Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #8 – “Bugs”

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 8 – “Bugs”

  • 01:06 – Our two candidates for the Inevitable Teaser Death this episode are a pair of bantering construction workers working on a housing development. One seems a little too happy. He’s toast.
  • 02:14 – Broken ankle and being swarmed by beetles is a nasty way to go.
  • 03:09 – Uh oh, director’s being all “artsy” with a panning up from reflection in water shot. A sure sign of a thin plot in my experience. Or grade school “symbolism,” but this episode is titled “Bugs,” so I’m guessing no water thematic stuff
  • 03:40 – Scams for funding. I guess that’s how they can fuel that badass Impala
  • 04:12 – Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease seems an odd choice for a cover up to me. Maybe it’s because I was in Britain when the CJD/BSE(Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy AKA “Mad Cow Disease”) was the media scare du jour.
  • 06:43 – That flashlight isn’t going to illuminate anything that the obvious bright daylight hasn’t, Dean.
  • 07:06 – Sam just got totally Marty McFly’ed (“Don’t call me chicken”) by Dean.
  • 08:01 – Free food, especially good (non-pork) BBQ would persuade me to crash the open house even without an investigative motive.
  • 09:02 – “We accept homeowners of any race, religion, color or… sexual orientation.” Why do I suspect that this won’t be the last time the Winchester brothers will be confused for a couple?
  • 10:16 – Was expecting more than a minute or so between recurrences though. Dean patting Sam’s butt did make it funnier though.
  • 10:53 – That’s a bloody big spider. Pretty much universal symbol for creepy bug everywhere. And yeah, I find them scary too.
  • 11:28 – Sam bonding with creepy bug kid over poor relationships with fathers
  • 13:09 – Both actors have improved immensely on the exposition dumps since the season started. Feels like natural discussion. Early episodes sometimes felt like the painful script readings you see Adam and Jamie attempt on Mythbusters.
  • 14:00 – If you’re going to squat anywhere, an empty model house seems like the best choice.
  • 15:06 – Spider swarm in the shower! Super freaky. Not exactly the most iconic of shower scenes in horror here, but still indebted to Hitchcock.
  • 15:51 – “This shower is awesome.” – Nice head towel, Dean…
  • 18:23 – Creepy bug kid is current main suspect. There’s too much episode left for it be that simple, though.
  • 19:29 – Talking about insects to segue into spider talk bugs me. They are arachnids after all.
  • 20:32 – Ah, some conflict between the Bros in regards to daddy issues
  • 22:24 – Yeah, I kind of expected it, but finding a human skull is bad news.
  • 25:03 – Backstory, making Daddy Winchester seem more sympathetic and still keep Sam’s petulance relevant.
  • 29:23 – Joe White Tree, our latest Mr. Exposition is a textbook Magical Native American. Unfortunate.
  • 31:53 – Gas leak seems a time-honored way to evacuate a neighborhood when you don’t want to admit some weird stuff is going down.
  • 33:07 – Nice contrasting philosophy between Sam & Dean in relation to truth vs. lies
  • 34:35 – Now that is a biblical plague of insects.
  • 35:21 – A reason cell phones don’t work! Yay!
  • 35:52 – Sunrise seems a long way away
  • 36:38 – No! Not the bees! Augh! – Nic Cage-ing it up in here!
  • 37:56 – Bugspray flamethrower rocks
  • 39:05 – That was an incredibly fast sunrise. Apparently Oklahoma nights are only ten minutes long.
  • 40:27 – Aww, father-son bonding. Cute
  • 41:35 – And it’s helped Sam work through some of his issues
  • 42:10 – Time to leave and rock out to The Scorpions

I liked this episode a lot. For one thing, bugs are legitimately creepy, so it’s solid imagery (even if some of the CGI is very early 2000’s). There’s also the thematic resonance and subplot of the relationship between fathers and sons . I mentioned that a lot in the bullet points above but still missed some of it. It didn’t feel heavy-handed though. And I think the most important thing that made this a good episode is that it didn’t remind me of anything else. It didn’t feel like an X-Files episode (despite visual similarities(, it didn’t feel like a Buffy episode. It felt like a Supernatural episode. I think this is the first stand alone episode where I’ve felt like the show has found its own identity. Going forwards, that is a very good thing.

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