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Supernatural: Crossroad Blues

by Brett Love, posted Nov 17th 2006 9:41AM
Jeannette Sousa(S02E08) When I saw Dean standing at the crossroads in the previews last week, the first thing that came to mind was the legend of Robert Johnson. It is a great story, and works perfectly as a backdrop for a Supernatural episode, so I'm glad they chose to go that way. Aside from the great story, the deep south, blues, and voodoo all lend a dark mysterious vibe that really worked here. From the very beginning, with the guitar player being interrupted by hellhounds, it just pulled you in and took you for a ride.

The story of the week aspect of the show was very good this week. I'm usually more interested in the ongoing arc, and was again this week as we got some really good stuff in that regard, but the deals with the demon angle was a great way to present all of that information. The one drawback to the story was that the actual investigation seemed a little too quick and easy. I'm sure that had more to do with the fact that they only have 44 minutes to get everything out there, so something has to give, but it felt like we jumped from an article about a suicide to digging up a tin at the crossroads awfully fast.

The rushed nature of the weekly story didn't stop this from being a great episode though. I loved the way everything in this episode looked. The dark bar, Evan's windswept den, the moonlit crossroads, right down to the hellhounds we never saw. I was half expecting a big reveal at some point with a flash of a bloody muzzle crashing through a door or some such. But I think it worked better this way. Things you can't see are often scarier than those which you can.

You had to know that Evan was going to reveal that his wife was about to die when he made the deal. It just fit so well, pointing again to the white elephant in the room. Sam and Dean have both been thinking that John made a deal, but neither of them will talk about it. That made for the perfect lead in to the meeting at the crossroads with the demon, played by Jeannette Sousa. And I list the actress not because I really expect anyone to recognize her name, but because it gives me a reason to point out that she was in two episodes of Relic Hunter, which was a great show.

Jensen Ackles and Jeannette Sousa But that's getting a little off track. The showdown at the crossroads was fantastic. While she doesn't have a lot of big credits, Jeanette Sousa did a nice job as the demon. They had me going there for a while. When she spotted the trap before getting in the car, it did seem too obvious, so I thought the actual trap was coming. But when she started laying out the possibility of bringing John back and giving Dean ten years with him, it seemed like something that could happen. Looking back again, given the speech Dean made to Evan, it should have been obvious that he wouldn't do it, but in the moment, I wasn't sure what would happen.

Again, some of the best stuff in the show is in the interactions of Sam and Dean. As Dean struggles more and more with John's death it is almost like Sam has become the older brother. Always trying to balance things out, offer perspective, get Dean back on track. His explanation that the two of them are John's legacy was a good one, but you could tell Dean wasn't having any of it. There is so much guilt, even more after the demon's last words, about him being the cause of John's death that everything else is becoming increasingly clouded. And we have to wonder just how much anguish the secret about Sam piles on top of that. Is the secret something that is going to cause him to lose Sam? He's really all that Dean has left after losing his mother and father. With how he was brought up it doesn't seem like Dean has ever grown close to anyone else.

And speaking of the secret, how did that teaser of clips from upcoming episodes treat you? It looks like we will be finding out "soon" just what it is that Dean knows. That should be a very interesting day. Overall, another really good episode. No sophomore slump for Supernatural.

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cat

I can't believe I missed this episode! Thanks for the recap though, I feel prepared for this week's show.

November 21 2006 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emma

I loved this episode - espicially the ending how Dean avoided comments after Sam asked him was it all just an act - the shifty/guilty look was amazing.

Other than that an over good episode, not alot of Sam though, sept in the mini demon of the week thing. But the promo for next week looks great!

November 20 2006 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

las6, I think the addition to the cast is already here with the ROADHOUSE gang. From the previews, it looks like we will be seeing them again very soon.

But more importantly, no love for Relic Hunter? Dang! :D

November 17 2006 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
las6

I agree, it was a entertaining episode. Never thought I'd say this but I honestly think supernatural is getting somewhere. There's actual character development going on. I just wonder, why the heck couldn't it have been like this from the start? Cos I'd gladly forget ever watching the season 1.

Now all they need is addition to the main cast - preferably one of the pretty girls they keep rescuing. This way they wouldn't have to always introduce new characters just to kill them off/forget all about them.

Relic Hunter, good show - WTF?

November 17 2006 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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