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.
A life force sucking witch has Dean remembering a time when he nearly lost is brother, but the episode had me really disliking John Winchester for the first time in the series.
Dean and Sam go to investigate the town of Fitchburg, Wisconsin after their father sends them the town’s coordinates, but no explanation as to why. When the two notice a park is practically empty of children after school is out for the day, the brothers talk with one of the mothers watching her child play. She explains several kids are getting sick and have fallen into comas, but the doctors are not sure what is medically wrong.
Posing as the CDC, Sam and Dean go to the hospital and talk to one of the doctors treating the children, Dr. Hydeker (Adrian Hough). All Hydeker can really tell them is the disease has been working its way thru siblings. One would get sick, then the next day the other would follow. The brothers talk to one of the parents where both daughters have recently fallen ill. Both instances when the girls have become sick, the window to their room was open even though the father is sure it was closed before his daughters went to bed.
At the house of the latest victims, Sam sees a hand print burned outside of the window triggering Dean’s memory of a photograph his father had when they were much younger. The thing harming the children is a Shtriga, a witch that feeds off the life force of people and can disguise itself as a normal human when not devouring its victims. This particular one likes to feed off children because they have a stronger essence. Sam realizes the monster is Hydeker when he sees the doctor in an old photo from an article in the 1890’s about children falling ill.
The Shtriga attacks the younger sibling of the family who runs the hotel the brothers are staying at. Knowing the monster is going to come back for the older sibling that night, Sam and Dean recruit the kid to help them catch the witch. It is at its weakest when it is feeding and can be killed by iron rounds. Sam and Dean are unable to get a clean shot off when it starts to feed on the child, but the witch attacks Sam allowing Dean to shoot and kill it. After the Shtriga is dead, all of the children’s life force is returned to them and they wake up.
We see in flashbacks, John hunted this same Shtriga many years before and it got away after nearly killing Sam. John blamed Dean for the incident because the older brother left the hotel room for a short while to get some air even though John had given Dean an order not to leave the room for any reason. As Dean was out, the Shtriga came into their room and started to attack Sam before John arrived and scared it off. From that moment on, the older Winchester son never disobeyed a direct order (which nicely explains that level of crazy loyalty). Disappointing their father is the worst feeling Dean has ever experienced.
Dean figures John would want his oldest son to make up for his mistakes which makes me furious at John. He left his sons in a hotel room for three days while he hunted the monster that came after children. Dean couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 at the time and taking care of his brother is not something a kid should be left to do. John blames Dean, but he should be blaming himself and I wish Sam would have pointed that out to him.
“Something Wicked” definitely had me seeing Sam’s point of view of their father from before, though I never really disagreed with Sam’s thoughts on their terrible upbringing. The boys had said more than once their father would disappear for days at a time while hunting, but I always assumed the boys were much older when he would do that. He treated his young sons like they were men, grown soldiers even, but they were children. Sam may have started to forgive his father for everything, but now I’m not so sure I want him to.
Sam disapproves of their taking away the innocence of a child because he knows how that feels. What got me was Dean felt the same way about Sam when they were younger. He wishes he could have protected his brother from the knowledge of all the evils they know.
What did you think of “Something Wicked”? Did this have you disapproving of John Winchester too? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please do not post spoilers for future episodes.