October 24th, 2014

rabbit's foot

Rewatching 4-11 Family Remains

The thing about Supernatural, is that the whole show is about monsters.  Yes, it's about monsters that roam the fantasy world.  But, it's metaphorically dealing with the idea of the monster inside of each and every one of us.  We all have the potential to be a monster.  Sometimes it is inherent - in our DNA - unstoppable.  These people can only be stopped and contained.  However, often, whether the monster inside surfaces or not depends on the environment around us.  How people treat us, and the situation in which we grow up.  And, often we have a choice.  To give in to it and become evil, or to resist the temptation.    Although the show usually addresses this by showing us the outside monsters, sometimes it makes the theme more clear by showing us "normal" people who become/are REAL monsters such as in The Benders or in this episode, Family Remains.  I think the reason Family Remains is so scary for many is that it is one of the most realistic episodes of the whole show.

when we look at the show as a whole, we also see that the theme is carried within Sam and Dean as well.  We constantly see them struggling with it.  Sam with his demon blood, Lucifer, soullessness, of course, but also Dean - his constant willingness to do anything for his dad and his brother, his experience in hell, and most recently the MoC and demonification.  And that's what makes this show so good, for me.  That our heros are not perfect.  And because they are not perfect, they are able to empathize with others and their monsters.  We see it a lot from Sam.  He empathizes with monsters all the time because he is in tune with his own monster.  But, Family Remains is an episode where we can see this especially from Dean's perspective because of his recent experience in hell.  So, let's get started!

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