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1x02 - Wendigo: Sam 
23rd-May-2006 04:00 pm
What's a personal bubble? - BOYS
Okay so this was supposed to be up by yesterday. I'm a late but I'm making up for it with length and anal-retentiveness.


The first thing we see of Sam is his dream of visiting Jess's grave, which may or may not actually be in Palo Alto where his brain placed it. In his brain he calls her Jess and angsts that he should have protected her and told her the truth, his dream ends with like Carrie with Jess's hand reaching up from her grave to grasp him. Sam guilt-trips himself so hard that I think he might be my Jewish grandmother. And as is the standard op for The WB the leading men must feel guilt at all times, therefor if it rains any time in the near future you can bet on Sam finding a way to convince himself that if he had only sung the "rain, rain, go away" song then it would be bright and sunny out.

When Sam wakes up from his nightmare he shrugs off Dean's questions, a literally silent throw-back to Dean's infamous line in the pilot of "no chick-flick moments." Sam thanks Dean for his inquiry but kindly tells him to bugger off. Dean does not seem especially perturbed by this which leads me to believe that this is how the boys were raised, which would make sense with them having a Marine father, emotions are only good when someone's about to die, in all other cases you should suck it up and stick it away.

This episode is really a big point for Sam's sheer Nerdishness. He either knows off the top of his head or, more likely, has read up rather extensively about Blackwater Ridge and knows a good deal about it going in, he also does some pretty damn good research into previous "grizzly" attacks and even manges to find the lone survivor. Sam also managed to identify the "attacker" as a Wendigo from his memory alone (If we don't see it it didn't happen so I discount him searching through th journal while Dean was taking a piss during the commercial break or something) and then proved it to Dean by pointing out the entry in the journal and reciting it's chief characteristics. This leads me to think that in college Sam was the kid who sold his notes and charged the other students for him to do their research for him, hell I wouldn't put it past him to be able to cite the California Rules of Evidence from memory. He really would've/will make a great lawyer some day.

This is also one of Sam's big bitchy episodes, he has every right to act like a bitch but it's still fun to watch and take note of. At first Sam didn't want to talk to Haley (Tommy's sister) at all, he wanted to find Dad and leave. He had little to no interest in finding Tommy or figuring out what had happened. This is where everyone screams "Sam you selfish little bastard!" at the screen. But really it's understandable the way Sam reacts; Jess died somewhere around a week ago. One. Week. I'm honestly surprised he isn't crying in the backseat this whole episode.

I'm gonna jump forward a bit into the episode to Sam complain that he doesn't want to "babysit" Haley in Blackwater Ridge, it's another bitchy moment for him but it's also a very Winchester moment. I think this was less about not wanting Haley there and more about not wanting any innocents there because they would both be in undue danger and would hold him and Dean back. Sam's protectiveness of others, innocents and Dean, is featured a lot in this episode. Don't believe me?

When the guide, Roy, grabbed the back of Dean's shirt and hauled him back (before we knew it was to avoid a bear trap) Sam took a step forward. He was ready to pounce on Roy if Roy made the wrong move.

When Roy ran off on his own after the "thing" Sam told him not to go off by himself and herded everyone else after him.

When Haley was yelling for her brother, Tommy, Sam told her to be quiet, not to yell.

After they were all lured away Sam was the one who ordered everyone back to the safety of the camp.

Sam told everyone, Haley, her younger brother, Ben, and Roy, to leave and said he shouldn't have let them come.

When the younger brother, Ben, fell Sam went back for him even though it would've been easier to just keep running and leave the boy to stand back up on his own.

After missing hitting the Wendigo Sam puts himself directly in front of Haley, Tommy, and Ben. Right in immediate danger and as the 1-pin in Wendigo bowling. That means that if/when it charged forward it would get him first, and I have no doubt in my mind that he would've tried to fight it off and screamed for them to run if it had come to that. Lucky for everyone Pyro!Dean came to the rescue and Sam lived to Emo another day.

Sam seems to still be grasping his hands onto normal in this episode, trying to be like everyone else. I say this because when Sam told Dean he thought it was a Wendigo he did it after asking Dean to step away from the campfire, out of sight and sound of everyone else. I also can't forget Sam telling Roy that "it" would hunt him down and eat him. Or the fact that after Roy called Sam crazy Sam got halfway through "asking" if he had ever hunted a Wendigo when Dean shoved him away.

While Dean was putting up the Anasazi symbols around the camp for protection Sam was sitting just off of the campfire, away from everyone else and brooding. He was brooding because John wasn't there. Sam wanted to take everyone back to town and leave to go find Dad, he didn't really want to hunt the Wendigo or what looked like anything else for that matter. Even while Dean wanted to hunt down anything and everything Sam only wanted to find Dad and "Jessica's killer." Which is completely understandable. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sam is Spiderman. He understands that people out there need to be saved and he knows that they can't do it on their own but he resents having to be the one to do it.


I think this is pretty good for two hours, don't you think?
Comments 
23rd-May-2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you made some really goog points here. I may have to go rewatch. (aw, darn!)

And this? as the 1-pin in Wendigo bowling heeheehee!
23rd-May-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Aw darn. Having to watch an episode of Supernatural again? Where is the humanity?

And this? as the 1-pin in Wendigo bowling heeheehee!

Thank you, it just seemed very fitting right there.
24th-May-2006 10:09 am (UTC)
I'm honestly surprised he isn't crying in the backseat this whole episode.

Which would be quite understandable but imagine how the episode would have gone then. *g*

Sam's protectiveness of others, innocents and Dean, is featured a lot in this episode.

I`m guessing Sam has a protective streak in him (just like Dean, only it doesn`t inform his whole life). I can`t imagine Sam standing around and twiddling his thumbs while say a girl or a guy gets beat up or something like that.

and as the 1-pin in Wendigo bowling.

Hee. That cracked me up.
24th-May-2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Which would be quite understandable but imagine how the episode would have gone then. *g*

True. There'd be a lot more pretty but a lot less interesting.

I`m guessing Sam has a protective streak in him (just like Dean, only it doesn`t inform his whole life). I can`t imagine Sam standing around and twiddling his thumbs while say a girl or a guy gets beat up or something like that.

True, with Dean he has to protect everyone ever while with Sam I think he has to protect everyone "weaker." Which means as soon as you fight back and tear someone/something up you're kinda on your own from Sam. But I still believe Sam is like Spiderman, he knows nearly everyone needs help and he provides it, he just wishes that he wasn't the one who had to do it.

Hee. That cracked me up.

Thanks, it just felt like it fit right there.
30th-May-2006 10:39 am (UTC)
I am so glad you brought up the selfishness issue, because I think it's perfectly understandable of him to be that obsessive, but I also think the writing let him down a little. Dean sort of gets a free shot here and there to call him selfish a couple of times, and although Sam's behavior warrants it on a surface level, it's also a pretty brazen show of insensitivity from Dean, seeing as Jessica died just how many weeks ago...? I wish the writing had called Dean on that, and softened the anvils of its "good of the many vs. needs of the one" message just a tad. They didn't really give Sam the words to defend himself (they tend to do that with both brothers from time to time.. *sigh*), and how JA played some of Dean's reactions to Sam's "new" aggressive streak seemed off, all things considered. Too flippant at times, and too bitchy in return at others. (I love JA enormously, don't get me wrong. And perhaps it's not his fault, but what the director and writer wanted. I dunno..)

But I'm rambling, so I'll shut up. Great job on the meta. :)
30th-May-2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I really like that Dean calls Sam selfish a lot because as an older sibling it rings true. I rag on my little brother all the time and I always call him a selfish bastard and say that all he cares about is himself. This usually isn't true but it never fails to hit the right button in him.

And I kind of like that Sam doesn't call Dean on his "insensitivity" because it feels real to me. I think Sam's used to Dean glossing over most real emotions by now, and I think that's part of why Dean rags on Sam so hard, because it's his way of showing him he cares.

There should totally be a Dean Winchester Dictionary.
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