. What is interesting is Dean’s willingness to blindly follow what his father says. Both brothers want to find John, but for different reasons. As soon as Dean knows their dad is okay, he is willing to go back and hunt as normal like John tells him to do. No question as to why the man disappeared or why he didn’t come to their family home in Kansas when they needed his help. Obviously this doesn’t sit too well with Sam who never felt the need to acquiesce all of their fathers wishes.

Now that Sam has their father on the phone, I wonder how both brothers are going to react? (Of course most of you already know since I’m sure you have already watched the series)

What did you think of “Asylum”? Do you love it horror movies and shows visit one? Do you think Sam was being honest with Dean when he was possessed? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not give away any spoilers on future episodes.

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