"Dead In The Water" is an "on the fence" episode for me. There is plenty of good, but there is also plenty of bad. This is the debut for the series of Kim Manners as director and Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker as writers. Even though this is the creative team that has taken the show to amazing heights, it's obvious here that everyone was still trying to find their stride. Even Jensen and Jared didn't have the same chemistry. If "Wendigo" felt like an X-Files
episode, "Dead In The Water" WAS an X-Files
episode. It had the same exact feel down to the pacing, suspense, somber tone, moodiness of the main characters and of course, the mysterious creature in the lake. The same lake used in a couple X-Files
episodes. I imagine this is where all the rip off accusations started happening.
Beyond that though, this Dean centered episode gave his character some deeper layers that is so well done. If we had gotten the macho bit again by the third episode, I'm sure viewers would have started to write off him off as a shallow pretty boy. Instead, Dean takes a personal interest and connects with a boy, Lucas, who's deeply traumatized by witnessing his dad's death. Something Dean can relate. He even opens up to Lucas, telling him how he lost his mother when he was young, was scared and afraid to talk about it. Even Sam's thrown back by that confession. To me, that's one of Dean's best moments in the entire series.
"Dead Man's Blood"
With the introduction of Daniel Elkins, a hunter who showed John the ropes, comes the introduction of the Colt, the gun that (supposedly) can kill anything. This gun, created along with 13 bullets by Sam Colt in 1835 during Halley's comet, will kill the demon who killed Mary, and John wants that gun!
I did a full recap of "Faith" during the last hiatus because it's one of those early episodes that had a deep impact on season four. It's the first episode to introduce Dean's issues with God, something that went from the background to foreground in a big way. I think Castiel had something to do with that. Still, I don't think "Faith" is an outstanding episode. It has some great lines, it's a very interesting character study on Dean and his issues with low self esteem surface. He also doesn't handle guilt well at all. However, despite this very emotional look at the older brother, the episode itself is very uneven. Layla is too freaking annoying for me because her sugary crap doesn't blend well with Dean. Her mother is the worst actress in the world, and I've said it before and I'll say it again, when you're rooting for death for a character like Sue Ann LeGrange, she didn't make a good impression.
Sam Winchester, with totally ripped body, wearing nothing but a skimpy towel? (Drooling, picking jaw up from floor). Uh...ooh...I'm sorry, you wanted something from me? A review? "Hell House," right? Well, you see, there's this one scene where Sam comes out of the shower wearing nothing but a skimpy towel!
Love, love, love, love! this episode. "Home" is one of my personal favorites; my blue funk, down in the dumps, reaching for pint of Haagen-Dazs and settling in for a long night of comfort episodes. It's the episode that put season one back on course in a major way. It's the game changer that helped define the rest of the series to come. How much can I gush about this one? They went for kick-you-in-the-gut emotion and nailed it. The score is as dramatic as the family drama, violins and all. It's easily the most emotionally powerful episode of season one. Sam's a psychic. Who knew? Not that there's an obvious trail of hints leading up to that, because there isn't. Sam's finally forced to tell Dean the truth in order to save Jenny and her family. Dean takes it about as well as one would think. "Come again?" That would have been my reaction.