Trivia: One of the candles on Jessica's grave has "Virgen de Guadalupe" on it. This is based on an apparition of a brown-skinned Virgin Mary who appeared to future saint Juan Diego in 1531 and spoke in Nahuatl, the local language. She is also sometimes believed to be The Woman of the Apocalypse. That might be appropriate considering Sam's family background. The presence of this candle implies that Jessica could be Roman Catholic.
There is no "Black Water Ridge" in the Lost Creek wilderness area.
Trivia: It mentions that Jessica's birthday is on January the 24th. Dean's birthday is also January 24th.
Trivia: Sam's girlfriend's name is Jessica Lee Moore and was 21 when she died according to her headstone. (January 24, 1984 - November 2, 2005)
While driving in the middle of a forest, Dean tells Sam they're right outside Grand Junction, Colorado. However, Grand Junction and everything near Grand Junction is a desert without much plant life.
The coordinates John gave them in the Pilot episode aren't in Colorado, they are in Arizona.
When Dean shows his park service badge, it has his picture but says Samuel Cole. Haley must not have looked too closely since he did say his name was Dean.
Trivia: The book one of the boys was reading in the beginning was titled The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. In this book Campbell's unique perspectives examine the world's complex and interwoven mythology, folklore and religion, providing an understanding of the essence and genesis of humanness.
Trivia: The date on Jessica's, Sam's girlfriend, tombstone said November 2, 2005 as the day she died. That is the same date that Sam's mother died by the same spirit 20+ years ago.
In Wendigo lore, the Wendigo did not have the ability to imitate human voices. This is something new the writers added.
In the first scene, Sam and Dean say that they're from UC Boulder. The University of Colorado at Boulder is known as CU Boulder, not UC Boulder.
Dean: Roy, so you did a little hunting...
Roy: Yeah, more than a little.
Dean: Uh huh...what kind of furry critters do you hunt?
Roy: Mostly bucks, sometimes bear.
Dean: Tell me... uh, Bambi or Yogi ever hunt you back?
Ranger Wilkinson: You boys aren't planning to go out near Black Water Ridge by any chance?
Sam: Oh, no sir. We're Environmental Study Majors from UC Boulder, just working on a paper.
Dean: Recycle, man.
Ranger Wilkinson: Bull.
Sam: So, Black Water Ridge is pretty remote. It's cut off by these canyons, here. The rough terrain, dense forest, abandoned silver and gold mines all over the place.
Dean: Dude, check out the size of this frigin' bear.
Sam: And a dozen or more grizzlies in the area. It's no nature hike, that's for sure.
Sam: So, we got half a chance in the daylight. And I, for one, wanna kill this evil son of a bitch.
Dean: Well hell, you know I'm in.
Dean: Since when are you all shoot first, ask questions later, anyway?
Sam: Since now.
Haley: You didn't pack any provisions. You guys are carrying a duffel bag. You're not rangers, so who the hell are you?
Dean: Sam and I are brothers, and we're looking for our father. He might be here, we don't know. I just figured that you and me, we're in the same boat.
Haley: Why didn't you just tell me that from the start?
Dean: I'm telling you now. Besides, that's probably the most honest I've ever been with a woman. Ever. So we okay?
Haley: Yeah, okay.
Dean: And what do you mean I didn't pack provisions? (pulls out peanut M&Ms and walks away)
(playing a video game)
Brad: Dude, you're cheating.
Gary: Nope, you just suck.
Sam: We never should have let you come out here in the first place, all right? I'm trying to protect you.
Roy: You protect me? I was hunting these woods when your mommy was still kissing you goodnight.
Sam: Yeah? It's a damn near perfect hunter. It's smarter than you, and it's gonna hunt you down and eat you alive unless we get your stupid, sorry ass out of here.
Roy: (laughs) You know you're crazy, right?
Sam: We can not let that Haley girl go out there.
Dean: Oh, yeah? What are we gonna tell her? She can't go into the woods because of a big, scary monster?
Dean: Chow time, you freaky bastard. Yeah, that's right, bring it on baby. I taste good.
Dean: You okay?
Sam: Yeah, I'm fine.
Dean: Another nightmare? (Sam clears throat) You wanna drive for a while?
Sam: Dean, your whole life, you never once asked me that.
Sam: How do you do it? How does Dad do it?
Dean: Well for one, them. (looks at Haley and her brother) I mean, I figure our family's so screwed to hell, maybe we can help some others. Makes things a little bit more bearable. And I tell you what else helps. Killing as many evil sons-of-bitches as I possibly can.
Haley: You're rangers?
Dean: That's right.
Haley: And you're hiking out in biker boots and jeans?
Dean: Oh, sweetheart, I don't do shorts.
Dean: Hey, you want some white meat, bitch?!? I'm right here!
Haley: So really, I don't know how to thank you. (Dean gives her "the look") Must you cheapen the moment?
Dean: (to Sam) I think he wants us to pick up where he left off. You know, saving people, hunting things... The family business.
According to the official companion for Season One, Eric Kripke wasn't satisfied by the final look of the Wendigo: "I thought everyone did a valiant job trying to make the wendigo work, but the wendigo just didn't work"
Denmark: January 15, 2006 on TV3
The Netherlands: October 16, 2006 on Veronica
Portugal: October 16, 2006 on AXN
Germany: October 30, 2006 on Premiere Serie
France: December 4, 2006 on TF6
Italy: February 20, 2007 on RaiDue
Music: Hot Blooded (Foreigner), Down South Jukin (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Fly By Night (Rush), Out of My Hands (Dave Matthews Band), and Linger (The Cranberries)
Visual: a trail of M&M's
This is reminiscent of the 1982 movie E.T. where Elliot leaves a trail of Reese's Pieces for the alien E.T. to follow.
Sam: Better than bread crumbs.
The trail of M&Ms Dean leaves after being captured by the Wendigo is similar to the legend of Hansel & Gretel, who left a trail of bread crumbs when they traveled into the woods so they could find their way back.
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