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Supernatural: Wendigo (TV Appearance Post)

Supernatural Synopsis:
Supernatural is an American horror television series that concerns the paranormal. The series, which is filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada, debuted on September 13, 2005 on The WB, and is now part of The CW's lineup. The series follows the brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who travel across the country in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating and combating paranormal events and other unexplained occurrences, many of them based on folklore, myths, and American urban legends as well as classic supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. The series was created by Eric Kripke.

Episode Synopsis:
While camping in Blackwater Ridge, Lost Creek, Colorado, three teenagers vanish in the woods. Dean and Sam arrive in the place tracking their father, and they meet Haley Collins, who is trying to find her brother. Dean and Sam pretend to be Rangers and decide to help the girl, joining her expedition, led by Roy (played by Callum), and sooner they find that the creature is a Wendigo, a fast and cannibal partially human being that hibernates for twenty-three years, awaking for collecting and store human flesh

The IMDB page: Supernatural / Wendigo
Episode was written by Eric Kripke, Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes Burton. Was directed by David Nutter. Main guest spot in that episode has Gina Holden, who had a role in Codename: The Cleaner alongside Callum as well.

Cast / Characters:

Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Callum Keith Rennie
Gina Holden
Alden Ehrenreich
Donnelly Rhodes
Timothy Webber
Graham Wardle
Cory Monteith
Roy Campsall

Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
Haley Collins
Ben Collins
Ranger Wilkinson
Tommy Collins

Original Airdate: September 20, 2005 (Season 1, Episode 2)

Runtime: 41:26 minutes

Country: USA

IMDB rating: 8.0/10 (417 Votes)

Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Keywords: Ghost Hunter | Surrealism | Dark Past | Mercilessness | Monster


None for that particular episode, but the series itself got at least some award nominations.

6 comments in total

One example:
I, or my wife bought, the box set. I did not see all the episodes of the first season, and wanted to catch up on the back ground of the show. I liked 'Wendigo' and found the second show much like the first 'Pilot'. The first two episodes the actors were creating a feel or chemistry between the two brothers; by the fourth show the two lead character's created the full chemistry for the series. Wendigo episode portrays Dean as smart a**, and Sam as independent thinker. The best part of the show is the banter between Dean and the hunting guide. The Wendigo creature and the tunnels provide the catalyst for a creepy background. Movie quality supporting actors, sets, writing, and directing gives the viewer a movie quality TV show. I Love the music and Wendigo is fun to watch. 8 out of 10.

You can find all the comments here.

Callum Quotient: 25%


  • Roy: You're rangers?
    Dean Winchester: That's right.
    Haley Collins: And you're hiking out in biker boots and jeans?
    Dean Winchester: Oh sweetheart, I don't do shorts.
    Roy: What, you think this is funny? It’s dangerous backcountry out there, her brother might be hurt.
    Dean: Believe me, I know how dangerous this could get. We just wanna help her find her brother, that’s all.

  • Dean Winchester: So, Roy, you said you've done a little hunting?
    Roy: Yeah, more than a little.
    Dean Winchester: Uh huh. What kind of furry critters do you hunt?
    Roy: Mostly buck, sometimes bear.
    Dean Winchester: Tell me, Bambi or Yogi ever hunt you back?

  • Roy: I’m gonna take a look around.
    Sam: You shouldn’t go off by yourself.
    Roy: That’s sweet…don’t worry about me.

  • Roy: Kid don’t worry, whatever’s out there, I think I can handle it.

    Sam: It’s not me I’m worried about, if you shoot this thing you’re just gonna make it mad. We have to leave now.

    Roy: One you’re talking nonsense, two you’re in no position to give anybody orders.

  • Sam: We never should have let you come out here in the first place, alright? 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: {Laughs} You know you’re crazy right?

  • In the beginning two guys are playing a first person shooter video game against each other and one claiming the other is cheating. A reference to the pilot of Threat Matrix. Executive producer John Shiban was a writer for Threat Matrix.

  • The book one of the boys is reading in the beginning, was reading "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell. In this book Campbell's unique perspectives examine the world's complex and interwoven mythology, folklore and religion, providing an understanding of the essence and genesis of humanness. Eric Kripke has confirmed more than once that his writing is influenced by the Hero's Journey.

  • Sam's deceased girlfriend's full name is Jessica Lee Moore as seen on her tombstone in this episode.

  • A "Northern Indian Tribe" is referenced not only in the episode but by the writers and Eric Kripke as one of the sources for the Wendigo legend. This tribe is actually the Ojibwe of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and lower Canada. The name comes from the Ojibwe word "Wiindigo" (pronounced WEEN-di-GO). Many traditional members of the tribe believe the creature to actually exist in the woods and at times put out offerings of tobacco or food to appease it.

Interesting scenes:

  • When the old guy tells the brothers his story.

  • Introduction of Roy. Telling everyone how dangerous this journey will be. And already showing his sensitive side.

  • All the witty back and forth talking between the brothers and Roy.

Poll #1342442 Episode Ratings - Polls

Overall Rating

Best television episode I've ever seen.
It's great, but not Emmy-worthy.
Would watch it again.
Hard to watch.
I wasted 42min for this?


I've seen some blood drops.
They throw a punch here and there.
Bit more than just a fist-fight.
The Wendigo is a VERY violent creature.


Never laughed so much in my entire life.
Overall pretty funny.
Good laugh here and there.
Only unintentionally. I maybe giggled once.
The Wendigo doesn't know what humor is.

Sexual content

Quite a bit going on in those tents at night.
With Callum in it you'll always have some sexual content.
A sexual reference here and there.
Unfortunately none at all.

Sexual violence

Rating: G
Rating: PG
Rating: PG-13
Rating: R
Rating: NC-17

Poll #1342439 Ranger Roy - Poll


He's a hero.
Pretty good guy.
Just your regular ranger.
He might use his gun for worse.
Worse than the Wendigo.

How many people does he kill

No one.
Maybe one.
Maybe more than one.
Maybe even more than just a few.
Kills everyone in sight.


Not crazy whatsoever.
Maybe an evil smile once.
He acts a bit awkward.
Pretty crazy guy.
Batshit crazy.


So hot, you might get burned when touching him.
Hello there sugar!
I've seen better, I've seen worse.
Hard to watch.


Ranger Roy in the woods with 2 hot young guys. Enough said.
He acts really queer.
Does cuddling with the Wendigo count?
He looked at the girl way to often.

Does he die?
You really want to know? Are you sure? Really sure? Well, then. (highlight to read)

::Yes, he dies. Killed by - drumroll, surprise, surprise - the Wendigo. :D::


Not much really.

2 Reviews that at least mention Callum here and here.

Extract from the first link: Again, a strong set of original characters is key to success: Callum Keith Rennie (BSG) rocks as a should-have-listened-to-them expert who would be the save-the-day hero in any other show, and Gina Holden kicks serious po-po as an orphaned sister as fiercely determined to save her brother as Sam and Dean are to save one another, once the Wendigo pudu hits the fan.

Extract from the second link: The guest stars in this episode did solid if unmemorable work. Gina Holden as Hailey did pretty much what she was supposed to; look really good in shorts. Callum Keith Rennie is perfectly unlikable as he was supposed to be as the tracker and guide known only as Roy. And Hailey’s brother Ben, played by Alden Caleb Ehrenreich, was a completely unnecessary and useless character that added nothing to episode. He had like four lines, and none of them were important. All the rest of the guests in this episode were there to either walk through and/or die quickly, which they did a fine job of.


Not much, really. His character got an entry on the Supernaturalwiki-Website here.

And you can watch the episode on Youtube, if you want. First part can be found here.


First season of Supernatural is available through amazon as well as many other online sale sites.

I enjoy this typical monster-of-the-week episode very much. Although I guess it has a lot to do with Gina Holden and Callum, because they both give great performances, which adds more depth to this episode than one might suppose. Plus - Callum has a gun to play with. ♥


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
While camping in Blackwater Ridge...

You forgot to mention here that it was a rally lame episode. I mean. Uhm. Yeah.

And, hee, you found a comment at IMDB that actually mentions Wendigo. And Callum. Kind of. Nice. And, wow, is this 'portrays Dean as smart a**' an IMDB thing or... uh, does it just really not speak for the commenter?

When the old guy tells the brothers his story.

Which is actually Doc Cottle from Battlestar Galactica. Don't tell me you don't watch BSG. Uhm. If not? You have to start NOW. /helpful

Wow, Callum has an entry at the Supernatural Wiki? These people are thorough.

I guess it has a lot to do with Gina Holden and Callum, because they both give great performances, which adds more depth to this episode than one might suppose.

Isn't it always like that with callum. Well, maybe not in the Smallville thing. Yeah.

Sooo. Beautiful post! \c/

And, I just HAVE to say this.

being that hibernates for twenty-three years

You know, I also think that it's important to note that 23 is a prime number. Did you know that there are some species that only appear intermittently and hibernate for the rest of the time? The logic there is that the prime number intervals between emergences makes it difficult for predators to evolve that could specialize as predators this species. JUST SAYING.

Ignore that part, please.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh, and I don't have permission to fill out the polls? LJ glitch or some thing with your account?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Lol. Yeah, it was kinda lame because you've seen a lot like that on the X-Files already, but it was still better than some other SN Episodes. *gg*

Which is actually Doc Cottle from Battlestar Galactica.
I just labelled him the old guy, because I wasn't sure, if everyone else has seen BSG. But I can mention it earlier in the post, when I said something about Callum and Gina playing together on the Codename: Cleaner. :D

Wow, Callum has an entry at the Supernatural Wiki? These people are thorough.
Yeah, and it's like this biiig character entry with lots of information. *rollseyes*

Sooo. Beautiful post! \c/
Thank you. :)

@23: Lol. That just gave me a whole new insight on prime numbers. ;)

Oh - and concerning the poll: Don't know what LJs problem is. I can fill it out, but I can't see the results. But it's open to all and it should work. Grr. I kinda hate LJ now, because there is no chance to change the poll except doing the entry again.
Feb. 5th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, and it's like this biiig character entry with lots of information. *rollseyes*

Yeah, well. I mean, honest. It's not that big a character. I mean, apart from being Callum, you know?

Glad you liked the primary number thing. *g*

Re: your polls. That happened before. You can try to make a test poll on your own LJ. And if that one works, just delete the poll from this post, and put up another, with just the polls. Like neu111's Slap Shot posts ( here and here).
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
The logic there is that the prime number intervals between emergences makes it difficult for predators to evolve that could specialize as predators this species. JUST SAYING.

Are you sober? JUST ASKING. Just say 'no'- or you have to develop this theory :-)
Feb. 5th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I am! And I was! It's... okay. So, predators do hibernate too, some of them at least, right? And for the pray a prime number hibernation period just takes care of the fact that as long as the predators don't have exactly the same hibernation period (from now on called 'hp') and starting point? Very small chances to see each other ever. And even if they do, like, if the predator's hp is the least common multiple of the prey's hp, it reduces the chances of them meeting each other often quite a lot. So, no sense in specializing in hunting a kind of prey if it's never around. You know?

I actually found a link (a not very helpful one though), See?
Feb. 5th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
oo-kay, think I've got it now: if you're weak you'd better be good at maths and sleep a lot - there are worst choices of living...
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Plus - Callum has a gun to play with. ♥ *g*

Lovely post, thank you!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah I like men with guns. Not only in movie but also in general. ;)

Thank you. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Just wish Callum'd played the Wendigo and eaten them all, ha!

Callum Keith Rennie (BSG) rocks as a should-have-listened-to-them expert who would be the save-the-day hero in any other show
yes, please!

Does cuddling with the Wendigo count?
I'd be much interested to find the answer to that :)

Great job!

Feb. 6th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Lol. Yeah. Playing the Wendigo would have been nice! :D

I'd be much interested to find the answer to that :)
Me too.

Great job!
Thank you.
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