Review – Supernatural Season 1, Episode 6
Thanks again to Michelle for inviting me to post in her absence. I’m sure she’s having a blast at yet another writer’s conference. Such a busy bee, that Michelle. 🙂 Today, I have for you Episode 6 of Supernatural: SKIN in all its awesomeness.
This is an episode that every Dean girl remembers with fondness. It’s another episode full of firsts. The first time since the pilot, we hear of and meet Sam’s college friends, the first shapeshifter and the first (of many) times Dean is wanted by the police.
To the tune of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly (awesome) the episode starts off with a pretty blonde girl in a sticky situation. She’s been beaten and tied up. Her captor is still there, with a big knife, when a SWAT team shows up. He tries to escape but they catch up to him and *gasp!* It’s Dean!!
Cut to Sam getting a message that one of his college friends has been arrested for murder. He wants to head to St Louis immediately to help clear his friend’s name. I love this show, but when I see “little Becky,” who is basically a blonde bombshell living at her parents’ house, which is a mansion, it’s hard to imagine she’s ever been friends with Sam. Maybe it’s because I’m now used to Sam the Hunter and not Sam the Stanford Student but…anyway. We realize this is the girl from the opening scene. So why did Dean attack her?
Becky’s brother has been arrested for his girlfriend’s murder. Even though Zach was with her when the girl was killed, the police have video of Zach at the scene. Somehow, Becky can still get them into the crime scene because Sam tells her Dean’s a cop. Not sure I buy that but I’ll suspend disbelief. 😉 She also managed to snag a copy of the video of her brother at the scene. When Sam and Dean watch the video, they notice a laser eyes effect. Turns out we’re dealing with a doppelganger. Another man is arrested for trying to kill his wife. This thing can make himself look like anyone. The telltale sign is the laser eyes in video. “Every culture in the world has a shapeshifter lore,” Dean says.
The boys soon learn the shapeshifter sheds its skin when it’s done killing. Ewww. They find its lair in the city sewer system.
Dean: “I think we’re close to its lair.” Sam: “Why do you say that?” Dean: “‘Cause there’s another puke-inducing bile next to your face.”
Oh snap! The shapeshifter is right there! But he gets away and the brothers split up to try to find them. When they meet back up, Dean’s not Dean. *gasp!*
Sam notices the difference but by then it’s too late. The shapeshifter takes Sam back to his lair, where he tells Sam all of Dean’s darkest thoughts. Uh oh.
Doppelganger Dean goes after Becky and we learn its sad history. How it’s born hated until he learns to become someone else.
Sad, really. Becky gets freaked out by his unwanted sexual advances and he attacks her when she asks him to leave. And now we’re back to the opening scene.
Doppelganger Dean escapes to the tune of Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot” — badass. He goes back to his lair and yay!
He starts disrobing. Dean girls everywhere rejoice!
But he doesn’t stop there…
Out come the teeth…off falls the skin…and it’s decidedly no longer sexy.
Meanwhile, Sam and Dean have escaped and find that Dean is now wanted by police. Of the police sketch, Dean says, “Man! That’s not even a good picture.” He’s also more upset about the shapeshifter driving around in his car than the fact there’s a manhunt underway for him. Ah, Dean.
The guys split up (why, boys, why? You want to get caught?) Sam is taken prisoner again by the shapeshifter who’s pretending to be Becky, then changes back into Dean after knocking Sam out and tying him up. Confused yet?
Sam frees himself and the brothers fight:
Letting out unexpressed emotions, anyone?
Dean bursts in just in the nick of time and kills…himself.
The brothers let this Dean Winchester guy take the fall for the murders, thinking that’s the end of it. They can move on. Of course, this sets up future episodes when Dean Winchester is still alive and shows up in another city. 😉
Not many Biblical aspects in this one but plenty of angsty ones. At the end, Sam and Dean establish they’re freaks. Extremely good-looking freaks who don’t talk about their obvious issues. But oh, this will come up again and shapeshifters will definitely be back.
My favorite part was the “Hey Man Nice Shot” montage of Dean taking off his shirt and ear and skin. It was almost like a joke to make fun of the rabid Dean girls. “You want him to take off his shirt, do you?? How bout he takes it ALL off?” I just have to laugh. What was your favorite part? While I enjoyed this episode, it had its problems and the shapeshifter episodes that follow in later seasons are more entertaining, believable and fun. This one does a fine job of setting up that lore, though. What do you guys think?