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Supernatural: Salvation

John: "This ends now. I'm ending it. I don't care what it takes."

Things have gone completely to hell, so to speak. John was captured, and the Ceiling Fire Demon got away. But at least the Winchesters symbolically set things right by saving another family from suffering the same way they did all those years ago.

For me, the highlight of this episode was Dean and Sam realizing how close they had become. Dean stood with Sam this time, not with John. The family dynamic has shifted, and I think it's a permanent change. Which is good, because I kept having this feeling of impending doom. Probably because I keep thinking that killing John off is the only logical way for the writers to go, and the season ender is next.

John mentioned the possibility that Meg was possessed; I don't think I ever even considered that before. But it made sense. The other demon guy just shot her with the fake revolver like she was garbage and it didn't matter if she lived or died. Is he possessed, too?

One thing has always bothered me. Why did the Ceiling Fire Demon kill Jessica? She didn't have a six month old baby, after all. It must have something to do with Sam. Maybe that's just the CFD's modus operandi. Drop into town, set fire to people on the ceiling, move on.

Bits and pieces:

— The "previously on" sequence was fabulous. It was called "The Road So Far" and set to the tune, "Carry on, Wayward Son." (Note from later: Apparently, Netflix has another song in its place, but only for this first season. "Carry on" is there for subsequent seasons.)

— We met the previously aforementioned Pastor Jim right before his premature death. Pastor Jim has... had... a bunch of bad guns. He must have been a pastor by day and demon hunter by night. We also (briefly) met another Winchester friend, Caleb, again before his untimely death.

— All we saw of the Ceiling Fire Demon were yellow eyes. The signs that he plans to strike soon are cattle deaths, temperature fluctuations, and electrical storms. Does he mostly strike in Texas?

— The clown in the mindreading baby's room looked like a demon. It even had horns.

— There are three bullets remaining in the revolver.

— This week we visited Blue Earth, Minnesota; Manning, Colorado (where John was still keeping that very messy motel room from way earlier in the season); Lincoln, Nebraska; and Salvation, Iowa. Is there really a town named Salvation, Iowa? What a great name.

— Sam and Dean masqueraded as cops. No fun aliases this time. Maybe because this was a pretty serious episode.


Meg: "I slit his throat and ripped his heart out through his chest. Does that make me a bad person?"

Beautiful woman at the desk: "Hi. Is there anything I can do for you?"
Dean: "Oh god, yes."

Sam: "Even when I couldn't count on anyone, I could always count on you."

Meg: "Holy water, John. Real cute."
I thought it was. I thought that whole sequence was clever.

It's a two-parter, so I'll hold my rating until the next one,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. Like I said before, I love Meg. I would love to see her more.
    This is the great thing about rewatches: we always notice new things. In the pilot, we see Sam telling Dean that no matter what they do, Jes and their mother are dead, and Dean shoves Sam into the wall. In this episode, we have the reverse. It´s Dean who is telling Sam to cool it down and that no matter what they do, they are still gone. And Sam shoves Dean into the wall.
    I just find it a very good parallel to where they are now and how they started.

  2. What a GREAT opening. I keep meaning to post about the music on this show. Classic rock - well, rocks. Sorry. But, to recap the whole season to Kansas was brilliant.

    I completely agree about the shift in the family dynamic, but I saw it as Dean who did the most growing. Shouting at Sam, "It's not your problem; it's our problem." and then finally confronting his father who, although "wasn't crazy about this new tone" of his, did apologise. Was this the first time that happened?

    I, too, wonder about Jess and the lack of a baby. Should be an interesting second part!


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