Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #21 – “Salvation”

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 21 – “Salvation”

  • 00:02 – The previouslies section gets a formal title “The Road So Far”
  • 00:05 – And a backing song “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas (sadly, not on Netflix)
  • 01:  And we start the teaser with Meg entering a church. I’m predicting this won’t go well for the preacher.
  • 02:48 – Meg has the demon black eyes. I think this is the first confirmation in show that she is,in fact, a demon. Though it has been obvious for a while that she’s both not human and some seriously bad juju. The preacher’s reaction makes me think that he might be the oft-mentioned Pastor Jim.
  • 03:20 – He’s clearly a hunter, so yeah, it’s Pastor Jim
  • 03:55 – …And, he’s dead. Particularly nasty throat slash from Meg
  • 05:20 – So the demon that Meg works for has a thing for 6-month-olds? That’s all kinds of squicky.
  • 05:39 – So, Sam the self-loathing is blaming himself for Mommy Winchester and Dead Jessica’s fate, rather than, you know, the actual damned (no pun intended) demon that did it.
  • 06:59 – Picking a target in a town called Salvation shows that this demon, while an undoubted son of a bitch, has a keen sense of irony.
  • 07:46 – Pastor Jim’s identity – confirmed.
  • 08:02 – I assume this “Caleb” is A) a hunter and B) not long for this world
  • 09:17 – Pretty sure Daddy Winchester just lost the will to live and doesn’t care if avenging his wife is a suicide mission.
  • 10:38 – Gotta give Dean props for managing to find time to hit on the receptionist despite the urgency of his task and the major stakes involved in regards to the demon that started this whole thing.
  • 11:06 – Sam’s getting a vision. Since these have all been demon related hitherto, I imagine this will reduce their gigantic baby name list down to the slightly more manageable size of “1.”
  • 12:16 – Call your family already, you terrible-haired dolt!
  • 13:28 – You’re gonna make her think you’re nutso, Sammy-boy. Dial down the intensity a little bit.
  • 15:18 – They managed to make the demon attack even more sinister by switching up the camera angles.
  • 15:52 – Considering his general treatment of the boys, there’s something vaguely hypocritical about Daddy Winchester being mad he was kept in the dark in regards to Sam’s visions.
  • 16:16 – And amazingly, it’s Dean who calls him out on it. Obedient, following-in-his-father’s-footsteps-no-questions-asked Dean!
  • 17:10 – “Just your feelings? That was a 7-story drop.” – Sam can snark almost as well as big bro.
  • 18:27 – My prediction from 08:02 is accurate. Caleb also receiving the old slashy slashy from Meg
  • 19:35 – Daddy acquiesced far too easily. He better have something planned.
  • 20:54 – Fake gun seems a solid plan It likely ends with Daddy getting shot and killed but it should give Sam and Dean the chance to finish off the big nasty.
  • 23:50 – Significant weighty pause. Only sound is the wind. Close Captioning: “[Bird Squawking in the Distance],” way to undermine the tone there, captioning people.
  • 24:37 – I think there’s a significant chance Daddy doesn’t make it to the end credits alive. If this were the season finale rather than the penultimate episode, I’d say that chance would be 100%
  • 28:06 – Looks like Daddy is blessing some big tanks of water. I hope this leads to a MASSIVE HOLY WATER BOMB. (The capitals are mandatory)
  • 30:54 – Meg has a partner? I’m assuming he’s at least as demonic as she is.
  • 31:44 – Whoever Meg’s partner is, he’s a cold one. He just shot Meg to check if the Colt was real.If it were Meg would be dead right now. I can’t imagine she’ll be too happy about that.
  • 33:  Well, it wasn’t a MASSIVE HOLY WATER BOMB,but it does seem to have delayed Meg and other dude from following Daddy.
  • 34:04 – Oh man, it is on!
  • 35:00 – The man of the house fending off the brothers Winchester like the common burglars they’re effectively being.
  • 35:15 – The actual demon! Or at least a figure cloaked in shadow that I assume to be the actual demon.
  • 35:27 – This demon has yellow eyes instead of the standard black. I wonder if that means something?
  • 35:35 – Damn it, Sam missed! It’s almost as if this isn’t the season finale or something. Also that leaves just three bullets to finish Ol’ Yellow Eyes.
  • 36:14 – Apparently pinning someone too a wall and sliding them up it is a go-to move for demons. While it has style, I feel it laks the intimacy of the classical punch to the face or anal probe.
  • 36:37 – Ol’ Yellow Eyes is a twisted firestarter.
  • 37:05 -Apparently Sam shares Daddy’s death wish and Dean doesn’t. I would have bet good money it would be the other way around.
  • 38:17 – “If hunting this demon means you getting yourself killed then I hope we never find the damn thing.” – Who are you and what have you done with Dean Winchester?
  • 39:54 – I knew that “To Be Continued…” had to be coming. Doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

So, yeah. A whole lot of rich plotty goodness (with marrow bone jelly) going on in this episode, as can fairly be inferred by the sheer number of bullet points above. It’s kind of hard to comment on what is fundamentally half an episode story wise, and it’s even harder to hold off from firing up the second part and watching it right now, but it’s late and these posts take a significantly bigger chunk of time than the episodes alone do. There are plenty of threads brought up here and they obviously all relate to the metaplot of the season, which is the element I’ve most enjoyed. There’s so much I need to have answered and the episode’s cliffhanger “What happened to Daddy Winchester?” is probably the least of them. I want to know why Ol’ Yellow Eyes is interested in six month old babies, what Meg’s partner’s deal is, what Ol’ Yellow Eyes’ deal is, Heck, why does Ol’ Yellow Eyes even have yellow eyes instead of the standard black? This was a great set up episode and it gave the boys a minor victory over the season’s Big Bad by saving the baby. I get the feeling the next episode is going to be utterly epic. I can’t wait.

And I figure I’ll take a proper break after I’m done with the season and concentrate on NaNoWriMo, so don’t expect any of these “Live” blogs on the second season until December.

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