Supernatural Episode Review: “Route 666”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 1 episode that first aired in January 2006.

Synopsis: Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets a call from an ex-girlfriend and he and Sam (Jared Padalecki) travel to Missouri to investigate reports of a possessed truck that is running down black people. The case gets even more complicated when the truck is connected to a series of “disappearances” in the 1960s, forcing the brothers to investigate who may be controlling the phantom vehicle.

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Very Emotional Episode

I happened to come across this “Supernatural” episode when I was home for lunch earlier today. And, even though I had seen it before, I figured it was worth taking the time to watch it again. As it turns out, I was right because this is a very good episode.

I think the part that I liked most about this particular episode was the mystery behind the phantom truck. At first, it seemed pretty simple, it was controlled by someone that was racist and was killing people solely because of the color of their skin. Then, however, the mayor (Hetherington) was murdered and, based on the fact he was white, the racist motive didn’t make a whole lot of sense at that point and it became obvious there was some other reason behind the killings.

One thing that I was surprised by when watching this episode again was how much emotion was in it. Listening to some of the descriptions Mrs. Robinson (Noone) gave regarding the violence that took place in the 1960s was heartbreaking, especially when she talked about the church being burned to the ground on her planned wedding date with a group of choir children inside. Let’s put it this way. Normally, this show will find ways to make me laugh. That was not the case this time around.

The side story about Dean and his ex-girlfriend (Echikunwoke) was also somewhat interesting because, in many ways, it showed exactly why he and Sam try to keep their profession a secret. Normally, you hear stories of them breaking up with someone because of a misunderstanding relating to their job. This time, he had his heart broken because he told her the truth and she didn’t believe it. And, even though they did reconcile, it was still obvious they couldn’t be together, showing yet another sacrifice. That, in many ways, was almost as depressing as the stories about racism.

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This is a very memorable and emotional episode of the series that is worth taking the time to watch at least once, especially since there’s a killer truck that manages to keep things exciting.

My Grade: A 

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Updated: 12/01/2014, StevenHelmer
 
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