When a fourth person vanishes in Elwood, Indiana, and the witnesses claim that they have been abducted by aliens, Dean and Sam head to the town to investigate the UFO sightings. They ...
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When a fourth person vanishes in Elwood, Indiana, and the witnesses claim that they have been abducted by aliens, Dean and Sam head to the town to investigate the UFO sightings. They contact the father of the last victim, Mr. Brennan, who is a traditional watchmaker, and the Winchester brothers suspect that the man is hiding something. Dean and Sam interview people on the streets expecting to find a clue. Among the interviewees, they talk to UFO expert Wayne Whittaker Jr. and the apparently crazy Marion, who is an expert in fairies. While investigating the cornfield where the victims had disappeared, Dean is abducted by a bright light. Sam continues to investigate and forces Brennan to disclose that he had used a spell to summon fairies to help him in his store. Dean returns and now the only chance of the brothers is are the advices of Marion about the fairies.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The opening title sequence that replaces the shattering glass is a replica of The X-Files, another similar series about two FBI agents who investigate bizarre and potentially extra-terrestrial/supernatural cases, with the black lettering against the grey background and the phrase "The Truth Is In Here" at the end of the sequence, while The X-Files' read "The Truth Is Out There." Not only has Supernatural drawn numerous comparisons to the series, this episode is about the Winchesters battling what they initially think are aliens, and Mitch Pileggi has a recurring role in this series beginning this season. Pileggi also had a recurring role on The X-Files as Agents Mulder & Scully's superior, Walter Skinner. See more »
When Sam and Dean follow Mr. Brennan to his house from the store; Mr. Brennan is seen unloading his car. We see that there is one box left in the car as Mr. Brennan returns from his house. The scene cuts to Mr. Brennan closing his now empty car. See more »
The Title Card for this episode was altered, closely resembles the title sequence for The X-Files series. Down to it ending with "created by: Eric Kripke" credit at the lower right when an eye appears and having "The Truth Is In There" as the tag-line. See more »
It was interesting to see Supernatural tackle fairy lore, which actually has a lot more horror potential than most people realize. If you look at old-school, traditional fairy lore, it's actually pretty dark, and includes some pretty nightmarish creatures. It was the Victorians who began to romanticize them, and then Disney made the cutesy image of the little sprite with wings universally known to the point where that's the only image of fairies that most people have these days. But if you read some of the older tales, or listen to still-current ones in rural Ireland or Scotland, fairies are anything but cute and harmless.
I liked that they touched on a little of that, with the presence of the Redcap who was stalking Dean (Redcaps are a particularly nasty sort of fairy from Scottish folklore, who are known for eating lost travellers, and dye their caps red with human blood), but I was a bit disappointed that they couldn't resist throwing in the Disney version of fairies as well - though I have to admit the fight scene with that one was hilarious, as was the way it was resolved.
The parallels between UFO and fairy abductions have actually been pointed out by quite a lot of people before this - I've seen that topic dealt with by everyone from folklorists to science fiction authors.
Overall, a pretty entertaining episode, though not one with a lot of substance. But someday I'd love to see a show that took full advantage of the horror-potential of traditional fairy lore, without feeling the need to include the stereotypical Disney image.
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