Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 2

Wendigo

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on The CW
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Sam and Dean pose as Park Rangers to help a brother and sister search for their lost sibling, who the Winchester brothers believe may have been taken by a Wendigo.

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  • Wendigo

    7.0
    This episode scares me. No, honestly it does. Wendigo really, properly scares me. Funnily enough it is hardly the darkest or most frightening of the stories from Supernatural, but it still manages to scare the crap out of me. Why, you may ask? Well it's entirely my own fault. As a child and young teen I was a bit of a mythology buff (still am, if I'm being honest) and so one day I was perusing the library in search of something new to read and came across an anthology of Native American Mythology. Well like a dummy I sat down to read it before bed and the first story I came across was that of the Wendigo. It was told from the POV of a young boy reciting the legend to a couple of his friends. He describes how the creature smells like rotten meat, feeds on human flesh, and will attack faster than you can blink. The story describes the boys getting trapped outside after dark and how before the Wendigo strikes it will hunt you down and call out your name. That is how you know you have been marked for attack. The tale ends with this line: of you may not believe that the Wendigo exists, but I know better. I'd seen the eyes, I'd smelled the smell, and I'd heard the scream that was probably the last sound Boomer Briggs ever Gah! It's still seared into my mind even after almost ten years!



    So of course whenever I saw the title of this episode I shuddered and almost shut it off. Now that I knew what the terrifying creature from the beginning of the episode was I wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to handle this if I actually had to see the creature up close. And then Sammy turned up on screen and suddenly I set down the remote and settled back to go along for the ride. was worried about him with his nightmares and refusing to let big brother Dean help!





    Favourite Moments & Random Thoughts:





    - I'm very glad that they didn't just gloss over the effect that Jess' death must have had on Sam (and, by extension, Dean). All too often a drama will set up a tragedy and make you cry at the by the time the next episode has started things have all but been reset. Or the next episode sort of deals with the fallout, but then everything is hunky-dory after that. Not so with Supernatural. Aside from being extremely good at continuity, this show deals with emotions in a very realistic and organic sort of way (for a television show).



    - Sam's nightmare made a reference to Carrie. I'm not much of a horror film person (I've said before - I have a weak stomach and cowardly tonsils) but I picked up on that just from the film history books I've read. Didn't make it any less disturbing, though.



    - Dean's rather bumbling lying to that ranger is hilarious coming off of watching Season 9 where it's practically a second skin to him. Or perhaps it's a bit tragic...



    - Haley and her brothers are obviously set up to be relatable in terms of the Winchester's plight in that they've lost their parents and can only rely on each other. I have a question about the youngest brother, though. Does he ever actually have a line to say? I just watched the episode again and I honestly don't know. Talk about an under-developed scene-filler!







    - Authorities ruled the attacks out as a rogue grizzly. Of course they did.



    - Dean doesn't do darn!



    - At last I know how to properly pronounce the name of the creature that made me want to latch every window and wear earplugs to bed for a week! (The earplugs were so I couldn't hear it call my Silly me, it's pronounced just like it's written: Wen-dEE-go.



    - A Wendigo emerges every 23 years? Huh. Guess I need to start moving every 20...



    - "Did Bambi or Yogi ever hunt you back?" Gosh I love Dean Winchester's wit! Not only is it funny but it also helps to ramp up the tension as at that moment I knew Badass Ranger Rick was as good as dead. There are just certain tropes that accompany certain characters that herald their not making it to the end of an after you've explored so much television, film, and writing in general you learn to identify them.



    - What I didn't see coming was Dean being grabbed by the Wendigo and both he and Haley's brother making it out alive. I knew Dean my money was really on What's-His-Face croaking it by the end of the episode. I love it when a show can play on my expectations and then subvert them entirely.



    - It was wise of them not to show us the monster until the very end (and then only in shadows) because nothing could ever live up to our expectations and the imagination always creates the best horrors anyway.







    There's really nothing else much to say about this episode. It had a solid story, fairly likeable characters, and the Wendigo's den made me nauseous. I did indeed spend a lot of the story peeping from between my fingers (and I'm never going camping but overall it was a great experience. The writing was good, Dean and Sam were adorable, and I can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • Awesome

    10
    It is so good l love it so awsome love
  • The Family Business

    7.5
    It's not surprising to me that the second episode of "Supernatural" is not as strong as the first one. The story picks up almost immediately after the end of the pilot episode, as we find Sam and Dean on the road and journeying towards the location indicated by the coordinates they had previously found within their father's journal. The opening scene does a great job in setting the mood for this episode and gives us a very distinct notion that something unnatural and extremely dangerous is lurking in the woods. Also, the fact that the Winchester boys end up assisting a young woman in the search for her missing brother allows us to explore their own sibling dynamic, as Sam appears a little too eager to abandon the job at hand and continue the search for their father and Dean seems focused on tracking and killing this creature, as he not only believes that this is what they do, but also what their father would have wanted them to do. Their constant arguments and disagreements over it do a lot for character development and helps viewers find out more about who these guys really are and how they feel about the life that they lead. Unfortunately, the final confrontation between hunters nearly dooms this episode, as it feels rushed and could have been handled a whole lot better. Luckily, the soundtrack is still awesome and the supporting cast does their job well.moreless
  • Creepy Monster In The Woods

    9.5
    OK, so the Wendigo was defiantly creepy looking but it was also pretty cool too. Forgetting the part where it eat human flesh (gross but interesting), I think it was a total bad a** hunter. But thankfully it couldn't take the brothers down. And the fact that it sets in the woods makes the episode one scary piece of art. An awesome second episodes!!!
  • Wendigo

    7.0
    Starting a tradition of weak second episodes, Wendigo is a good episode, but lacks a lot of characteritics that made SPN epidodes so great. Highlights go to the guys work and for the iconic sentence: "saving people, hunting things... Family bussiness"

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • 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 of this friggin' 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?
      Sam: Yeah.

    • 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: Yeah.

    • Dean: (to Sam) I think he wants us to pick up where he left off. You know, saving people, hunting things... The family business.

  • NOTES (3)

    • 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"

    • International Airdates:
      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)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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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