Episode Review: Season One Episode One
I decided to go back and watch the seasons through while I do my daily workout, and since I am doing that, why not review each episode?
The first episode of the first season is so well done for so many reasons. The dialog between the brothers really sets the stage for their whole relationship, and masterfully gives us back story without making the big back story exposition.
The episode starts off by setting Sam up as the smart college boy, about to take a test to gain a full ride to the Law School of his choice. His girlfriend (who we shortly find looks an awful lot like his mother), is the perfect girlfriend, and he tells us so:
Sam: What would I do without you?
Jessica: Crash and burn.
Poor Jessica had the misfortune of being the first girl one of the boys cared about on the show, therefore, her comment was a bit of ironic foreshadowing you can’t appreciate fully until you go back and watch it again.
We learn their dad is a hunter, and is missing. We get a taste of Dean’s player attitude.
Dean(to Jessica): You are way out of my brother’s league.
We learn how their childhood was:
Sam: When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45
Sam: I was NINE!
Sam: Dude, you gotta update your cassette tape collection.Dean: Why?Sam: Well, for one, they’re cassette tapes. And two, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Metallica?! It’s the greatest hits of mullet rock.Dean: House rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music; shotgun shuts his cake hole.Sam: You know, Sammy is a chubby twelve-year-old. It’s Sam, okay?
Dean: Sorry, can’t hear you. The music’s too loud.
The story begins and sets the stage for the series – a case turns up, based on a local urban myth. The woman in white.
A ghost this time, rumored to be abducting men from a certain stretch of black top in Jericho, CA (a fictional town – interesting Biblical name though, right?).
We get to see the flashback of what happened with their mom…
We learn lots of tidbits that we will use in future episodes: salt repels ghosts, flickering lights are bad news, flickering lights followed by being able to see your breath is even worse news, ghosts can possess cars (move over Christine), and the writers of Supernatural use all sorts of pop culture references throughout the episode.
The boys don’t disappoint us – they bring the ghost back into her house and the spirit is picked up (attacked? absorbed?) by the spirits of her children whom she had killed before taking her own life way back when.
When they return to their lives, Sammy goes to bed and wakes to find his girlfriend doing the crispy critter mambo on his ceiling – a repeat of the mother’s death.
With nothing left to lose, but everything left to avenge, Sam agrees to go with Dean in an effort to find their father and track down whatever is responsible for the death of his beloved Jess.
It’s perfect really.
What was your favorite part of this episode?