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 20 – “Dead Man’s Blood”
- 01:14 – This guy in the teaser has a very similar journal to Daddy Winchester’s. I’m assuming he’s also something of a hunter type.
- 02:22 – She must be a terrible barmaid. If someone orders “Jack all around,” you don’t generally grab a bottle of Johnny Walker.
- 03:23 – By the way black jacket woman pulled that blade out of her chest, she’s clearly not human. What is she?
- 04:33 – That gun must be pretty significant for the show to linger on it, and for evil woman creature to specifically call it out.
- 06:12 – It seems that our gentleman of the Inevitable Teaser Death has some kind of connection with Daddy Winchester. At least his name and number are in the journal.
- 09:38 – Daddy just scared the unholy hell out of his boys. Serves them right for stealing his mail.
- 10:30 – Daddy Winchester doesn’t get along well with many folks does he?
- 11:06 – Judging by that freak-out this antique Colt must be a big deal.
- 11:25 – They fight ghosts,demons and witches on the reg but Dean finds vampires to be a stretch? O-kaay then…
- 12:47 – Pretending to be roadkill is an awesome way to bait a trap.
- 14:11 – Daddy giving Dean crap about the (awesome) car. He’s kind of a grump.
- 16:29 – You go girl! Spitting beer into sleazy vampire’s face.
- 17:58 – Got to credit Luther (the lead vampire) with some genre savvy here. He realizes that attacking a hunter will bring others looking for them. Considering what the Winchesters are doing right now, he’s not wrong.
- 19:52 – Wow, Sam’s daddy issues make him card of hardcore.
- 21:32 – I think they just turned the female prisoner into a vampire. It’s kind of hard to tell because it’s so dark, and because I think they were trying to be titillating with the direction. It fell flat.
- 22:41 – Daddy’s truck armory rather puts the Impala’s version to shame.
- 23:48 – Backstory for the gun given, as well as an explanation of why Daddy Winchester wants it so bad. Reading between the lines it seems like this gun is the only thing that can kill – not just exorcise or banish, outright kill the demon that got Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica.
- 26:48 – Okay, she was definitely turned. And her roar when Sam tries to save her is a very sneaky way fr this vampire nest to have a burglar alarm.
- 29:44 – Sam getting to enjoy some serious father/son bonding here. Some wonderful subtle emoting on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s part.
- 30:16 – “Whatever happened to that college fund?” “Spent it on ammo.” And for the second time this season, the show caused my the pain of shooting a carbonated beverage out of my nose.
- 30:51 – I assume that jar is the eponymous “Dead Man’s Blood.”
- 30:53 – Dean’s faking car trouble, using the vamp’s own methods (see 12:47) against them. This could be good.
- 32:23- And in homage to one of the most well known horror cliches, the vampire that dies first is… the African-American dude.
- 33:25 – Whoa. Dean taking Sam’s side in the omnipresent father/son argument might be the biggest shock of the episode.
- 37:43 – Daddy’s willing to trade (and presumably let unlive?) the female vamp for the Colt. He’s rather more ruthless than Sam and Dean, presumably because he’s been hunting for a lot longer.
- 38:32 – Well, now Daddy Winchester is buggered. Metaphorically speaking.
- 39:53 – That’s a spectacular looking death for Luther, and proof that the Colt works every time. It’s also used up 20% of the remaining ammo. They’re going to have to be careful going after this demon thing.
- 41:12 -I literally fist-pumped after Daddy Winchester said “We’ll go after this damn thing. Together.”
So far I’ve really enjoyed every episode that Daddy Winchester has appeared in. This one was certainly no exception to that. They’ve also now acquired a method of taking care of the demon that’s been driving the plot of the show since the pilot. Plus we are getting close to the season finale (only two episodes left this season), so I imagine some really big stuff is going to go down. Especially now that the Winchesters are hunting as a triad. I imagine that the next two episodes will effectively be a two parter and am looking forward to it.
This episode was more of a table setting one,but it had some good moments of its own as well. Establishing vampires and how they differ from the standard lore in the show’s universe makes sense. I’m honestly surprised it took them until this late in the season to get there considering the ubiquity of vampires in pop culture. Another highlight was the scene between Sam and his father where we realize that they aren’t that different from each other, and how Daddy Winchester never wanted the hunting life for his boys. Actually the character development and dynamics between all three of the male Winchesters were excellent. As was this episode.