Supernatural: Wendigo
May 14, 2021 7:50 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean follow the coordinates their father wrote in his journal to Blackwater Ridge, and end up joining a hiking expedition to help a young woman and her brother find their other brother and his two friends, who mysteriously disappeared while on a camping trip in the woods.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Their dad's journal is a mad prop.
posted by porpoise at 10:30 PM on May 14 [2 favorites]


Dad must have really, really, really tiny handwriting or the book came from the Tardis to fit all the info they pull out of it over the years, complete with sketches to boot!
posted by gusottertrout at 5:34 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


This episode was a LOT like the X-Files episode "Detour"

Dean using his M&Ms to leave a bread crumb trail was very... him. 

In the early seasons there were a lot of young, Maxim cover model-level attractive young women running around in the episodes whom the Winchester brothers would save/help, then proceed to bang or otherwise have a moment with. It got tiresome fast and I was glad when the brothers and the show aged past that. 

Haley: So... I don't know how to thank you.
Dean: [smiles suggestively]
Haley: Must you cheapen the moment?

Dean: So, Roy, you said you've done a little hunting?
Roy: Yeah, more than a little.
Dean: Uh huh. What kind of furry critters do you hunt?
Roy: Mostly buck, sometimes bear.
Dean: Tell me, Bambi or Yogi ever hunt you back?
posted by orange swan at 5:56 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


It's the one with Callum Keith Rennie!
posted by dinty_moore at 4:19 AM on May 16 [2 favorites]


Trivia:

When discussing how wendigos came about, Ben refers to the Donner Party. The Donner Party was a group of pioneers headed west in a wagon train to California in the winter of 1846 who became trapped by an early snow storm while crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains. They were stranded for four months and resorted to cannibalism to survive.

The book Tommy is reading in the beginning is The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell. In this book Campbell examines the world's complex and interwoven mythology, folklore and religion, providing an understanding of the essence and genesis of humanness.

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 also implies that Jessica could be Roman Catholic.

Jess' birth date is shown to be the same as Dean's -- January 24th. The date of her death, November 2, 2005, is the 22nd anniversary of the death of Sam and Dean's mother, who died in November 2, 1983.

When Sam is putting flowers on Jess's grave a hand comes up out of the dirt & grabs his wrist just like the last scene in Carrie, the 1976 movie based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
posted by orange swan at 5:17 PM on July 19


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