meme/poll

Favorite first episodes of SPN

Which first episode of a season is your favorite?

1 - Pilot
4(12.9%)
2 - In My Time of Dying
13(41.9%)
3 - The Magnificent Seven
1(3.2%)
4 - Lazarus Rising
9(29.0%)
5 - Sympathy for the Devil
0(0.0%)
6 - Exile on Main St.
1(3.2%)
7 - Meet the New Boss
0(0.0%)
8 - We Need to Talk About Kevin
0(0.0%)
9 - I think I'm Gonna Like it Here
0(0.0%)
10 - Black
2(6.5%)
11 - Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
0(0.0%)
12 - Keep Calm and Carry On
1(3.2%)
13 - Lost and Found
0(0.0%)
14 - Stranger in a Strange Land
0(0.0%)

Hiatus (the final one) is upon us, and I thought it would be fun to revisit the past seasons, one set of episodes per week. So--which opening episode is your favorite?

Mine is probably "In My Time of Dying"--and not just because we get Dean wandering around barefooted in scrubs. Kim Manners gave us some gorgeous and startling visuals, and Ouija board scene is still a favorite, even twelve seasons later. Sam's determination to find a way to save Dean, John's self-sacrifice, Sam's devastation on finding John dead.... Pretty close to a flawless episode, all around.

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There are so many great first episodes, but my favourite is "Lazarus Rising", the start of the episode with Dean clawing his way out of the coffin and walking to the empty gas station is so classic. Dean's reunion with Bobby's moving and funny, and his reunion with Sam is so lovely. A very close second for me is "In My Time of Dying" for the reasons you gave.
Oh yes--"Lazarus Rising" would probably stand in second place for me. Beautiful shots, some strong emotional content, and it's self-contained enough that it can be enjoyed on its own without requiring the subsequent episodes to provide a satisfying story arc.