Saturday, August 28, 2010

Supernatural / Season 2 - Part 2

This is part 2 of my season 2 re-watch. If you need to read part 1 you can find it right here. I've been reminded today that I've been writing a lot of video game related posts lately, so I think I should try to finish this Supernatural article by midnight, I'll certainly try my best anyways. This block covers episodes 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Also, since I'm running out of Supernatural related images to throw around on the articles (and I'm only in season 2!) This one will be Jo-arrific, probably throw some images in of the other Roadhouse crew as well, gotta keep things interesting eh?

Episode 6, No Exit (Written By: Matt Witten, Directed By: Kim Manners)

At the Roadhouse, Jo offers up a job for Sam and Dean after her mom Ellen tells her she can't go on the hunt by herself. Young women are being kidnapped from an apartment building by a very old, and nasty, spirit. The Winchester's then head to Philadelphia to investigate the problem. When they arrive they find Jo already on the scene. Dean reluctantly agrees to lie to Jo's mom and she stays with the brothers to help out with the case.

I really like the Roadhouse crew, so it was nice seeing more of them in this episode. I think it's a smart move adding more re-occurring characters to the show. I thought last season constantly felt like it was Sam and Dean versus everything, it's nice knowing there's other hunters out there. All with separate lives and issues. It adds another dimension to the show. Also, I love how scared Dean is of Jo's mom, it just keeps getting funnier as Dean gets closer to Jo.

Jo gets kidnapped and Ellen realistically freaks. It makes even more sense once you find out the story of Jo's dad, and how he was killed. John Winchester had a hand in it and it's not much different from how Dean used Jo as bait in this episode. I wonder when we'll see the Roadhouse gang next since the episode ended with Ellen telling Jo the truth about how her father died.

Episode 7, The Usual Suspects (Written By: Cathryn Humphris, Directed By: Mike Rohl)

The Winchester's are investigating the murder of a lawyer and his wife. They are promptly snatched up by police though. A strange message keeps appearing, "DANA SHULPS". It shows up on computer screens and print-outs. After Sam escapes police custody, he, along with a police officer, try to solve the mystery.

I thought this episode was quite spooky, until I remembered that the ghost was just trying to warn people of impending danger. While investigating this ghost, Sam and the police officer, Diana, had excellent chemistry. I liked how she had to put aside her skepticism in order to help Sam figure out the real mystery.

The best moments had to of been during the interogations though. These brothers are so in sync and expertly trained that they had the exact same story to tell police, even though it was all lies. The cops said that every detail was the same. Even when Dean gave the message to Sam about the street name, he also wrote down "Steve McQueen" to trigger Sam's "Great Escape". Very clever guys.

Episode 8, Crossroad Blues (Written By: Sera Gamble, Directed By: Steve Boyum)

The brothers begin to investigate a suicide that they seem to think was caused by a Black Dog. After proper research, they discover the man worked at a bar ten years prior. This bar is positioned near a crossroads, a place where deals with demons can be made. Rather than Black Dogs being the cause of death, it turns out to be Hell Hounds. People were selling their souls to get superficial gifts.

I'm going to get this out of the way right off the bat. This episode had some great humor. First of all, it was really funny seeing Sam jealous that the Feds are after Dean and not him so much. Also, Dean admits to not having a clue what Myspace is.

Sam: "You didn't happen to ask her if she's seen any black dogs lately, did you?"
(Dean hands over a list)
Dean: "Every complaint called in this week about anything big, black or doglike. There's 19 calls in all. And, uh, I don't know what this is."
(hands Sam a post-it note; Sam laughs)
Sam: "You mean Carly's MySpace address?"
Dean: "Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that?"
(Sam laughs again, a little incredulous)
Dean: "Seriously, is that like some sort of porn site?"

It was also interesting to see the brothers not sure of what they're getting into. They had no idea what Goofer Dust was or anything about this "making deals with the Devil" stuff. Considering what happened with their father's deal, and another deal that's made in the future of the show, this new information could come in handy, and if I remember right, it does. For awhile at least. Excellent episode that enhanced the mythology of the show.

Episode 9, Croatoan (Written By: John Shiban, Directed By: Robert Singer)

Sam has a vision of Dean, and he's killing a defenseless man. The Winchester brothers head to Oregon to investigate the situation. There they notice the words "Croatoan" scratched into a post. They discover that all communication is down and people in the town begin to act strangely.

I gotta give a big "wow" to this episode. All that Croatoan demon virus stuff was just for Sam? They wanted to know if he could be infected, or possessed? Crazyness. I love the statement Dean gives near the end, "I already feel like this is the one that got away." Mystery unsolved. Everyone in the town just vanished and went god knows where. Freaky stuff.

Dean was pretty scary in this episode. It's never been more apparent how much he really needs Sam at his side. Dean didn't even think twice when shooting the infected wife, and was all set to kill the boy too, infected or not. Let's hope he doesn't have to turn on Sam, but that's looking more and more inevitable.

Sam seems quite connected to the demons. He's immune to this new disease, can move stuff with his mind, sounds a lot like the demon's we've seen so far. He better not go Dark-Side.

Dean was about to tell his brother what their dad talked to him about before he died. Then BAM, cliff-hanger. I've waited a few days to watch the next episode so I could catch up with writing these articles. Now I'm all caught up so I can hopefully find out in the next episode, I really don't remember the specifics of what John said.

Okay, that was an awesome block of episodes. Might watch an episode or two tonight, we'll see how I feel once I do a once-over on this article for mistakes, as well as add the rest of the images. Take care of yourself everyone, thanks a bunch for checking this out.

Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts at all. Just keep it relatively spoiler free, besides on episodes I've already discussed.