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Supernatural: Road Kill

by Brett Love, posted Mar 16th 2007 8:33AM
Jensen Ackles, Tricia Helfer, Jared Padalecki
(S02E16)
The Supernatural team brought us something a little different this week. We got under way in much the same manner as we usually do for a monster of the week episode, but I don't think the episode ended up where most of us thought it was going. High marks for Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) in her heavily promoted guest starring role. Take away the blond wig and the red dress and she's a completely different woman.

What made "Road Kill" really work for me was that they were able to get the idea across that things were not what they appeared to be without giving away the answer. I guessed early on that something wasn't right with Molly (Helfer). And when she started playing twenty questions with Sam about what the Winchester boys do with spirits, where they go, etc., I was firmly in the "Molly's already dead" camp. While I had that much of it, the eventual reveal still surprised me.

As I theorized where we were headed during the commercials I was leaning toward Molly setting the boys up. Waiting for the right moment to turn the tables on the two of them. Looking back, there were plenty of clues otherwise. Why was a seemingly successful married couple driving a 15 year old car? Where did the car disappear to? Why wasn't the tree damaged? The conveniently old song on the radio. Not to mention the knowing glances between Sam and Dean.

Even with all that handed to me, I was still pleasantly surprised as they turned over those final cards. It gave a nice twist to the story, and presented something we don't get to see a lot of. More often than not, the creatures/spirits are so easily classified as evil. This gray area, much like Sam explained to Molly, is very interesting, and a nice change of pace. Even if it is a little too J. Love Hewitt for Dean. I thought Helfer held her own in those emotional scenes as she finally came to the realization of what had happened. It was nice to see Dean give just a little ground there as well, acknowledging that things aren't always so black and white.

He didn't get a lot of screen time, but Jonah was a pretty dang creepy baddie. Grabbing Molly through the window, and the following torture scene, were both very good. "My wife's gone. All I got left is hurting you." In retrospect, that line was another well disguised clue. I especially liked how he had telekinetic powers. As if being a vengeful zombie/ghost isn't dangerous enough. An interesting bit of trivia, the actor that played Jonah, Winston Rekert, also did three episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

Overall, I'd call this episode pretty good. With almost no ties at all to the big story, it's not what I would term a must see. But the clever story telling with the flashback reveal and a nice bit of casting with Helfer made for a fun hour. Next up, werewolves and guest star Erica Cerra, another Battlestar veteran. Should be fun.

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