Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #28 – “No Exit”

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 06 – “No Exit”

  • 01:15 – Flickering lights, the universal televisual shorthand for “something bad is coming.” I’m guessing our cell phone user is Ms. Inevitable Teaser Death for this episode.
  • 02:07 – A lot of black ooze in this apartment. I hope phone girl doesn’t have four turtles and a rat for pets.
  • 02:36 – I guess that doesn’t count as an Inevitable Teaser Death. She just got freaked out by the eye.
  • 02:53 – Katie Holmes jokes! It is 2006 after all, and Sam’s right, for Dean that is bitchy.
  • 03:46 – As someone who spent a decade living in Virginia, these “Nebraska is for lovers” t-shirts offend me.
  • 04:21 – Dean is entirely correct to be terrified of Ellen. She gives off an understandable Mama Bear vibe when it comes to Jo.
  • 04:53 – The Middle Name Ultimatum is sacrosanct Joanna Beth.
  • 05:59 – Dean touched the ooze. I think that means he’ll become either Bebop or Rocksteady.
  • 06:20 – Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. First Ghostbusters reference of the week! (Season?)
  • 06:40 – Jo stowed away. Ellen is going to have both Winchester Brothers’ testicles in jars behind the road house bar at the end of this episode.
  • 07:32 – That’s a serious wad of cash.
  • 07:58 – So Jo’s a poker hustler. I think I still agree with Dean, she probably shouldn’t be hunting. Simply due to inexperience.
  • 09:51 – Jo wants to be bait. She should ask Sam exactly how that role’s worked out for him in the past.
  • 10:34 – Rather more than a little twisted, Dean-o.
  • 11:23 – Whoever owns that creepy grate hand really, really needs a manicure.
  • 12:54 – Blood-covered hair in the vents. All i have in mine is dust.
  • 13:11 – Random blond woman. She’s not wearing white, so I’m calling abductee, not murder victim or vengeful entity.
  • 14:41 – Spirit of the bad manicure has a nice line in wall splitting activities.
  • 15:43 – Dean offers Jo a rather vicious looking knife. My mind instantly goes here.
  • 16:23 – Oh Jo, my sweet summer child, you have no idea just how loaded that question is.
  • 17:53 – This show has more Daddy Issues than Parenting Weekly magazine.
  • 19:15 – I guess Ash does make a convenient offscreen exposition fairy. I expect him to die next time there’s a metaplot-centric episode anywhere near the roadhouse.
  • 20:00 – Like the Bloody Benders before him, H.H Holmes is based on a real person.
  • 21:24 – While it’s truly heinous thing, “Murder Factory” is a very cool name.
  • 22:24 – Jo really is petite. Also the way these scenes in the dark narrow passageways inside the walls are shot is really, really claustrophobic and creepy. I also notice that Sam hasn’t had very much to do this episode. I assume that’s a consequence of the actor’s broken hand.
  • 24:19 – And Jo becomes what her character arc indicated she would, a screaming victim…
  • 25:26 – …of course that would have to be when Ellen busts them.
  • 26:28 – Now it’s time to hit the sewers. This really is a stealth TMNT crossover.
  • 28:03 – You know, Jo, you definitely are a little short for a Stormtrooper.
  • 30:50 – Last three things to show up on the closed captioning: “[POUNDING],” “[PANTING],” & “[HEAVY BREATHING],” it’s really not that kind of a show.
  • 31:43 – “Pure iron, you creepy ass son of a bitch!” Jo can handle herself a little. Still think Ellen’s right about not wanting her to hunt though.
  • 32:58 – I think that’s a pretty definitive “No” to the “Is he gone?” question.
  • 34:05 – Now Jo gets to find out exactly how much “being bait” sucks as part of a hunter’s plan.
  • 35:53 – The creepy abducting guy is now trapped in a circle of salt. Why are condiments so good against vile spirits & demons? And would horseradish stop them in a more piquant manner?
  • 36:31 – Holy crap, a cement truck. That should keep the badly-manicured spirit in place. Awesome guitar riffs too.
  • 37:48 – An even more awkward car ride than your return from last Thanksgiving…
  • 38:12 – Look, Ellen, I like you but nobody should be messing with Foreigner.
  • 40:19 – Jo’s dad died while hunting with Daddy Winchester. Because of course he did.

Man, this show. It’s good but it certainly does like to indulge in the whole Daddy Issues tropes for the cast, doesn’t it? Even with that, this was a solid episode. It felt a little bit like filler, simply because of Sam not having a whole lot to do, which couldn’t be helped with Jared’s injury. Jo steps up nicely, and I know Alona Tai can handle action roles from her work on Burn Notice. She stepped up to the plate gamely in this one and was fun throughout. I do like the show tying in real life heinous crimes like H.H. Holmes’ murders and the Bloody Benders’ cannibalism, but I wonder if some people (victim’s descendants, that sort of thing) have a problem with that.

The beats of this episode were mostly predictable plot wise, but having Jo sub in for Sam for so much of it meant that we got newer and slightly different character moments and interactions, which was enough to keep the episode moving at a fairly rollicking pace. I wouldn’t want the brothers not to be the main focal points too often, but it felt like a nice creative shot in the arm if it happens on occasion. All in all, a fun episode of television.


2 thoughts on “Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #28 – “No Exit”

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