Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #46 – “The Kids Are Alright”

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 3 Episode 02 – “The Kids Are Alright”

  • 00:45 – A lot of focus on the deal Dean made with the Crossroads demon and a bit on the mysterious blond from last episode in the previouslies.
  • 01:36 – We see a father bring his daughter home to her mother in the teaser. I assume one of them to be the Inevitable Teaser Death. As the daughter is talking about her dislike of the dad, I assume that daddy’s gonna die and the little kid is evil. Mostly because kids are evil. (Except mine, they’re awesome…)
  • 02:09 – Dad appears to be making a rocking horse with a power saw. I think I know how he’s going to bite it, and it ain’t pretty.
  • 03:16 -The power saw just came back on of its own volition after Daddy shut it off. He’s for the chop isn’t he?
  • 03:36 – Yes, in an extremely bloody and surprisingly graphic for network TV fashion.
  • 04:00 – Sam’s explicitly ignoring Dean’s requests not to figure out a way around the Crossroads demon deal and researching stuff that includes a demon dispelling ritual of some kind.
  • 04:08 – Sam’s cover up for being on the phone with Bobby about the research. “I was ordering a pizza.” Perhaps it would have been mildly convincing if he wasn’t in a diner.
  • 04: 55 – Dean wants to go investigate the power saw death, not because it might be a case for them, but because it’s near an ex-girlfriend he wants to catch up with.
  • 05:27 – Dean using a lot of “dying wishes” as part of the whole demonic deal thing. Sure that won’t backfire.
  • 06:44 – The ex (her name is Lisa) recognizes Dean after close to nine years. She clearly has a better memory than i do.
  • 07:21 – It’s Lisa’s son’s birthday party. The kid looks to be about eight, and is also utterly ecstatic to get an AC/DC CD as a birthday present. I’m pretty sure we can see where this might be going. Sometimes you forget this is a CW show until soap opera bits like that crop up.
  • 07:59 – Kid is chomping down on a big ol’ sandwich and has a classic car racing themed birthday cake. He’s about four nanoseconds from doing a “Bitch.” “Jerk.” exchange at this point, right?
  • 08:19 – Two of the ladies at the party are nakedly lusting after Dean. I imagine Ackles enjoyed that script element.
  • 09:05 – Kid describes party as “so freaking sweet.” Dean totally has a mini-me. I assume because they’re laying it on this thick that the kid is not Dean’s son. I’ve mentally renamed Lisa “Billie Jean” to reflect this.
  • 09:15 – Kid: “It’s hot chick city out there!”
  • 10:01 – The daughter from the trailer is a guest at the birthday party, and her mother thinks that there’s something wrong with her.
  • 10:35 – Really wrong, to the point that the mother says: “I’m not sure that is my daughter.” Lisa puts it down to grief over the dad’s power saw death.
  • 11:17 – Dean is the worst at trying to nonchalantly figure out if he’s the father.
  • 12:08 – The power saw is only the latest in a rash of neighborhood “bad luck” incidents. Interesting…
  • 12:26 – Mysterious blond from the last episode just came into the diner and sat across from Sam. Curiouser and curiouser. (I honestly didn’t think we’d see her again this soon into the season)
  • 12:58 – Sam asks mystery blond about the demon-killing knife she had. She calls him a damsel in distress.
  • 13:27 – Whoa. She’s aware of Ol’ Yellow Eyes and Sam’s relationship to him, or as she puts it: Generation of psychic kids, Yellow-Eyed Demon rounds you up, celebrity death match ensues. You’re the sole survivor.” I definitely want to know what the heck her deal is. I have to imagine she’s more than a common Hunter as I doubt that most of that stuff is common knowledge within the community.
  • 13:51 – Sam exposits that he hasn’t been getting any visions since Ol’ Yellow Eyes died. Which I think makes sense if they were demon-granted powers.
  • 14:24 – Mystery blond apparently knows that something has been going on with Mommy Winchester’s friends and gives Sam her number to call when he figures out what that something is. Why am I starting to suspect that mysterious blond semi-ally is going to turn out to be this season’s new Big Bad?
  • 14:33 – Dean confirms what mystery blond told Sam: “There’s a job in town.”
  • 15:00 The job has mostly manifested as a set of freak accidents happening to people.
  • 15:34 – Daughter from the teaser is some kind of monster, as her skin goes all grey and she appears to be absorbing some kind of energy from the mother.
  • 16:41 – Sam poses as an insurance agent to find out about one of the other freak accidents, a father fatally falling off an external ladder, with the young daughter being the only one present. I’m thinking that the kids are evil in this one. Also, Jared Padalecki is rocking the hell out of that suit.
  • 17:03 – The mother has a curious red lesion on the back of her neck. Almost looks like it’s had a squid tentacle attached to it.
  • 17:45 – Teaser mom has a matching lesion on her neck.
  • 18:39 – The realtor, who is one of the women lusting after Dean at the party pays a visit and is trying the hard sell on a recently bereaved widow in regards to the house which seems like a real dick move. Or whatever the female equivalent of “dick move” is.
  • 20:39 – Dean’s having a little chat with Lisa’s kid (Ben). It’s hilarious awkward and culminates with Ben attempting to get his own back on a bully.
  • 21:08 – Two swift knees to the bully’s nards and Ben got his game back. He’s also gotten into trouble with his mom. Real trouble, because she drops the full name bomb: “Benjamin Isaac Braeden…”
  • 22:43 – Teaser mom keeps seeing her daughter as some type of monster in any mirrored surface. She’s freaking out as teaser daughter (Katie) is incredibly creepy even when not monstrous.
  • 23:46 – That said, strapping her in a car and attempting to drown her in a lake seems excessive.
  • 24:56 – Katie being safe at home, waterlogged but apparently unharmed and still demanding ice cream suddenly makes it seem not excessive enough. What the heck is going on with these kids?
  • 25:19 – Sam’s researching Changelings, and Dean’s convinced that there’s something wrong with the kids in town. I wonder if those are related phenomena?
  • 25:43 – All the creepy kids are in fact changelings who feed on the mothers and can only be destroyed by fire. I’m guessing the show probably won’t show a lot of burning children though, can’t imagine that would meet with network approval.
  • 27:28 – Dean is trying to get Ben out of town so that he’s not a changeling victim, but judging by Ben’s attitude towards Dean, that ship has sailed. Fortunately, Sam’s already mentioned that the real kids aren’t killed by the changelings straight away, but stashed somewhere…
  • 28:23 – The weird red markings we’ve been seeing at the changeling victim’s house, which I took to be bloodstains look like some kind of curiously red dirt.
  • 29:02 – Dean traces the red dirt to a house the realtor has on the market which has a big old pile of red dirt next to the “For Sale” sign.
  • 30:26 – The actual kids are being kept in cages on the property.
  • 31:05 – And it looks like the “realtor” is an adult Changeling who’s behind all this.
  • 31:56, Dean’s smashing cages and rescuing the kids.
  • 32:51 – Lisa’s worked out that the “Ben” she’s with isn’t her son. Sam & Dean have worked out that the Changelings keep the kids alive so that the mother changeling can feed upon them.
  • 33:52 – Mommy Changeling is kicking the brothers Winchester’s collective rears in this fight. Sam can’t seem to get his flamethrower on. Luckily, it seems like Dean got the kids out already.
  • 34:33 – Mommy changeling finally gets blasted with an enormous gout of flame, courtesy of Sam.
  • 34:39 – The other changelings also go up in flames and incinerate as the mother changeling burns. Which means that the mothers see “Ben” & “Katie” incinerated. Us viewers are lucky enough just to see reflected flames with no detail. Has to lead to some hefty therapy for the parents who just saw what looked like their kids burning to death though, right?
  • 35:47 – Dean returns Ben to Lisa. And explains both Changelings and his job as a Hunter to her between camera cuts.
  • 36:01 – Lisa confirms that Ben isn’t Dean’s kid, due to a blood test when Ben was a baby.
  • 37:11 – But she also points out that Ben would be dead if it wasn’t for Dean.
  • 38:40, Sam’s making calls about friends of Mommy Winchester, I assume he’s following up on Mystery blond’s advice from back at 14:24
  • 39:00 – Common theme seems to be that they’re all dead.
  • 39:35 – Mystery blond seems certain that it was Ol’ Yellow Eyes behind this particular mass outbreak of death. And he seemed so goshdarned friendly too.
  • 39:55 – Sam to the mystery blond: “Just tell me who you are.” I concur. She claims it doesn’t matter.
  • 40:09 – Mystery blond is a demon, she’s got the black eyes. Sam immediately goes to grab the holy water.
  • 41:18 – Mystery blond demon wants to help Sam find out what Ol’ Yellow Eyes really wanted with Sam, and that if he lets her, she can help Sam save Dean from his demonic deal.

While this episode was definitely lower stakes than the previous one, and had no real connection to the unleashed hellish demons, it felt like a meatier episode. I think a lot of that was that the story beats were better crafted and paced out, with the obvious something “off” about the children from the get go. And of course, we got a lot more on the mysterious blond demon person, and I’m a sucker for anything that ties into a larger mythology arc, which she clearly does, even though it’s not exactly clear at this juncture how.

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