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 2 Episode 01 – “In My Time of Dying”
Sorry for the delay in posting this. I had an unexpectedly busy December and so didn’t have a chance to watch the Winchester boys do their thing. Back in the shadowy mists of time when we left off, things weren’t looking good for the Brothers Winchester, nor their father, what with a demon-possessed semi truck having smashed into the Impala and leaving everyone dying in the road.
- 01:24 – The previously montage (soundtracked with Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold”) ends with the word “NOW” in big golden letters. Of course, this “now” was back in 2006, whereas the actual “now” as I watch is 2015.
- 01:51 – Well Sam (and his terrible hair) are not dead. Though there is a demon possessed trucker (but not Ol’ Yellow Eyes) doing the Terminator walk towards the ex-Impala so that may change.
- 02:31 – Demon is right about the Colt being an empty threat but still exits the trucker.
- 02:48 – And now a helicopter in silhouette against the sky. apparently this is now a Michael Bay movie.
- 03:20 – Dean also appears to have won in the not-death stakes.
- 04:46 – Um, nope. Deany-boy’s either dreaming, dead or having an out of body experience.
- 06:21 – “Screw you, Doc. I’m waking up.” Ghost-Dean is as bloody-minded as the regular version.
- 06:56 – Daddy Winchester is also awake and has an utterly terrible alias for his medical insurance.
- 07:12 – “Find some hoodoo priest and lay some mojo on him” is officially a running gag.
- 08:39 – Daddy’s clearly up to something with that list of materials (spell components?)
- 09:07 – Ghost-Dean seeing through Daddy’s lie immediately. Someone clearly knows what’s behind Ol’ Yellow Eyes’ Sam/psychic children obsession type thing.
- 09:16 – No! That beautiful Impala!
- 09:44 – Trying to decide if Sam is lying to himself more about Dean’s recovery chances or the fixability of the Impala
- 11:34 – Ghost Dean seems less adept at burying his emotions (or at least his resentment of Daddy) than the living version was.
- 12:05 – There’s another spirit thing in the hospital, and going by the pulsing music, it isn’t quite as friendly as Dean.
- 12:57 – Daddy Winchester wants to summon a demon. Understandably, Sam is pissed.
- 13:41- Quoth the Daddy: “…and your brother would be awake right now.” Dude is ice freakin’ cold.
- 13:56 – Ghost Dean: “Dude, I full on Swayzed that mother-” Lost Limey: *choking with laughter*
- 14:20 – And the not-ghost Dean is flatlining. I suspect it’s not a tribute to Kiefer Sutherland
- 14:45 – Scary spirit from 12:05 floating on Dean’s body
- 15:42 – “If I can grab it, I can kill it.” Being semi-corporeal doesn’t alter Dean’s personality much.
- 16:28 – Another Dean-like ghost named Tessa. Her appearance reminds me of The Nostalgia Chick for some reason.
- 18:27 – “I promise I won’t hunt this demon. Not until we know Dean’s okay.” Since Daddy Winchester’s entire deal has been 1)lying to his kids and 2)hunting Ol’ Yellow Eyes, I can’t say I believe him.
- 19:48 – Non-ghost Tessa is dead, presumably aided by scary spirit thing from 12:05 which was floating above her body at the moment of death.
- 20:29 – Sam produces a ouija board and Ghost Dean responds with a truly epic eye roll.
- 22:31 – So the scary spirit thing is probably a Reaper. We’ve met them before, but that’s not a good thing for Dean, given his current state.
- 23:20 – Daddy Winchester’s buggered off. I knew it!
- 24:11- And he’s making with the whole demon summoning thing, like he explicitly told Sam he wouldn’t do. Daddy Winchester is kind of a jerk is what I’m saying.
- 25:22 – So, Tessa was actually a Reaper. Didn’t see that coming.
- 27:33 – Daddy Winchester, like Professor Xavier, is a jerk. Motherf***er just summoned Ol’ Yellow Eyes. Also, this hospital doesn’t have any working smoke alarms.
- 28:20 – …and now Daddy Winchester wants to make a deal. It’s like these guys have never even heard of Faust.
- 28:59 – Sam just said that he & Daddy would kill each other if Dean dies. I winder if that’s foreshadowing anything?
- 30:07 – It just occurred to me that Tessa is probably supposed to invoke Neil Gaiman’s Death from the Sandman comic series.
- 31:44 – That monologue about Dean becoming an angry spirit is very Nietzschean. “He who fights with monsters” and all that.
- 32:38 – So Daddy Winchester maybe isn’t a total jerk. He’s willing to trade the Colt (and the all important last magical bullet) to Ol’ Yellow Eyes in exchange for Dean’s life. I can see absolutely no possible way that this could ever back fire…
- 33:49 – Pretty sure Ol’ Yellow Eyes is going to demand Daddy Winchester’s life and/or soul to sweeten the pot. Also, the actor playing the demon’s host is delightfully intense. He’s also clearly having a ball playing the villain.
- 34:21 – Tessa asks Dean “So, what’s it going to be?” and I immediately start hearing Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light in my head.
- 35:01 – Ol’ Yellow Eyes appears to have just possessed Tessa. How? I thought Reapers were insubstantial which would seem to make possession impossible to me. I assume Eric Kripke disagrees.
- 35:14 – Either way, it seems that possessed Tessa just revived Dean.
- 35:43 – And Dean conveniently has no memory of Ghost Dean’s experiences. Which means that neither Winchester brother is aware of Ol’ Yellow Eyes’ presence in this here hospital.
- 37:12 – Daddy Winchester is literally incapable of telling Sam the truth, isn’t he?
- 38:52 – I like that Dean’s immediately suspicious when Daddy’s in full on confessional mode.
- 39:32 – Daddy just whispered something inaudible (and not close captioned, so I presume it was deliberate) into Dean’s ear. I’m guessing it wasn’t “Rosebud.”
- 40:33 – Daddy Winchester is now Dead-dy Winchester. Sam reacts like he just found out who Keyser Soze really is. Waste of good coffee.
- 41:23 – The Winchester boys are officially orphans. Roll credits.
While still a strong episode, with some callbacks to first season events, this was definitely weaker than the previous episode. I think that might be something that’s inherent to cliffhangers though, as just about all of the ones I can think of have weaker resolution episodes than set up episodes.
And this episode leaves our heroes slightly more alive but also slightly more screwed than they were before. Firstly, their best source of information and driving force for much of the first season’s plot, Daddy Winchester, is now dead. Secondly, Ol’ Yellow Eyes is very much alive. Finally, the Colt, the only thing that’s been established as killing Ol’ Yellow Eyes is now in his possession.
I imagine the next episode will have some fallout from the Daddy’s death but the series will probably return to a few less arc-based episodes given the vagaries of network television.