As far as episodes go, "Wendigo" for any other show out there today would end up being a mediocre effort. When compared to the 92 episodes that have aired for Supernatural so far though, it actually sucks. Not really bad, but bad enough where it makes the "What was Kripke thinking" files. The first clue that the monster story might not work? When you watch the three tools in a tent that are destined to be cave dweller food and don't care. Then the one thing you do care about, what the hell happened after Jessica is flambe'd on the ceiling, ends in less than a minute. The brotherly strife, which actually isn't bad, ends up being about finding Dad. They don't get very far. Sure, its episode two and that might be considered being impatient, but come on, throw us a bone. A least a nugget or two. Instead, we got a mission statement.
This episode decided to make the creepy monster story the main focus and push the family drama to the back burner. I suppose that would have been okay for an episode four or five, but considering Sam had just lost his girlfriend in the most tragic way, he didn't seem to be too upset over it other than the dream at the beginning. Which was totally cool BTW. As a matter of fact, when that scene came on, I sushed everyone. "Quiet, this is the only great scene in the entire episode! Talk to me in two minutes!" Couldn't have Sam at least told Hailey in a short conversation how broken up he is over the fact that his girlfriend is now charcoal? How much he's suffering right now or even showing some simmering anger over the thing that killed her and how he's going to find it? No, he whines about daddy for three sentences and then follows the golden trail of M & M's all the way to the poorly CGI'd wendigo.
The only real personality comes from Dean, and he's trying to flirt with a woman who's frantic over her missing brother. As you might guess, he doesn't score. Add to all that the fact there are two really hot looking guys in the wilderness and one of them ends up having the worst hair day imaginable. Also, Hailey's tagalong brother was cardboard and unnecessary.
In episode two, a show needs to start forging identity. The tone, the pacing, the monster story all felt like an X-Files episode. The uniqueness that came from the Pilot all but disappeared with the already done phantom creature stalking the heroes in the woods bit. In fairness to this episode though, once they got out of the safety of the circle camp, the episode did get interesting. Enough where I watched the final showdown with some interest. The outcome was satisfying for the most part until Sam smiles, proclaims he's driving and they pull away to Rush's "Fly By Night." Huh?
My grade, a C-.