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Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #16 – “Shadow”

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 16 – “Shadow”

  • 00:58 – Inevitable Teaser Death this episode is a young woman listening to an iPod. Since the previouslies featured Meg who we last saw indulging in some kind of blood ritual, I’m guessing that cause of Inevitable Teaser Death will be “human sacrifice.”
  • 02:05 – Spooky voice on the wind/shadowy entity tells us that Inevitable Teaser Death girl is named Meredith.
  • 03:42 – Okay, the killing shown purely as shadows and blood spatter was an absolutely fantastic shot.
  • 05:13 – Being from the alarm company is a pretty good cover. Props to Sam for that idea. Though the alarm was “as useful as boobs on a man” as the neighbor lady put it.
  • 06:55 – It took her heart? That seems like it would narrow things down somewhat.
  • 07:47 – Connecting blood spots with tape to reveal a symbol is pretty clever. Don’t think I’ve seen that before.
  • 08:39 – “You mind doing a little thinking with your upstairs brain, Dean?” – Sammy’s getting sassy!
  • 09:41 – Meg showing up in the bar would have been quite the reveal if the previouslies hadn’t telegraphed it.
  • 11:16 – Deeply impressive side-eye work from Mr. Ackles.
  • 12:54 – Glad to see Sam suspects that Meg is up to something. He’s right in that random coincidences don’t happen to the brothers Winchester.
  • 14:35 – So the shadow thing was a daeva – “The Pit Bull of Demons,” according to Dean. And since this was 2006 we can assume he means the dogs and not the terrible rapper.
  • 15:16 – Dean’s determination to get his little brother laid would be skeevy enough even if we didn’t know Meg was kind of evil (and I’m guessing she’s the one controlling the daeva, which means she’s bloody powerful.)
  • 18:24 – Look’s like Meg’s going to indulge in a weird blood rite again. At least this time Sam will witness it.
  • 20:32 – Meg’s altar has the daeva symbol drawn on it in blood. She’s definitely controlling them. Not that that really counts as a reveal.
  • 20:49 – “So Sammy’s got a thing for the bad girl.” Dean is the snark master.
  • 23:50 – Interesting that Sam would go back to school and a normal life after they deal with the demon that got their Mom. He really is determined to be the white sheep of the family.
  • 24:51 – I’m thinking the subtext to this conversation is what launched roughly eleventy-billion Wincest fan fictions.
  • 26:54 – I thought she knew they were there.
  • 27:38 – Love the shadow attacks. Plus the wound on Sam’s face means that his hair is longer the most terrible looking thing about his head.
  • 28:01 – “Don’t take this the wrong way, but your girlfriend is a bitch.” Once again, Dean Winchester reign as the king of Snark Mountain.
  • 28:49 – Oh, the brothers are just bait. That has to hurt their egos.
  • 30:46 – Meg is giving off a kind of rape-y vibe here. Also her villainous monologue has revealed that Daddy Winchester is in town, so I imagine he’ll show up in the episode soon.
  • 32:10 – Damn, Sam! Great form on that headbutt. Kind of dumb to do it while you have an open wound dripping blood down your face though.
  • 32:27 – Since the altar’s been destroyed, it looks like Meg’s getting hoist by her own petard. Also, since the daeva’s are now running amok uncontrolled, I feel like the brothers should follow Commander Kruge’s advice.
  •  33:23 – Kind of surprised they didn’t check on Meg’s body to make real damned sure she was dead.
  • 33:42 – It’s Daddy Winchester! Family reunion time.
  • 36:23 – Bloody shadow demons, always interrupting heartfelt family moments. I know it makes my Thanksgiving parties a real bitch.
  • 36:34 – Meg’s walking around again. Clearly she’s not human. The boys should have burned and salted the body after she took the dive, just to be safe. After all, even if she were human, worst case scenario, they have fifty-ish pounds of Meg jerky.
  • 37:31 – Light flares as a way of dealing with shadow demons seems logical. Nice job with the book learnin’, Sammy
  • 39:13 – While they’ve done a great job demonstrating why Daddy Winchester and the boys would be safer apart, I can’t help agree with Sam that they would be better off and more proactive in getting the demon if the triumvirate stayed together.

Okay, that was freaking awesome. Tied into the season’s metaplot in a big way. Indeed it was so concerned with the overall season arc that the daevas, ostensibly the monsters of the week, were merely a MacGuffin to get the real meat of the episode started. The return of Meg and her thematic ties to the demon that killed Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica led to some crackling frisson between the characters, and of course the reunion, however short-lived, between the boys and their father was definitely a moment, and felt like it had been earned. I don’t imagine we’ll see Daddy Winchester again before the season finale in six episodes time, and episodes like this make me impatient to get there. Fantastic!

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