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Supernatural: The Kids Are Alright

by Brett Love, posted Oct 12th 2007 7:00AM
Jensen Ackles and Cindy Sampson - Supernatural
(S03E02) There aren't a lot of things that freak me out more than evil children. Maybe clowns, and bugs give me the wiggins, but when done right, a gaggle of evil rugrats is just creepy as hell. And I thought the Supernatural team got it just right here. That story alone made the episode worth watching, but we also got so much more. Does Dean have a kid? Just who is the mysterious Ruby? Have we put that whole Sam is special thing behind us? Will that little scene from last season where it seemed that Mary knew the demon come back into play? The answers, and my review, after the jump.

Ok, let's get started with the story of the week portion and get to the bigger fish afterwards. First, Sera Gamble, you had me at "man gets thrown on running table saw." Far and away the most gruesome death I have seen so far this television season, and that's a good thing, although I'm still not sure why everyone kept saying powersaw.

Moving on, I really liked the changeling story. Margot Berner gets a lot of credit for that. She did a great job playing Katie. It was very creepy, and built nicely too. Looking back, the strange insistence that her father was mean was a nice hint that Katie had already been changed. And Mom napping in the middle of the day was a nice nod to changeling feeding on her. By the time they got to the point where she was banging on the door, terrorizing her mother, it was very unnerving.

One thing I wasn't completely sure of was the real estate woman/changeling mother showing up to interrupt Katie. Given the communication the changelings seem to have, was that her coming to discipline her child? Kathleen Munroe (Beautiful People) was also very good as the mother. The actual resolution of the story was somewhat rushed, but there are only 44 minutes in an hour, so something has to give.

Less creepy, but every bit as interesting, was the little peek into Dean's past. The similarities between Dean and Ben (Nicholas Elia) played very well. I especially liked the cake eating scene where they both had the same mannerisms and vocabulary. It didn't end up how I thought it would though. I expected Lisa (Cindy Sampson) to stick with the story that Dean wasn't Ben's father, but reveal to the viewer at the end that he really was.

When the episode started and I saw the setup, I was fully expecting to be left hanging where our new friend Ruby is concerned. So it was quite a pleasant surprise when she just popped up again. I really like the way they have introduced her. She's got spunk, and attitude. Her conversation with Sam in the restaurant was fantastic, with some great lines.

"I love a tall man... and then there's that whole anti-christ thing."

"Doesn't change the fact that you're special, in that Anthony Michael Hall ESP vision kind of way."

And of course, there was the revelation about Mary and her friends. Last season, in "All Hell Breaks Loose", they let on that Mary knew the yellow-eyed demon, assuring all of us that there is still much more to the Winchester's past. Sam's discovery that everyone his mother knew is dead was another interesting bit of information, but as good as it was, it paled in comparison to seeing Ruby look up with those big demon eyes. I did not see that coming.

Ruby the demon is a very cool twist. Her explanation that she wants to help Sam so she can find out why he is so special is a good angle. After all, it is all about Sam. It also hints again at the idea that something is changed in Sam, possibly not for the better. And her little offer that she can help him save Dean should be the icing on the cake, cementing that relationship for some time to come. I suspect that their goals will take different paths at some point, but until we get there, I'm looking forward to the boys having a demon on their side. It should make for a hell of a conversation should they run into Gordon again.

Overall, a very good episode. It had the perfect balance of an interesting story for the episode, and a whole mess of really great setup for the rest of the season. Season three is off to a great start and I can't wait to see what's next.

What are you looking forward to from Ruby?
Her inevitable turning on Sam, setting up a huge showdown.54 (23.1%)
A throwdown with the hot demon from the crossroads over Dean's soul.75 (32.1%)
The hell? Kripke is so far ahead of me right now I have no idea, I'm looking forward to whatever it is.76 (32.5%)
Finding out that Ruby really is a demon Jo, released from the gate, and taking over a new body.29 (12.4%)


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TWoods

Great episode^^

The mother pushing the car wth the kid in it was kinda weird, though.

I LOVE that Ruby is a demon! Such a cool and unexpected twist! Wonder if she was a hunter before she went to hell...

Still trying to get the Anthony Michael Hall line...

December 25 2007 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

AJ,

I was sure I fixed that back in October. And I'm just as sure I have fixed it again today, although far less confident this time. :D It looks to be in the right category now, but I'll keep an eye on it and make sure it stays that way. And thanks for the nice words, I'm glad you are enjoying the entries.

December 09 2007 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AJ MacReady

What with a couple weeks off for everybody's favorite hunters, I'm finding myself going back, rereading these cause they're just so well done. Not to mention the fact that you're obviously as big a fan of the show as we are, Brett.

But DUDE. I couldn't figure out why this ep wasn't in the Supernatural section until I remembered - this was hiding in the Stargate section way back when. Lo and behold, here it remains.

So. Dude. Somebody. Maybe we might wanna put this with the other SNs where it can be content alongside its brethren? Yeah? It would rock.

All that aside, keep up the kickass work.

December 09 2007 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A.S

Dude, I'm still seeing Stargate. It made me laugh.

October 19 2007 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel

In the poll, you mean Demon Meg, not Jo, right?

I didn't care for the way the Dean and Ben thing played. I think Sera went way too over the top with the similarities considering the majority of those things are NOT genetic. Dean talking to the kid lost all impact with me because I was too busy rolling my eyes at Ben's behavior.

I hope that Ruby really does act antagonistic because so far I'm really not interested in the whole she's there to save them because she's so great at everything angle they're giving her. I also don't really want them to go the good demons, let's all work on the same side route. This isn't Buffy and I don't want it to be. I am glad she turned out to be a demon though and I hope they make some kind of comment about whether there is an innocent person being possessed here.

October 15 2007 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kate

I love this stuff, but as a mom, the pushing the kid/car into the water was a little much for me. I'm just saying, that woman will have to be in therapy for the rest of her life NOT because her kid was possessed (or whatever) but because she crossed that line. Most mothers would stand between their kid and a bullet if they had to and we would spend our last breath protecting them. Even if we thought they might be a monster. which I wonder on a daily basis, actually.

October 12 2007 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Nuts. Thanks for the heads up Joni, it's fixed now.

October 12 2007 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joni

You put it very nicely: Season 3 is off to an awesome start. I loved the episode. The creepy kids scared the shit out of me, Dean and Ben gave some nice laughs (teaching him how ti kick the other big kid in the testicals was awesome) adn smiles, especially when Ben opened teh AC/DC CD! And of course the whole Sam/Mary/Ruby storyline. Can't wait for more and gotta say: In Kripke we trust ;)

Little thing though: you might wanna files this review under "Supernatural" instead of "Stargate" ;)

October 12 2007 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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