Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #9 – “Home”

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 9 – “Home”

  • 00:25 – Lots more references to Daddy Winchester in the previouslies than usual.
  • 01:14 – Looks like something contemporary is happening in what I’ve been thinking of as Flashback House
  • 02:19 – Mommy’s being very accommodating of the little girl’s “monster in the closet” fear thing.
  • 03:26 – There’s something downright spooky about a chair sliding to the left, at least the way the cinematography here is handling it.
  • 04:31 – Winchester family photos! Followed extremely quickly by a little girl screaming as something emerges from the closet.
  • 05:10 – Did Sam just dream the teaser?
  • 07:02 – “I have these nightmares.”  “I’ve noticed.” Deadpan Dean is best Dean.
  • 07:29 – Sam finally tells Dean about his prophetic dreams of Dead Jessica and – Dean doesn’t seem to but it. Okaaay…
  • 08:10 – So in this episode Sam’s the more enthused and Dean is the more reluctant, scared one. It makes sense because Dean would remember more clearly. The flipped dynamic reminds me of the Catholicism themed episodes of The X-Files where Mulder would be the skeptic and Scully the believer.
  • 10:40 – “This place has its issues.” Oh, lady, you don’t know the half of it.
  • 11:33 – They sound very unconvincing with their closet denials (And that isn’t a slashy statement in this context!)
  • 11:42 – “It was on fire…” Uh oh.
  • 12:56 – It strikes me as odd that Sam didn’t know it was Dean who carried him out of the house on Burning Mom Day. I would think that if a semi-PTSD Dean wouldn’t mention it, daddy would have at some time in the last couple of decades.
  • 13:52 – By his ducking of the question, it’s more than clear that this doesn’t feel like “just another job” for Dean
  • 14:49 – “I don’t know what to do” – Dean sounding like a little kid needing Daddy’s help here. Great little acting moment
  • 15:33 – A waste disposal unit in a show like this means somebody’s losing a hand at some point. Only more certain way to lose a hand in genre TV/movies involves lightsabers. Also, did anybody ever find those cymbal-banging wind up monkeys anything other than f***ing terrifying?
  • 16:51 – Bloody terror monkey chopped Joe the Plumber (no, not that one)’s arm off!
  • 16:56 – Quoth the closed captioning: “[SCREAMING CONTINUES],” which I think was Kate Capshaw’s entire script for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  • 17:38 – Did we know Daddy Winchester was a Marine before now? I don’t recall it coming up.
  • 18:36 – A palm reader. We may have a new lead on the Mary Winchester case. Nothing on the current house owners, nor the newly-minted Horatio Nelson of the plumbing industry
  • 19:16 – Missouri isn’t a state in this context (I’m sure Abe Simpson would approve) but a person. Kind of how Lando isn’t a system, he’s a man in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • 19:40 – I like her already. Mostly because she can say “cold banging the gardener” and it doesn’t sound unnatural
  • 20:08 – “And you were one goofy-looking kid, too.” Damn, Missouri is awesome. (Again, not the state)
  • 20:48 – So she’s more a mind reader than a future predictor
  • 21:42 – So Missouri was the one who truly introduced Daddy Winchester to the Supernatural. So, in continuity, she’s the reason the show exists in the form it does. (Well her and evil fiery burny thing from the pilot)
  • 23:20 – Yeah, it can’t all be coincidental.
  • 23:40 – Oh lord, they’re going to trap the toddler in the fridge. Kids, just say “no” to malevolent entities with sippy cups of juice
  • 24:30 – I feel way more terrified for the poor mom than I did for plumber One Hand Clapping
  • 24:55 – Well the show didn’t pull an Alexandra DeWitt on little Richie. Hardly surprising considering network TV, but I did wonder for a brief second, especially as the episode’s present day body count is 0.
  • 26:32 – Not gonna lie, I love how dismissive Missouri is of Dean.
  • 26:54 – A different force/entity. That’s one unlucky property
  • 27:32 – “A magnet for paranormal energy” does sound cooler than “one unlucky property.” I guess that’s why Eric Kripke is writing TV scripts and I’m writing blog entries about those scripts
  • 28:28 – Feng Shui the Winchester way…
  • 30:06 – When Furniture Attacks! Coming Thursdays this Fall to The WB!
  • 30:23 – Lamp loves Sam, but Sam doesn’t love lamp. Tragic really.
  • 31:36 – Man, it looks like they wrecked that poor lady’s house
  • 33:19 – Looks like Missouri and The Winchester’s house wrecking shenanigans weren’t that effective
  • 34:18 – Yeah, that’s a figure wreathed in shadow and flame alright.
  • 35:02 – “Take your brother outside as fast as you can and don’t look back.” Something of an ironic echo coming from Sam’s mouth, I would think.
  • 35:31 – Return of the rock salt shotguns.
  • 36:43 – Whoa! This flaming figure is the spirit of Mommy Winchester. Wasn’t expecting that. I’m assuming that she’s been thwarting the other darker spirit in its attempts to kill off the Mom and kids that live here now.
  • 38:04 – She’s sacrificing herself for her sons in front of them again. I guess that’s going to ramp up the angst/PTSD levels again.
  • 38:47 – Baby pictures might be the only time Sam Winchester is depicted without terrible hair.
  • 39:50 – So it seems Sam’s burgeoning psychic abilities outclass Missouri’s in ghost detecting at least.
  • 40:41 – I just realized after watching the Impala drive off that this episode hasn’t had any rock music in it.
  • 41:10 -Holy freaking Hades! Daddy Winchester was in Missouri’s living room the whole time. I guess that confirms that he’s not dead. Got to say I definitely did not see that coming.
  • 41:52 – But why can’t you see your boys, man?

I’m still kind of reeling from that last scene reveal. I need to know what truth it is that John Winchester needs to know before he can see the boys (which I assume will happen at season’s end). As you can probably tell by the tone and sheer number of bullet points above, I enjoyed the heck out of this episode. I’m always a sucker for anything that advances a show’s core story arcs and this episode did that in a big way, mining a lot out of the backstory that had really hitherto only been shown in the teaser for the pilot episode. I also, rather obviously, enjoyed the heck out of the character of Missouri. It seems like the show might be setting her up to recur, but I’m not sure exactly how unless the boys cover moe cases in Lawrence, Kansas which doesn’t seem that likely going forwards.

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