I plan on doing a post like this for each season, depending on if you guys like this one. (Psych. It really doesn’t depend on that. I’m doing this whether you like it or not.)
Not only was this the episode that first introduced us to the Winchesters, it’s gorgeous. David Nutter filled it with lacelike shadows and silhouettes- it’s probably one of the darkest episodes ever. Plus, the Padackles chemistry is clear from the jump. The episode is bookended by blonde ladies burning on the ceiling- such an iconic image. And I felt such satisfaction when the Impala crashed through the wall of the house. If only that had happened on Woman In Black…
The emotional stakes are high here. Ackles plays Dean’s resignation, and Padalecki Sam’s biting-nails, pull-out-all-the-stops desperation, wonderfully. Somehow, the last line- ‘You can’t just have faith when the miracles happen, you’ve got to have it when they don’t’- doesn’t come across as portentous. I think that Supernatural is such a skeptical show about faith that when it softens a little- with Layla, and Cas’s conversation with the lady in the church in I’m No Angel, which I wrote about here– it’s genuinely touching. The world Sam and Dean enter in Faith is so detailed, with the mud and the leaflets and the blues tinkling on the piano. It contains one of Supernatural’s truly great music cues- here it’s Don’t Fear The Reaper. Plus, all the close-ups of the Reverend’s black glasses and white hands- it’s a very handsy episode- are to die for.
This, episode ten, was the point where what I’d suspected all along was confirmed to me; the show really was about the brothers’ relationship. The asylum set is one of the strangest and most intricate they’ve ever done. And tiny Kat with the shotgun defending her boyfriend, and the fact that the ghosts were actually the good guys… it’s the first shadings of moral ambiguity that’ll eventually lead to Season Two’s Bloodlust. The scene where Sam tries to kill Dean is electric; when he pulled the trigger I was shocked that the show had gone there so completely.
4. Devil’s Trap
The finale, and directed by Kim Manners. Bobby is first introduced, and Meg’s exorcism is wonderfully filmed. Haunting golden eyes on John Winchester, Dean has a Dirty Harry moment, Sam’s loyalties are pushed, and the moment when the lorry slams into the Impala always makes me jump. The camera moves over three unconscious, bleeding Winchesters, Bad Moon On The Rise still faintly playing, and the screen fades to black. Cue the deluge of hate mail onto Kripke’s desk for Impala-slaughter.
5. Bloody Mary
For the sheer creep factor. I laughed at The Descent, but Bloody Mary… yeah, I still have issues with getting out of bed at night. I couldn’t look in a mirror for weeks. The episode is also incredibly dark, everything thrown into deep shadow. Also, the first incident of Multiplechesters. (Which is totally a word now.)
The Benders, which I hereby award the Wrencollins Certificate Of General Disturbingness. Also, the hot lady cop with the indigo-rimmed eyes. A Jody precurser, methinks.
Skin. Because subversive use of shirtlessness.
Shadow, for visual references to Angel Heart and Meg being evil and awesome.
Scarecrow, which contains THE BEST John Winchester eyelid closeup. (See here.) And for ‘My brother could give you this puppy-dog look and you’d buy right into it.’ Phone call for Brother’s Keeper, anyone?
So obviously this list is pure opinion. C’mon, guys, let’s have a discussion here. Are you in agreement? What are your Season One favourites? I promise I won’t laugh. (Unless you say Bugs. Then I will definitely laugh.)
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