Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #30 – “Crossroad Blues”

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 08 – “Crossroad Blues”

  • 00:36 – The previously is featuring a lot of both Daddy Winchester & Ol’ Yellow Eyes. Makes me think that this might be a rather significant episode.
  • 00:56 – Looks & sounds like the show is going to be playing off the “Robert Johnson met the devil at a crossroads legend.” I like the title more now.
  • 01:32 – So, it looks like the role of Inevitable Teaser Death will be played by Robert Johnson. Cause is apparently gonna be some dog-like thing.
  • 03:56 – Sam pulls up Dean’s profile on the St. Louis Police Department website, and my first reaction to the information is “There’s no way Dean is 6 foot 1.”
  • 04:38 – So a “black dog” is apparently a thing. Jimmy Page could have told you that.
  • 05:15 – “Bet they could hump the crap out of your leg.” Hee!
  • 05:39 – It’s not funny to him, it’s just a tribute.
  • 06:31 – It sounds like this dead architect made a Faustian bargain of some sort.
  • 07:29 – The “MySpace, what the hell is that?” scene is just as funny in 2015 as it was in 2006, albeit for entirely different reasons.
  • 08:35 – Another possible Faustian bargain a decade ago at Lloyd’s Bar… Now, what is the canine connection?
  • 09:34 – That motel clerk looks pretty screwed up.
  • 10:27 – I’m assuming the gorgeous wide shot of the crossroads and talk of yarrow in summoning rituals won’t ever come up again in this episode….
  • 11:29 – Yeah, Dean, what sort of crazy person would make deals withe demons? Other than your father, I mean.
  • 11:43 – So, Sam thinks it’s not black dogs but Hellhounds. I guess you can skip Zeppelin and go right to the source.
  • 12:03 – Just saw the name of the motel is “The Baskerville.” Seems a little too on the nose.
  • 13:04 – Hard to beat a good title drop, and Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues” is as tuneful a title drop as I could imagine.
  • 13:16 – Apparently the demon of the crossroads goes in for red eyes rather than the more typical black or the highly Winchester significant yellow.
  • 14:58 – Dean’s “screw them” attitude doesn’t feel right for the character, so I assume he’s lying to his terribly-coiffed brother for some reason.
  • 16:15 – I do wonder why it’s always salt. Pepper just has some vibrancy to it, y’know?
  • 16:51 – I have no idea what “goofer dust” is, but in my head canon it’s the ground up remains of a famous Disney dog. Gawrsh!
  • 17:44 – This guy’s really rather chill for a guy about to be summoned by demonic entities.
  • 19:20 – Sounds like the demon of the crossroads dealt with four people a decade ago, and the brothers winchester were only aware of three of them. Also, I’m going to call her the crossroads demon, as “demon of the crossroads” is just a little unwieldy to type.
  • 20:37 – And so we meet our fourth demon/hellhound victim, and he’s sending his wife away before his debt comes due. I guess that’s a kind gesture.
  • 21:57 – That’s a freaky as heck effect with the weird face/neck contortions. I kind of like how she seems oblivious to what just happened to her.
  • 22:35 – A damned good kick may lack the finesse of lock picking but it gets results.
  • 24:30 – So this guy made the deal to save his cancer-stricken wife from death. That’s certainly noble, if misguided. And I guaran-damn-tee that the boys are thinking of Daddy right now.
  •  25:10 – Dean making the subtext text for the slower on the uptake members of the audience.
  • 26:43 – Ah, Daddy Issues, where would this show be without you?
  • 27:04 -I’m pretty certain Sam was very, very right to question Dean’s motives in wanting to summon this crossroads demon. I can’t help but think he’s going to do something monumentally stupid.
  • 27:26 – I think I preferred the vessel the crossroads demon inhabited when it was dealing with Robert Johnson.
  • 27:41 – And this particular demon is familiar with Dean. This plan has wonderful idea written all over it.
  • 28:58 – Dean offering himself for cancer husband guy. I’m starting to suspect that “Winchester” is a Farsi wrd meaning “death wish.”
  • 29:06 – And the crossroads demon just confirmed to Dean the truth about Daddy Winchester’s deal.
  • 29:48 – At least the devil’s trap was a smart ruse. Too bad she spotted it.
  • 31:21 – If she could bring back Daddy Winchester, that’s one heck of a temptation for Dean. But then, demons and devil’s have traditionally been rather good at the whole temptation game, haven’t they?
  • 33:05 – Pretty sure if she did do that, Daddy would probably try to kill Dean. Happiness isn’t exactly on the cards for that trio.
  • 33:50 – Clever. Didn’t suspect the second devil’s trap, and neither did crossroads demon. I hope they were nice steak knives though.
  • 34:38 – I think making the hell hounds invisible is a smart choice, no special effect could possibly be as sinister as what teh viewer’s imagination provides.
  • 35:05 – Ironic that they hold out on the exorcising until after Linda Blair’s guest shot.
  • 36:00 – Oh Dean, you can’t be that stupid as to make a deal can you? If we see Daddy soon, I guess we’ll know.
  • 37:31 – “Shut your mouth, bitch” is undeniably misogynistic of Dean, but it was satisfying in the context of the show.
  • 38:57 – Sam makes a good point about Daddy’s legacy being the lives that he and the boys have saved and are continuing to save.
  • 39:23 – That’s a nicely ambiguous note to end on (and some good music too), but did Dean make a deal or not?
  • 40:00 – Season previews at the end of an episode? How weird. I shut it off because while I’m not trying to remain completely spoiler-free, I do like to be surprised.

Not sure how I feel abut this one. I feel that the teaser set me up to think that this was going to be more obviously important to the over-arcing plot of the show, especially with Ol’ Yellow Eyes popping up. And while Daddy’s deal with Ol’ Yellow Eyes did inform a lot of the episode, it almost felt like a red herring. I kind of hope that’s more due to a slow burn thing the show’s doing rather than dropping the ball, because the show seems less likely to make those mistakes now. It definitely knows what it is and what it wants to be.

Also, what exactly did Dean arrange with the crossroads demon? I feel like that’s likely to be very important to the development of the season and to Dean’s character arc, but based on the ten year timeframe, not until the middle of season 12, and I cannot imagine that such a dramatic hook would be held in abeyance for that long. Was nice to get another “type” of demon introduced, and the spotlighting of Faustian bargains feels like it has a lot to offer in the future.

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