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 05 – “Simon Said”
- 00:51 – A lot of mentions of Sam’s psychic abilities and their connection to Ol’ Yellow Eyes in the previously montage, as well as references to one of the “children like him,” Max, the telekinetic.
- 01:41 – So far the teaser puts me in the mind of the X-Files episode, “Blood,” and usually I’ve enjoyed Supernatural episodes that remind me of Mulder & Scully’s heyday.
- 02:40 – Maybe this is the Limey in me speaking, but is it really that easy to buy a gun?
- 03:05 – And gun store worker guy becomes our Inevitable Teaser Death of the episode. I was sure it was going to be elderly brainwashed gun-purchasing guy.
- 03:16 – He got in on the Inevitable Teaser Death action too.
- 03:19 – Except, neither of them is definitely dead yet, as it looks like we were watching the teaser in glorious technicolor Sam-O-Vision
- 04:41 – Yay, the return of Ellen, Jo, Ash & Ash’s sweet, sweet mullet.
- 05:35 – Dr. Badass is in. Lucy would be so proud.
- 06:02 – Sam’s wearing a cast. I guess Angela really did break his arm. (Actually, I have since discovered that teh arm-breaker was not Sam Winchester but Jared Padalecki. I guess they wrote it in.
- 07:00 – REO Speedwagon! Woo! As I have mentioned before I am proud of my utter lack of musical taste.
- 07:51 – I think Ellen would definitely kill you, Dean. There ain’t no “might” about it.
- 08:12 – And now Dean’s realized he can’t fight the music any longer and is singing along to Speedwagon.
- 09:17 – I don’t care how evil this Andy Gallagher character is, if he has the secret to overcoming collection agencies, I want it.
- 10:28 – That’s one heck of a paint job on Andy’s van, plus the musical director who picked Spinal Tap to introduce it is a genius.
- 11:07 – Sam being worried that Ol’ Yellow Eyes wants him as a mind-killer is a logical character beat. I guess he’s still afraid to let it flow
- 13:23 – So Andy’s ability is some kind of compelling voice, elsewise there’s no way Dean gives up that sweet Impala just by being asked.
- 14:14 – Sam trying to prevent his vision/the teaser from happening goes with a tried & true approach. Just pull the fire alarm.
- 14:53 – Dean would refer to what Andy did as “full on Obi-Wan,” wouldn’t he?
- 16:29 – And the most sincere emotional reunion of the series so far is Dean and the Impala. What started out as friendship has grown stronger
- 17:04 – Random OJ slam from outta nowhere! And he probably was guilty of something.
- 17:35 – Andy’s van has everything. Only wish it had the strength to let it show.
- 17:50 – Hegel? Kant? Wittgenstein? That’s a heck of a library for a shaggin’ van.
- 18:55 – Perhaps a little less truth would be wiser there, Dean… I’d tell yourself you can hold out forever
- 19:15 – Interesting. Sam’s immune to Andy’s power. I assume it’s the whole demonic connection thingy.
- 19:54 – And glorious technicolor Sam-O-Vision returns at a most inconvenient time. I said there’s no reason for his fear.
- 20:22 – So, if Andy isn’t the voice on the other end of those now delightfully antiquated cellphones, who is?
- 20:34 – Dousing yourself with that much gasoline has to be expensive as hell. Thanks, Obama.
- 21:18 – Dean helping Sam recover from the vision attack. Cause he feels so secure when they’re together. I guess it gives his life direction.
- 21:47 – Dean wants to know what’s up with the tiny deadline on Sam’s visions. Because they make everything so clear.
- 22:26 – Andy on the relative merits of his & Sam’s powers: “Death visions? dude, that sucks.” He’s not wrong.
- 22:41 – Andy’s happy, despite living in a van. Why? Because even as he wanders, he’s got everything he needs. I’m pretty sure that means he’ll be pushing up daisies by the time the credits roll. I’m keeping him in sight
- 23:22 – Gas station lady that went up like a candle in the window on a cold dark winter’s night was apparently Andy’s mom. The plot thickens. It also kind of messes up the tracking system Ash has been using for the children Ol’ Yellow Eyes interacted with.
- 23:54 – “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” perfect considering the 14:53 reference.
- 24:32 – Andy’s a twin. Didn’t see that coming.
- 25:29 – Oh, whoa. Andy’s newish friend Webber is really his evil twin Ansem Weems, and I’m not even watching an actual soap opera.
- 26:19 – More glorious technicolor Sam-o–Vision, I fear for Andy’s (ex?) girlfriend’s life.
- 26:36 – And said ex is wearing white, so as per show rules she’s either evil or about to be dead, possibly both.
- 29:01 – Yeah, Ansem, that’s a disturbingly rapey vibe.
- 30:06 – Sam: “Get out of the car, now!” Ansem: “You really don’t want to do this.” Sam: *punches Ansem’s little rat face* Limey:”[Expletive], yeah!”
- 31:54 – “You learn you’ve got a twin… you call him up, you go out for a drink, you don’t start killing people!” – Words to live by, I think we can all agree.
- 32:09 – So Ansem has met Ol’ Yellow Eyes….
- 33:34 – Great gunshot fakeout. Kind of a shame that it does make Andy a killer.
- 36:16 – “That’s like being roofied man, that doesn’t count.” Not sure Dean gets to claim that…
- 37:28 – I can understand Dean’s reluctance to reveal Sam’s demon-touched nature to Ellen and the roadhouse crowd, but she’s a smart cookie. She’ll have it figured out in no time flat anyway.
A much better episode than the prior one. The ties into the metaplot with Ol’ Yellow Eyes and his chosen children helped that of course, but I think this would have been a better episode even without that, simply because it didn’t have the predictable beats. The evil twin twist, while slightly cliched, was at least a legitimate twist and one that wasn’t seen coming a mile off. Andy was a better red herring than the Ancient Greek professor from last episode simply because he does have those powers. Also, he ended up not dying by the end, which was not what I had predicted.
The scene with Dean being forced to tell the truth was interesting because it revealed to Sam that Dean really is just as worried about Sam’s status as one of Ol’ Yellow Eyes chosen as Sam is. I think the audience probabky had already picked up on that, but it was nice to have it confirmed. Also, it was nice to have more of the show’s signature rock music styling’s back, with Speedwagon & Soundgarden. I think their absence last time really hurt the atmosphere of the episode.
Plus, mind control is infinitely more interesting as a story hook than zombies. I’d happily rewatch this episode. I’m not sure I can say that about the last one.