I’ve mentioned this many times before, but the bottom line, no episode from top to bottom was a complete, total disaster except this one. Bad, bad, bad. I mean, how can a night long standoff with an attic full of bees last just a few minutes? The acting all around was horrific (yes, even Jared and Jensen), the script was bad, the pacing is easily the worst of the entire series, and sad tales of the white man screwing it to the Indians (feather, not dot) turned this ep into an appalling cliche. But when this terrible and rather sad story ends with a somber Sam and Dean leaving in the Impala rocking to The Scorpions, “There’s No One Like You,” you know that Kripke just gave up and decided to toss this one into the bit bucket.
Still, “Bugs” didn’t piss me off like a “Hammer of The Gods” or “Mannequin 3.” Maybe because it was a show still trying to find it’s footing in season one and what sounded like a good idea in a pitch meeting never really reached the vision in the creator's mind. Supernatural did get exponentially better after this. That cannot be said with full confidence for most others on this list.
When comparing all the elements on paper though, “Bugs” failed in every single category. It wasn’t polarizing though, so in the end one redeeming quality can be found. Plus, no episode has a more spectacular and amusing behind the scenes story, even if the story proved to be a cautionary tale in filming bug disasters. Don’t do it. They don’t show up on film and bad CGI is required. I’m sure Jensen to this day is trying to live down the Raid Flamethrower.
Here's a piece of cool trivia though. After seeing Sam and Dean use umbrellas in the rain in the dailies, Eric Kripke made a new rule. No umbrellas. Ever.
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