Supernatural S1 E5: Blame Games

Let’s talk about blame.

Content note: interpersonal violence, domestic abuse, suicide

That’s pretty much what Supernatural’s “Bloody Mary” is about. You’ve got a ghost in a mirror going after people who’ve done bad things, or think they’ve done things. There’s the guy who either killed his wife or drove her to OD on sleeping pills. There’s the teenage girl who killed a young boy in a hit and run. There’s Sam, who blames himself for Jessica’s death because he didn’t take his prophetic dreams seriously or tell her he’d been a hunter. And then there’s Charlie, who blames herself for shit her abuser did.

Charlie is pretty much the poster child for girls who’ve been socialized to blame themselves for the toxic behavior of the men in their lives. Continue reading “Supernatural S1 E5: Blame Games”

Supernatural S1 E5: Blame Games
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SPN S1 E5 Summary: “Bloody Mary”

OMG, Bloody Mary! We used to play this all the time as kids… with much different results.

We start out in a darkened room, with a bunch of girls sitting around some candles. They’re playing truth or dare, which leads to one of the girls daring another to say “Bloody Mary” in the bathroom mirror. The girl tasked to do so is a total skeptic. But of course she does it because you don’t pass up a silly dare like this. And we get a flickering candle flame, and then the girls pound on the door to scare the living shit out of her, which makes Dad tell them to tone it down. See what you get for being a skeptic?

And now a creepy goth silhouette is showing up in every mirror Dad passes. Dear oh dear. Continue reading “SPN S1 E5 Summary: “Bloody Mary””

SPN S1 E5 Summary: “Bloody Mary”

SPN S1 E4 Analysis: The Hilarity of Terror

Are you in the market for a photo essay of Dean’s hilari-terror? You are so in luck today, my darlings, because my partner Zeroth has got a bonza one for you – along with a bit o’ analysis:

I like this episode a lot for a fairly simple sadistic reason: watching Dean be in pants-wetting terror for most of the episode.

This is a testament to the acting capabilities for Jensen Ackles. He’s been able to convey a guy trying to be what he thinks manly masculine manly manly men should be, and the vulnerable pain he carries underneath.

He’s gentle and kind to the vulnerable and scared, especially children. He loves his brother and has a fairly common fear of flying.

Which isn’t made any better with a demon trying to crash the plane he’s on!

Poor Dean. He tries so hard to be macho, and then this… Continue reading “SPN S1 E4 Analysis: The Hilarity of Terror”

SPN S1 E4 Analysis: The Hilarity of Terror

Supernatural S1 E4 “Phantom Traveler” Summary and Counts

Our episode starts in an airport, with a very nervous middle-aged dude. He’s right to be nervous, because he gets possessed in the bathroom by some gritty black floaty goop that sails into his eyes. As he gets onto the plane and is welcomed by the flight attendant, we see he has acquired total confidence and solid black eyes. Well, at least he’s not afraid of flying anymore.

Forty minutes into the flight, he goes to stretch his legs and pull the emergency door open. Of course, this isn’t conducive to keeping a plane flying. Thus, our Death By Monstrosity count goes through the roof. Continue reading “Supernatural S1 E4 “Phantom Traveler” Summary and Counts”

Supernatural S1 E4 “Phantom Traveler” Summary and Counts

SPN Analysis – S1E3 – “Dead in the Water” in more ways than one

My esteemed partner in Supernatural has his analysis of S1 E3 up – definitely go check it out!

“Watching one of your parents die isn’t something you just get over.”

“You can’t bury the truth, Jake. Nothing stays buried.”

These two lines of dialogue form the emotional touchpoints in this episode. Trauma, guilt, and grief are the subject.

Almost every man in this episode is dealing with guilt. We start with Sam, guilty about not finding their dad. Bill Carlton and Sheriff Jake Devins guilty about killing Peter. Lucas guilty about surviving his dad’s traumatic death.

And that’s the whole point of this episode – guilt and trauma, and bridging that trauma.

Image shows a middle-aged man sitting on a log bench on a wooden dock. His hands are clasped. He's looking out over the water, which is steel gray beneath cloudy skies. The forested hillside behind him is shrouded in mist at the top. Caption says, "I didn't understand."

 

SPN Analysis – S1E3 – “Dead in the Water” in more ways than one

Supernatural S1 E1 (Part 1): When Your Brother Breaks Into Your House and Ruins Your Life

****Update: Additional insight from Zeroth inside!****

Welcome to our first Supernatural analysis! How many daddy issue can two brothers have? How badly will Dean fuck up Sam’s life? How many women can one pilot episode stuff in a fridge? We’re about to find out!

Zeroth and I will be doing a full recap for this inaugural episode. After that, we’ll only be doing a summary and then pulling out the juicy bits so that most of us will still be too young for a nursing home when we finish this series. Let’s get started then, shall we?

 

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Supernatural S1 E1 (Part 1): When Your Brother Breaks Into Your House and Ruins Your Life

Analyzing SPN: Introduction

So. Last week, I mentioned a fun new project I’d be unveiling this week. My friend Zeroth and I will be analyzing Supernatural episode by episode. We’ll be presenting the pilot episode for your enjoyment tomorrow. Today, I’ll introduce you to our methods and aims so you can spend more time enjoying our analysis and less time trying to figure out what the fuck we’re talking about.

So, first, Supernatural: for those who haven’t watched the show, it’s basically about two brothers who travel the country tracking and fighting all sorts of supernatural entities. You’ll encounter everything from ghosts to terribly mauled Native American legends to angels and demons. It’s very strongly influenced by the horror movie genre, although it’s not afraid to play around in other genres, and has a healthy propensity for laughing at itself. It’s gone on for eleven seasons and been renewed for a twelfth, so yeah, it’s been a pretty successful formula.

Image shows the Supernatural title, which is the show's name in all caps over a blue fire pentegram.

Why Supernatural? Continue reading “Analyzing SPN: Introduction”

Analyzing SPN: Introduction