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…