If you bought the season 1 DVD set, you’ll remember the commentary Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles provided for “Phantom Traveler.” In between the babbling, bumbling, and fake snoring (which may be why they’ve never done another commentary unsupervised), they talked about how the entire Supernatural team grew to know and trust each other throughout the season. Jensen said the show would continue to improve and that season 2 would be better than season 1.
I scoffed! I could not imagine how anything could be better than season 1. Guess what? It was!
[Sorry for the late posting. I enjoyed too much wine and food during the evening, and paid for it Saturday.]
To bide my time until 9:00 pm, the evening began with a Supernatural episode I’d recorded earlier in the day.
Supernatural: Folsom Prison Blues (219)
This under-appreciated gem almost made the top 5, but not quite. It’s chalk full of great lines, such as “Who looks better, me or Nick Nolte?” “Shaddup.” “Really pretty sure.” Dean is at his sassy best, instigating fights and besting cons at poker for the “currency of the realm.” Clif Kosterman, Jensen and Jared’s driver and bodyguard appears as “Poor giant Tiny.” Winchester-obsessed FBI Agent Victor Henriksen makes an appearance. Public defender Mara Daniels and prison guard-family friend Deacon are two one-time characters I’d love to see return. And it’s topped with caper music ala Ocean’s Eleven (the George Cloonry remake).
Aw, look. It’s everyone’s favorite slacker, Andy Gallagher; played by the adorable Gabriel Tigerman. For a character who appeared in only two episodes, Andy left an indelible mark on the Supernatural landscape. One of the psychic kids the yellow-eyed demon had plans for, Andy’s special gift of mind control was so much cooler than Sam’s lame-o death premonitions. Fortunately, Andy used his gift to live a life free of bills and debt collectors, and wasn’t interested in world domination. That was left to Andy’s recently discovered twin brother. (“I have an evil twin,” Andy says in shock.)
The episode is full of classic scenes and Star Wars references that live on in the annals of fandom. The Winchesters break into Andy’s home-on-wheels van to discover classic philosophers, a disco ball, and Moby Dick’s bong. When Andy confronts the brothers and orders them to “Tell the truth,” Dean begins rattling off about the family business, the yellow-eyed demon, and confesses he’s beginning to worry that Sam might turn evil.
“Playthings” is one of my favorite episodes from season 2. Halfway through watching it for the first time, I remember thinking I had no idea what was causing the killings. I like it when this show keeps me guessing.
Season 2’s money shot, this time with Sam (Jared Padalecki)
When Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki provided commentary on the season 1 DVD set, they talked about how things came together that year and how season 2 would be even better. I scoffed. How could you improve something that was superb? I was wrong. Season 2 was better.
Everybody Loves a Clown (202)
Over the years, I’ve written about this episode many times. I still chuckle when Sam makes his first “bitchface” ever. Jared Padalecki still moves me when Sam expresses his grief in his final scene. I’m still reminded of Jensen Ackles’s extreme talent when Dean is beating the hell out of the Impala.
Just a couple of brothers, trying to avoid the law