Featured heavily in "Dig," the 17th episode of Walker’s first season, was “Spirit Week,” a time when people reveal their truths and feelings, and wow, did those come out this episode. At the heart was…
Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for from Walker. If the show can keep up this level of writing—coherent plot, consistent characterization, and incisive social commentary, it might have a shot at the Emmys for next year. I really hope this means the writers have stepped up their game and that this isn’t just a lucky one-off.
I’m going to comment on the plot threads rather than going in strictly chronological order.
Episode 1.16 of Walker tackles the heavy topics of police corruption and brutality from the human view of a person of color trying to change the system from within. However, thematically, it also explores who the characters are, and how they can’t always be who they are inside. Sometimes this is a bad thing, but other times, it forces them to be better, as is shown in the character of …
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question asked of children and teens. In my family’s case, the various answers were firefighter, construction worker, police officer or veterinarian – all vocations the children saw personified around them. For me, from what I remember of when I was young, I was always irritated by that query. How was I supposed to know what direction my life should go? Why did I need to know something like that when I was six or ten or fourteen?
By the time sixteen rolled around, though, that harmless conversation starter got serious. Summer jobs were supposed to have meaning and direction. Gaining experience in your future field of study became more important than picking up a few bucks cutting grass or babysitting. Then the real pressure began. College or vocational school? Which college has majors that appeal to you? Money, deadlines and pressure were now associated with answering the simple question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
What I know now that I didn’t know then was that question would, and should, keep arising throughout a person’s lifetime. If you’re lucky, your circumstances will allow you to continue to redefine yourself over and over again. If you’re surrounded by family, friends and peers who support you, personal growth becomes an option, enriching not only your various stages in life, but also the world around you. “Bad Apples” created turning points for several of Walker's characters, allowing us to watch them grow as they struggled to define what they want to do with their lives.
Oh man, I don’t even know how to begin writing a review for “Houses of the Holy.” This is such an intricate, deeply emotional and technical episode trying to tackle in just one short hour the concept of faith and believing in something bigger than ourselves. This is a masterpiece with direction, set decoration, cinematography, VFX as well as acting. The visual storytelling in this episode is magnificent, but given this a Kim Manners outing, no wonder. That was his gift, knowing how to pull extra emotion out of every scene, making the impact of the story stronger than it already is. The theme of this episode is divine intervention and boy did they sell it. The use of lighting to show something ethereal at work is spectacular, making this one of Serge Ladoucer's best efforts, as well as the VFX team with their bright white light encounters.
Just the subject matter alone takes "Supernatural" in a wildly different direction, the belief in angels. Remember, this was when Kripke was still on his “no angels” bender. This is a season and a half before Castiel’s grand appearance in the season four opener. Still, the episode had us guessing, are angels for real? Is there something else out there beyond this crappy world full of monsters, demons and generally bad people looking out for the boys? It did make me take pause to consider. It also showed how both brothers were on opposite ends of the spectrum in this matter yet somehow came together in the end.
Pick your favorite alter ego of Sam Winchester. Possessed Sam? Demon Blood Sam? Evil Sam? Mind-Controlled Sam? Discussing the many faces of Sam sounded like an easy topic for my latest Con-tinual panel of Supernatural media professionals... until I started listing the many times and ways that Sam wasn't the brother we all know and love!
Odds are that the same one or two images come to mind for all of us when we think of days when Sam "wasn't himself." But when challenged to really consider how often Sam had to fight for control of his body, mind and soul, I discovered that Jared Padalecki played an alternate version of Sam Winchester in at least one episode, and often in several episodes, in nearly all 15 seasons of Supernatural. That's a lot of faces for Sam!
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