Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #49 – “Bedtime Stories”

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 05 – “Bedtime Stories”

  • 01:05 – The previouslies montage focuses a little bit on whether Sam is “100% pure Sam” since his resurrection, but doesn’t really dwell on any other point beyond being a season so far recap.
  • 01:16 – First thing we say in the teaser is the words “Once Upon A Time” on a realty sign and what sounds like a music box tune. I have to assume that the episode is going to riff on fairy tales based on that.
  • 01:59 – Our Inevitable Teaser Death candidates are three guys arguing over building materials and whether they’d stand up to a strong wind. I’m sensing something porcine about their nature, especially as the growling starts on the soundtrack…
  • 03:26 – And all three are dead. Nailed it.
  • 04:14 – And our first glimpse of the brothers Winchester involves them yelling at each other about – what else – Dean’s demon deal. Sam is pointing out that they have the demon-killing Colt, which might act as leverage against the Crossroads demon.
  • 05:08 – Looks like the boys are assuming that there’s a werewolf about. Also, I was wrong about the teaser, the piggy brother who hid with the concrete cinder blocks survived the Big Bad Wolf attack, unlike his two companions (I’m assuming brothers because the fairy tale isn’t exactly an unfamiliar source)
  • 07:44 – Sam’s “sketch artist” drawing is impressively terrible.
  • 09:05 – A male and a female lost in the woods stumbling upon a quaint house. I think we’ve gone to a more Hansel (he’s so hot right now) & Gretel place. This episode is in a very Grimm spot…
  • 10:06 – This sweet old lady’s cherry pie looks delicious. And I mean that in the literal pie sense, not in a more Warrant sense.
  • 11:32 – Little old lady drugged Hansel & Gretel and is now going all stabby on Hansel with a kitchen knife. There’s also a girl in white (so clearly evil) standing and smiling at the window.
  • 13:10 – And Gretel killed the sweet little old lady by cracking her head on the stove. I think this episode might just be leaning a little too literally on the fairy tale gimmick. It feels heavy handed, and frankly, kind of makes for bad TV.
  • 14:41 – Judging by Sam’s EMF reader thingy, the little girl with the raven tresses was a spirit, though Dean is right to call her behavior of just watching the crime scene as odd by spirit standards.
  • 15:31 – Sam referring to the fairy tales with the more original Grimm endings as “sex, violence and cannibalism” seems apt.
  • 17:09 – Dean is willing to concede that this thing might be fairy tale related (ya think) but “There’s no way [he’s] kissing a damn frog.”
  • 17:34 – Dean’s not-at-all-okay reaction to Sam invoking Cinderella: “Dude, could you be more gay?” Not funny, show.
  • 19:34 – The little girl’s spirit kind of “flashing” out of existence when Dean spoke to her was kind of a neat effect.
  • 20:28 – An apple and the little girl reminds Sam of Snow White. Dean seems arbitrarily unfamiliar with the non-porn parody version of fairy tales, which is a character beat that rings very false to me.
  • 21:24 – Our Wolf with the Coyote tattoo has returned for a Red Riding Hood bit as small town doctor reads “Red Riding Hood” to his comatose daughter. Frankly, if I wasn’t blogging this episode, I’d have switched it off already. This is terrible.
  • 23:00 – So the Doctor’s daughter has been in a coma since she was eight (about the age of the Snow White spirit girl we’ve been seeing) after swallowing bleach and being discovered by her step mother. So, I’m assuming we have a wicked stepmother who poisoned Snow White as the motivation for revenge. So we have a mystery/suspense supernatural show with absolutely zero mystery or suspense…
  • 24:21 – Dean does have great observation that it’s kind of hard to burn the bones of a spirit that’s being kept alive in a hospital by her father, even if the “spirit” is comatose.
  • 25:24 – Well, since the grandmother got bit, Dean’s going to go be the Hunter (pun intended, I think) and stop the big bad wolf from eating Red Riding Hood whilst Sam has to figure out how to deactivate/depower Snow White girl.
  • 28:03 – Turns out that the Doctor has seen his daughter’s Snow White spirit form.
  • 29:42 – Jared Padalecki is selling the hell out of this exposition dump to the doctor, but no performance is capable of saving this writing. Got to give him kudos for at least trying though.
  • 31:44 – Looks like the solution to the Snow white conundrum now that the truth is out is simply to switch off her life support. A very utilitarian solution as befits a very utilitarian episode.
  • 34:40 – Sam’s sneaking out on Dean with ominous music on the soundtrack. Seems a case of too little, too late to me.
  • 35:34 – Turns out that he was sneaking off to invoke the Crossroads demon, who’s eyes are a lot more red than I remember them being. I assume he’s going to try and finesse Dean’s deal with her.
  • 36:08 – Gotta give Sam credit, it does take cojones to pull the Colt on a demon who has the ability to send you back to death and presumably Hell if her deal is altered.
  • 38:26 – Apparently the Crossroads demon is only a minor flunkie to her boss who actually has the contract for Dean’s demon deal. That’s a new wrinkle.
  • 39:08 – Sam doesn’t care, shoots and kills the Crossroads demon (and the woman she was possessing) anyway. I think I like this darker version of Sam we’re seeing. Mostly because he has not terrible hair, but still.

 

As you probably gathered, I wasn’t a fan of this episode. I would say let us never speak of it again, but the wrinkle with Sam apparently unrepentantly killing off the Crossroads demon at the end at least adds a bit of texture to what was otherwise the most boring of filler episodes. Shame it took 39 minutes of a 40 minute episode for anything worth caring about to happen. It also doesn’t help that there have been a whole lot of media depicting dark  and fractured fairy tales lately, though admittedly two of the more notable examples Grimm and Once Upon A Time didn’t air until three years after this episode did. I don’t mind well worn subject matter if it’s done well. This wasn’t.

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