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Supernatural: Wendigo

Sam and Dean head to Colorado to check out the coordinates that their father left them in his journal. When they arrive, they pose as park rangers to investigate the disappearance of three campers and soon discover that they're up against a Wendigo, a mythical creature from Native American folklore.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 2T6901
Airdate: Tuesday September 20th, 2005


Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Jan 15, 2006
PT (AXN) Oct 16, 2006
DE (Pro7) Oct 30, 2006
FR (TF6) Dec 04, 2006
IT (RaiDue) Feb 20, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 13, 2008

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (25 Votes cast)

Trailer


 
Flash
Guest Stars
Gina HoldenGina Holden
As Haley Collins
Alden EhrenreichAlden Ehrenreich
As Ben Collins

Co-Guest Stars
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Mr. Shaw
Recurring
Graham WardleGraham Wardle
As Tommy Collins
Recurring
Roy CampsallRoy Campsall
As Wendigo
Recurring
Timothy WebberTimothy Webber
As Ranger Wilkinson
Tamara LashleyTamara Lashley
As Paramedic
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester

Recap

Blackwater Ridge, Lost Creek, Colorado..

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Episode Notes
Sam and Dean travel to Blackwater, Colorado, which is a fictitious town.

The date on Jessica's tombstone reads November 2, 2005, which is the same date that Sam and Dean's mother died, only 22 years later.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The CranberriesLinger 
Dave Matthews BandOut of My Hands 
ForeignerHot BloodedSam wakes up from his nightmare
Lynyrd SkynyrdDown South Jukin'At the Bar
RushFly By NightDean Tosses Sam the Keys


Episode Quotes
Dean: You okay?
Sam: Yeah, I'm fine.
Dean: Another nightmare? (Sam clears his throat) You wanna drive for a while?
Sam: Dean, your whole life, you never once asked me that.

Ranger Wilkinson: You boys aren't planning to go out near Black Water Ridge by any chance?
Sam: Oh, no sir. We're Environmental Study Majors from UC Boulder, just working on a paper.
Dean: Recycle, man.
Ranger Wilkinson: Bull.

Haley Collins: You're rangers?
Dean: That's right.
Haley Collins: And you're hiking out in biker boots and jeans?
Dean: Oh, sweetheart, I don't do shorts.

Dean: Roy, so you did a little hunting...
Roy: Yeah, more than a little.
Dean: Uh huh...what kind of furry critters do you hunt?
Roy: Mostly bucks, sometimes bear.
Dean: Tell me... uh, Bambi or Yogi ever hunt you back?

Haley Collins: You didn't pack any provisions. You guys are carrying a duffel bag. You're not rangers, so who the hell are you?
Dean: Sam and I are brothers, and we're looking for our father. He might be here, we don't know. I just figured that you and me, we're in the same boat.
Haley Collins: Why didn't you just tell me that from the start?
Dean: I'm telling you now. Besides, that's probably the most honest I've ever been with a woman. Ever. So we okay?
Haley Collins: Yeah, okay.
Dean: And what do you mean I didn't pack provisions? (pulls out peanut M&Ms)

Sam: We never should have let you come out here in the first place, all right? I'm trying to protect you.
Roy: You protect me? I was hunting these woods when your mommy was still kissing you goodnight.
Sam: Yeah? It's a damn near perfect hunter. It's smarter than you, and it's gonna hunt you down and eat you alive unless we get your stupid, sorry ass out of here.
Roy: You know you're crazy, right?

Dean: You wanna tell me what’s goin' on in that freaky head of yours?
Sam: Dean...
Dean: No you’re not fine, you’re like a powder keg, man. It’s not like you. I’m supposed to be the belligerent one, remember?

(to Sam)
Dean: I think he wants us to pick up where he left off. You know, saving people, hunting things... the family business.

Sam: How do you do it? How does Dad do it?
Dean: Well for one, them. (looks at Haley and her brother) I mean, I figure our family's so screwed to hell, maybe we can help some others. Makes things a little bit more bearable. (long pause) And I tell you what else helps. Killing as many evil sons-of-bitches as I possibly can.

Dean: Chow time, you freaky bastard! Yeah, that’s right, bring it on baby, I taste good!

Dean: Hey, you want some white meat, bitch?

Haley: So really, I don't know how to thank you. (Dean gives a look) Must you cheapen the moment?
Dean: Yeah.



Episode Goofs
In the first scene, Sam and Dean say that they're from UC Boulder. The University of Colorado at Boulder is known as CU Boulder, not UC Boulder.

When he first meets Haley, Dean says his name is Dean, but then shows her a fake ID which says he's Samuel Cole. She doesn't comment on the difference.




Cultural References
Boy: Like the Donner Party?

The Donner Party is a group of settlers that were caught in a blizzard while heading to the mid-western United States. In order to survive, the settlers had to eat the settlers that died.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, the book that the brothers were reading near the beginning of the episode, is a book about mythology, folklore and religion.



Episode References
Flashbacks to Jessica's death and to Mary Winchester's death from the "Pilot" are shown, and several references to their mysterious deaths are made throughout the episode.



Analysis
Portrayal of the Wendigo

In the folklore tale of the Wendigo that this episode was based on, Wendigos do not have the ability to impersonate human voices. In order to make the episode more dramatic, the writers changed this aspect of the folklore tale.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer (1)
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Hatem  |  John Shiban
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Production CoordinatorNancy Carrow
Post Production SupervisorChad E, Beck
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Special Effects Make-upJoel Echallier
 
Warning: Supernatural season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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