I’ll warn everyone now, this recap is ridiculously long. The longest yet. There are SO many damned details though, I decided to capture every single bit I could. So, this might take a while but at least there will be some nice reading at work when trying to kill a hiatus.
There’s no “Then” and “Now”? I can already tell this is an intense episode. A man is asleep on the floor, his coffee table filled with litter and a pizza box. Considering the budget, the pizza box presence is the most popular device to deliver the message “mess.” Speaking of mess, the man is lying in his underwear with a wide open bathrobe, clutching onto some pages. He flashes on a woman, him drinking, a box of fake id’s, Dean driving the Impala at night, Sam reading in the Impala during the day while it drives backwards, episode titles on a web page and a comic book store. Oh, that’s not the flashback. We’re really there. In other words, an attention getter!
Sam and Dean walk into the comic store, full FBI garb and fake badges. They’re agents DeYoung and Shaw. Seriously? Picking from Styx is cool, but that wuss Dennis DeYoung? The guy who wrote Babe? Young and Shaw would have been WAY better. JY knows how to rock! The clerk is amused as they ask about strange noises in the building like rats in the wall, lights flickering, and cold spots. “The FBI is concerned about a rodent problem?” Come on guys, he’s got you there. Exterminators would have been a way better cover.
The clerk smiles. “I knew it! You guys are LARPing, aren’t you?” They’re confused. “Live Action Role Play. Pretty hard core too.” They’re asking questions if the building’s haunted, like the guys from those books. “Supernatural,” he remembers. It features two guys who use fake ids with rock aliases, hunt down ghosts, demons, vampires. Sounds great, where do I get these books? The dude isn’t a big enough fan though where he can remember the names. After a few wrong guesses, Sam helps him along. “Sam and Dean?” “That’s it!” The guy replies. Sammy’s a little put out.
Dean asks if this was a book and he says books. It was a series. “Didn’t sell a lot of copies though, more of an underground cult following.” Let me guess, they’re printed by a crappy publisher, one that only wants to market books for 18-34 females? He goes to the bargain bin and finds the copy of the first book. The men on the cover are looking mighty buff. Sam looks like Fabio. “Supernatural” by Carver Edlund. Okay, how many out there don’t know two of the show’s main writers are Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund? Yeah, no one reading this I’m sure. Considering Julie Siege wrote this, she apparently was given the approval to poke fun at two of her superiors, so that’s cool.
The book caption at the back reads: “Along a lonely California highway, a mysterious Woman in White lures men to their deaths”¦a terrifying phenomenon that may be Sam and Dean’s first clue to their father’s whereabouts.” If anyone here doesn’t know that’s the exact description of the pilot, I can’t help you. Sam is freaking now. “We need all the copies of Supernatural you got.”
Then the intro goes into some fast bouncing music with drawings from the books, complete with buff Winchesters, the Impala in its exact form, a few hideous creatures, a man that looks like Bobby, then back to the cover of the book, and “Supernatural, by Carver Edlund.” Awesome. I love it when this show pushes for authenticity in the title shot. It’s “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” “Ghostfacers,” and “Monster Movie” all over again.
Dean’s got a pile of books on the bed with him and he’s reading “Route 666?” Oh come on, pick a good one! At least it wasn’t “Bugs.” Dean is freaked, while Sam’s working on the laptop in the background. “Everything is in here, I mean everything. From the racist truck to me having sex. I’m full frontal in here dude.” Sam is pretty disturbed himself. Dean wants to know why they’ve never heard of these books before. Sam says they’re pretty obscure with zero circulation. There were two dozen put out before the publisher went out of business.
I’m scanning the book titles, and it’s interesting the 24 titles they picked out of 60. The first half of season one is well represented, and then it just gets scattered from there. Interesting how “Red Sky At Morning” is missing, considering there’s an upcoming reference to the ghost ship. Maybe it’s possible the titles combined episodes? I know, I’m putting way too much thought into this.