Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #50 – “Red Sky at Morning”

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 06 – “Red Sky at Morning”

  • 00:55 – Previouslies focus on Bela Talbot, the magic thief woman, as well as a summary of the whole thing with Dean’s Crossroads demon deal, which culminated with Sam killing the Crossroads demon.
  • 01:15 – Our Inevitable Teaser Death candidate for the episode is a woman jogging in a blue sports bra that’s surprisingly prominent on camera.
  • 02:06 – Though not as prominent as what appears to be some kind of ghostly ship. I assume that the big bad for the episode is either Captain Jack Sparrow, or the far more sinister Michael Bolton.
  • 02:27 – This shower scene has gone on long enough to qualify as gratuitous at this point. Also, Inevitable Teaser Death woman wears more make up in the shower than most women I know wear on actual dates.
  • 03:20 – She be dead. As shower scenes go, it’s hardly Psycho, is it?
  • 03:50 – And in their usual cheerful carefree manner, the brothers Winchester are introduced bickering over bullets and the Colt. Dean’s spotted that the bullet Sam used to kill the Crossroads demon has gone.
  • 04:05 – On this show, shooting someone because they’re a smartass is setting an awfully bad precedent, Sam.
  • 05:06 – Ms. Case seems to very blatantly be flirting with Sam, who could be her son, possibly even grandson.
  • 06:45 – Jared Padalecki’s uncomfortable with being flirted with face is far funnier than the entirety of the last episode of this show was.
  • 07:35 – Apparently the common factor of “ghost ships” is that they’re pretty much all death omens in this universe.
  • 08:14 – Nobody messes with the damned Impala! I feel Dean’s pain.
  • 08:39 – Bela got the Impala towed. I kind of hate her even more already.
  • 09:59 – The boys on Bela – Dean: “Can I shoot her?” Sam: “Not in public.” Their mutual dislike of Bela might be the only thing they’ve truly agreed upon since Dean’s demon deal.
  • 10:34 – This episode seems to be under the delusion that running water is scary. It isn’t.
  • 11:00 – Though the drowning effects are pretty on point.
  • 12:08 – Kind of amused by the dynamic of the boys and Bela narcing each other out.
  • 13:27 – Bela just attempted a variation of the “we’re not so different, you and I” cliched villain speech on Dean. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work. I mean, how often has that gambit ever succeeded?
  • 14:43 – That is not a crappy car, good sir! I challenge ye to pistols at dawn. Though you are right in calling out the brothers Winchester as non-cops.
  • 15:30 – I think that’s our third landlocked drowning of the episode. It’s weirdly difficult to keep track. Mostly because so far, this has been punctuating long periods of dullness.
  • 16:46 – And now we’re padding the run-time with Sam having an “I can’t save anybody” crisis of conscience.
  • 18:15 – Bela’s found out what the ship was.
  • 19:08 – So it would seem that the primary malevolent ghostly being from the ship had his hand cut off before being hanged. So, I guess that means the boys have got to find that hand and give it the ol’ salt’n’burn treatment. Given there’s about half the episode left, I imagine that Bela’s going to be an annoying complication to that plan.
  • 19:45 – Dean scrubs up well. He’s really rocking that tux.
  • 21:28 – Dean’s date for this event is Bela. Sam’s is the flirty grandma from 05:06. I’m not sure who got the worse end of that deal, really.
  • 21:41 – Grandma is very handsy.
  • 23:42 – Love that Dean’s reaction to Bela’s feigned faint is to get the waiter’s attention so he can eat a couple of the hors d’ouvres. Mostly because they do look remarkably tasty and I could see myself doing similar.
  • 25:17 – Grandma just blatantly went for the ass grab on Sam. Sam’s hair reacted by spontaneously becoming terrible again.
  • 27:33 – I’d expect a hand of glory to look more gnarly than this does. It feels too clean.
  • 28:46 – Grandma playing Miss Exposition, apparently our drowning victims have been linked/rumored to deaths within their families.
  • 30:21 – Looks like Bela stole the hand from Dean. Sam is less than impressed, seeing as how that means he got “groped all night” for nothing.
  • 30:47 – Bela’s seeing the ship/death omen? I guess that means that a)she’s marked for death and b) she killed someone in her family, or caused them to be killed.
  • 33:33 – Dean’s “Have a nice life. Y’know what’s left of it.” is a delightfully bitchy kiss-off towards Bela. She definitely earned it.
  • 35:08 – It looks like Sam is trying to perform some kind of summoning ritual at the grave. Not sure how that’s going to link to the hand of glory or save Bela’s life (also, why would either Winchester want to? She’s kind of a gigantic jerk.)
  • 36:04 – Bela’s starting to drown.
  • 36:40 – Oh, the ritual’s merging the two spirits to the same place. I assume the idea is that the hanged brother gets to avenge himself on the spirit of the brother who hung him, thus achieving closure and ending the threat on people’s lives. Kind of a clever resolution.
  • 38:08 – Bela’s giving the boys $10,000 for saving her from the ghost ship brothers. ( I still say it should have been Michael Bolton.)
  • 38:54 – Dean wants to take the money to Atlantic City and play a few tables. Good for him. I need to do that myself again, it’s been a few years.
  • 39:28 – Dean actually seems sincere in reaching out and trying to understand Sam’s perspective on the whole Crossroads demon deal thing. I still think it’s gonna end up biting them in the rear real soon, though.
  • 39:49 – Sam accepts the apology with typical good grace: “I don’t want an apology from you!” He just wants Dean to at least give a crap about himself, which doesn’t seem unreasonable. Of course, it seems like Daddy Winchester left both boys with a legacy that’s basically a death wish. Dean’s just happens to be the one most ascendant currently.

 

While a marked improvement on the last episode, this was still pretty rough. I think it’s the first time I can recall the show having back to back bad episodes in a while. I did like the idea of throwing Bela in as a spanner in the works to try and complicate things for the boys, but she was used in the most perfunctory and predictable ways, so it didn’t really feel like it was heightening or escalating any of the stakes of the episode, just padding out the run time.

This episode wasn’t actively bad, but it was meandering, and I’m fairly sure that if I wasn’t doing these blogwatch things, that I’d have been multi-tasking with something thrilling like folding laundry while this episode unspooled in the background. I guess it did mildly address that only interesting thing that happened last time out with Sam killing the Crossroads demon, but even that storyline seems to have stalled somewhat. I guess it’s because they want to keep Dean’s demon deal a running through line for the season, but we’re roughly 25% in and it feels like it’s stagnating. Also, if they’re keeping season-long story lines in mind, the whole tracking down of an escaped demon army thing is more interesting than some weirdly paced Cain & Abel/Flying Dutchman mashup. At least this week’s comedy bits with Sam and the grandma landed

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