Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #55 – “Mystery Spot”

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 11 – “Mystery Spot”

  • 00:13 – First thing I notice in the previously montage is a couple of shots of the Trickster villain from one of last season’s episodes. We also get the usual stuff with the demon deal, Bela and the stolen Colt, and Ruby.
  • 00:51 – The episode forgoes the usual teaser (and therefore the Inevitable Teaser Death) and cuts from the “NOW” text to Sam waking up in a motel room to “Heat of the Moment” while Dean tells him to rise and shine. Unless Sam and/or Dean is going to be our Inevitable “Teaser” “Death.”
  • 02:30 – Dean’s irritated that they aren’t hunting that Colt-stealing scumbag, Bela. Sam’s equally annoyed but points out they have no leads on her whereabouts whatsoever, so they might as well work on the hunt they do have leads on.
  • 3:03 – Which is to do with disappearances from a Broward County Mystery Spot. I’m assuming that it’s not that important despite holding titular place in the episode as the scene ends with the devastating site of a bottle of hot sauce smashing on the floor. As it wasn’t Frank’s Original Red Hot, I say it’s no great loss.
  • 03:43 – The boys strolling past various slightly weird happenings on the street put my in mind of this music video and make me think the episode was running short. We get some throwaway exposition about magnetic fields and Bermuda Triangles and such but if the show isn’t paying attention to it, neither will I.
  • 05:00 – The search into the Mystery Spot is exactly as fruitless as Dean predicted. Though it does attract the owner’s attention.
  • 05:12 – Said owner’s packing a shotgun and just blasted Dean in the chest with it.
  • 05:36 – It’s a fatal shot, which I guess does make Dean the Inevitable Teaser Death if you’re generous with the definition of “Teaser.” It also seems like it’d screw the whole demon deal thing if Dean checks out of this mortal coil before his year is up. Means the deal is broken at least partially, right? I’d assume it still means Dean goes to hell at the year mark, but perhaps he gets to kick back in Purgatory for a while first? Assuming this show has a Purgatory, I’m not sure how Catholic the Supernatural version of Christian theological stuff is.
  • 05:50 – We get a repeat of Sam waking up to “Heat of the Moment” and I figure out that I’m going to be watching the Supernatural  version of Groundhog Day, which explains why Sam’s terrible hair reminds me of Punxsutawney Phil.
  • 06:06 – Sam’s reactions to the Asia song show that he remembers the teaser events, but Dean doesn’t.
  • 07:41 – The scene’s mostly playing out as the episode has from the end of the previouslies, though Sam’s changed his order and Dean’s noticed that his little brother is kind of vacant right now.
  • 08:12 – This time Sam catches the inferior hot sauce before it hits the floor.
  • 09:00 – Dean wonders if it relates to Sam’s psychic vision powers, though those have been dormant since Ol’ Yellow Eyes was destroyed. Sam says it was too vivid for that.
  • 09:31 – Sam is desperate to go to the Mystery Spot before it closes. Interestingly, he doesn’t mention that his vision/premonition/memory included Dean dying.
  • 09:44 – Hilariously, after Dean acquiesces to Sam’s wishes, the elder Winchester gets slammed into by a car…
  • 10:07 – …and promptly dies again.
  • 10:09 – Sam wakes up to I Got You Babe Heat of the Moment playing again, yadda, yadda, yadda.
  • 10:33 – First change in this iteration is that Sam orders for Dean.
  • 10:50 – The boys namecheck Groundhog Day, making this episode officially an homage and not a rip off.
  • 11:48 – After catching the hot sauce, Sam comes clean about Dean dying being the thing that’s closing out this particular time loop for him.
  • 12:47 – Sam tells Dean about the first iteration of Dean’s death we saw with the shotgun blast while they’re doing the sidewalk walk. I would have thought a sane person would cover this in a diner conversation. Granted “I’m watching you die in a Groundhog loop,” is a flimsy definition of ‘sane’…
  • 12:59 – Sam drag’s Dean’s ass back out of the street before the cart can hit him this time.
  • 13:26 – Dean: “Did it look cool, like in the movies?” Sam: “You peed yourself.” Dean: “Of course I peed myself. Man gets hit by a car, you think he has full control over his bladder? Come on!” – For some reason this exchange had me convulsing with laughter.
  • 14:28 – Sam’s interview with the owner of the Mystery Spot is kinda loaded with intensity for someone who is ostensibly a newspaper reporter.
  • 14:54 – To the point that Dean has to practically drag him out of there.
  • 15:17 – Dean observing that his death appears to be what triggers the loop goes for the logical approach of trying to keep himself alive until the end of the day.
  • 15:30 – And is immediately crushed to death by the desk that the movers couldn’t fit through a doorway earlier.
  • 15:59 – Sam tries to alter this iteration by going back to sleep in the “Heat of the Moment.”
  • 16:48 – Dean switches up his diner order in this attempt to break the loop…
  • 17:17 – … and promptly chokes to death on a sausage.
  • 17:30 – New iteration, Sam stops them from going for breakfast…
  • 17:34 – … so Dean slips in the shower and dies.
  • 17:42 – Next death: food poisoning via taco (and they weren’t even Putting on the Ritz.)
  • 17:47 – Faulty electrical outlet
  • 18:15 – Sam’ gone full The Shining at the Mystery Spot.
  • 18:31 – And axe murders Dean by accident.
  • 19:19 – Sam’s been researching all the people they encounter on this special Tuesday. Since this is apparently his 100th time through, he’s had plenty of time to get very familiar.
  • 20:24 – The “speaking in union” bit was hilarious. And I don’t want to know what Sam does with his morning ruler.
  • 21:01 – Sam’s frustrated that none of his actions and he’s taken like all of the possible ones at this point seem able to prevent Dean’s death nor bring on a Wednesday, which as we all know, is the Peak of the Week. (Hump Day? What’s that?)
  • 21:36 – Dean turns back to the blonde he kept bumping into to talk to her, which is apparently the first time he’s tried that in a hundred days…
  • 22:05 – He also hasn’t tried petting the dog before. The dog snarls, the camera cuts and…
  • 22:06 – … “Heat of the Moment” time.
  • 22:20 – Apparently the guy whose disappearance led the boys to the Mystery Spot in the first place was some kind of skeptic journalist who liked to debunk things like UFO sightings and mystery spots.
  • 23:38 – Sam is mildly freaking out due to a change in the diner, one of the customers went with strawberry syrup instead of the maple he’d had the 100 days prior. Frankly, maple is always the best choice, so Sam’s right to be appalled.
  • 23:43 – “Heat of the Moment” immediately Sam mentions the change to Dean for some reason. No death though.
  • 23:58 – Dude’s back on the maple train.
  • 24:34 – Sam reacts calmly to the guy changing his order back by chasing the guy down and threatening him with a wooden stake at his throat. Sam tells the guy that Sam knows what the guy really is.
  • 25:15 – Sam identifies the old guy as a Trickster, and he morphs into the Trickster we saw before and points pout that they didn’t actually kill him.
  • 26:07 – The Trickster says this thing isn’t about killing Dean, it’s about making Sam suffer from seeing Dean die over and over again. That’s kind of harsh, but it seems to have worked thus far. Sammy hasn’t taken the multiple Dean deaths well.
  • 27:00 – Sam decides that the easier option to break the time loop is just to kill the Trickster. The Trickster isn’t down with that and snaps his fingers. Sam awakens on a Wednesday to “Back in Time” by Huey Lewis and the News.
  • 27:25 – Dean has no recollection of the loop, as usual, so finds Sam’s enthusiasm for Huey’s music to be a little bit on the nutso side.
  • 28:20 – Even though it’s no longer the temporally-challenged Tuesday, Dean gets shot by a mugger.
  • 28:38 – …and still dies. Sam doesn’t wake up as the Wednesday continues.
  • 29:11 – Six months have passed. Sam’s driving the Impala solo and is basically expressionlessly angry.
  • 29:39 – Per Bobby’s message, Sam’s been doing a decent job hunting but has been ignoring everyone for at least three of those six months.
  • 30:21 – Sam’s clearly on a one man crusade to take down the Trickster. Bobby’s warning against one man going on a crusade like this solo. I think we’re supposed to parallel this with Daddy Winchester’s obsession with Ol’ Yellow Eyes, which eventually killed him.
  • 30:53 – Sam gets the message from Bobby that he wanted: “I found him.”
  • 31:38 – Bobby has apparently discovered a summoning ritual to bring the Trickster, it just needs a gallon of fresh blood to work…
  • 32:20 – Though it does seem like Bobby set it up just so he could see Sam and probe the depths of his obsession. Bobby’s voice seems mildly “off” to me and we know the Trickster is a shape shifter…
  • 32:49 – Bobby offers himself as the blood supply so Sam doesn’t kill a civilian.
  • 34:15 – Sam stabs Bobby with a stake rather than the proffered knife because he’s sure it isn’t actually Bobby.
  • 34:33 – Though he has doubts when nothing happens to Bobby’s body for a good few seconds.
  • 34:35 – Then the Trickster appears, confirming that Sam’s last six months have been one of the Trickster’s warped realities.
  • 35:30 – The Trickster claims that Dean’s still dead and not coming back. Sam begs to be taken back to that Wednesday.
  • 36:09 – Apparently the Trickster’s motivation is to expose how unhealthy that brothers co-dependent relationship is for them. They are each other’s weakness and the bad guys know that. I don’t think he’s the first antagonist on the show to voice that thought, but his illustration of it is rather more stark.
  • 37:06 – Sam awakens on the Wednesday with Huey.
  • 38:00 – And prevents Dean from going to the Impala alone….

 

I’m a sucker for twisty-turny timey-wimey plots, and while this was technically a filler episode when compared to the whole season, it was a really, really good filler episode, which goes a long way to keeping me engaged, even if the time loop is kind of hard to blog about.

I did find the tonal shifts from the first serious Dean death, to the wacky montage of increasingly funny and improbable ways to die and then to Sam as full on embittered crusading hunter a little much to handle as they seemed just too abrupt, particularly the latter and felt like more could have been done with it. I think I’d have preferred a “Three months later” and then another “Three months later” time skip to the singular six month jump we got. Much praise goes to Padalecki’s acting as he nailed the evolution of Sam’s character as the episodes various timelines went on.

Interestingly, this is the second Trickster episode and he’s still left alive and unbanished by the end which makes me wonder if he’ll figure into the larger arcs the show has, like that barely mentioned unleashed army of demons thing…

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2 thoughts on “Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #55 – “Mystery Spot”

  1. Wow I had forgotten how long they stayed away from the main storyline here. But this episode is one of my favorites! Or at least, the “of course I peed myself” bit is one of my favorite bits. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #60 – “No Rest for the Wicked” | Thoughts of a Lost Limey

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