Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 21

Salvation

11
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2006 on The CW
8.9
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John has realized where the demon will strike next and the Winchesters head there to stop the next killing. But Meg begins killing John's friends and demands the Colt or she'll keep going until everyone John knows is dead.

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural its the first part of the season 1 final and it begins with dean and sam and there dad knowing when the deamon that killed there mother will strik next and they go to travel to stop it from doing anything more but its meg again and she is killing john winchesters friends or people that knew him and they either give up the colt or let more of there dads friends die this was a good first part of the season one final and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • WOW … damn it that was good! I'm speechless.

    9.5
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    Seriously I'm speechless! The best lead-in for a great finale. (and still season 2 was better!! How brilliant is this show!)



    I can't find the words to describe it … it was phenomenal. Everything about this episode was amazing, the plot, the acting, the emotional build up, and did I say the acting? Jensen, Jared, JDM and Nicki Lynn Aycox were out of this world. John grieving for his friends, Dean standing up to him, Sam eager to finally find the demon and kill it, even suicidal, Dean all broken up about how the only two people he has in this hell hole of a world are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of revenge. And Meg … what can I say about Meg? She's a b!tch … it turns out she's a demon, and she's after the Winchesters, supposedly for the colt.



    The "Yellow Eyed Demon" is still at large, Meg and that other demon have John, Sam and Dean are gonna go after them to get him back, with only the colt and 3 bullets left …the odds don't look good.



    Carry on my wayward sonmoreless
  • Carry on my Wayward Son!

    9.5
    The first part of Season One's finale, and the second installment in the three-part final myth-arc (begun with "Dead Man's Blood" and wrapped up by "Devil's Trap"), is my least favorite out of these last episodes, and the fact that I still rate like a superb episode speaks of the top-notch quality achieved by the writers, the actors and the directors as the Season progressed.



    The reasons are mostly two: first and foremost, "Salvation" suffered a bit (a really teeny, tiny bit) for the grand exposition of themes and actual facts, condensed in forty minutes, while "Devil's Trap" was more cohesive and coherent. Second, I was really sad that Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker had killed off Pastor Jim and Caleb. I know that was the only way we could actually meet them, as both the writers clearly states in the companion, but I was disappointed to see two potentially intriguing characters wasted by a simple flick of Meg's wrist.



    These two minor quibbles aside, "Salvation" is a spell-binding episode, full of emotion and epic, of suspense and action. It sports the clear signs of director Robert Singer's skill and both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki did a wonderful job in emphasizing the diversity and the struggling sentiments of Dean and Sam, both confronted once again by the disappearance of their father. Their last scene together, which mirrored a scene from the Pilot, when the two of them confront face to face, Sam furious and Dean with eyes full of tears, was extremely powerful, one of those scenes of brotherly love we all love so much.



    "Salvation", though, was great for many reasons, and one of them must be Nicky Aycox's incredible portrait of the reckless, savage Meg. She easily is one of the most fascinating character of the season, and her striking blend of fury and sarcasm was really captivating. And then, how couldn't I mention that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a magnificent John Winchester and that the scene at the burning eyes are so deeply scaring and truly potent that I could bare watch the screen? All in all, "Salvation" - while a little less perfect than the action-packed "Dead Man's Blood" and the wonderful "Devil's Trap" - is an awesome episode, really, really superb.moreless
  • The first part of the end of the first season

    10
    Supernatural Season 1 Episode 21 Salvation

    The Winchesters go to Slavation, Iowa where John thinks Yellow Eyes will strike next. He then gets a call from Meg, telling him that he has to bring her the colt or she'll kill his friends. Sam has a vision of the demon attacking another family, and he and Dean try to Stop it.



    The first part of the finale was pretty damn good. So excellent, full of suspense and action. I liked this part better than the second one, Devil's Trap, I just think this one was more exciting. So anyway, this episode is one to remember. Supernatural 1st season finale, Salvation is pretty damn good as I said b4.moreless
  • Oh crap looks like it's building up to a really climatic season conclusion!

    8.5
    The colt that could potentially kill the demon really adds some reality element to the show. These demons so far have been pretty indestructible because they can just turn into shadows and flee away, and now humans have a tangible object they can destroy the demons with. There were a lot of interesting sticking points in this episode, such as how we get to see first hand how the mother is killed, and then we see those same powers subdue John Winchester. Slowly but surely things are starting to come together, like how the demons powers are similar to Sam's and that boys' that killed himself telekinesis. What bothered me though was the overdramatic arguments that were being made between Sam, Dean, and John. The entire episode someone was screaming at the top of their lungs at someone else. It reflects well on how dire the situation is getting, but perhaps they could have toned it down a bit?moreless
Erin Karpluk

Erin Karpluk

Monica Holt

Guest Star

David Lovgren

David Lovgren

Charlie Holt

Guest Star

Richard Sali

Richard Sali

Pastor Jim Murphy

Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

Recurring Role

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Meg Masters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: In John's motel room, among various maps and handwritten notes, there are also three books: Igloo Killinek by Kenneth C. Butler; Air Force One Is Haunted by Robert J. Serling and, surprisingly enough, Secrets by Danielle Steel.

    • Talking about the Colt in the previous episode, "Dead Man's Blood" John said that thirteen bullets were created, and half a dozen were used. Onscreen images showed thirteen bullets then seven bullets. Now John says only four bullets are left. One was used on the vampire last episode, so where are the other two?

    • The road sign at the Salvation town limits has what appears to be a Bible verse on it: "Are you ready for Judgement Day? - JW 2:27".
      However, "JW" does not refer to any book of the Bible, so this verse does not exist.

    • Trivia: In freeze-frame, you can see that the dagger the priest throws at Meg has "God's Eye" inscribed on it, along with other mystic markings.

    • Trivia: At 04:34, there's a note John posted on the wall. It says "sleep easy motel" with a picture of the demon (?) holding an orb of some sort, the gun (with the words 'the one only one' and 'SAM'), and there's a phone number - 555-0918 with the name Gerry.

    • John yells at Dean for not telling him about Sam's visions. In the episode "Home," Missouri says "that boy has such powerful abilities, why he couldn't sense his own father, I have no idea". When she said that John was sitting right there. He acted like he didn't know what was happening but he knew 11 episodes ago.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • John: I just want to buy a few hours, that's all.
      Sam: You mean for Dean and me. You want us to stay here and kill this demon by ourselves.
      John: No, Sam, I want to stop losing people we love. I want you to go to school, I want Dean to have a home. I want Mary alive. It's just... I just want this to be over.

    • Sam: The last time I saw you, you fell out of a window.
      Meg: Yeah, thanks to you. That really hurt my feelings, by the way.
      Sam: Just your feelings? That was a seven-story drop.
      Meg: Let me speak to your dad.
      Sam: My dad? I don't know where my dad is.
      Meg: It's time for the grown-ups to talk, Sam. Let me speak to him now!

    • Dean: Sam, I wanna waste it. I do, okay? But it's not worth dying over!
      Sam: What?
      Dean: I mean it! If hunting this demon means you getting yourself killed, then I hope we never find the damn thing!

    • Meg: Well, I've lied... a lot. I've stolen. I've lusted. And the other day I met this man – a nice guy, you know? And we had a really good chat...sort of like this. Then I slit his throat and ripped his heart out through his chest. (her eyes turn black) Does that make me a bad person?

    • Pastor Jim: I like to say, Salvation was created for sinners.

    • John: I'm going to kill you.
      Meg: Oh, John, please – mind your blood pressure.

    • Sam: I wonder how Dad is doing.
      Dean: I'd feel a lot better if we were there backing him up.
      Sam: I'd feel a lot better if he were here backing us up.

    • Dean: You said yourself once, that no matter what we do, they're gone and they're never coming back.
      Sam: Don't you say that, not you, not after all this, don't you say that!
      Dean: Sam, look. The three of us, that's all we have. And it's all I have. Sometimes I feel like I'm barely holding it together, man. And without you or Dad...

    • Sam: Maybe we could tell them there's a gas leak. Might get them out of the house for a few hours.
      Dean: Yeah, and how many times has that actually worked for us?
      Sam: Yeah. Could always tell them the truth.
      Sam and Dean: Naaah.

    • Meg: You're dead, John. Your boys are dead.
      John: I never used the gun, how could I know it wouldn't work?
      Meg: I am so not in the mood for this, I've just been shot!
      John: Well, then, I guess you're lucky the gun wasn't real.
      Meg: That's funny, John. We're gonna strip the skin from your bones, but that was funny.

    • Sam: Dean, uh, I want to thank you.
      Dean: For what?
      Sam: For everything. You've always had my back, you know. Even when I couldn't count on anyone, I could always count on you. And, uh, I just wanted to let you know, just in case.
      Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa! You kiddin' me?
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Don't say "just in case something happens to you," I don't wanna hear that freakin' speech, man. Nobody's dying tonight. Not us, not that family, nobody. Except that demon. That evil son of a bitch ain't gettin' any older than tonight, you understand me?

    • John: All right, something like this starts happening to your brother, you pick up the phone and you call me.
      Dean: Call you? Are you kiddin' me? Dad, I called you from Lawrence. All right? Sam called you when I was dying. Gettin' you on the phone, I got a better chance of winning the lottery.
      John: You're right. Although I'm not real crazy about this new tone of yours, you're right. I'm sorry.

    • Layla: Hi, is there anything I can do for you?
      Dean: Oh God, yes.

    • Pastor Jim: I know what you are. You can't be here. This is hallowed ground!
      Meg: Please, maybe that works in the minor leagues, but not with me.

    • Meg: You shot me! I can't believe you just shot me!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Meg: Still there, John-Boy?
      Referring to the 1970s TV show The Waltons. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The signature scene that closed each episode was the voice-overs, where each character bids the other good-night: "Good night, Mary-Ellen." "Good night, Jim-Bob." "Good night, Elizabeth." "Good night, Ben," etc., until the last good-night from John Walton, Sr. to his son: "Good night, John-Boy." "Good night, everyone." The show ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981.

    • Meg: Wabash and Lake.
      That is the same location of one of the exits near the end of the first Matrix, albeit in a different city.

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