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Supernatural: Croatoan

Sam: "You can keep going."
Dean: "Who says I want to?"

We had scariness within and scariness without. I mean, really. What's scarier? A bunch of crazed, sulfur-infested townies, or a depressed Dean with a gun?

Dean was all primed and ready to take out a guy who could have been completely harmless. And then Sam became infected, and it was a whole different story. Again, variations on a familiar season two theme: something supernatural was wrong with Sam, and Dean absolutely would not take him out, even under such extreme circumstances. At least Dean finally started talking to Sam about how he was feeling and what John told him, instead of keeping it all inside. Forewarned is forearmed. Maybe they can figure out a way around it. And maybe Sam will get Dean into therapy. Yeah, that'll happen.

I just knew one of the people in the clinic had to be infected. (I kept thinking it was the big, scary marine sergeant, but that would have been too obvious.) I knew Sam wouldn't die, but I didn't see the immune thing coming. A demonic virus wiped out an entire town, and it was all just to test if Sam was immune? Wow, harsh.

This week's historical reference was pretty interesting. I always thought the Croatoan thing was an unnerving chapter in history, although part of me always wondered if someone with dyslexia was going for "Roanoke."


Bits and pieces:

— Loved Dean and the marine in the car with guns trained on each other.

— Dr. Lee said the nearest town was Sidewinder, forty miles away. Wasn't that the name of the nearest town in The Shining?

— This week, we went to River Grove, Oregon, home of Crater Lake. Crater Lake, huh? Was that a Smallville/Vancouver in-joke?

— Dean and Sam were Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, U.S. Marshals. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard are members of ZZ Top.

— Dean said John was a corporal in Echo 21 Company.

— In the opener, the motel room was red and green. Possibly a tribute to Christmas. (This episode aired December 7, 2006.)

Quotes:

Sam: "Roanoke? Lost colony? Ring a bell? Dean, did you pay any attention in history class?"
Dean: "Yeah. The shot heard round the world. How bills become laws."
Sam: "That's not school. That's Schoolhouse Rock."
Dean: "Whatever."

Possessed man: (big smile) "Say. Why don't you get out of the car and we'll talk a little?"
Dean: "You're a handsome devil, but I don't swing that way. Sorry."

Sarge: "My neighbor, Mr. Rogers..."
Dean: "You got a neighbor named Mr. Rogers?"

Sam: "This is the dumbest thing you've ever done."
Dean: "I don't know about that. Remember that waitress in Tampa?" (shudders)

Another good one. Three out of four stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux adores Supernatural which is a good thing since apparently, it's eternal.

5 comments:

  1. One of my least favourites. The plot just seems odd and a bit messy.

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  2. I loved this one, mostly. I sort of wish they hadn't tied it in with the yellow eyed demon and the uncertain ending left me cold, but the suspense of wondering who was and wasn't affected was fantastic! Classic Twilight Zone.

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  3. There really is a Crater Lake in Oregon. It's a national park. I've never heard of River Grove, though.

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  4. Dr. Lee said the nearest town was Sidewinder, forty miles away. Wasn't that the name of the nearest town in The Shining?

    Yes, it was!

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  5. Fun? Fact: The first time they shot the heavy emotional scene where Sam tells Dean to leave him so he can survive, Jared let the emotions get the better of him and Bob Singer had to pull him aside and tell him to pull back, that it was Sam's tears, not his, which was advice Jared used a lot later on. They waited half an hour, shot the scene again, and then moved on, for Jared's sake. Jensen is so amazing at Dean's emotional scenes that sometimes I forget just how impressive Jared is, as well.

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