Supernatural Newbie Episode 102 “Wendigo”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

For the second episode of the series, you can definitely see a pattern forming that I’m sure will dictate how the majority of episodes will go. Someone goes missing or is killed and the Winchester brothers stumble upon it due to their father’s journal or they happen to be in the area. They investigate, they get into trouble, they kill the whatever, they save the day. I’m starting to think Dean might get the girl in a lot of these episodes as well.

In “Wendigo,” a small group of hikers are attacked and taken by something while they were making camp for the night. Sam and Dean are heading to Blackwater Ridge, CO because their father left coordinates for them to find him. Dean is excited. He now knows where his father is, but Sam is only coming along to get answers as to what happened to Jessica. Sam is having dreams he is at Jessica’s grave and apologizing to her for not protecting her. When he goes to lay flowers on her headstone, a hand bursts through the grass and grabs Sam’s arm. Dean is sure that their dad will have all the answers. It can’t be a coincidence that he disappeared and the thing that killed their mother 22 years before makes a reappearance to kill Sam’s girlfriend.

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Posing at park rangers, Sam and Dean are set on the trail of the missing hikers. Dean thinks their father came out there to find whatever took the hikers. Dean also wants to talk to the family of one of the missing. Sam wants to get into Blackwater Ridge to find their father, surprising Dean by his impatient manner. Normally Sam is the cautions one. Dean rationalizes they might get a clue as to what their father is doing out there before they walk out into the middle of nowhere half-cocked. The brothers talk to Haley (Gina Holden) who thinks her brother, Tommy (Graham Wardle), is missing because he hasn’t checked in for three days. Tommy has a satellite phone and sends her and their younger brother, Ben (a pre-Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich), messages and videos every day. Tommy wouldn’t forget to check in because the siblings are super tight after their parents died a few years before. Haley has hired a guide, Roy (Callum Keith Rennie), to take her and Ben through Blackwater Ridge in the morning to find their brother.

While researching the history of Blackridge, Sam finds that once every 23 years several hikers go missing, otherwise it is a safe area. The rangers attribute the missing hikers as a grizzly attack. Sam shows Dean the video Tommy sent to his siblings before going missing, and the brothers see the shadow of something in the background moving fast. The two brothers go to question a man who survived 46 years ago when he and his parents were camping. His parents were taken, but the kid was able to crawl away. The man tells them the thing that took his parents was too fast to see, but the its roar sounded nothing like in nature. It also got into the family’s cabin through the front door that was locked. After tagging along with Haley, Ben, and Roy, the brothers start to realize they are looking for a Wendigo and it cannot be killed with a gun, but with fire.

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Image Courtesy of The CW

Like in the pilot, Supernatural is using real urban legends in the storytelling. Wendigo’s are thought to exist in the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. When discussing the possibility of a Wendigo, Sam and Dean even state that they have never seen one this far west. The creatures are Native American evil spirits. It appears as a monster that has the vague appearance of being human. Wendigos are normally associated with cannibalism, murder, and greed. In Supernatural, a Wendigo is a man who resorted to cannibalism for survival and eating the flesh of another person turned the man into something evil with superhuman abilities. It appears every 23 years to feed, capture more people for food to eat later, then goes into hibernation.

After Roy is killed and Dean and Haley are captured by the Wendigo, Sam and Ben find the abandoned mine it has made into its lair. Dean uses a flair to kill the Wendigo while the others, including Tommy, get away. Dean actually comes clean to Haley about who they are and admits that he is rarely honest with a woman in his life. It is interesting that Dean is honest with this woman. What is also interesting it that John Winchester was not in Blackwater Ridge and has left no sign as to where he might be. Dean thinks that John left his journal behind to set the boys on his path as a hunter while his is away. Sam doesn’t want to hunt, he wants to find answers as to why Jessica was killed. Dean advises Sam the search for answers could take years and all the anger Sam has is only going to burn him out. If they go hunting together, then they have a chance to do some good for some other families while hopefully finding answers.

The whole monster needs to hunt because that is its nature makes the whole story predictable for me so I didn’t enjoy the second episode as much as the first. What made it interesting was seeing Dean with another family and how he reacts around women. We didn’t get to see that much in the first episode. Overall, it is a nice set up for how Sam decides to leave his life behind and become a hunter again with his brother, but the rest of the story was a little dull for me.

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Image Courtesy of The CW

What did you think of “Wendigo?” Were you a little bored by the predictableness of the creature? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not post spoilers for future episodes. Next up is “Dead in the Water.”

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1 comment on “Supernatural Newbie Episode 102 “Wendigo”

  1. Oh, Wendigo. ‘Twas a time I won Nanowrimo with an SPN/Stargate SG-1 crossover fic in which the boys (Cam Mitchell cousins) show up to stop a Wendigo at Cheyenne Mountain. But this is definitely a formulaic episode. In fact, the only thing that really stands out as memorable are Dean’s M&Ms and the ranger who was super snarky about the “magic circle.”

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