Story by Gail Z. Martin
Dioramas by Catherine Curl
The weekend started out slow, like the break they needed after a busy few weeks of hunting. A few beers, some time to read, a game or two of chess.
Pick your favorite alter ego of Sam Winchester. Possessed Sam? Demon Blood Sam? Evil Sam? Mind-Controlled Sam? Discussing the many faces of Sam sounded like an easy topic for a Con-tinual panel of Supernatural media professionals... until I started listing the many times and ways that Sam wasn't the brother we all know and love!
Odds are that the same one or two images come to mind for all of us when we think of days when Sam "wasn't himself." But when challenged to really consider how often Sam had to fight for control of his body, mind and soul, I discovered that Jared Padalecki played an alternate version of Sam Winchester in at least one episode, and often in several episodes, in nearly all 15 seasons of Supernatural. That's a lot of faces for Sam!
So what happens when you take a dark graphic novel with a jaded social commentary from the mid 2000’s and mix it with the very modern day wild imagination of Eric Kripke? How about if it’s on an online streaming network where there are no standards and filters in the content? Introducing, the original Amazon Prime series, The Boys.
This is no typical superhero story for sure. It’s hard edged, contains some very dark humor, does not hold back on the gore, and the subject matter is controversial at best. It’s not comfort food, unless you fall on the sadistic side of the spectrum. It’s definitely not “Supernatural” and that says a lot considering that series was a horror show. This is Eric Kripke doing what he f**king wants. If there’s a graphic scene involving some twisted oral sex, resulting in brains splattering everywhere, he’s got it covered. Laser eyed babies cutting people in two? Exploding a naked invisible man to tiny bits in full graphic detail? Squashing dolphins with a tractor trailer? Check, check, check. There are no limits anymore.
Ah “Roadkill.” It’s “Supernatural” meets The Sixth Sense. Thanks to Sam’s interaction with Molly, I also like to call it Touched by a Winchester. There was even a Ghost Whisperer reference too. So multiple spirit story references are covered. Either way, all in all not a bad hour. At it’s most basic level, this is your trademark “Supernatural” ghost story, and it hits the mark well.
This is a standalone episode, yet it still works in the primary themes for the season. You know, things like dealing with the unknown, accepting your fate, working that grey line between good and evil with the supernatural, etc. The creepy ghost story ends in a heart warming way, though, giving Sam and Dean a rare win when they need it the most.
Bravo, Walker! “Drive”, season one’s climactic finale, had the storytelling power and agility we’ve been waiting for all season! Everything the characters said was important and relevant. Their decisions were logical and relatable. The emotional intensity was earned and shared by the audience. The action was believable. The revelations were spell binding. And Cordell Walker was redeemed. From the importance of the poker chips to his instincts telling him that Emily’s murder wasn’t solved, Walker was right all along. This episode was a triumph for the series as well as for its title character.
The Walker first season finale was what every season finale should be: emotional and action packed yet still focused on the characters while enticing the audience for the upcoming season. But, above all, the season finale should tie up the season before it. This episode accomplished that with showing the culmination of the characters’ growth throughout the season. Of course, the person who grew the most dramatically was …
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