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Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the final section of my rewatch review of "Faith" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.






Back at their motel, Sam shows Dean the book he found at the house. (By the by, the walls of this room have always troubled me. It strikes me they have the texture and colour of congealed blood . . . not unlike the colour of Dean’s lucky red shirt, in fact. I can’t help feeling this is all very meaningful. Maybe they reflect the state of Dean’s mind because he feels tainted by the blood of Marshall Hall and now, perhaps, Layla’s as well.)


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Faith #5 (Final)

Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)


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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Faith" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.



As the next scene opens, the brothers are researching reaper lore. It’s an interesting camera angle that suggests the boys are being watched over from above. God moving in his mysterious ways, perhaps?


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Faith #4


Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)

soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Faith" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.





Two doctors appear in this episode. One is played by a black actor, the other by a woman. Supernatural has often been accused of lacking representation but I feel, in the first season at least, it made more effort than many other shows of its time. I’m probably opening a can of worms by raising this subject, but it’s important and will become an especially big issue next episode, so I’d really appreciate hearing other people’s thoughts on the matter.


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Faith #3


Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)


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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Faith" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.





The next scene opens with a panning shot over Sam’s research: chakra maps, medical journals, diagrams and photos of hearts and cardiac anatomy. Again, I’m reminded of John’s motel wall. Now, more than ever, we see John’s obsessive search for answers after Mary’s death reflected in his son’s behaviour now that Dean’s life is on the line.

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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Faith #2


Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)


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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the first section of my rewatch review of "Faith" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.


This episode marked another major turning point for the show, both dramatically and for many viewers. “Faith” quickly established itself as a fan favourite, and Eric Kripke himself named it as his favourite episode from the first season.


"It's when I first realized what the show was capable of,” he said. “Is there a god? What's meant to be? And is there free will? And is your life worth the cost of someone else's life? It's a metaphysical and moral study of the boys' universe.”
From Nicholas Knight’s Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 1


For those still sitting on the fence about the series, this episode would see them finally and thoroughly hooked and ensure that they were committed for the long haul. While the metaphysical and moral elements Kripke mentions certainly played their part in that, for many the ingredient that turned casual viewing into obsession distilled down to something much more personal:



 

And so, it begins.

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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Scarecrow" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.





"This episode is picking up the political theme that was first introduced in "Phantom Traveler": as the townsfolk of Burkitsville leave the victims tied in the orchard as an offering to the scarecrow god, Dean yells after them “I hope your apple pie is freakin’ worth it!” and that, in a nutshell, is the political message behind the episode and, ultimately, the whole of Kripke’s story."

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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Scarecrow #5 (final)

Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)

soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Scarecrow" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.


"Despite the young couple’s reservations, and the townsfolk’s machinations, Dean rescues the prospective victims from death by scarecrow and the next scene opens with Sam at the bus stop, and a phone call between the brothers is already in progress."



"It’s a clever device because we don’t know who made the first move. We’re not meant to know; we’re meant to imagine a universe in which it’s possible for both of them to call and be connected at the exact same moment. The dramatic intent is that we should understand there has been no moral victory or defeat on either side, only the mutual desire to reconcile fulfilled."


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Scarecrow #4

Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)



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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Scarecrow" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.


"As Dean attempts to engage the couple in conversation, we get another brilliantly filmed and edited scene. Manners is a master of using facial close ups to create atmosphere and tone, and here we get an increasing sense of unease as we focus on Dean.



As he tries to convey a warning about the impending threat, the closeups are too close. They reflect how he appears to the young couple and imply that, from their pov, he is forcing himself into their personal space. It’s clear that he seems creepy and makes them feel uncomfortable."


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Scarecrow #3

Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)

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soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the next section of my rewatch review of "Scarecrow" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.


And so we have the introduction of Meg, SPN’s longest running female character.




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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Scarecrow #2

Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)

soulmates
Continuing my series examining the themes, tropes and meta of Supernatural season one, here is a link to the first section of my rewatch review of "Scarecrow" at my journal, in case anyone here is interested in sharing my celebration of the early episodes with me. And also to a masterpost I've created for the collection. I welcome comments and discussion.

Like “Phantom Traveler”, “Scarecrow” is a season arc episode masquerading as a standard monster of the week. John’s appearance early in the episode should have been a clue since he has had some form of presence in each of the demon arc stories so far, even if only as a voicemail . . .




but the episode’s status is only fully confirmed in the final scene when Meg Masters is revealed to be more than a chance meeting for Sam, and actually a part of some sinister plot against the brothers.


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Things I Love About SPN Season 1: Scarecrow #1


Things I Love About SPN Season 1 (Masterpost)

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