Return of Four by Flash Piece 4: Incandescence

Incandescence

Samantha’s flesh burned. The flames burned blue as they erupted from her palms. She screamed as waves of pain flowed along her limbs.

“Help me!”

The other people in the town square looked at the shrieking, incandescent girl and shrugged their shoulders indifferently.

“What the fuck are you guys waiting for?” Samantha yelled, waving her arms, leaving trailing rings of fire in the air behind them. “This shit hurts!”

An older gentleman stared at her, reflections of fire flickering against his pupils. “There’s no need for that kind of language, young lady,” he said.

“Seriously?” Samantha said, “I’m ON FIRE and you’re going to lecture me about a damned f-bomb?”

“What are you talking about?” the man continued, “Nobody here is on fire. Least of all you.”

Samantha rolled her eyes so hard she was sure she could see the inside of her skull. Surely this guy could see the blue flames consuming her arms. Hell, she could see the flames in his eyes.

It struck her as odd that the fire seemed content to just burn her arms and not spread to the rest of her body.  That didn’t stop the pain as the skin sloughed from her limbs in blackened gobbets of flesh that smelled disturbingly like beef jerky.

Samantha found herself salivating at the odor despite herself and tried to scoop up the acrid lumps of her burned extremities with an arm that was now entirely bone and sinew. Skeletal fingers closed upon a fleshy cube and she brought it to her mouth. The meat smelled delicious. As she bit down the old man grabbed her forearm, his fingers digging painfully into flesh and muscle that Samantha’s eyes told her no longer existed.

“Miss, you need serious help,” the man said “And I wouldn’t eat that if I were you.”

Samantha stared at her arm, which flashed between a blackened skeleton holding meat and a regular arm holding a crumpled cigarette butt, switching between the two states as if illuminated by a strobe light.

“What’s happening to me?” Samantha asked.

The old man smiled, revealing a jagged row of yellowed teeth. “Justice,” he said.

Flames engulfed Samantha and the old man, burning them to small piles of fluffy white ash


 

As followers of this blog are no doubt aware, back in March of this year, I participated in a Flash Fiction writing challenge known as “Four by Flash,” which had the goal of producing sixteen flash fiction pieces (four a week for four weeks) in a single calendar month. However, the full extent of that challenge was to repeat that schedule four times in a calendar year for a total of sixty-four pieces. I had earmarked June as my second month to attempt this feat, vowing to do better than I did in March, where a late start meant that pieces were still dribbling out in April.

I clearly failed miserably on the actual deadline thing, but I’m still determined to get all the sixteen pieces out. This piece is my fourth of the set and I still have ideas for the rest. 

My  “prompt bingo card” provided the inspiration for this 373-word piece, which combined with my last few pieces means I have three squares marked off. This piece was prompted by the square reading “I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing ‘Happy Birthday,'” a quote from comedian Stephen Wright. This means my card currently looks like this:

Stock photo courtesy of  Andreas Krappweis

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Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #6 – “Skin”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 6 – “Skin”

  • 02:10 – Wait, is that Dean involved in the inevitable teaser death?
  • 02:22 – Gas at $2.6 a gallon. It’s almost nostalgic
  • 03:13 – Technically it’s omission, Dean, which isn’t quite lying. They are heavily interrelated though
  • 04:22 – Great peel out in the Impala. Also this episode is directed by Robert Duncan McNeill aka Star Trek: Voyager‘s Tom Paris (And Kevin Corrigan from the Masters of the Universe movie)
  • 06:08 – So far this seems like a more straight forward murder investigation, not really in Supernatural’s wheelhouse. It’s slightly reminiscent of the show Millennium and the teaser was shot in a very X-Files manner
  • 06:50 – Also very X-files: Dean being the Scully to Sam’s Mulder about this murder case and Sam’s friend’s brother being innocent
  • 08:11 – That is a heck of a lot of blood
  • 09:07 – Okay, that dog looks guilty. I’m saying it’s the murderer. Motive: It wanted more than just Kibble for breakfast
  • 09:52 – So Becky’s just confessed to a felony and the boys think that Murder Dog might in fact be a witness
  • 10:51 – Creepy eye transition on the Becky’s brother lookalike person(?) Almost looked canine like. I still say Murder Dog is behind this
  • 11:28 – No, Becks, your shorts aren’t short enough for this to be Hooters
  • 12:01 – I know the exposition about supernatural phenomena is necessary, but Padalecki is way too obviously just reading this Dark Double stuff going by his delivery, Ackles’ Doppelganger bit sounds so much more naturalistic.
  • 13:03 – Tied to a chair, blood everywhere very similar set up to the teaser and the description of Becky’s brother’s accusation. I thing we’ve established Murder Dog’s MO. Not sure how he ties the ropes with those paws though.
  • 13:34- Okay, it’s definitely a doppelganger or shapeshifter of some sort as the Asian guy just proved. I guess my Murder Dog theory just got debunked.
  • 14:17 – I concur with Dean’s crankiness about it being 5:30 AM. I’m going to follow his example and fix some coffee
  • 16:09 – A much more naturalistic exposition exchange between the brothers Winchester plus the line “I’m guessing we’ve got a shapeshifter problem in the neighborhood” is darkly funny. I’m going to assume we get the usual shapeshifter paranoia tropes and likely a shout out or two to John Carpenter’s The Thing
  • 17:03 – If those sewers were any bigger I’d expect the boys to find a rat and four amphibian mutants named after renaissance artists down there
  • 17:34 – Skin shedding shapeshifters sound gross (and alliterative)
  • 18:11 – Sam’s been caught in a lie…
  • 20:54 – You’re chasing after something that you know has the ability to assume the shapes of other people and sheds skin in “puke inducing piles,” why on earth would you split up? That’s just begging the dark double to assume one of your shapes (presumably Dean, going by the teaser). This isn’t Scooby Doo. (If it were, Murder Dog would be Old Man Withers)
  • 21:44 – Yep, it’s Dean
  • 22:47 – Nice spot with the keys after the traditional memory test bluff failed Sammy boy.
  • 23:11 – Sam all tied up. It’s like a million voices all cried “Squee!” at once.
  • 25:13 – I wonder how much of Shapeshifter!Dean’s angst is true for the actual Dean. I think the implication is all of it, but there’s wiggle room for the writers if they don’t like the character dynamics it reinforces.
  • 26:36 – “He’s not stupid. He picked the handsome one,” damned right, Dean. Also both Winchesters tied up in the basement. I assume the shapeshifter’s true form is a Supernatural fangirl
  • 28:20 – Yeah, I guess calling the police would make Dean the current prime suspect
  • 29:45 – Seems like we’re close to catching up to the teaser. Also “Dean’s” attack on Becky was incredibly uncomfortable to watch even with the judicious editing.
  • 30:54 – These SWAT guys are terrible shots. No way “Dean” should have gotten out of that house alive
  • 31:50 – The skin shedding effects are both excellent make up work and incredibly freaking gross
  • 33:07 – Love that Dean seems more upset about the shapeshifter driving his car rather than wearing his face
  • 35:00 – Sam isn’t nearly paranoid enough for a shapeshifter story. Trust no one! That’s why you got a beer bottle smashed against your stupid ugly hair.
  • 37:59 – Surprisingly brutal fight scene between “Dean” & Sam. Ended by the real Dean and a couple of well placed silver bullets

So, if I’m understanding the conclusion of this episode, the world at large now consider Dean Winchester both dead and a serial killer. I’m sure that’ll come into play down the road. Also, I feel sorry for the innocent Asian business man who is probably jailed for life due to the shapeshifter.

This episode was very much a standalone and I think if I had skipped it, my enjoyment and understanding of the season would not be impaired. It wasn’t bad, nor was it superlative. I’d say it was a solid, coherent story, if ultimately forgettable. It was certainly better than episode 4. It just wasn’t very memorable with the notable exception of the skin shedding transformation sequence, which was pretty nightmarish and more than a little similar to the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf in London.

Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #5 – “Bloody Mary”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 5 – “Bloody Mary”

  • 01:27 – This kid is just a little too enthusiastic about the prospect of a malevolent entity scratching eyes out. Also, and this an obvious consequence of my Limey-ness, when the other girl asked “Who’s Bloody Mary?” My first thought was of Queen Mary. My second thought was vodka and tomato juice.
  • 02:37 – Kids/teens are so evil in groups…
  • 02:46 – Going by the stringy figure in the mirror (who I assume to be the titular “Bloody Mary”), somebody on this show really liked Ringu / The Ring
  • 03:45 – Looks like daddy Shoemaker is this episode’s inevitable teaser death.
  • 04:23 – The show is really getting some mileage out of Jessica’s death footage. It’s yet another Sam nightmare. I blame the pressure of his terrible hair against his cranium
  • 06:37 – I was wondering where the Winchesters got $100 in neat $20 bills from. Poker game is nice bit of exposition
  • 09:28 – Interesting dynamic between the sisters with Lily’s guilt and irrationality contrasting nicely with Donna’s practicality. Also the actress who plays Donna looks incredibly familiar but I don’t want to IMDB her due to potential spoilers. Who is she, readers?
  • 10:20 – This Bloody Mary mirror thing is an actual urban legend? I’ve never heard of it and assumed the show was riffing on Candyman with the names in the mirror
  • 13:26 – Jill was very quick to remove her jacket think and show a generously filled yellow top. Also, Charlie seems to find Lily’s version of events at least as credible as the official stroke explanation. I’m saying Jill dies before the next act break.
  • 14:32 – The cinematography on all these mirror shots really is excellent.
  • 14:49 – There’s something indescribably creepy about a reflection not actually reflecting movements
  • 15:17 – I was right about Jill at 13:26. She dead.
  • 15:28 – Re-use all the Jessica footage things!
  • 16:31 – Nothing dates these episodes quite as much as Sam’s flip phone cell.
  • 17:51 – So they just crashed a dead girl’s bedroom? That’s not sketchy at all…
  • 18:10 – No, Dean, you emphatically don’t look like Paris Hilton.
  • 19:33 – Bloody(?) hand prints and a name revealed by black light. Interesting.
  • 19:58 – So Jill killed an 8 year old boy in a hit and run. That’s a surprisingly dark secret to keep. I’m assuming it ties in to the titular urban myth somehow.
  • 22:07 – This week Exposition Man is played by an African-American former cop
  • 25:24 – Lovely bit of cinematography with Mary appearing in the glass as the (now presumably doomed) Charlie walks past. So who died for her secret?
  • 27:09 – Okay, this is like the 5th time the phrase “[Ominous Music]” has popped up on the close captioning. I think it’s had more screen time than the Impala
  • 27:53 – Yes, you are going to die. You are not immortal. I think you will survive this episode though, Charlie.
  • 29:11 – Suicide guilt trip.
  • 30:40 – Sam has a martyr complex when it comes to Jessica. I don’t get his guilt levels
  • 32:00 Wonder what Sam is keeping from Dean about Jessica’s fiery demise?
  • 35:52 – Police presence just to throw an extra spanner in the works,,,
  • 36:02 – Because of all the Ring visuals, I’m wondering if the name “Yamashiro” is some kind of shout out
  • 37:09 – Dean Winchester: Cop Puncher (and as the close captioning notes “Loud Punches” at that)
  • 37:26 – Wait, Sam had the Jessica burning dreams for days before she died? That was a twist I didn’t see coming at all.
  • 38:17 – Totally a Ring moment with Mary’s herky-jerky movement
  • 38:53 – Does Dean’s eyes bleeding mean he left some one to die as well?
  • 39:57 – 600 years of bad luck would be 85.71 broken mirrors, in case you were wondering.
  • 40:52 – Who exactly are you trying to reassure Sam?
  • 41:45 – Curious. Not sure why Sam feels the need to keep the prophetic dreams thing to himself now. Also this show is really good about music.

After last episode was something of a let down, the show roars back into form with what is easily the best episode of the show I’ve seen. Not a whole lot to say that I didn’t cover in the bullet points above though. The biggest things were the moodiness of how everything was staged with the low levels of lighting and the never quite fully in focus shots of Bloody Mary appearing in the mirrors.

And while this episode seems mostly a standalone, I am fascinated to see what Sam’s prophetic dreams about Jessica mean for the season’s myth arc. It’s becoming more and more evident that this first season isn’t just about tracking down daddy Winchester…

Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #4 – “Phantom Traveler”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 4 – “Phantom Traveler”

  • 01:02 – Nice Hawaii fake out with the poster and ukulele.
  • 01:58 – Black smoke? Oil? Coming out the bathroom vent. Pretty sure nervous flier guy is the teaser death of the episode.
  • 02:11 – Seems I’m wrong. Looks like nervous flier just got possessed. Teaser cut to a plane full of people. I’m saying they all die for the show’s biggest body count yet.
  • 03:14 – I hate window seat a-holes who have to get up and stretch their legs, plus it’s only been forty minutes. If I can sit cramped up in a middle seat for eight hours plus, you can suck it up no longer nervous flier guy.
  • 04:26 – Plane crashing. I can’t decide whether to go for a LostFinal Destination, or Airplane! reference. It’s an entirely different kind of dilemma altogether. (Everyone says “It’s an entirely different kind of dilemma.”)
  • 06:47 – They’re in PA now. Those Winchester boys must have put one heck of a lot of miles on that Impala.
  • 08:23 – Episode death count is a minimum of 94 thus far. Based on the over a hundred people on board being at least 101, Seven survivors inspired me to math it out.
  • 09:59 – The “No Survivors” bit and the haunted plane riff is very Final Destination.
  • 10:52 – You can check yourself into a mental hospital?
  • 14:18 – The boys looking sharp in those new suits.
  • 15:32 – Aww, he’s so proud he made it from his Walkman
  • 18:15 – Sulfur AKA brimstone. I think we’re getting the show’s first diabolic entity (excluding fiery thing in the pilot.)
  • 19:39 – The light plane (Cessna?) crashing into the power lines is decently convincing FX work.
  • 20:38 – Not sure any of what you do can be seen as a “normal gig,” Sam.
  • 22:12 – I’m pretty sure 40 doesn’t mean death in the Bible…
  • 23:25 – The music on this show is freaking awesome.
  • 24:04 – Doctor James Hetfield? Metallica inspired alias this episode-ah!
  • 25:19 – Smokey the demon is back
  • 25:46 – Dean is giving off some serious Mr. T vibes here. He ain’t getting on no plane, foo’
  • 26:52 – Sam’s enjoying his big brother’s discomfiture to a hilarious degree.
  • 32:38 – Every time they say “Christo” I assume something’s getting wrapped in foil.
  • 34:34 – Considering this plane is going to crash in 12 minutes or so, this episode feels oddly free of tension.
  • 35:18 – Not sure if Dean slugging the co-pilot in the jaw was supposed to be funny, but I guffawed.
  • 36:08 – Taunting Sam about the burning girlfriend. Okay episode, you might redeem yourself from being the show’s first dud. You have about 6 minutes to win me over
  • 37:33 – With all the shouty Latin, I keep expecting Sam to bust out with “Expecto Patronum!”
  • 39:23 – Pretty sure Dean knows more than he’s telling Sam about why the demon knew about Jessica.
  • 40:08 – So the dad  is passing cases off to Dean via voicemail. The metaplot thickens.

I’d say this was the show’s first dud of an episode. It wasn’t good, but it also wasn’t actively bad. Instead it was something far worse. It was boring which you would think would be difficult to pull off in an episode with two plane crashes and a very near miss. However there were some elements that worked despite the triteness of the A plot.

Mostly they were elements that (presumably – I’m spoiler free) seem to be building and elaborating on the show’s mythology. The most obvious is the full introduction of demons and possession. Both have been mentioned on the show before but this is really the debut and I have to assume that demonic forces feature heavily considering the show is called Supernatural.

Also the bit with the voicemails makes me think that daddy Winchester doesn’t expect to see his sons again. I’m assuming he’s on some kind of suicide mission having tracked down the entity that killed his wife. Which likely means he’s hell-bound going by traditional Judeo-Christian attitudes towards suicide. Of course this is the kind of show where death isn’t always the end of a character arc.

Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #3 – “Dead in the Water”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 3 – “Dead in the Water”

  • 02:11 – I feel that last camera shot of inevitably doomed teaser girl (I’m guessing here) was a definite tribute to Jaws
  • 02:35 – Poor inevitably doomed teaser girl. I think she just died.
  • 03:18 – That waitress has some impressively tiny shorts. I see why Dean says “That’s fun,” in regards to her
  • 05:01 – Agents Ford & Hamill. Love the Star Wars shout out.
  • 06:53 – This cop guy sounds kind of Southern for a Wisconsinite, but I’ve always been terrible at identifying US accents.
  • 07:37 – It’s Fred from Angel!
  • 08:59 – “Must be hard, with your sense of direction, never being able to find your way to a decent pickup line.” Dean just got an ice burn from Andrea
  • 10:09 – I can tell this kid Lucas is traumatized, because like Dean in the pilot and Sam now, he has terrible hair
  • 10:54 – Proper green plastic army men! I haven’t seen those in forever
  • 11:24 – You know a grown man approaching a kid in a play park and ingratiating himself is likely to pick up a very unsavory reputation, Dean
  • 11:54- Lucas & Dean – The Dead Parents Society. Which also lacks a Robin Williams figure
  • 12:41 – Sam might be a lot of things, but he’s not a “geek brother”
  • 14:29 – Is inevitably doomed teaser girl’s dad also dying?
  • 15:21 – Don’t put your hand in the ominously bubbling dirty sink water, you moron! Can’t you hear the spooky background music?
  • 16:12 – He dead.
  • 18:34 – Kid’s got mad drawing skills. That’s clearly the house he drew
  • 20:00 – I’m guessing the red bike drawings pay off later, going by the way the camera almost linges on them
  • 23:42 – “It’s worse than dying.” Possible arc words for the episode?
  • 25:43 – Boat blast! Wooo!
  • 29:23 – Pretty sure this woman’s going to drown in a bathtub. Technically the second time the show’s gone to that well (pun intended) in three episodes
  • 31:28 – Intercutting Andrea struggling and drowning with Lucas’ insistent door knocking is really creepy.
  • 34:23 – Lucas’ outfit is halfway between scrubs and a prison jump suit.
  • 36:00 – They do sound nuts sheriff dude, but you’re the one who’s pointing a gun at them, and possibly helped kill a guy back in 1970
  • 37:09 – It “got rough?” It was MURDER! That’s rough in the same way the Sahara’s a “little bit dry”
  • 38:09 – I’m guessing the show (or the WB/CW network) don’t have the balls to kill off a kid. Lucas will live
  • 39:55 – Sheriff was doomed. Lucas looks dead. I’m saying CPR happens before the credits roll
  • 40:35 – Yep, kid’s alive. Nice fake out attempt though, show.
  • 40:48 – He speaks! A little.

This episode felt very generic and by the numbers. It feels like the show is starting too find its groove a little bit and is establishing the brothers Winchester as more than one note personalities. That’s certainly helping the interplay between them.

Also, I’m loving the general rock soundtrack and the car, which I think is a late 1960s Chevy Impala in black. I would also have liked to see more than lip service being paid to the idea of tracking down the Dad,but this is clearly now shaping up to be a season long plot and with 22 episodes, there’s going to be some filler episodes.

Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #2 – “Wendigo”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 2 – “Wendigo”

  • 01:30 – That was a really good “Previously On…” montage
  • 02:36 – It’s the dead kid from Glee. I’m sure he has a real name, but he’s a;ways going to be “dead kid from Glee to me.
  • 03:43 – Dead kid from Glee is now dead kid on Supernatural. Sounds like he got eaten by a bear or something.
  • 04:21 – I think this show has the X-Files “Don’t be in the teaser” rule in full effect.
  • 05:26 – Okay, the little tribute to Carrie with Jess’ hand did make me jump. Though I was thinking it was a pretty elaborate headstone considering such a short amount of time had passed.
  • 06:37 – “Dad disappearing and this thing showing up again after twenty years? It’s no coincidence.” – Dean Winchester, stater of the bloody obvious.
  • 09:08 – He tells her his name is Dean, then shows an ID with the name “Samuel Cole,” she stared at it long enough and yet no comments?
  • 13:19 – So this wood creature thing is pretty smart then. I’d guess werewolf,except the episode’s title kind of gives the game away here.
  • 13:54 – That’s a bitchin’ scar
  • 17:05 – The sound design on this is excellent. That sounded gruesome as all get out without having to show a dude being eaten onscreen. Smart for budgetary and TV-14 reasons
  • 18:32 – “It’s probably the most honest I’ve ever been with a woman. Ever.” Dean gets the best lines
  • 18:50 – Peanut M & M’s are the best candy ever.
  • 23:09 – I wonder if Sam’s right about it being a Wendigo? If only there wasn’t a spoiler in the episode title, the next nineteen minutes might by all mysterious. Also in the finest Doctor Who tradition, the monster is apparently immune to bullets.
  • 25:50 – Sam kinda has a point. Why are they still her if Daddy Winchester isn’t?
  • 28:49 – Roy’s life expectancy: I’m gonna say 3 more minutes of show time.
  • 28:58 – I may have over estimated Roy.
  • 30:45 – Marvel Comics’ version of Canada has laws on the books for dealing with Wendigo-related cannibalism.
  • 31:30 – KILL IT WITH FIRE!
  • 33:20 – Broken Molotov & missing Hailey & Dean. Less fiery stuff to kill Wendigo with.
  • 33:46 – Hansel & Gretel-ing it with the M&M’s. Greatest candy ever.
  • 35:29 – Well, that’s them buggered then.
  • 37:00 – Tommy’s not dead then. In semi-related news, I may be far too susceptible to jump scares.
  • 37:44 – So this is secretly a gritty Pinky & The Brain reboot. If Sam goes “NARF!” at any point, I’m claiming I called it.
  • 38:04- Why do I get the distinct impression that the line “Bring it on baby, I taste good!” led to much fan girling?
  • 40:01 – Wendigo looks kind of Nosferatu-like and his burning death is very video gamey. Not for the 2005 era CGI, but for how it’s staged & blocked.

Seemed like the stakes this episode was a step down from those in the pilot, and I’m not sure how much I like the idea of hunting for Daddy Winchester as (presumably, I’m unspoiled) a season long through line. I said the Pilot gave off a strong Buffy and X-files vibe. This episode felt like pure X-Files, which is probably due to it being a Monster-of-the-week episode shot in the forests of Vancouver (which was pretending to be Colorado in the episode). It’s even directed by an X-Files alumni, David Nutter.

It reminded me a lot of the first X-Files episode I watched in February of 1995 – “Shapes” about a Native American shapeshifter legend in the western US. An episode that was also directed by Nutter…

Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #1 – “Pilot”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I said that I would do so after I had finished marathon watching the entirety of the Star Trek franchise, which meant every episode and movie from 1966 through to 2012. Since I have now done, that I have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This post, and others that follow will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 1 Episode 1 – “Pilot”

  • 00:28 – This older brother has terrible hair.
  • 02:23 – Wait, if he’s sleeping in front of the TV, who’s holding baby Sammy?
  • 03:10 – Holy Crap! I didn’t see the mother’s immolation coming!
  • 03:54 – I suddenly have a song by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown stuck in my head.
  • 04:58 – Baby Sam grew up to be kind of goofy looking (by TV standards)
  • 05:54 – I’m calling it now, the woman in the nurse costume won’t survive to the end of the episode
  • 06:23 – Turn the bloody lights on!
  • 07:03 – BRO FIGHT!
  • 08:55 – Exposition overload! Yeah, this is definitely a pilot. Liking the banter between the bros. So far getting a hybrid Buffy/X-Files vibe from the show.
  • 10:37 – Yeah, I can totally see Mulder delivering this speech about disappearances on a certain stretch of road.
  • 12:41 – Loving the soundtrack
  • 13:29 – Dude is so, so dead
  • 16:16 – Yep.
  • 17:03 – Oh, you did not just dis Sabbath, Motorhead & Metallica you floppy-haired twerp
  • 17:14 – “Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole” – Damn right.
  • 19:50  – Hey! Leave the “X-Files” cracks to me
  • 22:09 – Kids drowning in a bath tub and suicide by bridge jump. This is a watery episode, other than the Mom’s fiery death in the teaser
  • 26:02 – Daddy’s kind of a slob
  • 27:52 – That last exchange between the brothers was slashier than most fan fiction…
  • 32:21 – If I’m the dude in the cap, I’m punching Sam in the face right about now.
  • 34:40 – Okay, the Woman in White’s sudden appearance got a jump scare out of me
  • 34:45 – Seems Sammy’s been sleeping around on Nurse Girl…
  • 37:58 – Ghost kiddies!
  • 38:30 – Neat visual FX on the ghost kiddie/Mom confrontation
  • 41:43 – Well, I called it at 05:54 but didn’t expect it to be so reminiscent of the Mom’s death. I’m guessing this puts Sam off of law school for a while

Well, this seems like a pretty good show, and very much in my wheelhouse. Some of the beats were a little predictable, but then it’s a pilot.