Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #41 – “Folsom Prison 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 19 – “Folsom Prison Blues”

  • 00:17 – After a notable absence, the previouslies make their return, focusing on Dean’s fugitive status. Hardly surprising considering the title of this episode.
  • 00:53 – The episode proper starts with a scene at a prison for the cultivation of manly facial hair, judging by some of the soup strainers on display. The guard is clean shaven though, which is why I nominate him for the role of Inevitable Teaser Death.
  • 01:46 – Something poltergeist-y is happening in the disused cell block. That may be the most Scooby-Doo sentence I’ve ever written.
  • 04:26 – This guard just got his arm trapped by a slamming prison cell door. That has to hurt like a real son of a gun.
  • 04:40 – And now he’s become Inevitable Teaser Death, Harbinger of Title Sequences
  • 05:05 – Our first glimpse of the brothers Winchester involves them performing a little museum based B&E.
  • 06:05 – Looks like they tripped the alarm to deliberately summon the security guards. It’s like the boys want to get caught.
  • 06:26 – Dean’s Blue Steel game during the mugshots is on point.
  • 06:53 – Dean’s interrogator is Agent Henriksen, who he’s ran into a time or two before.
  • 07:47 – Henriksen’s thesis statement on the series: “For you two, ‘screwed to hell’ is a major understatement.”
  • 08:35 – It’s very unbecoming of me to admit this, but Dean’s public defender, Mara Daniels, is kind of cute.
  • 09:07 – Okay, the boys are definitely trying to get thrown into the jail of manly facial hair from the teaser, presumably to hunt. Seems a risky play for a couple of murder suspects.
  • 09:28 – Something about Booker T & The MGs just works for prison scenes
  • 10:21 – Dean’s prison uniform seems far too well tailored. I blame Mr. Ackles’ vanity.
  • 11:01 – Quoth the Sammy: “This is without a doubt, the dumbest, craziest thing we’ve ever done.” Having seen 40 episodes of this show thus far, I’m not sure it even cracks the top 5 dumbest.
  • 11:27 – Dean reassures Sam that their post-ghost escape plan is a “100% sure thing.” That pretty much makes it doomed to failure.
  • 11:55 – Apparently the boys are doing this for Deacon, one of Daddy Winchester’s Marine Corps buddies.
  • 13:54 – If it wasn’t gonna go wrong before, it will now that Dean’s provoked a brawl in the cafeteria.
  • 14:55 – Sam’s a big guy. Sure he’s wiry, but 6’5″ish isn’t the new fish I’d be threatening.
  • 15:38 – Dean’s rather understated reaction to the beginnings of a spiritual manifestation in his solitary cell: “Oh, crap.”
  • 16:08 – I have a feeling big prison bully guy is going to be our pre-commercial break death.
  • 16:29 – Yep.
  • 17:02 – The boys’ public defender has been doing some research into their alleged crime history, including chatting with Policezazu about them.
  • 17:55 – Henriksen’s response to lawyer raising some points about inconsistencies? Dial the “patronizing dick” level up to 11.
  • 18:38 – Sam trying to pump the witness to the Inevitable Teaser Death for information about what happened that fateful night. I’m distracted because the witness looks like a thirty-years-older Jared Padalecki.
  • 18:58 – Sam’s answer to the why he’s in there question is laced with subtext: “Because I got an idiot for a brother.”
  • 19:29 – Seems our ghost suspect didn’t die from a heart attack, it was more a “beaten to death with a baseball bat” type of thing. I get those confused all the time, which is probably why I’m no longer invited to cardiology conventions.
  • 20:21 – Dean’s hustled up a decent pile of cigarettes playing poker. Sam points out the fundamental flaw with this technique: Dean’s not a smoker…
  • 21:52 – It sure looks like step 1 of Sam’s plan is to have Dean get beaten to a bloody pulp, based on the size of the guy he’s trying to antagonize. Also, Donuts are love.
  • 22:15 – Some very bad camera work on this fight. Despite the meaty foley work, it’s very clear that Dean’s punches don’t come close to connecting with the big guy.
  • 22:40 – I’m pretty sure that a fight like that in a real prison wouldn’t distract all the guards, so there’s no way Sam’s ruse would work. At least I’d hope prison security is better than this. Having never spent any time inside nor having any desire to do so, I obviously can’t verify these claims.
  • 23:47 – There’s too much episode left for this ghost bed burning to work out.
  • 24:31 – We’re getting a little of “Tiny” (the big guy)’s back story, and it goes to a well hitherto untapped in the annals of network television, especially on this show: Daddy issues! I know, I was stunned as well.
  • 24:50 – Our first clear shot of the ghost of the week and she doesn’t look anything like the male prisonew who was beaten to death and had been the presumed spirit until this moment. This also means sam burned a perfectly good, if blood-stained, sheet for no reason.
  • 25:33 – Ghost woman (she looks vaguely nurse-like) does the heart squeeze thing to Dean, who salts her face to escape.
  • 25:41 – Tiny has a lower sodium meal and dies for it.
  • 27:02 – Ghost was a nurse. And it costs Dean two packs of cigarettes to get her name (Glockner). He’s very grudging about that second pack. Also the boys escape plan is supposed to happen tonight, so in the best traditions of Jack Bauer, THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!
  • 28:09 – Kind of love how sam’s calling Dean out for “going native” in the jailhouse.
  • 28:58 – Dean’s trying to use the lawyer’s connections to research Glockner. She, quite rightly, notes that his priorities are incredibly screwed up and he might want to worry about his case…
  • 30:23 – Bro fight!
  • 30:25 – That the guards instantly break up, damn it. I wanted to see the boys throw down.
  • 30:37 – Just realized that it’s been the same guard/warden that’s broken up all three of Dean’s fights. Not sure if that’s significant or whether it’s a speaking parts vs. extras economics thing.
  • 31:07 – It’s significant. The guard is the Deacon mentioned way back at 11:55 as the reason they’re in the pokey in the first place.
  • 31:53 – Lawyer left them so information. Dean chalks it up to being “friggin’ velvety smooth,” though I’d say that’s been more sam in this episode.
  • 33:18 – Despite the friendly nature of the altercation, I can only describe the grin Dean flashes as he slugs Deacon as wolfish.
  • 33:29 – First glance this episode at the single greatest character in the entirety of this show – The Impala.
  • 34:09 – Deacon’s being harassed/interviewed by Henriksen and makes the salient point that he would have no way of knowing where the boys are at. The FBI guy is just a tad apoplectic about this.
  • 34:49 – The lawyer invokes attorney-client privilege to not discuss their earlier conversation, but looks like she’s going to give in some time during the next scene transition.
  • 36:24 – Implication seems to be that lawyer lady told Henriksen which cemetery Glockner’s buried in.
  • 37:19 – Looks like Nurse Glockner’s got it in for Deacon. Not sure what she perceives his crime to be. Perhaps letting the boys escape?
  •  38:06 – Salt-N-Burn (but no DJ Spinderella) seems to have been a success, so Deacon lives.
  • 38:51 – Turns out lawyer Mara sent the law enforcement types to the wrong cemetery. A revelation that’s nicely soundtracked by Alice in Chains.
  • 39:37 – The boys are even more screwed police-wise now, seeing as they’ve added a jailbreak to their multiple murder, grave desecration and armed robbery charges.

Good to be back on the Supernatural wagon after a recent hiatus. Real life (and the Stanley Cup Playoffs) interfered. Just a bit of a shame that the episode itself was on the lackluster side. I imagine some of that is conservation of budget as season finale time approaches, but it’s still frustrating as a first time viewer. The prison setting at least spiced things up a bit, and the inmates were kind of interesting spins on the usual assortment of exposition providers. It just didn’t feel like this episode had a core to it, and outside of maybe Henriksen, I doubt we’ll see any of the non-Winchester characters again. This was filler. Not bad filler, but not especially interesting filler. The best thing I can say about it is that it was fortyish minutes of competent television.

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