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Supernatural: A Very Supernatural Christmas

Maybe it was too much hype, but this one seemed a little flat to me.

Or maybe it's the WGA strike. I've noticed on a couple of shows the writing seemed a bit flat. I imagine it was difficult to put your best work in with the possibility of a work stoppage hanging over your head.

Regardless, here are some highlights.

Demigods

Once again, we're back to the demigods, just like Season 1's episode "Scarecrow". Pagan demigods are pretty powerful, it seems, but not too terribly bright and certainly not too fallible nor indestructable. Those facts have been good to the Winchesters.

Sam and Dean check out Ypsilanti, Michigan (someone should Google Map the episode locations, I think that would be a neat mashup), where a couple of people have been murdered/gone missing. Sam, with his l33t occult Google-fu, tracks down a possiblity - Santa's evil brother. How do you recognise him? He walks with a limp and smells like sweets.

They check out a local run-down Santa village, and find a Santa meeting that description. But when they burst into his home to take him down, they find only a drunken slob watching TV. They amusingly try to cover by singing Christmas carols, before hastily exiting.

Back to the drawing board.

A bit more research alerts Sam to the possibility of Hold Nickar, a pagan demigod that used to require sacrifice in return for good weather. The weather in Ypsilanti is unseasonably warm, and so they go checking things out. They discover wreaths that attract the demigods, made by a nice older lady. She, and her 1950s-esque husband, turn out to be the actual demigods themselves, taking the sacrifices into their own hands. In pagan times, villagers brought them people to eat. Now that civilization is beyond that human sacrifice thing, they've been a bit starved.

So Sam and Dean get captured, escape, and kill the demis with the help of evergreen stakes. Quite convenient that the Nickars have to have a Christmas tree so as to blend in with everyone else.

Family time

The best part of this episode was the glimpse into the family lives of the brothers. Dean wants to celebrate an old style Christmas, but Sam doesn't have very good memories of that time, and resists. Sam's flashbacks to when he discovered that Santa, and John, were not what he thought, was pretty compelling. It gave a nice look at how warped their childhoods really were.

In the end, the Winchesters did have a traditional - for them - Christmas. It was a pretty crappy celebration by normal standards, but for the 2 brothers, it was completely appropriate.


Posted by Miller on December 14, 2007 4:56 PM
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I actually really like the episode, maybe is because i know that every single one is "special" because of the strike, it was a little sad seen the two boys alone (even when we know how things were back then). I though that it was funny the fact that the amulet was just a present from his baby brother, i have heard wayyyyy to many theories about it, funny too that you didn't mention that!!!

Overall great episode, make me LOL with the christmas carols, the gay couple, the seudodentist thing and dean urging to answer the door, etc. and the cherry on top of the pie "If you fudging touch me again I'll fudging kill you!"

hope to read you soon again, marry chrsitmas!!!!

-- Posted by: nattyff at December 15, 2007 12:44 AM

For some reason they've canceld Supernatural in Australia so I don't know what the heck's going on. But from the reviews it looks pretty darn good, I'm starting to wish I had stayed in San Fran. I miss home and those boys

-- Posted by: BlazeAngel at December 17, 2007 6:46 PM

I really liked this one - it was my favorite of the Christmas episodes this year - but I agree with you on the demigods. It's kind of odd considering how powerful - and clever - the Trickster was, but come to think of it, he did have the same weakness.

-- Posted by: Richard at December 18, 2007 11:44 PM

BlazeAngel It's not cancelled in Australia, it's just on hold till the rating season is back on in February.

It will return with neighbours and home and away, and god forbid big brother in 2008.

-- Posted by: sallarama at December 18, 2007 11:48 PM

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