Icarus was a test pilot (galwithglasses) wrote,
Icarus was a test pilot

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Countdown to SPN - Season 3

Even though season 3 was shorter than the rest of them, there were still quite a few good episodes. Mystery Spot, A Very Supernatural Christmas and No Rest for the Wicked are standouts.  I have a great fondness for Bad Day at Black Rock.  It was a great case episode and introduced a couple of new characters but for me, the best part is that it's really funny.  The humor doesn't come across so much in quippy jokes and barbs like so much of SPN although that's there, but from physical comedy, particularly pratfalls on Sam's part.  Jared pulled them all off and made Sam all the more endearing because of it.  This is an episode that is just crying out for gifs but that's one skill I haven't mastered.  Here are some still caps but if you've seen the episode, you know what's going on and if you haven't, go now.  It was fun to go back and look at caps from this episode.  Now, after looking at color for all these seasons, the amount of red and yellow in the dangerous places in the episode, Biggerson's, Bela's house, the original thief's apartment and the motel room just jumps out a me.

First, here are some of the introductions made by the episode.  Turns out John had a storage locker.  It's a motherlode of cursed objects, weaponry, and bits of the boys' childhoods, protected by an armed warthog skull.

Land mines and soccer trophy.

We meet Kubrick, a Christian zealot hunter who aids and abets Gordon.

Creedy, a Biggerson's zealot.

And Bela, who turns out to have a much bigger role in the season than I would have thought from her introduction.  She shows up in a red shirt to steal the rabbit's foot.

I like Bela and think she was the snarky Brit prototype later replaced by Crowley.

I like that she's very candid about who she is and she's very blunt about the seedier aspects of hunting.

Sam and Dean need to come up against a smart, wily non-monster every now and then.

We got a couple of other things too.  The doublemint twins.

So much of the good stuff was BadLuck!Sam trying to stay alive and the faces he made all the way through the episode.

Is that a rabbit's foot?

I think it is.

Free food for one year.  All the turducken you can eat.

Charming art on that wall.  Then this....

....leads to this by way of Sam tangling with the lamp.  The way this whole scene is delivered is pure gold.

Poor dear lost a shoe.  (I couldn't snag a cap of it but Dean's eyeroll after this is perfect.)

Then he had an itchy nose.

A fire.

It spreads.  Sam has a run-in with Kubrick and Creedy.

It's ok, Batman comes to the rescue.

Sam reacts in the time honored manner of little brothers everywhere, with sarcasm.  I like the placement of the big red circle behind Sam.

The best part for me is the very end after Bela drives off with their winning lottery tickets and Dean is ad-lib cussing and Sam/Jared is cracking up and trying not to get too much of it on screen.

Caps from Home of the Nutty

Tags: 3.03, countdown, spn
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