Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #35 – “Houses of the Holy”

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 13 – “Houses of the Holy”

  • 00:16 – I’m immediately disconcerted by the lack of a previously/The Road So Far section. Instead, we’re treated to a woman smoking a cigarette and listening to something offscreen. Since the woman isn’t wearing white, I’ll assume sshe’s the Inevitable Teaser Death rather than a malevolent presence of some kind.
  • 00:39 – Televangelists seem like an easy target. Still 98% of them deserve to be mocked.
  • 01:04 – And this televangelist has the power to override remote controls.
  • 01:43 – Apparently the “glory of the Lord” just manifested as a white light (I’m guessing that it’s not actually glorious or Lordly. It’s pale enough that it might be Lorde.) Also, the woman didn’t die, so this episode is bereft of both previouslies and an Inevitable Teaser Death. It’s left me rather discombobulated.
  • 02:15 – Sam’s pretending to be a psychiatric nurse, and is interviewing the teaser lady about what she saw.
  • 03:03 – Apparently that “glory of the Lord” told teaser lady to go kill someone on God’s behalf, so she did. Seems to be a little bit against the spirit of Exodus 20:13 if you ask me.
  • 03:18 – Teaser lady thinks the white glow cloud presence was an angel. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 04:27 – And from the serious spiritual murder conversation, we cut to Dean on a vibrating bed listening to Nazareth (at least on the Netflix version, his phone claims that it’s “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin but it very clearly isn’t.
  • 04:57 – Dean apparently has a “Magic Fingers” addiction.
  • 05:03 – Sam points out that Dean kinda needs to stay hidden since he was just broadcast robbing a bank on the news.
  • 05:37 – Dean making a crack about how teaser lady was Touched by an Angel, which makes me feel better about my link at 03:18.
  • 06:13 – Apparently teaser lady wasn’t the first person in the neighborhood to kill because an angel who hasn’t read Deuteronomy 5:17 told them to…
  • 06:24 – Dean being skeptical about angels considering all the other stuff they’ve seen seems very arbitrary.
  • 06:36 – Though unicorns riding on silver moonbeams shooting rainbows out of their ass is a memorable mental image.
  • 07:24 – I do buy into Deans “demon or spirit” theory, but I feel it would be a little disappointing if angels didn’t exist in the Supernatural Universe.
  • 08:24 – Teaser lady’s murder victim has an extremely tacky angel decoration on the porch.
  • 09:22 – Ah, semi-creepy subterranean rooms. Where would this show be without them?
  • 10:39 – And murder victim has a literal skeleton buried in his backyard. I suppose the villain of this piece could be DC Comics’ The Spectre.
  • 10:57 – And speaking of comics, this new random dude appears to be perusing one entitled Theses vs. Cannabal.
  • 11:40 – And he’s being visited by the same glow cloud spirit thing as teaser lady. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 12:38 – new random dude is named Zach and he just straight up stabbed someone under the influence of the glow cloud. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 12:46 – And another angel decoration. This one’s a statue.
  • 13:16 – Dean’s first concern when Sam (who’s no longer wearing his cast. Just realized that.) returns to the hotel room? “Did you bring quarters?” for the Magic Fingers, of course.
  • 14:15 – Ah, casually heroic breaking & entering. Investigative tool par excellence.
  • 15:00 – How did Sam get his password that easily? Bugs me so much.
  • 15:21 – Stabbed guy has a thing going with a 13 year old girl.
  • 15:37 – “I guess if you’re gonna stab someone, good timing.”
  • 16:18 – Both murder victims we’ve seen belong to the same church, and because it’s this episode, the church is called “Our Lady of the Angels.”
  • 17:29 – Time for some angel-related exposition from a priest!
  • 18:11 – And our first direct scriptural quote of the episode is Luke 2:9. Good thematic choice.
  • 18:42 – And the prior priest here, Father Gregory died a couple of months ago. I think we have a candidate for the true identity of the glow cloud. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 19:46 – Sam would be an upgrade from Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. Heck, Sam’s hair would be un upgrade from Pat Robertson.
  • 19:55 – Sam prays daily. This does not surprise me. It definitely surprises cynical ol’ Dean though.
  • 20:45 – We have a moving angel statue. Don’t blink!
  • 20:58 – And now the glow cloud has appeared to Sam. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 21:33 – Dean immediately figures out that Sam encountered the “angel.”
  • 22:06 – Dean’s reaction to Sam’s claims is perfect: “Okay ecstasy boy, let’s get you some glow sticks and a nice Dr. Seuss hat, huh?”
  • 22:55 – Throwing Sam’s weird demon heritage destiny thing at him in response to these angel claims is a dick move, Dean. It’s also the right well to go to.
  • 23:42 – Dean’s clearly wrong here. There clearly is a higher power.
  • 24:25 – That wormwood is pretty compelling evidence for Father Gregory being the identity of the glow cloud. All Hail The Glow Cloud.
  • 24:53 – And Dean’s method to prove it’s Father Gregory is to go a-summoning.
  • 25:45 – Sam’s getting another visitation from the glow cloud. All hail the glow cloud. I’m guessing this is to indicate Sam’s potential victim.
  • 26:41 – Dean locking Sam out of that beautiful Impala to do the seance while Dean follows the potentially evil guy highlighted by the glow cloud. All hail the glow cloud.
  • 26:55 – Low speed car chases! Supernatural – taste the excitement.
  • 28:25 – Sam now has to explain why he’s performing a seance ritual in a church to a priest. Shouldn’t be too awkward.
  • 29:00 – Sam’s voice practically dripping with disappointment that there’s no angel, as Father Gregory’s spirit just showed up.
  • 31:19 – Now we have a pretty good dialog between an old priest and a young priest. How very exorcist.
  • 32:27 – Finally someone quotes “Thou shalt not kill.” I thought it might show up somewhat earlier in the episode.
  • 32:46 – And it seems like the person that was marked out to be Sam’s victim might just be a wannabe rapist.
  • 33:23 – Dean just beat the guy up and kinda-sorta rescued the woman.
  • 34:17 – Father Gregory is getting his Last Rites. I’m not Catholic, so I have no idea how accurate the ceremony is, but it’s put his spirit to rest.
  • 36:39 – Richard T. Rapist, Esquire just got impaled through the heart by a pipe falling off a truck as he tried to pull through an intersection. Is that ironic?
  • 40:21 – And we end with Sam’s faith shaken, Dean’s perhaps beginning to be rediscovered and Bob Dylan singing Knocking on Heaven’s Door” on the soundtrack.

I’m not completely sure how I feel about this episode. While I am, in general a complete sucker for religious themes the conflict between Sam’s faith and Dean’s lack thereof seemed very pat and led to a predictable arc for them both. That said, the final scene between the two of them was magnificently acted and a great encapsulation of what belief can mean to both of them. The other really good scene was the brief interaction between the two priests. It seems odd that the quiet scenes were the ones that held my attention whereas the brief spooky scenes or action scenes just didn’t have the same spark. In conclusion, all hail the glow cloud.


2 thoughts on “Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #35 – “Houses of the Holy”

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