Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #48 – “Sin City”

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 04 – “Sin City”

  • 00:51 – The previouslies focus a lot on Ol’ Yellow Eyes defeat at the end of last season, a bit on Ruby, and a bit on the Colt that killed Ol’ Yellow Eyes.
  • 01:20 – We see a nun placing Bibles on church pews before some candles flicker and a priest appears to an ominous music sting. I’m calling the nun as our Inevitable Teaser Death of the episode.
  • 02:06 – I’m immediately proven wrong when we see a guy named andy who has a back and forth dialog with the priest about God not being “with us” anymore.  Andy ramps up his Inevitable Teaser Death chances by shooting himself in the head.
  • 02:55 – Sam’s following up some leads of potential demonic activity in a small town in Ohio. One of those omens mentions a suicide in church, so I assume that’s what we saw in the trailer. Dean seems less keen to follow these leads, and Bobby is doing something to the Colt.
  • 04:38 – Apparently some kind of pall came about on this town roughly two months ago, which is about when the Devil’s Gate got opened. That apparently brought more lying, cheating & stealing to the area, to the point I assume that it was possessed by Eddie Guerrero.
  • 04:50 – Apparently the guy who went psycho in the hobby shop and killed some folks was named Tony Perkins. Cute, show. very cute.
  • 05:58 – The boys just bumped into a slightly skeevy guy named Richie, who Dean knows, presumably from an older hunt. He’s accompanied by a blond in a very short skirt who he claims is a stepsister, but I reckon is someone Richie’s paying by the hour for services rendered in a hotel room.
  • 07:30 – Richie tips the brothers off to a potential third possessed, seeing how the first couple of candidates are dead and therefore hard to tell if they were possessed or just suffering from late onset jerk disorder (the official disease of all internet forums). He owns a bar, so that’s where we go.
  • 08:01 – For an alleged boarded up rust belt town, the bar is giving off very much a beach bar vibe, possibly due to the rather prominent scantily clad female clientele. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Run Through The Jungle” provides an appropriately sleazy soundtrack.
  • 09:24 – Dean comments on the derriere of one of the barmaids, who apparently has an assignation with Richie later, and is busted by the priest, who is there because “you go where the flock is.” Free drinks probably don’t hurt any either.
  • 10:11 – The general devil-may-care attitude of the bar drops a couple of notches after a disheveled guy named Reggie shoots another guy for sleeping with Reggie’s wife. Reggie goes to shoot himself but is tackled by Dean before he can. Sam also sprinkles some holy water on him, but there’s nothing demonic here.
  • 11:34 – Richie and the bartender apparently snuck out while the cops were taking care of Reggie’s altercation.
  • 12:15 – The bartender knows that Richie is a hunter. Probably because she just flashed the black eyes of the demon possessed. I’m pretty sure Richie is a dead, priapic, man walking.
  • 12:21 – Yup. Dead by neck snap.
  • 13:27 – Bobby seems to have restored the Colt to functionality as a firearm, even if it doesn’t have it’s demon-killing abilities anymore. He has a visitor who comments on the Colt’s look – Ruby.
  • 14:01 – Ruby reveals her demonic nature to Bobby, who eventually responds by shooting her with the Colt. thus confirming that it doesn’t have those demon-killing abilities.
  • 14:21 – Ruby offers to help Bobby out with the gun, which wasn’t the response I expected. Her grousing about the bullet hole in her shirt, that I was expecting.
  • 15:31 – The woman hitting on Dean in the bar turns out to be a prostitute, but at least mildly pragmatic, offering him a 50% discount on account of him tackling Reggie.
  • 16:17 – Instead, Dean leaves with the bartender, who he doesn’t know is a demon. Not going to end well…
  • 16:28 – i finally figure out where I recognize the bar owner from. He’s General Hammond from Stargate SG-1 (which I’ve never watched outside of SFDebris reviews)
  • 17:21 – Based on the holy water sprinkling neither Bar Owner Hammond nor his bodyguard are demons, just corrupt hicks.
  • 18:04 – Bartender has lured Dean into her basement of killing Richie.
  • 18:38 – Apparently Dean has been there before thanks to tracking the GPS in Richie’s cell phone (was that a thing back in 2007 when this episode aired?) and gave Richie a proper burial. I guess this means that Dean does know that the bar tender is at least partially demonic.
  • 18:45 – Oh, he definitely does, he hid a devil’s trap under her basement rug, and now she’s stuck there. I assume an exorcism is coming up real soon.
  • 19:43 – The exorcism is thwarted as the bartender has some serious wind summoning powers and rips the books incantation pages apart and traps Dean in the basement with her.
  • 20:39 – I’m honestly surprised that Dean hasn’t committed a basic exorcism incantation to memory. It seems like something his crazy-prepared Daddy would have drilled into him. Though I guess Sam is more the scholar and more likely to know the Latin.
  • 21:02 – Apparently the Winchester boys are famous in the demon community. Not Lohan famous but still…
  • 22:17 – The male bartender needs to be bribed to tell Sam where Dean went. We also get the name of the female bartender demon – Casey.
  • 23:43 – Interestingly, Casey didn’t directly kill anyone in town other than Richie, just introduced Bar Owner Hammond to the idea of making money from some vice based businesses. I guess she’s more of a corrupter type of demon.
  • 25:32 – While Sam is across town in Casey’s apartment discovering sulfur and other such evidence of demonic presence, Dean & Casey are having a theological debate in the basement of dead Richie. Casey is naturally siding against God and humans, pointing out that the body counts that humans have amassed via war and genocide in the last century alone simply astounds demons.
  • 26:26 – Sam calls Bobby to let him now that things stand at Found: Sulfur. Lost: Dean. sam then wanders over to chat with the priest.
  • 26:49 – Interesting mythological quirk here, some demons don’t lie because they believe in a higher power, Lucifer who’s their equivalent of God, and not just a mere devil/adversary as he is in human Scripture. I guess the implication is that Casey’s a believer and thus being truthful.
  • 27:17 – Lucifer also seems to be missing, so I guess he’s a demon god in absentia. I imagine that he’ll be a later season villain (or at least antagonist) on this show. Season three just seems too early to bring in the Fallen Light Bringer.
  • 27:32 – Not sure why, but I love that the demon’s go to example of evil humanity is Dick Cheney of all people.
  • 29:14 – Sam’s attempt to pump the priest for information about potential places Casey might be has backfired somewhat as the priest wants to come with him to help. I figured that meant the priest was getting a one way ticket to murdertown, but then he flashed the black eyes of demonic possession at the camera and I realized that Sam is so, so screwed.
  • 29:45 – Dean’s not entirely happy to be described as “likable” by a demon. He doesn’t seem entirely unhappy either, mind you…
  • 31:18 – Having the priest demon refer to Sam as his “brother’s keeper” feels like the kind of crashingly obvious symbolism that this show’s usually a bit better than. I mean the show hasn’t ever really trafficked in subtlety, but it’s not often that ham-handed.
  • 31:55 – Dean asks Casey a fairly penetrating question, to whit, what was the plan after the Devil’s Gate opened.
  • 32:09 – And as part of her answer, we learn that Ol’ Yellow Eyes was in fact Azazel. If my dim religious studies memories don’t fail me, that’s a name associated with scapegoat rituals and may possibly be a fallen angel. The show treats him rather differently from that interpretation.
  • 32:27 – Apparently, the creature that was supposed to be Ol’ Yellow Eye’s second-in-command and lead the army of demons was Mr. Sam Winchester. That didn’t go quite as Ol’ Yellow Eyes had planned, did it?
  • 32:49 – Casey points out the downside of Sam not leading a demonic army from the pits of Hell: “Now you’ve got chaos, a war without a front, hundreds of demons all jockeying for power, all fighting for the crown. Most of them gunning for your brother.”
  • 33:51 – Sam and the priest have arrived on the scene and found out that Dean & Casey are in the caved in basement. Unfortunately for Sam, the priest just revealed his demonic nature.
  • 33:55 – Luckily Bobby just showed up and shot at (but missed) the priest. Enough of a distraction for Sam to run…
  • 34:05 – Unfortunately the priest just uses his demon mojo to fling sam at the Impala and starts busting down the door to the basement.
  • 34:25 – Bobby hands Sam the Colt and tells him to go. Ruby appears and echoes Bobby’s sentiment.
  • 35:06 – The priest breaks the Devil’s Trap and embraces Casey. Apparently these particular demons are a couple.
  • 35:36 – Casey asks the priest not to kill Dean. Before we find out if he obeys, Sam shoots him from offscreen, presumably with the Colt.
  • 35:48 – Sam then shoots Casey with the Colt also. Apparently whatever Ruby did to help Bobby repair the Colt worked as it’s back to it’s demon-killing ways. Casey and the priest are dead, as are the demons that inhabited them.
  • 36:39 – Dean’s not sure that killing the two demons has made much of a difference as the town is still pretty much it’s same corrupt self.
  • 37:19 – Dean’s also wondering if Sam didn’t come back as “100% pure Sam,” just like Ol’ Yellow Eyes implied before Dean shot him. Bobby’s verdict: “Demon’s lie.”
  • 38:32 – Ruby wants to celebrate with Sam over killing two demons. Sam’s not really down with that as he also killed two humans in the process.
  • 39:51 – Ruby apparently wants some quid pro quo for helping out with the Dean demon situation. The kind of quid pro quo that involves the phrase “collateral damage.” I really am trying to figure out what her agenda is. Though I do like her self description as “That little fallen angel on [Sam’s] shoulder.”

I liked this one a lot. It fed into the unleashed demons plot, teased some more stuff with Ruby and exposed some of the banality of evil that the brothers are going to have to deal with. We also got some very interesting mythological information about Lucifer, a clearer idea of what Sam’s role in Ol’ Yellow Eyes’ plan was going to be. Granted, I think the audience knew most of that already, even if Dean perhaps didn’t. We also got Ol’ Yellow Eyes real name, which feels like it should really be a bigger deal of a revelation than it was.

Bobby also once again proved to be a useful mentor/backup figure for the boys which makes me think that he probably won’t see out the end of the season as death is an occupational hazard for mentor figures, something which Daddy winchester proved back in season one, and the burning of the road house and Ash reinforced in season two. It’s also nice to see that the brothers have access to a demon killing weapon again with the rejuvenated Colt. Of course, now that their target isn’t the singular Azazel, they don’t need a numeric limitation for plot contrivance purposes.

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