Supernatural Discussion – “Wendigo”

The second episode of the series, also directed by
David Nutter, was (in my mind, at least) less
impressive than the series premier. Still, I’ll keep
watching it, though I doubt I’ll have time to review
more than Smallville this season.

7 replies on “Supernatural Discussion – “Wendigo””

  1. y42 says:

    Only saw it this week
    But I liked. It’s not the best show ever, but it entertains, and it’s adequatly creepy. I do wish they’d had a better explanation for the monster than “cannibalism turned him into a superhuman monster”, but, still good.

    • fiziko says:

      Re: Only saw it this week

      But I liked. It’s not the best show ever, but it entertains, and it’s adequatly creepy. I do wish they’d had a better explanation for the monster than “cannibalism turned him into a superhuman monster”, but, still good.

      The shaky explanation was a result of using an actual myth. I took it as a decision to set up the use of the journal as a tell-all monster resource, while establishing that they would be using established monsters from folklore instead of creating their own. They may also have deliberately chosen a creature that wasn’t seen on The X-Files or Buffy. (The former is harder than the latter, since the Buffy writers would either use vampires, werewolves, or something else so common that everybody’s done it, or created their own beastie.)

      • y42 says:

        Re: Only saw it this week

        But I liked. It’s not the best show ever, but it entertains, and it’s adequatly creepy. I do wish they’d had a better explanation for the monster than “cannibalism turned him into a superhuman monster”, but, still good.

        The shaky explanation was a result of using an actual myth. I took it as a decision to set up the use of the journal as a tell-all monster resource, while establishing that they would be using established monsters from folklore instead of creating their own. They may also have deliberately chosen a creature that wasn’t seen on The X-Files or Buffy. (The former is harder than the latter, since the Buffy writers would either use vampires, werewolves, or something else so common that everybody’s done it, or created their own beastie.)

        I liked how it was going when they were saying “Wendigos don’t live this far out…” (or some such statement), but if it’s JUST from cannibalism, as the later explanation made it out to be, then why would they be geographically isolated?

        What made it especially irritating was that they mentioned examples of non-wendigo-inducing cases of documented canibalism. Thus contradicting their own explanation!

      • zonk3r says:

        Re: Only saw it this week
        actually… there was an episode of x-files called “Shapes” that touched on the wendigo myth.

        i like this show and i hope it continues on. it does things right like being creepy w/o being overt or silly (buffy). it shows monsters only when they need to be seen not when you want to show off the rubber mask-of-the-week.

        if there is anything wrong with all these new shows on though it would have to be that everyone is trying to capture the audience that x-files had. that’s not a terrible thing as long as each show can differentiate itself.

  2. GrimSean says:

    It’s holding up
    Still good – of course, we’re only two broadcast hours in – but I think this might turn out to be the best of the bunch this season. It’s been a long time since I got freaked out enough by an episode of television to have to turn a light on.

    And get up, and look around my room on the pretext of stretching.

    The ending was a little weak, but that may just be because of Donelly Rhodes being in the first act and reminding me of a certain other series with nice, long plot arcs.

    • Spooner says:

      Re: It’s holding up

      Still good – of course, we’re only two broadcast hours in – but I think this might turn out to be the best of the bunch this season. It’s been a long time since I got freaked out enough by an episode of television to have to turn a light on.

      And get up, and look around my room on the pretext of stretching.

      The ending was a little weak, but that may just be because of Donelly Rhodes being in the first act and reminding me of a certain other series with nice, long plot arcs.

      From Spooner —
      I agree, this might be my favorite of the new creep shows on this season. I like it alot. In a way, it has more of the old “Night Stalker” elements to it than the new “Night Stalker.”
      How are these shows doing in the ratings so far? I haven’t heard, other than seeing that “Night Stalker” was #64 after the first week. Not terrible, but not great.
      I think “Supernatural” has a lot of potential to be a fun show. I hope it is given the chance to become a hit (Which means the newtork must leave it alone for awhile and let people discover it!)

      • fiziko says:

        Re: It’s holding up

        How are these shows doing in the ratings so far? I haven’t
        heard, other than seeing that Night Stalker was
        #64 after the first week. Not terrible, but not great.

        It was #63 in the entire week, but it was also #3 in its
        time slot, which is a nice place to be. I haven’t seen the
        ratings on Supernatural yet.

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