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In the last writer's profile, we looked at the back half of "Carver Edlund." Let's examine the front half of that duo. On the writing team for only three seasons, Jeremy Carver's impact can still be felt now. He is the writer for beloved episodes such as "Mystery Spot," "A Very Supernatural Christmas," and "Changing Channels," and his episodes have a distinctive tone. His ability to mix the quirky, heartbreaking, and fun comes through his writing.
Before we examine his time on Supernatural, let's get to know more about his career.
Jeremy Carver began his professional writing career in 2004. He was a part of the writing team that produced the Fearless television movie. The movie is based off a novel series by Francine Pascal. In them, her protagonist Gaia Moore has an unusual genetic trait: she has no fear. Only a teenager trying to make it through high school, she is also trained in combat in order to protect herself from terrorist organizations out to exploit her odd quirk. Gaia solves mysteries and stays with her anti-terrorist father's trusted friend George. At over twenty novels, it would seem there is an awful lot of material to turn into movies, but only one has made it to television.
After Fearless, Carver joined the writing team for the failed show Waterfront. It revolved around an ethically challenged mayor in Providence, Rhode Island. Carver penned only one episode, titled "Sting Like a Butterfly,"which, like the entire series, unfortunately never aired.
Post Supernatural, he has found success with his current project, an American reboot of the UK series Being Human. He is both writer and showrunner with his wife Anne Fricke, famous for writing on Dawson's Creek and Everwood. The supernatural drama centers on three house guests---three unusual house guests---a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost. They are trying to hide this fact from the world, and have banded together to try and live as normally as possible. The show airs on SyFy, and has been picked up for a third season. Carver is not the only Supernatural alumnus to be connected to the show. Mark Pellegrino, known as Lucifer, plays Bishop, a vampire masquerading as a police officer. He is vicious and is trying to lure the vampire housemate, Aidan, to his ranks. Cindy Sampson, portrayer of Lisa Braeden, also guests as Cindy Lanham.
During his three season tenure on Supernatural, Carver wrote twelve episodes. His debut, in season 3, was "Sin City." Co-wrote with Robert Singer, the episode is full of mythology. Set two months after the Devil's Gate is opened, it centers on a town corrupted by sin and vice. It opens with a nun tidying up the church when a man sneaks up behind her. It is only the priest handing her another Bible, but the subtle move foreshadows his true identity. The red herring put in this episode emerges at the pulpit, announcing, "God is no longer with us, Father. Not anymore." He blows his brains out and the nurse proceeds to scream. It is the second death in town like this---and the brothers bored and in need of a hunt go off to investigate.
Carver makes certain to keep enough light moments in an episode that would otherwise be heavy and dark in nature. He does this through several techniques in his debut episode"”dialogue and physical comedy. The brothers enter the bar and approach the bartender. Dean quips that "You could fit that ass on a nickel. " and the priest from earlier tells the bartender "I better see your ass in church---nickel or no nickel." Richie, Dean's friend from other hunts while Sam was in school, has also come on the scene. He is bumbling, foolish, but charming and endearing. It's a wonderment that he's made it this far. His New York bravado is peppered with "Forget about it's." Unfortunately, he doesn't last long, as sweet as he is. Carver also shows his skill at employing comedy through setting Sam up. Sam, investigating the town's red light district owner, finds no evidence of anything demonic. Before he can extract himself, his target arrives and holds a gun on him. Sam, well trained as he is, easily disarms the man. He has to be sure, though, that they aren't demons. So, he splashes holy water in their faces before fleeing in embarrassment.
"Sin City," without the viewer realizing it, sets up the Lucifer plotline in a simple conversation between Dean and Casey. It is the crux of Carver's debut, and it is a testament to his skill in dialogue and subtle story telling. We, for the first time, truly get a bead on just what the demons are truly after. Azazel wanted special children for a demonic army, and yet he never really revealed why he wanted that. Here, we get that answer. The demons are loyal to their own higher power, much the same way humans are to God. Dean is stunned when Casey says, "I have faith." She also foreshadows, two seasons in advance, Lucifer's speech to Dean when she says, "Your word, not ours. Lucifer actually means "light bringer." Look it up. Once he was the most beautiful of all God's angels. But God demanded that he bow down before man, and when he refused, God banished him. Tell me, Dean. How do you like bowing before lesser creatures?"
Dean mutters, "Lucifer's really real?" He is disbelieving and tries to shake it off. His references to God---pointed out by Casey---also are a distinct red flag to Dean's future in seasons 4 and 5 as the "Righteous Man."
In "Sin City," we see Ruby lead Sam by the nose for the first time. She dangles finding a way out of Dean's deal like a carrot, and Sam has no other choice but to chase, even if he does threaten to shoot her. Subtly, the machinations that would end in her death in "Lucifer Rising," has been laid here. She congratulates him on killing two demons, and Sam replies that he also killed two humans. This will also reflect Sam's actions in "Lucifer Rising."
Everything that is to come in the following seasons has a neat tie to this episode in some way---the Apocalypse, Dean's time downstairs, Sam being Lucifer's vessel and subsequent hallucinations upon return from the Cage---all these issues are rooted in such a simple conversation that took place in a caved in basement. Carver knows just how to wield the pen to bring it to vivid life, yet hold back enough cards that it keeps the viewer guessing.