Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 18

Something Wicked

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2006 on The CW
8.7
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Sam and Dean battle a Shtriga, a witch that sneaks into childrens' bedrooms and sucks the lives out of them. Dean must relive his childhood when he remembers that he encountered the Shtriga years ago.

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural sam and dean go and start to investgate this thing which is a witch and it goes into childrens houses at night and sucks the life out of them to stay alive and dean has seen one of these before from his childhood and he knows what there cabable of and he must deal with it and so they have to stop it before its to late from killing more kids and i thought it was a good ep and it was very interesting and had alot of good and funy scenes in it and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • Awesome, explaining and moving.

    9.5
    This is the first flashback episode we get a chance to see, on Supernatural, and, for the happy occasion, Kripke & Co. borrowed the genial talent of writer Daniel Knauf, the incredible mind behind "Carnivale", who concocted a clever script where the reflections between the present and the past are so striking and effective that the magic of the entire episode is intact and powerful from the very beginning to the end. The musical orchestration by Jay Gruska underlined the emotions expressed by the writing and conveyed masterfully by the actors with one of the most original, haunting and gripping soundtracks of Season One. Similarly, the cinematography did a great job with the lights and shadows, and the atmosphere of the scenes set in the past and the ones set in the present day is incredibly distinct and equally enticing.



    "Something Wicked", like "Faith" and "Skin" and "Scarecrow" before it, is a perfect blend of mythology (the past investigation of John Winchester, finally showing us his relationship with his sons and, most importantly, the origin of Dean's loyalty to his father's orders) and Monster of the Week, because the myth of the Shtriga is the perfect storytelling gimmick to mix the present and the past without any contrived strain. In this regard, the still great "A Very Supernatural Christmas" (3x08)felt to me a tad more forced, while this one flew smoothly between the two times, emphasizing the emotional connections without forgetting to produce some serious scares in the MoW part.



    All in all, a perfect episode: deeply touching, considerably scaring and a wonderful trip in the Winchester brothers' childhood.moreless
  • Killed by Death

    6.5
    The demon this week is solid, but, rather surprisingly, I found the flashbacks to be a little overcooked. It's always good to see John Winchester on our screens, but he felt a little underused here. I know, I know, this was about Dean's rigmarole about being such an over protective brother, and it does send that message home as to why he must keep his wits about himself, but I was a tad on the bored side. I did enjoy the mislead involving the old woman in the hospital, she was just as eerie (if not worse!) than the Shtriga. And there are a few decent one liners here and there ('bikini inspectors' 'two queens'). It's not exactly your average episode, but it rarely becomes must-see TV. Dean puts an entire clip into the Shtriga, you'd think someone would have heard the shots! I had that problem with the last episode, too: the boys distract the police by sending them after someone else but seconds later they're using shotguns and no-one hears them! Overall, a serviceable episode.moreless
  • Two queens?

    7.5
    I've started to notice that episodes lately have been concentrating more on the characters than the whole shock factor of the supernatural beings. Not a bad direction to take, but the problem here is that the execution isn't as solid as its shock factor in earlier episodes--hey, hard to beat that Bloody Mary episode. Here the theme is big brothers looking out for the little brother, and if nothing else the concept was decently executed; the acting of kid versions of Dean and Sam was a bit, well, average. Where the episode starts taking a faltering is the encounter with the Shtriga. No build up of anticipation, and the creature really buried itself in a hole by exposing its weak point after the first attempt to kill it was a failure; you'd think running away would have been a smarter approach instead of allowing Dean and Sam another chance of getting killed, but I guess ghosts who have long been doctors as disguise aren't the smartest beings.moreless
  • Our "bikini inspectors" :) … hunt a Shtriga, in a personal case of unfinished business.

    9.0
    I love this episode, it was very emotional for Dean, very personal. Love the flashbacks, it's about time we've seen a glimpse of the boys' past, and it was really heartbreaking seeing young Dean and the things he had to do at that young age, the responsibilities … I think it made us understand him even more, showed us the origins of that complex personality of his. What happened to Sam back then wasn't his fault, he was just a kid, but he didn't wanna hear that, it felt like it was his fault and he wasn't about to make excuses for himself. It was very touching how he blamed himself for everything.



    The Shtriga was a very interesting MotW, and the little boy was brilliant, the bonding between him and Dean was remarkable (Dean can now name at least 2 children he knows :D, the third is on the way).



    Aside from all of that the episode had some really funny bits, it was the perfect example of drama and comedy put together in a smooth, seamless fashion which only Supernatural excels at.



    One of my favorite season 1 episodes.moreless
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Young Dean

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Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Joanna

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Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen

Miles Tarnower

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The way the old lady's cross was hanging from the wall, with it being held up at the intersection of the two arms (which is near the top) would make it impossible for the cross to accidentally become inverted.

    • In a flashback, young Dean steps out to play the video game Andro Dunos (released in 1992), but the sound effects from the game he was playing were distinctively from Asteroids (released in 1978).

    • In the scene when the brothers first met the doctor and are talking with the nurse, there is a reflection of the boom-mic just above the doctor's head in the glass wall.

    • When Michael is pouring the milk for Asher, his hand is on the bottom of the glass. When the camera cuts to close up, his hand is gone. When the scene switches to flashback, young Dean's hand is on the bottom of the glass again.

    • When Joanna is telling Michael that Asher is going to be all right, first shot Joanna's hands are on Michael's shoulders. Next shot, they are on his head, next on the shoulders, and then, back to the head. They keep switching back and forth.

    • The old woman in the hospital incorrectly calls the cross a crucifix. Crosses are only crucifixes when Jesus is on it, otherwise it is a cross.

    • In the scene when Sam and Dean drive to Fitchburg there is a sign on the left which (incorrectly) says "Fitchberg" and a sign on the right which correctly says "Fitchburg."

    • Trivia: The credit card Dean uses for the guys' motel room is a MasterCard bearing the name of Kris Warren.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Michael: You said you're a big brother.
      Dean: Yeah.
      Michael: Would you take care of your little brother? You'd do anything for him?
      Dean: Yeah, I would.

    • Sam: Are you sure you got the coordinates right?
      Dean: Yeah, I double-checked. It's Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He wouldn't have sent us coordinates if it wasn't important, Sammy.
      Sam: Well I'm telling you, I looked. And all I could find was a big, steamy pile of nothing! If Dad's sending us hunting for something, I don't know what.
      Dean: Well maybe he's gonna meet us there.
      Sam: (sarcastic chuckle). Yeah, because he's been so easy to find up to this point.
      Dean: Well you're a real smartass, you know that?

    • Michael: I thought I was having a nightmare.
      Dean: I'd give anything not to tell you this, but sometimes nightmares are real.

    • Dean: Dad never spoke about it again. I didn't ask. But he, uh, he looked at me different, you know. Which was worse. Not that I blame him. He gave me an order and I didn't listen, and I almost got you killed.
      Sam: You were just a kid.
      Dean: Don't. Don't. Dad knew this was unfinished business for me. He sent me here to finish it.

    • Michael: King or two queens?
      Dean: (asking for a room) Two queens.
      Michael: Yeah, I bet.
      Dean: What'd you say?
      Michael: Nice car.

    • Sam: (Michael'll) always know there are things out there in the dark, never be the same, you know? Sometimes I wish that...
      Dean: What?
      Sam: I wish I could have that kind of innocence.
      Dean: If it means anything, sometimes I wish you could, too.

    • Dean: You've heard a gun shot before?
      Michael: Like in the movies?
      Dean: It's going to be a lot louder than in the movies.

    • Sam: I don't know why you didn't shoot him right then and there.
      Dean: Yeah, Well. First of all I'm not going to open fire in a friggin' pediatric ward.
      Sam: Good call.
      Dean: Second, it wouldn't have done any good cause the bastard's bulletproof unless he's chowing down on something. And third, I wasn't packing. Which is probably a really good thing cause I probably would have just burned a clip in him off the principle alone.
      Sam: You're getting wise in your old age, Dean.
      Dean: Damn right.

    • Sam: Hey Dean, I'm sorry.
      Dean: For what?
      Sam: You know, I've really given you a lot of crap for always following Dad's orders. But I know why you do it.
      Dean: Oh God, kill me now.

    • Sam: An old person, huh?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Sam: In the hospital? Whew, better call the Coast Guard!

    • Sam: It got away?
      Dean: Yeah, Sammy, it happens.
      Sam: Not very often.
      Dean: Well I don't know what to tell you, I mean, maybe Dad didn't have his Wheaties that morning.

    • Sam: Dude, dude, I am not using this ID.
      Dean: Why not?
      Sam: Because it says Bikini Inspector on it!

    • Dean: Don't worry, I'm sure there's something in Fitchburg worth killing.
      Sam: Yeah, what makes you so sure?
      Dean: Well, because I'm the oldest, which means I'm always right.
      Sam: No it doesn't.
      Dean: Yeah, it totally does.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The episode takes place in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, which is a real town in the Dane County. However, Fort Douglas, the city where the flashbacks are set, doesn't exist.

    • Injoke: When Sam and Dean are about to barge in on the old lady in the hospital, we see the number of her room. The number is 237. This is the same room number they used in the movie The Shining. They have also had this room number in the episode "Playthings."

    • The scene with Sam looking at the empty playground was filmed in downtown Port Coquitlam, BC. The producers changed the sign on the Japanese restaurant behind Sam to Glasow's Lunch, but they didn't change the signs in the window, so close inspection still shows Japanese lettering.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 7, 2006 on TV3
      France: January 29, 2007 on TF6
      Portugal: February 5, 2007 on AXN
      Belgium: August 1, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: March 3, 2008 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: November 2, 2008 on NET5

    • The cartoon that Sam is seen watching during Dean's first childhood flashback is Thundercats, an 80's cartoon about a group of cat-like creatures who battle evil mutants on a foreign planet.

    • When recounting other places the "Shtriga" hit Sam says that it had been to "Brockway, Odgenville, and North Haverbrook" These same (fictional) towns were swindled out of a fortune by unscruplous con-man Lyle Lanley in The Simpsons episode " Marge vs. the Monorail."

    • Erica Carroll previously played a nurse in the episode "Faith." That episode was in Nebraska, this one in Wisconsin.

    • Music: Road to Nowhere by Ozzy Osbourne, Rock Bottom by UFO.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Quote:
      Now I lay me down to sleep
      Pray the Lord my soul to keep
      If I die before I wake
      Pray the Lord my soul to take

      This is a well-known Christian bedtime prayer that dates back hundreds of years. It has also become well-known from the song 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica.

    • Title
      Something Wicked this Way Comes is a 1962 story written by Ray Bradbury involving children involved with the supernatural. Bradbury was inspired by the line "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," from Shakespeare's MacBeth. Bradbury's novel was made into a movie in 1983, starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.

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