Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #15 – “The Benders”

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 15 – “The Benders”

  • 01:37 – The presumed Inevitable Teaser Death guy is being watched from a bedroom window by a slightly creepy kid, and for a second I wonder if the episode is going to riff on Hitchcock’s Rear Window
  • 02:08 – Okay, the Winchester boys are pretending to be cops, and the reveal of this is…Sam taking off his policeman’s cap to unveil his legendary terrible hair.
  • 04:56 – I misread the “Kugel’s Keg” bar sign as “Kegels Keg” and was wondering just exactly what kind of bar was this?
  • 05:31 – We have (I think) the show’s first cat jump scare. The close captioning reads “[Meowing Angrily]” which seems oddly specific.
  • 07:18 – Looks like Sam has been abducted from the obvious sound stage, I mean parking lot, by whatever our monster of the week is.
  • 08:09- They remembered the continuity detail that officially speaking Dean is dead and the prime suspect as a serial killer. That was nine whole episodes ago!
  • 08:53 – For someone who regularly faces all kinds of monsters, Dean looks positively petrified at the thought of doing paperwork.
  • 09:44 – Despite all his rage, he’s still just a Sam in a cage.
  • 10:55 – Literally the only way that van could seem more suspicious was if someone had crudely written “Free Candy,” on the sides.
  • 11:40 – Turns out that Inevitable Teaser Death guy was in fact merely Teaser Kidnapping Victim guy. I give him a 15% chance of making it out of the episode alive.
  • 12:53 – It appears that the monsters of the week are just plain old human beings.
  • 14:15 – She ran Dean’s badge? He’s screwed. Royally.
  • 14:38 – I like the sheer brazenness of Dean’s denial that he’s not the rather large African-American in the badge photo- “I lost some weight and I got that Michael Jackson skin disease.”
  • 16:47 – I agree with Sam that the escape was too easy. I expect it’s a trap for Teaser Kidnapping Victim, but he’s been kind of whiny and annoying so let him die.
  • 17:43 – Convenient knife just lying on the floor. Yeah, it’s a trap.
  •  19:08 – So the villains of the piece are some very redneck hunters after The Most Dangerous Game.
  • 19:21 – Dean’s luck is indeed so pressed, but at least he has no Whammies
  • 20:38 – How did he not see that cuffing coming? I saw that cuffing coming and I might be the least genre savvy person alive.
  • 22:14 – Missy here is weirdly reminding me of the X-Files episode “Home,” which also involved sinister rednecks (and is often nominated as the creepiest episode of that show)
  • 22:51 – Okay, the father/daughter vibe here seems borderline incestual and now I’m convinced this is basically that X-Files episode. Which makes Dean Mulder and Deputy Kathleen Scully.
  • 27:30 – Those are some grisly trophies, even if some of the eyeglasses look fashionable.
  • 28:14 – “Demons, I get. People are crazy.” Preach it, Dean.
  • 31:10 – Kudos to the foley artist, this beating that Dean is receiving from the family o’ rednecks sounds utterly freaking brutal.
  • 34:02 – “Eat me. Oh, no-no-no, wait-wait-wait, you actually might.” – Haha.
  • 35:05 – I’m assuming Dean choosing Sam as the animal is because he thinks his brother would be more resourceful and likely to survive than Deputy Kathleen
  • 35:37 – Pappy is really a sick son of a bitch. Ordering the boys to just shoot both hostages in the cages without any hunts after torturing Dean with a Sophie’s Choice style dilemma.
  • 37:51 – This rednecks vs. Sam/Kathleen cat & mouse in the dimly lit basement/outbuilding is tense as hell.
  • 38:18 – Did she just drop from the ceiling on him? Bad. Ass.
  • 39:52 – “Because it’s fun.” Pappy really is a sick bastard, and I’m 98% sure that Kathleen’s gonna shoot him in the head within the next two seconds.
  • 39:54 – Precisely two seconds. Damn, I’m good.
  • 41:34 – “It was really hard not knowing what happened to him. I thought it’d be easier if I knew the truth but it isn’t really.” I’m wondering if that’s a little bit of subtle foreshadowing about what will happen when the boys confront the demon(entity?) that killed Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica.

Interesting twist in making the villains of this episode humans rather than anything remotely supernatural. It ups the “ick” factor considerably when you add that veneer of plausibility. The fact that the episode (and presumably the redneck family) are named after an actual family of murderers. I will say that this episode felt as X-Files as all get out. In addition to the similarities mentioned up there in those bullet points there was the sense of claustrophobia and general shooting style with the dungeon basement scenes in particular. A pretty solid standalone episode.


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