Kalliel (kalliel) wrote,

#centennial (highway) rewatch 1x08

# 1x08 IS PRETTY BAD EVERYONE KNOWS THIS, on grounds of "cursed Indian burial grounds" and ten-minute nighttimes and plastic bugs. But... I also feel like this episode was made for me. Like, someone in the writer's room sat down and thought, man, I want to give Kalliel the gift of a lifetime! Her very own episode of SPN! IT HAS BUGS! (my love) AND LAND USE RIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS STUDIES (my research area) AND SCORPIONS (one of my favorite bands, even though they are mostly terrible--but "No One Like You" is my favorite song of theirs, so like, literally, this episode was made for me). It just ended up being one of those gifts that's like... your kitchen-inept children trying to make you breakfast in bed. Th-thaaanks, bb. XP

# Sam's split-second reaction to Dean's interpellation of Lassie and Timmy as an example of the supernatural/animal haunting. XD They are both adorable.

# I've always had a soft spot for Realtor Linda's fate; I too have showered, albeit more calmly than she, with spiders of many types--some of which were quite burly. The tiny ones are the worst, though, because they're usually baby spiders that have hatched at the showerhead--and they rain down on you, translucent and wispy, and you can't shower clean because that's their point of origin. It's a dilemma.

# Moment of love for Matt Pike. New headcanon: Even though he divests himself of his bug collection after their ordeal, as the Apocalypse and climate change makes clear its devastating effects on world insect populations, he confronts his discomforts and returns to the fold by majoring in entomology at UC Berkeley--Class of 2012, cum laude. The out-of-state tuition was ludicrous, but his Regents scholarship saved his ass--especially since the greatest financial failure of his father's career happened right before the American housing bubble burst. It's been a rough decade for the Pike family. (And Mr. Pike still wishes his son weren't headed toward a penniless career in academia/ecology. If he's going to be a scientist he might as well work on stem cells or something, right?)

# 1x08 is also weirdly good for Winchester family baggage/dynamics, in ways I find very organic and sympathetic to both Sam and Dean's conceptions of family and childhood. And the "Make him listen" scene in the car when they're trying to tell Matt how to get his family out of the house was charged with all manner of implication; it says a lot about Dean's relationship to John, and how its reality is actually fairly asymptotic with respect to Dean's party line in this episode.

# Also, because I forgot about it last night, here is a 1x06 vid I started that convinced me that this 10 second clip would comprise the whole of my contribution to the world of SPN vids.* I'm posting this now as a way of sending this clip to its grave. Don't build a schmaltzy housing complex on it, I guess? XD

Nothing gives you a fuller appreciation for exactly how long a second is, and exactly how finely the human eye can detect aberrations in timing, than attempting to futz with iMovie. Standing ovation to all vidders, idek you are all wizards!

* Okay, confession, I actually did do a whole, 45 second 5x22/S6 promo vid, because 5x22 will make you do crazy things.
Tags: fandom: spn, spn centennial hwy rewatch, wild kingdom never ends

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