Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #51 – “Fresh Blood”

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 07 – “Fresh Blood”

  • 00:10 – Bela shows up in the previouslies again.
  • 00:24 – So does Gordon Walker, who is of course a moron.
  • 01:26 – And in our first semi-current bit of the episode, we see them meet for the first time, meaning that there is no Inevitable Teaser Death likely to happen this time, as is the wont when recurring characters take up trailer time.
  • 02:32 – Though Gordon pointing a gun at Bela, and her saying “Kill me” in response does make me doubt that slightly.
  • 03:46 – our first shot of the brothers Winchester this week is very X-Files with them shining flashlights ineffectually as they stroll through a dark/foggy warehouse type environment and stumble upon an obvious vampire victim.
  • 04:44 – Dean tries to get the (based on pronouns used thus far) female vampire to come to him by slicing into his arm with a knife that is utterly massive. Like it’s so big a knife that Crocodile Dundee would cry and go home admitting that “yes, that is a knife.”
  • 05:17 – In the clearest sign that our vamp is evil, she’s wearing Supernatural’s go to evil woman ensemble, white top and blond hair.
  • 06:53 – Our vamp claims to be ignorant of her vamp status, and merely high. Also the female vamp is named Lucy, which I’m chosing to believe is a shout out to Bram Stoker’s most famous work.
  • 08:34 – Lucy isn’t the sharpest stake in the slayer’s handbook. She apparently assumed the thick red vampire blood that her drink was dosed with was some kind of new drug or a roofie. Say what you liked about Ol’ Yellow Eyes’ evil nature, at least he wasn’t quite this stupid.
  • 10:32 – Dean kills Lucy off screen. The Foley effects are gloriously disgusting and make it sound much, much gorier than any of the full on deaths we’ve seen depicted in the show.
  • 11:01 – Gordon & Kubrick are pulling a common Sam & Dean scam on one of Lucy’s victims, pretending to be FBI guys to pump him for info.
  • 12:23 – Meanwhile the brothers have located the guy acting as a vampire blood drug dealer/sire guy. I think his name is Dixon. They introduce themselves to him via Dean punching him in the face and Sam advising the next potential victim (a blond woman, Dixon has a definite type) to run away.
  • 12:44 – And we go into the commercial break fade-to-black with our two hunting parties meeting face to face. Gordon, in the typical laid back and utterly calm and reasonable manner that he’s so widely known for celebrates this reunion as only he can, by pointing a gun in Sam’s face.
  • 13:48 – After a perfunctory and ineffective exchange of gunfire and punchy-kickiness, the hunter groups are hiding from each other and Gordon gets the crap kicked out of him by Dixon.
  • 14:35 – Dean’s quickly figured out that it was Bela who sicced Gordon & Kubrick on to the brothers. He’s not happy about it. Which really should be the default state of anyone who has to interact with Bela.
  • 15:10 – Ordinarily, I’d be mildly upset at one of our protagonists making straight up death threats to a fellow human being, but I loathe Bela enough that I’m 100% behind Dean on this one.
  • 15:54 – Gordon returns to a bleary-eyed consciousness in front of two of Dixon’s victims. They’re both practically clones of Lucy. Dude definitely has a type.
  • 17:03 – My fiancee just called out this scene with Gordon & Dixon doing the whole “you’re the more bloodthirsty” schtick as very Blade and she’s completely right. I’m kind of kicking myself for missing the parallels if I’m honest.
  • 18:04 – Looks like Dixon’s sick of Gordon’s crap and is going to vamp him up to make a point.
  • 18:50 – I like the slightly darker take we’re getting on Sam this season (as I’ve said, it even redeems his Hair of Terribleness) even if said darkness implies that he came back slightly wrong from death. Sam basically acknowledging that the only viable solution to their Gordon issue is to kill Gordon. Also Dean’s hilarious impression of Sam reminds me of Lestat taunting Louis for his humanity in Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire (the novel, not the really rather excellent 1994 film with Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt)
  • 19:42 – Quoth the closed captioning: “[AMPLIFIED POUNDING]” which sounds like a rock concert themed pornographic movie.
  • 21:10 – The way they’re showing Gordon realizing his vampirism with the exaggerated light and sound sensitivity is superbly well shot.
  • 22:09 – And the blood on the windscreen shot to illustrate Gordon’s first feeding continues the excellent cinematography (at least by CW standards).
  • 22:28 – Damn, looks like Gordon straight up decapitated his fellow vampires, which has given Dixon something of a PTSD thing.
  • 23:33 – After Dixon throws himself a pity party about how he’s losing everyone and “facing eternity alone. Can you think of a worse hell?” Dean responds in the simplest, directest and most snarky manner: “Well, there’s Hell.” Which, as we know thanks to the whole Crossroads demon, Dean is scheduled to go to soon.
  • 24:04 – Dixon’s giving Dean a nice subtextual thematic death wish comparison.
  • 24:46 – Kubrick has a visitor in his RV full of Jesus crazy. Unfortunately for Kubrick, it’s vampire Gordon. Kubrick is naturally surprised that (in the immortal words of Brian Blessed) GORDON’S ALIIVE?!?!
  • 27:00 – It goes about as well for Kubrick as you might expect. Gordon killed him. Looks like he tore the heart out, which I thought was more of a werewolf move in this universe. The emotionally charged conversation about Kubrick allowing Gordon to live just long enough to kill Sam Winchester was very tensely done and well acted, but hard to comment on in the moment, so I’ll just give it kudos here.
  • 28:00 – Once again, cell phone technology really dates the episode.
  • 28:53 – Once again we get the boys bickering over Dean’s demon deal, the death wish, and Dean’s false facade of bravado.
  • 29:38 – Sam calling out Dean for being terrified is a surprisingly heart wrenching moment between the boys.
  • 30:00 – “I wish you would drop the show and be my brother again.” So. Many. Feels.
  • 32:34 – This rescue of Gordon’s bait/hostage is going far too smoothly.
  • 32:56 – I mean this is obviously a trap and the boys must know that (surely?) but Gordon still successfully manages to separate Sam and Dean. I assume the plan is to isolate Sam for killing reasons.
  • 34:23 – As I kind of suspected, Gordon turned the girl. Dean took care of it with the Colt though.
  • 35:41 – The fight between the boys and vampire Gordon is pretty brutal and rather viscerally shot.
  • 36:08 – Sam has what appears to be barbed wire around Gordon’s neck. That seems like an incredibly violent way to garrote someone. Like I said, I like this darker Sam.
  • 36:26 – Gordon lost his head in the literal, rather than the more common figurative sense.
  • 37:14 – Dean calling out Sam for being as reckless as he is.
  • 38:00 – And we get what passes for a light-hearted ending with Dean fixing up the Impala and trying to teach Sam automotive repair and letting Sam actually touch his baby.
  • 39:03 – There’s also brewski’s involved…
  • 39:26 – And we close with something I’ve missed. Good ol’ classic rock. In this case Bad Company with “Crazy Circles.”

 

 

Now that’s more like it. This was a rollicking romp of an episode and a definite return to form. We also lost a major recurring nemesis in Gordon, so it feels like there was more of an impact to this episode than the last pair of snoozers. This didn’t really tie into the metaplot of the season thus far with that whole unleashed demon army thing happening, nor did we dwell much on the demon deal, except for the boys being able to relate to each other as actual brothers again, something exemplified by the quiet Impala repair scene that capped off the episode. This was actually fun, and a lot of that was the Gordon stuff, he did an excellent job delineating the different levels of psychopathy between human and vampire Gordon. I was mildly disappointed that Kubrick went out so early as he has potential to be a sub nemesis, but it did establish Gordon as a real danger immediately.

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One thought on “Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #51 – “Fresh Blood”

  1. I am so enjoying experiencing these episodes all over again via your delightful and witty commentary! 🙂

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