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Supernatural Virgin Diary – The mythology starts to sneak back in

Week two of 'Supernatural' episodes were very similar to the first week. Great chemistry between the leads, straightforward cases of the week and small but tasty morsels of a greater mythology.

Sometimes I wonder if I would be better off jumping into a show like Supernatural a season or two into things. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of this type of show’s early episodes, as the showrunners are generally concentrating more on creating a new world rather than playing in it – I actually started watching Angel this way quite by accident, and it wound up becoming one of my all time favorite shows.

I’m not saying that to complain, because building the world right is incredibly important. And I’ve enjoyed these early episodes thus far, I just have a feeling I’m going to enjoy the show more as it goes on.

(If you’re just joining, be sure to check out the previous entries in my Supernatural Virgin Diary)

“Bloody Mary”

“You’re not insane.”
“Oh God, that makes me feel so much worse.”

People sure do carry around a lot of unnecessary guilt. Sure, Blood Mary’s first couple of victims might have deserved their fate. But did Charlie and Sam? The one thing I’m quickly picking up on is that these spirits are incredibly vengeful. Charlie wasn’t complicit in her ex-boyfriend’s death, but in Sam’s case that’s a much deeper question.

The dreams that Sam has been having are what I hope to be the beginnings of the exploration of the greater mythology of the show. There are obviously connections between Jessica’s death and the death of Sam and Dean’s mother – what with the whole ceiling-consumption-in-fire thing. I know that the majority of this season will be focused on case of the week stuff, but I’ll be keying in on every morsel of mythy-goodness.

Last week fellow Clacker Deb commented that “Bloody Mary” was the episode that got her hooked. I think she’s going to be disappointed when she reads my reaction: this episode was on par with what I’ve seen so far, nothing specifically noteworthy. I hope (hint, hint) she chimes and shared with me what I didn’t see.


“Skin” provided a couple of Sci-Fi tropes in one episode: shape-shifters and “dark universe” alternate personalities – complete with a Vulcan Mind Meld reference. While unDean wasn’t really an alternate version of the Dean that we’ve grown to know and love, the shape-shifter had enough of his memories to make his argument with Sam believable. I’m curious  as to how much of Dean’s jealousy will rear its head in the future.

The police manhunt for Dean brings up a point that has been sitting in the back of my mind for the last couple of episodes. In “Bloody Mary,” Dean coldcocked a couple of local cops, this week he had an entire town looking for him. As the brothers continue to do their work across the country, the fingerprints and eyewitness drawings have to catch up with them at some point, right?

“Hook Man”

How do the Winchester boys manage to quite literally bungle their way into crime scenes without getting caught? “Skin” made some sense, as it had been some time since the murder. But this week’s almost lampoonish entry into the sorority house was just plain silly.

The one thing I do know about the boys is that they won’t be settling down – at least any time soon. It’s hard to imagine any one place in the country – save for perhaps Cleveland – that is so rife with enough demonic activity to keep the boys anchored down. So when Sam meets a character like Lori and actually develops a connection with them, I actually feel sad that his current life doesn’t really allow for time for a personal life. Obviously there’s going to be more to the storyline with Jessica, but that doesn’t mean he can’t partake in some genuine human interaction with someone he’s not related to, right?

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10 Responses to “Supernatural Virgin Diary – The mythology starts to sneak back in”

June 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

No they never really stay in one place to do cases. Skin and Bloody Mary are two best early episodes. And I really enjoyed the 3 of the 4 next episodes (I think you’ll easily guess which one I didn’t), but I’ll admit I didn’t get hook hooked until the final scene of this season. I loved “the boys” already, but after that I couldn’t NOT watch. It was a compulsion and it hasn’t really faded. At this point in season one I was still getting a X-Files vibe, but later they found their own voice and now I would go so far as to say they surpassed X-Files in mythology and maybe even character development.

June 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The mythology actually amps up pretty soon. It takes on the Buffy pattern of a big bad each season. Big bad hasn’t been introduced yet.

I’m a new fan too. I plowed through the first 6 seasons when they came on Netflix online and then quickly caught up with Season 7 (which was disappointing). The first half of Season 1 is meh. The humor is what kept me watching. And the storytelling just gets more and more interesting. But, the episode that solidified my love of the show is in Season 2 (I think) with the wishing fountain episode.

But regardless, it gets kind of epic.

June 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I have loved this show since the first episode. It is funny, I haven’t thought of those episodes for a while. I think I really got into the show after seeing Jeffery Dean Morgan in the episode “Home” which you should see in the next couple episodes. That is what I connected with in the episodes, the search for their dad. By the way, I have seen almost every episode of this series more than once except “Bugs”, good luck with that one, I still haven’t seen it.

June 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Oh c’mon — was “Bugs” really any worse than that X-Files episode with Mulder trapped in the cockroach house? OK, it was, it really was. Can’t fault me for trying! ;-)

And Ivey, I mention what it was about “Bloody Mary” in the virgin diary I did back in 2008 (yikes!) which I will, with my mad tech skills, try to link here: I think it just solidified the promise of what was to come for me: the fact that the mythology was going to be very important to the series, that they were committed to giving the characters depth and meaning. In retrospect, and many others have said this, it’s probably a bit too early in the series to be considered a “blow the hatch” episode, but the timing was right for me and it truly was “the point of no return” for me — I was hooked!

June 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I loved War of the Coprophages(the one with the roaches). That was a great episodes. Teso Dos Bichos(the one with the killer cats) might have been as bad as Bugs.

June 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I actually love that ep of the X-Files too — it still stands out after all these years.

June 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I didin’t watch X-Files.

Is that a bad word around here?

June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

And there’s your next Virgin Diary! Not a bad word in my book — revered almost as much as Supernatural, but less consistent in certain seasons … although SPN season seven was not stellar.

June 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I loved X-Files! Best show ever! (although like I said SPN does probably beat it in mythology). It’s probably make second favorite show ever. Then Firefly. It should have ended one season earlier but other than that. It had a few dud episodes, but name a show that went on for nine seasons that doesn’t. That should definitely be your next virgin diary after Supernatural.

June 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The mildest of spoilers below

I love “Skin,” and especially the side-story arc that comes from it. They’re run-ins with the law pop up every now and then, and I always enjoyed the episodes where that came into play. Folsom Prison Blues was one of my favorites, and Henrickson was a great recurring character

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