The plot doesn’t unravel, it falls apart. The craziest of stupid crazy is when Sam and Dean fetch the ghost truck. The black truck that they easily manage to pull out of the lake even though it’s been deep rooted at the bottom for 40 years. They do it without getting muddy. Or wet. At night when visibility is awesome. And it’s snowing. Kripke would have had a more plausible scenario if Sam pulled out a magic wand and got it out with one twirl. How about the scene at the bustling marina complete with its fleet of crab and shrimping boats? After all, we know about that secret yet lucrative shellfish supply that exists only 120 miles south of St. Louis.
There are two reasons why “Route 666” is better than “Bugs.” Once we’re over the initial reaction of “They got what out of the lake???” and the truck goes after Dean in the Impala, that is an awesome chase scene. Dean’s reaction, the stunt driving, Sam’s hunch, it’s all good. Too bad a lot of people missed it because they turned off this pile of crap before then. Thank God for DVDs. The second reason is Kripke by this time must have taken one too many cuffs to the back of the end when picking a closing song. He learned his lesson, don’t close out with a rocking tune by the Scorpions when your heroes are leaving a little worse for wear. Granted I don’t think “Can’t Find My Way Back Home” is a perfect selection, but it so beats “There’s No One Like You.” Oh, let’s throw in a third reason for fun. Sam’s line, “I miss conversations that didn’t start with “this killer truck”.”
Since “Bugs” was a D-, by default this gets bumped to a D. Coming up, season one gets really good.