TV Review: Supernatural Episode 1.13

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

From WB: Dean (Jensen Ackles) is contacted by his first love Cassie (Megalyn Echikunwoke), an African-America girl, who asks him to come to Mississippi to investigate a string of racially motivated murders. Each murder is linked to a mysterious truck that seems to have no driver and leave no tracks. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is stunned to see this new side of his brother as Dean struggles to come to grips with the residual feelings he has for Cassie.

My Rating: 4 out of 4

Tonight's episode titled Route 666 reunites Dean with a past love, his first love to be exact. Cassie calls on him for his help after a string of deaths occur in her hometown, all of them appearing to be racially motivated and involving a black monster truck. Dam isn't sure why Dean must pull them off their next assignment, but it quickly becomes apparent that they have ghost monster truck going after people. Three black men are killed, one by one, all African American. Cassie's own father being one of the men killed. The last man isn't black, but the white mayor of the town.

Things heat up quickly between Cassie and Dean, their love rekindling, even if it is only when they are there together. We're treated to one of the hottest love scenes I've seen on television in a long time. I was actually a bit shocked it was allowed to air at all on broadcast television. It is obvious Dean still has feelings. She is the only person outside of family that knows the family secret. Sam is a bit upset when Dean tells him he told her. His telling Cassie was part of the reason they broke up. Cassie heard the story behind what he does and it scared her.

Dean and Sam begin to further investigate the appearances of the black ghost car, and they find out it is possibly controlled by the spirit of a man that disappeared over forty years ago. The new killing began after work began on his house. This looks to have awaken his spirit and put him back into action on a killing spree with the truck. A similar set of deaths occurred forty years ago.

After Cassie is attacked by the ghost car in the house, her mother opens up about the history behind the man that disappeared. Turns Cassie's father killed the man, and then he pushed the man's truck into the swamp. Once the two brothers learn this bit of information, they are after the truck and the man. They pull it out the swamp, and they then take out the skeleton of the man. When they begin to burn the body, the black truck appears. Dean drives off to allow Sam to figure out how to finish off the spirit.

Sam isn't sure what to do, but after looking through their father's book, he gets an idea. A quick call to Cassie gives him the needed information, and he directs Dean to drive to a specific location. Once there he is told to stop and allow the ghost truck to go at him. Once it does, it disappears. Dean had stopped on hallowed ground. The site of a church that had been burnt down in order to stop the wedding of Cassie's mother and father before she was born. Back in those days interracial couples weren't accepted, especially in small town Mississippi. The church did burn down with a youth choir inside. With the ghost truck disappearing, the spirit is at rest. Dean and Sam leave town, but not before Dean and Cassie have a final good-bye.

Another fantastic fresh episode for Supernatural fans this week. I truly enjoyed this story about the ghost truck. I also enjoyed learning more about Dean and his past. He isn't always Mr. Macho tough guy, and his interactions with his first love, Cassie, showed that. I can't wait to see next week's episode.


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