Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #7 – “Hook Man”

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 7 – “Hook Man”

  • 01:38 – This girl’s going on a date in a slightly horror themed media, Clearly she will become the inevitable teaser death.
  • 2:40 – Hmm, her rebuffing the boyfriend’s advances means that she lives if we’re going by Camp Crystal Lake rules. Of course that means he’s dead.
  • 03:11 – I reckon this guy (Hook Man?) knows what they did last summer..
  • 03:24 – Stay in the car, dumbass!
  • 05:09 – Lori is quite the impressive screamer. Oh and Rich is dead.
  • 06:22 – Love the rock soundtrack.
  • 07:32 – Smooth “He’s the artist, the things he can do with a brush.” Makes purple frat guy Sam’s problem
  • 08:50 – The Winchester boys really aren’t dressed for crashing church services. They should have kept the Homeland Security suits from “Phantom Traveler”
  • 09:25 – Would teens in 2005 really care about Reality Bites? Tequila shots are more universal than Winona Ryder/Ethan Hawke movies.
  • 10:10 – Sam brings up Dead Jessica in the most oblique way possible
  • 11:33 – I find Dean’s disbelief that they could be investigating the Hook Man amusing, given that a mere two episodes ago they were dealing with the Bloody Mary
  • 12:10 – Jacob Karnes seems like a localized to Iowa version of good old Jack The Ripper
  • 12:36 – “Doctor Venkman!” Clearly these guys ain’t afraid of no ghosts
  • 14:51 – “Salt being a spirit deterrent.” If I remember my folklore salt was second only to cold iron for that stuff.
  • 16:30 – That’s a lot of blood.
  • 17:19 – “Well you look like a dumb ass pledge.” It’s the terrible hair.
  • 18:20 – I guess it makes sense that Lori would be a suspect. Cop dude does point out that this is the second gruesome murder she’s been connected to.
  • 19:57- The Winchester brothers – not averse to a little casual home invasion
  • 20:03- Spirits smell like ozone, apparently.
  • 21:45 – No one who looks like Jared Padalecki (and his terrible hair) was a geek in college
  • 23:04 – Loved the world weary look Dean gives when he realizes he’s going to have to leave the college party to go grave hunting. Meanwhile, the little bro gets to keep an eye on college girls.
  • 23:31 – I’m fairly sure this graveyard got more screen time on Buffy than Anthony Stewart Head did
  • 24:31 – The good Reverend has been dipping his communion wafers where they don’t belong
  • 26:23 – Dean doesn’t believe in low sodium graves. I imagine burning salty bones probably stink too.
  • 27:32 – Pretty sure that “you will get punished” bit means that ol’ Jake the Ripper has spirit bonded to Lori and not the Reverend.
  • 28:30 – Brief mooning reference to Dead Jessica interrupted as the Reverend takes a hook to the neck. Guess Dean’s grave desecration was for naught.
  • 28:55 – Sam commits “a salt with a deadly weapon” against Hook Man. No, I am not apologizing for that pun.
  • 31:21 – Classic case of “as you know” exposition. I suspect this episode was planned to be shown earlier in the season where such rough edges are a little more forgivable. Wonder why it got moved if I’m right.
  • 32:11 – Library/Research scenes remind me of Buffy so much.
  • 33:46 – Our heroes everybody! Breaking into churches and burning stuff!
  • 34:48 – I know they have mentioned demons before, but is this the first episode to explicitly call out semi-Biblical lore with the avenging angels bit?
  • 36:29 – I realize it’s to emphasize the silver chain that she’s wearing (that used to be the hook man’s hook), but those last couple of frames were entirely filled by Lori’s sweater-clad breasts. How very WB/CW
  • 36:50 – Why is the drywall rasping as the hook scrapes it way scarier than explicit bloody murder victims? This show does suspense well.
  • 37:38 – The shot of Jacob Karns being immolated makes me think of professional wrestler The Undertaker. I think it’s the hat.

A good solid episode with very much a slasher film by way of Buffy the Vampire Slayer sort of vibe. I liked it, but it felt very standalone and kind of filler-y. Like I said in the bullet points, it feels like an early episode that’s trying to figure out what the show wants to be. The dynamic of the brothers seems a little off, and I can’t see Sam even considering abandoning the quest until they find the father. The establishment of (sort of) Biblical underpinnings to some of the supernatural elements, as well as showcasing the folkloric role of salt in vanquishing spirits see like an early stab at mythology. It’s definitely a show still working out what it wants to be at this point. Great soundtrack though, even if the Netflix version had to replace Boston’s “Peace of Mind” with a lesser song at the end. Stupid music rights issues…

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