Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #47 – “Bad Day at Black Rock”

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 03 – “Bad Day at Black Rock”

  • 00:30 – The previouslies focus on Dean’s demonic deal, the mysterious blond demon woman and then throw a slight curveball, by featuring Gordon Walker, the Hunter with a grudge against Sam who was last seen getting arrested.
  • 01:38 – The episode opens with Gordon receiving a visitor in prison, who tells him that the Devil’s Gate has been opened. Since this is backstory related, I don’t think we’re getting an Inevitable Teaser Death. Seeing as this is likely the second Death-less teaser in three episodes, they’re becoming more Evitable Teaser Deaths…
  • 02:28 – Gordon’s visitor, who goes by the rather unlikely sobriquet of “Kubrick” says that sam checks out as just a Hunter. Gordon isn’t convinced Sam is even human…
  • 02:49 – Gordon: “Sam Winchester must die.” Technically Gordon, he already did, so your work here is done.
  • 03:09 – Looks like Sam is recounting his little tete a tete with the mystery blond demon to Dean. Apparently, she has a name (Ruby), which means I won’t have to refer to her as mystery blond demon lady after this bullet point is done. Dean wants to know why Sam didn’t send Ruby back to Hell.
  • 03:34 – Dean points out that Ruby was probably lying about being able to help with Dean’s crossroads demon deal. Though he phrases it in the slashiest possible manner: “She knows what your weakness is, it’s me.” Also, it looks like Sam didn’t tell Dean about all of Mommy Winchester’s friends getting deadified.
  • 04:20 – The boys argument about Ruby is interrupted by a cell phone ringing. It’s Daddy Winchester’s cell.
  • 05:02 – Looks like someone broke into one of Daddy Winchester’s storage containers that was so secret even the boys didn’t know it existed.
  • 05:39 – Apparently Kubrick has hunted with Gordon on a fairly regular basis in the past.
  • 06:53 – To my utter lack of surprise, Daddy Winchester’s storage container has a Devil’s Trap drawn on the floor and bloodstains abound. It looks like how I’d imagine a Hunter’s cache to look.
  • 07:17 – It was also booby trapped such that one of the two people who broke in got a shotgun blast.
  • 08:14 – Daddy’s mementoes for his boys: Sam’s 1995 soccer trophy and the first sawn-off shotgun Dean made as a sixth-grader.
  • 08:38 – Whoever broke in didn’t steal any of the guns, grenades or land mines that were stored here. Clearly they had a specific target in mind.
  • 09:11 – So this is a repository of cursed stuff that Daddy had discovered whilst hunting, kept in sealed “curse boxes” to stop the bad mojo escaping. I assume that whoever stole one is going to open it, else there wouldn’t be much of an episode.
  • 10:07 – The box is opened slowly and semi-reverentially to reveal… a rabbit’s foot.
  • 10:57 – After the robber who got shot (Wayne) touches the rabbit foot, their neighbor visits. Apparently he’s some kind of army veteran medic and is going to be able to fix up Wayne’s shotgun wound. That seems like a remarkably lucky coincidence.
  • 11:46 – Wayne also getting very, very lucky at cards in the game he’s playing against his co-robber.
  • 12:35 – Dean & Sam confronting the robbers. Dean is just the tiniest bit pissed off that they opened the box. I’d say on a scale of 1 to Pandora he’s at “Brad Pitt at the end of Se7en.”
  • 12:51 – Due to Wayne’s hilarious luck based abilities right now, he knocked Dean’s gun out of Dean’s hands, where thanks to some contrived ricochets the bullet also disarms Sam. Looks like we officially have ourselves a comedy episode.
  • 13:19 – The boys are taken down with incredible, slapstick, ease. Though Sam just grabbed the rabbit’s foot, so I imagine a comeback is due.
  • 14:21 – Yeah. The robbers get defeated by the mystical power of pratfalls, and the brothers Winchester promptly leave with the rabbit’s foot.
  • 15:13 – Dean tests how lucky Sam is by buying a bunch of scratch tickets. The first one is a $1,200 winner…
  • 16:28 – Wayne’s luck has definitely taken a turn for the worse as he just slipped an impaled himself in the throat on a barbecue fork. That’s probably not how he imagined bowing out of this mortal coil.
  • 17:32 – Bobby exposits exactly how the rabbit’s foot curse works. “You touch it, you own it. You own it, sure, you get a run of good luck to beat the Devil. But, you lose it, that luck turns. It turns so bad that you’re dead inside a week.” and of course, everybody loses it sooner or later.
  • 17:53 – Those scratch tickets are now up to $15,000 in winnings.
  • 18:18 – The boys just won free food for a year due to being the one millionth guest of this diner chain. Hee!
  • 20:07 – Sam just spilled his coffee and knocked a whole lot of stuff over in reaction. I’m fairly sure the attractive waitress that just refilled his coffee stole the rabbit’s foot and was probably the “she” our robbers were supposed to be stealing for.
  • 20:22 – Yep, she took it.
  • 21:16 – Sam’s luck is now so bad that Kubrick and his partner see the picture of Sam & Dean on the diner chain’s website and can now start to track them down. It’s a completely implausibly contrived coincidence, and as such absolutely wonderful in the context of this episode.
  • 23:39 – Seems Kubrick is a bit more of a “Jesus freak” than your run-of-the-mill Hunters.
  • 23:54 – Bobby’s found a way to cleanse the rabbit’s foot curse, which would have been great if Sam hadn’t already lost the thing…
  • 24:28 – The woman’s real name is Bela Talbot, but she uses “Lugosi” as an alias. That’s kind of cute and kind of dumb.
  • 25:38 – Dean’s dumping Sam in the motel so that his current run of bad luck doesn’t end up getting everybody killed. It should be noted that Kubrick’s RV is in the parking lot to said motel.
  • 27:02 – Bela’s British (Yay!), and has been careful not to touch the rabbit’s foot directly. It looks like she’s been handling it with tongs or through cloth. I guess she doesn’t want to be cursed.
  • 27:18 – Judging by the size of Bela’s Queens apartment, she must be rolling in some serious cash.
  • 28:09 – Meanwhile, in Sam’s motel of boredom, smoke is belching out of the air conditioning unit. Perhaps unwisely, he approaches it.
  • 28:54 – Now Sam’s jacket is on fire… Poor guy can not catch a break right now.
  • 29:05 – Kubrick just showed up outside his window to prove that point.
  • 29:34 – Meanwhile, Dean & Bela are having a friendly stand off at gun point.
  • 30:51 – Sam meets Kubrick, rolls his eyes when he finds out that Gordon sent Kubrick, and then really rolls them when Kubrick decides that he’s on a mission from God instead.
  • 31:43 – Bela has a pretty cold read on Hunters after Dean points out the lack of honor in her thievery. “A bunch of obsessed, revenge-driven sociopaths trying to save a world that can’t be saved?” She’s not an optimistic kind of gal…
  • 32:05 – Dean managed to steal the rabbit’s foot for himself while Bela monologued. So right now he should be preternaturally lucky. Bela fires her gun at him. I can’t imagine that it’ll go well.
  • 32:16 – It doesn’t. Ricochets break a lot of her stuff and wound her Siamese cat.
  • 33:58 – Kubrick seems to think that all the coincidences that brought him to Sam are signs from God that it’s destiny to kill Sam.
  • 34:01 – Dean disagrees whilst cocking his gun.
  • 34:28 – Thanks to his rabbit luck, Dean disables Kubrick’s gun by throwing a pen at it. This is after Dean has put his own gun down.
  • 35:04 – The boys are in a cemetery preparing to dispel the rabbit’s foot curse. Dean is delaying things while he scratches off more tickets…
  • 35:22 – The delay allows a gun-toting Bela to interrupt.
  • 35:46 – While Dean claims that Bela won’t shoot people and can’t shoot him, she shoots Sam in the shoulder, rather forestalling Dean’s line of enquiry.
  • 36:34 – Dean goes to put the rabbit’s foot on the ground and then throws it to Bela at the last minute. She reflexively catches it meaning that she’s both extraordinarily temporarily lucky and also cursed.
  • 36:55 – The foot is destroyed and the brothers are rather unsympathetic to Bela’s situation with her “fairly psychotic” buyer.
  • 38:11 – Bela did steal all the winning scratch tickets, $46,000 worth. Much to Dean’s chagrin.
  • 38:53 – Kubrick visits Gordon in jail, and it’s clear that even Gordon thinks the dude is crazy. Not that’s he going to stop using him to get free and kill Sam though.

A fun, if tonally uneven comedy episode. After all a fanatic mission from God type hunter doesn’t integrate well with entertainingly shot scenes of slapstick comedy representing good and bad luck. Bela seems like an interesting idea, though I’m sure I’ve seen the relic thief on the fringes of the supernatural world character type somewhere before. Likely Buffy or Angel as it seems like a positively Whedonesque idea. This was a trifle, in that it was a fun and light way to pass an hour. Sometimes that’s all you need.

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