Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #52 – “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

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 08 – “A Very Supernatural Christmas”

  • 00:05 – We start off with spectacularly chhesy Christmas special graphics, so I guess it’s appropriate that I’m doing this episode right around July 4th.
  • 01:02 – No previouslies. Instead we get a slightly chubby over-excited kid and an older guy dressed as Santa. I have the kid as bingo for an Inevitable Teaser Death.
  • 01:58 – After a series of ominous bumps and creaks from the roof, looks like Santa’s about to get dragged up the chimney. I’m guessing the Grinch is an actual monster in the Supernatural universe.
  • 02:15 – Love the modified title card.
  • 03:51 – Dean ruins the Christmas mythos by mentioning how chimneys are too narrow to accommodate a grown man. Meanwhile, Sam appears to be Googling “Krampus.”
  • 04:33 – Not sure why but Sam using the phrase “Anti-Claus” comes off as totes adorbs.
  • 05:29 – This Christmas village is the least happiest place on Earth.
  • 06:24 – Ooh! Flashbacks. We’re going to 1991 which seems interesting. Unfortunately we’re also going to Broken Bow, Nebraska, a place I associate strongly with a fairly weak Star Trek pilot.
  • 06:45 – It’s worth noting that flashback Sam’s hair has yet to blossom into full terribleness, but the seeds are there. I also liked the reference to Uncle Bobby.
  • 07:11 – I guess flashback Sam isn’t aware of the whole Hunter life style.
  • 07:45 – Or why Mommy Winchester is a hot button issue for flashback Dean…
  • 08:55 – This mall Santa is freaking creepy. I kind of feel like the boys should salt and burn him just on general principles. He might not be the malevolence driving the episode but a little fire wouldn’t hurt, y’know?
  • 10:13 – No coffee? They’re doomed.
  • 11:46 – Least suave carol singing ever, Dean. Also the “Egg my nog” line from the (presumed) adult film disgusting mall Santa is watching is utterly hilarious.
  • 13:26 – Kid has precocious mop-headed haircut and gets to watch his parents get abducted (killed?) by a leather wearing anti-Claus. Good.
  • 13:59 – Anti-claus’ cookie game is on point.
  • 15:54 – So it seems the connection between our chimney-dragged victims is meadowsweet, some kind of plant that had roles in human sacrificial rituals. Bobby says this means the brothers pursuit of the anti-Claus theory made them morons. Think that might be a little harsh.
  • 18:25 – Pretty sure that this Madge woman is evil. Dollars to donuts says when we see her, she’ll be both blonde and wearing white.
  • 19:41 – Apparently the boy’s respective attitudes towards Christmas (Sam: Grinchy, Dean: heart grown three sizes) is as a reaction to it being Dean’s last per the Crossroads demon deal thingy, because that wedge between the brothers hasn’t been an overly used wellspring thus far this season…
  • 20:48 – We’re back in flashback land.  Young Sam has discovered Daddy Winchester’s hunting journal and is starting to piece together the truth about this world. Young Dean has discovered that he’s being played by a terrible actor.
  • 22:17 – So that’s how Sammy discovered Mommy Winchester’s fate. I also like Young Dean’s unshakable faith in Daddy Winchester. There’s clearly a high level of hero worship going on.
  • 23:54 – Called it (see 18:25)! Madge Carrigan is blond (well that kind of graying ash blond) and is wearing a white cardigan looking top. Clearly, she’s the debil incarnate.
  •  24:37 – The Carrigan’s really give a Stepford vibe
  • 25:20 – The boys agree, and are reacting by sharpening up some stakes, as there’s a-killing to be done.
  • 27:00 – a lot of blood, bone, flesh and possibly an abduction sack in the Stepford couple’s basement. Did I stumble into an episode of Hannibal?
  • 28:17 – Watching the older couple that Dean explicitly compared to Ozzie & Harriet kicking Sam & Dean’s ass will never not be funny.
  • 28:44 – Padalecki sounds especially Texan this week. It’s distracting.
  • 29:06 – I think the Carrigan’s just directly admitted to both being Pagan Gods and cannibals.
  • 30:04 – Dear Lord, he’s an Evil Ned Flanders.
  • 32:33 – Dean manages to sound sarcastic even with a mouth full of teeth-extracting torture implements. That takes real talent and/or douchebaggery.
  • 33:55 – The boys are weaponising a Christmas tree, which isn’t a sentence I figure I get to type very often.
  • 35:21 – Back in flashback mode. Dean’s trying to convince Sam that Daddy Winchester did come home for Christmas, but the younger brother doesn’t seem to be buying it.
  • 37:30 – Kind of cool that Sam’s present for Dean is the amulet that Dean’s been wearing since practically the pilot episode. I like that it has an origin now, and that it’s one more thing that ties our protagonists together as family.
  • 38:11 – Sam being less Grinchy and more celebratory in the present day is a nice button on the episode.
  • 39:19 – Gas station Christmas gifts have never been more heartwarming.

Fun, but inconsequential. I’m not sure why the show opted to do a Christmas special, presumably just due to the original air date. I did think it was entertaining, and it feels like they were trying to go for the bloodiest possible Christmas episode the network would let them have, which worked. The villains weren’t that compelling, but did work in a macabre twisted fashion. They really do come off as a dark take on Ned & Maude Flanders of Simpson’s fame (who are themselves riffs on pre-existing archetypes). This was filler for sure (which is odd, as it looks like this season was shortened due to the writer’s strike, so you’d think they wouldn’t have room for filler episodes) but it was good filler.

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