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.
Have you ever seen the movie Urban Legend? It came out in 1998 and starred Jared Leto (not long after break out role on My So-Called Life), Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville fans will be shocked to see him with hair), Loretta Devine, Joshua Jackson (at the beginning of his Dawson’s Creek fame), and Tara Reid (long before her downward spiral) and was written by Silvio Horta (who would later go on to do Ugly Betty). The plot of the movie centers around someone using the famous urban legends we loved to tell each other a slumber parties and camp-outs, to wreak havoc on a college campus. “Hook Man” kind of reminded me of the movie in that both had a decent premise involving the popular urban legends, but ultimately were a bit of a letdown.
The episode crammed in a few different urban legends into one killer who stalks a young female co-ed, punishing those she, in her mind, is struggling with their morality. Lori (Jane McGregor) doesn’t mean for any of them to die. The cross her father gave her was made from the hook of a preacher who considered it righteous to kill those he thought were immoral. When Lori felt someone was not acting as a good and ethical person (like her date who tried to cop a feel when she told him no), the Hook Man saw it as justification to exact his punishment on them. All is saved when the bones of the killer priest and the cross made from his hook were destroyed.
The only interesting point in the episode was Sam and Lori bonding over shared traumas. Lori witness the killing of her grabby boyfriend and was in the room, asleep, when her party girl roommate was killed (“Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights” tale also used in Urban Legend). Sam didn’t give any details, but he did tell Lori about witnessing the death of his girlfriend. Lori would eventually go for a kiss, and for a second, Sam considered returning it. In the end, he couldn’t put aside his memory of Jessica or his mission to find her killer by finding his father.
Every good series has a crappy episode every so often. Luckily this one didn’t happen until a few ones in, making it easy to overlook it and press on.
What did you think of “Hook Man”? Were you reminded of Urban Legend too? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do no post any spoilers for future episodes.