Episode Review – S1 E5 – Bloody Mary
I love the Bloody Mary legend, so when I saw that this was the show I was coming back from conference land to review, I was thrilled.
This episode had all the makings of a cheesy horror movie that we saw in episode 3, but this one started off with the young girls at a slumber party, sitting around playing “Truth or Dare.”
One of them dares the other to go say “Bloody Mary” in the mirror 3 times. The deed is done and nothing happens. Nothing, that is, until the father of the house walks down the hallway. We then see the spooky apparition standing in the mirror.
Dad looks in the mirror.
Next thing you know there’s blood everywhere and a top-notch girl-scream.
Flash to Sammy, dreaming about Jess being barbecued – a little reminder about Sam’s anguish for those who may have forgotten.
They go into the morgue and try one of their ruses to get past the desk jockey. This one doesn’t work, though, so they have to fork over some cash to get in. Seems the body has no eyes in the sockets – they’ve been liquified. I have to say that none of this bothered me the first three times I saw this episode, but this time I wondered what brought them to this case in the first place. A guy dying? Surely the liquified eye thing wouldn’t have been in the obit. As viewers we fully understand why they’re there, having seen the opening scene – or prologue, if you will – but the Winchester boys didn’t see what we saw, so what brought them there?
Anyway, the boys go to talk to the grieving family right in the middle of the wake. Awkward…
Nevertheless, the young girl responsible for chanting the lethal phrase admits that she did, and Sam and Dean suddenly have something more to look into.
I liked how they discussed that the Bloody Mary legend differs all over the country, and how they come to the conclusion that the legend actually begun in this town, and that is why it was manifesting.
Right about at this point I started to get distracted by how incredibly dark the show is. Not in subject matter, but in actual darkness on the screen. I have to strain to see, more than is comfortable. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed it… but it got so irritating during this episode that I made a note of it.
Back to the story. Sam and Dean make their way up to the scene of the death, only to be caught by the cute girl. This girl startles me in that she looks a lot like Jo. Of course, if I was watching this for the first time I wouldn’t know who Jo was, but obviously that isn’t the case here. What do you think? Similar, right?
Moving along – another girl chants the name three times, then, after stripping down to her underwear (because that is some kind of horror show necessity), the creeperiffic spirit in the mirror shows up and we get an up-close look at how the death goes down.
Next thing you know, the girl-who-looks-like-Jo freaks out at school and her friend chants the cursed name three times. Only this time it isn’t the chanter that sees the mirror girl, it’s the girl-who-looks-like-Jo. She goes rather mental during class (and I honestly have a Nightmare on Elm Street flashback) and flees. Sam and Dean come to the rescue and cover up all her reflective surfaces – heh.
After the boys do some searching, they figure out that people who have some sort of secret death in their past that they feel responsible for are dying – interesting because now you realize they weren’t just reminding us about Sam’s crispy girlfriend, you realize that he is a person that also feels responsible for the death of someone. So, of course, Sam volunteers to be the bait.
They make their way to the antique shop where they are sure this haunted mirror will be, but they unknowingly trip the alarm. So right after Sam chants “Bloody Mary” three times, Dean is forced to leave him and deal with the authorities. Some light humor there when Dean claims to be the bosses son and the cops say “You’re Mr Yamashiro’s kid?”
Meanwhile, Sam’s reflection is telling him off and Sam starts to lost the battle in an epic stare-down with himself. Dean comes in just in time and smashes the mirror.
It then crawls out of the frame and does that super-creepy jerk forward “The Grudge” movement that always raises the hair on the back of my neck.
At the last second, Dean saves them by showing the spirit its own reflection, and it kills itself in the same way as it killed all the other people in a twisted karmic-irony kind of a way.
And after all that, we get a little taste of Dean’s humor as he looks around at all the broken mirrors:
So they say goodbye to the girl-who-looks-like-Jo, and Sam tells her she should forgive herself for the death of her ex-boyfriend. Dean says “Good advice.”
And then… in one of the most goose bump inducing scenes EVER, they drive by and Sam sees Jess standing on the sidewalk watching them. Chills! Still!
And so, in closing, I still love the Bloody Mary myth and was glad they covered it, even if it was a bit too ‘b’ movie-ish. Also, what the heck was with all the mirrors everywhere? I swear everyone had a serious case of narcissism going on.
So I’ll ask you again… didn’t she look like Jo??