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 11 – “Scarecrow”
- 00:29 – This friendly Indiana town seems a teeny bit too wholesome. I’m guessing Satanic cult.
- 01:02 – Of course the car just died,it’s a Mustang…
- 01:53 – A silhouette of our title character. Sing it with me “If I only had a brain…”
- 02:05 – Stop stealing my jokes 7 references Inevitable Teaser Death guy.
- 03:19 – Loving the sense of foreboding the sound design is giving this, with the cracking twigs coming from all directions.
- 03:43 – Well, it looks like Inevitable Teaser Death couple are (inevitably) dead at the end of the teaser. Pursued by
Dr. Jonathan Cranethe scarecrow
- 04:07 – The Winchester brothers are carrying on from where they left off last episode, which means Daddy Winchester speaks in all his stubbly glory.
- 04:39 – “You’re gonna have to trust me on this” is universal television code for “I’m lying my rear end off.”
- 04:49 – Confirmation(?) that Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica were killed by a demon. I assume said demon to be the Big Bad of this season.
- 05:18 – Why can’t they help, Daddy Dearest? you know they’ll just ignore that and try anyway.
- 05:42 – “It’s bigger than you think. They’re everywhere.” How intriguing…
- 07:23 – Sam backing my point up from 05:18. Meanwhile, Dean is being a good little soldier and obeying Daddy-o
- 08:12 – Retreading the seemingly perennial Sam 7 Dean argument about Daddy Winchester and obedience. Though it seems like Sam is going more for the jugular this time (and using Dead Jessica to do so)
- 09:01 – The boys are actually breaking up!
- 09:59 – That cell phone is hilariously dated.
- 10:26 – Dean gets busted on the Jon Bonham alias. He should stick to guitarists… Also Scotty here somehow contrives to have even more terrible hair than Sam
- 11:36 – Digging the pixie cut on blonde hitchhiker lady.
- 14:31 – Dean to the scarecrow: “Dude, you’re fugly.” He’s not wrong.
- 15:35 – So now the scarecrow has Dead Teaser Guy’s tattoo? What the what?
- 16:59- Sammy, I feel your pain. Bus stations suck.
- 17:57 – Pixie cut blond trying to get to California or showing up at the bus station I could buy as coincidence, but both? Nu-uh, she’s up to something.
- 18:18 – Pixie cut blond has a name: Meg.
- 18:37 – Damn fine pie and coffee? Did I stumble into Twin Peaks?
- 20:05 – Dean, you sound like a crazy person right now.
- 20:59 – I probably shouldn’t find it so funny that the sheriff just ran Dean out of town, seemingly for the hell of it.
- 21:40 – Sam and Meg bonding over family issues. Yeah, she’s up to something. I’m thinking some kind of cash scam like Dean might run.
- 22:37 – And Dean’s back in town. Nice job, sheriff!
- 22:53 – Looks like this couple are going to relive the Inevitable Teaser Death moment…
- 23:32 – The scarecrow shrugging off Dean’s rock salt shotgun attack feels very Jason Vorhees-esque
- 24:22 – So it’s an actual physical god and not a spirit. Very interesting.
- 24:45 – I guessed wrong at 0:29. Apparently “Satanic cult” isn’t quite “grisly pagan fertility rite cult,” I feel like i was close though.
- 25:27 – Aww, those cheeky Winchester scamps are bonding again after their slit.
- 27:00 – Whoa! This community college professor is Cigarette Smoking Man from X-Files. Don’t trust him, Dean! He’s evil. And he’s also a water-ski champion.
- 27:33 – Imported Norse Gods? I wonder if Mr.Wednesday is behind this.
- 27:54 – Text book produced in “Giant Print – Easily Read by TV Audiences Edition”
- 28:46 – Butt to the face! (Let me clarify: butt of a shotgun)
- 29:39 – This meeting reminds me of the Neighborhood Watch Association from Hot Fuzz
- 30:12 – They’re cold sacrificing their orphaned niece. More proof that Indiana people aren’t very friendly. Especially if the Indiana in question is filmed in British Columbia
- 30:51 – Sam can’t abandon his big bro after all…
- 31:45 – …and Meg doesn’t seem very happy about that. Maybe she’s just attracted to terrible hair.
- 33:56 – “…for the greater good.” Yeah, total Hot Fuzz moment.
- 35:04 – Sammy with the (potential) save!
- 35:33 – The scarecrow Vanir is up and about. Someone’s gonna die…
- 36:09 – The local cultist are in the woods too, and the scarecrow is loose. I’m guessing that aunt and uncle Pagan worshipper are going to regret their religion of choice in the next two minutes or so.
- 36:22 – Yep. They’re on the hook (sorry. not sorry) for the delayed sacrifice.
- 37:55 – A tree burns in Burkittsville…
- 39:19 – Brotherly reconciliation. In retrospect, shouting “now, kiss!” at the screen may not have been appropriate.
- 40:01 – We’re back to Meg, who I was assuming to be a red herring.
- 40:46 – Holy s***! She just slit that dude’s throat! And that’s a bitchin’ goblet.
- 41:48 – She communes with her father by blood sacrifice and knows enough that she thinks she can aid by stopping both Winchester boys. What the hell (no pun intended) is her deal?
This episode was a bit of an odd duck. Most of it felt very homage-y to traditional slasher/small town cult movies. I already obliquely called out the similarities to Children of the Corn, Hot Fuzz and the Friday the Thirteenth film series. It was a good riff on those, but if that’s all this was, it would have been eminently forgettable, just a solid, disposable standalone episode with more tension than usual between our leads.
However, the bookends elevate the episode considerably. I already mentioned how I’m a sucker for season long arcs and metaplots, and teh initial phone call from Daddy Winchester with the reveal that he’s close to tracking down Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica’s demonic killer is a very big deal.
And i get the feeling that Meg is tied into that demonic killer somehow. I’m going to assume that it isn’t a true father/daughter relationship as I don’t believe demons can sire children in the Judeo-Christian mythology that the show has generally based its demons upon thus far. Of course, the show may establish its own rules that refute my assumption down the line. And the final scene of Meg slicing the van driver’s throat and then performing some kind of blood ritual communication genuinely shocked me, simply because it wasn’t telegraphed or foreshadowed in any real way, so it was a moment that came from literally out of nowhere, though I was clearly suspicious of Meg’s motivations earlier in the show.