The Big Picture
- Meg, portrayed by Nicki Aycox, was one of the crucial highly effective and memorable demons on Supernatural throughout its first season.
- Meg’s redemption arc in later seasons could not match the depth and impression of her preliminary portrayal as a bloodthirsty and horrifying villain.
- Demons on Supernatural have been scarier and had extra thriller within the present’s early years, in comparison with the later seasons the place demons grew to become much less menacing and had redemption arcs.
Instead of questioning endlessly if we’re getting a Season 16 of Supernatural, now’s one of the best time to look again in any respect the unbelievable demons that the Winchesters confronted. From the unique demonic antagonist the Yellow-Eyed Demon to Lilith and ultimately the “King of Hell” Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), there is no quick listing of demonic adversaries that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) needed to sort out throughout 15 seasons and 327 episodes. But, of all of the demons within the present’s expansive historical past, one stands out among the many relaxation: Meg.
This demon underwent an odd redemption arc over the course of her tenure on the sequence (which ran all through Season 8). Still, there is no denying that Meg’s strongest moments on Supernatural happen within the present’s very first batch of episodes. Freshman yr could be onerous, and initially, Supernatural was nonetheless making an attempt to determine its model. It knew that it was a weekly horror street present, that a lot was sure, however Season 1 has no angels, few demons, no “Road So Far” sequence (till the finale, anyway), and solely a single Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) look. Yet, one factor it bought proper from the get-go was its demons.
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- Release Date
- September 13, 2005
- Eric Kripke
- The CW
Meg Masters Challenged the Winchesters
Originally performed by none aside from the late Nicki Aycox, Meg first appeared in “Scarecrow,” a fan-favorite about, nicely, a pagan god that masquerades as a small-town scarecrow. Despite the seemingly outlandish premise, this episode is likely one of the finest monster-of-the-week Supernatural tales, and far of the episode follows Sam and Dean on their very own separate adventures. While Dean stays behind to cope with the monster, Sam decides to depart in the hunt for their father, and it is then that he meets a fellow hitchhiker named Meg Masters.
At first, we’re led to consider that Meg is only a regular drifter like Sam, hoping to hitch a journey out of city to flee her intrusive household, however by the tip of the episode, we be taught that Meg is working for the Yellow-Eyed Demon after she slits her driver’s throat and makes use of his blood to name up her demon dad. Meg returns just a few episodes later, this time in Chicago through the episode “Shadow.” Turns out, she’s been monitoring Sam and Dean for the Demon in hopes of luring their father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), out from hiding. Surprisingly, it really works, and Meg practically has the three Winchesters killed earlier than they get away.
Aycox’s Meg returns as soon as extra in Season 1 through the two-part finale “Salvation” and “Devil’s Trap.” Here, she’s at her most bloodthirsty and horrifying, however nothing’s scarier right here than her exorcism (extra on that in a bit). In the early years of Supernatural, Meg was a type of villains that you simply simply beloved to hate, and there is no denying that her time on display was all the time highly effective. Mostly, that was due to Nicki Aycox herself, who was an ideal forged.
‘Supernatural’s “Devil’s Trap” Episode Changed the Series
With the primary season finale “Devil’s Trap,” Supernatural takes a darkish flip. Within the primary 5 minutes (after that highly effective traditional rock intro), Meg kicks down Bobby’s door demanding the Colt. After throwing Dean throughout the room and threatening the boys one thing fierce, Meg is caught in a Devil’s Trap (therefore the identify) and Sam begins to carry out an exorcism. The first of its sort within the sequence, this exorcism set the tone for the remainder of the present, which (in some ways) fails to seize the depth and intimacy of its first try.
This exorcism is not precisely on the identical degree as one thing you’d seen in The Conjuring or The Exorcist, however it’s positively one for the TV file books. As far as community tv was involved, this bit is especially scary, and the best way the demon continues to deceive the Winchesters regardless of its ache is one thing that later demonic adversaries may’ve realized a factor or two from. The first quarter-hour of this episode are definitely not for the faint of coronary heart, and Aycox delivers an impeccable efficiency in her closing moments because the Winchester’s first demon rival (nicely, second if you happen to rely Yellow-Eyes).
Tragically, Nicki Aycox is not in the remainder of the episode (which is an distinctive finale, by the best way) however after the demon is shipped again to Hell, the true Meg Masters dies quickly after, utilizing her closing breaths to assist Sam and Dean discover their father. By Season 2, the demon Meg returns, this time possessing Sam himself (“Born Under A Bad Sign”), which is likely one of the scariest bits the present ever pressured us via. Sure, Jared Padalecki does nice, however nothing beats Nicki Aycox’s snarky and sadistically scrumptious portrayal of the demon, which sadly involves an finish too quickly.
Nicki Aycox’s Meg Is ‘Supernatural’s Scariest Demon
During her four-episode tenure because the technically unnamed demon often known as Meg, Aycox makes use of a mix of her signature look, her commanding presence, and a twisted smile to scare audiences, and it really works. In Episode 4, “Phantom Traveler,” the primary demon the Winchester’s battle onscreen is considerably chaotic. There’s no rhyme or motive for its need to crash planes, it simply does. But with Meg, this demon is tactical and misleading. At one level, she even leads Sam to consider that he has the higher hand, solely to activate the brothers and practically kill them.
Carry on, my wayward sons.
Plenty of demons on Supernatural use scare ways similar to telekinesis and spooky eye reveals to place our heroes (to not point out, us) on edge, however Meg makes use of her sexuality, emotional manipulation, and even witchcraft to lure Sam right into a false sense of safety. Thankfully, it would not work, however even after throwing her out a window, the Winchesters aren’t freed from Meg fairly but. Her return in “Salvation” is much more impactful as she begins to slaughter John Winchester’s pals and allies one after the other till he provides her what she needs: the demon-killing gun identified solely because the Colt.
But probably probably the most tragic a part of Meg’s story is the younger girl, the precise Meg Masters, who’s trapped inside her personal physique. The horrifying revelation that the precise, human Meg noticed virtually all the things the demon made her physique do, and felt all of the ache the Winchesters inflicted on her, is horrible (although, believe-it-or-not, the anime adaptation is far worse). It solely will get worse when, after exorcising the demon, Meg’s physique falls aside because the demon partied too onerous in its “meatsuit.” Aycox returns to the present solely as soon as extra within the Season 4 episode “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester,” this time because the vengeful ghost of Meg Masters who’s unleashed on the Winchesters by Lilith. Apparently, resting in peace wasn’t an possibility.
‘Supernatural’s Early Demons Were the Scariest
Of course, a part of the explanation Meg is likely one of the finest demons (particularly the earliest iteration of the character) to ever step foot on the present is that demons have been only a lot scarier when Supernatural was nonetheless in its early years. Back then, the sequence totally dedicated to being a weekly horror present and was nonetheless just a few seasons away from turning into a full-blown sci-fi/fantasy. This meant that the stakes have been nonetheless fairly excessive, and whereas the Winchesters nonetheless cheated demise (typically greater than as soon as), there have been real penalties. Consider the likes of Meg or the Yellow-Eyed Demon in comparison with Season 13’s Asmodeus (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) or Belphegor (performed by Alexander Calvert) from the ultimate season. The first two should not solely extra horrifying in sheer ways, single-mindedness, and persona, however there was much more thriller to demons again in Supernatural‘s early seasons in comparison with the again half of the present. Asmodeus wasn’t far more than comedian reduction at occasions, whereas the Yellow-Eyed Demon was all the time a critical risk, even when he cracked a joke.
Additionally, demons did not get redemption arcs, as Supernatural dedicated them totally to evil, even within the case of Ruby (Katie Cassidy, Genevieve Padalecki) who’s revealed to be a double agent your entire time. There’s no denying that Supernatural has its justifiable share of remarkable demonic antagonists. Lilith is likely one of the finest, and Season 4 introduces us to various multi-colored-eyed demons together with Alistair (performed finest by Christopher Heyerdahl), who was one of the crucial horrifying. As far as fan-favorites go, Crowley and the Azazel (performed most by Fredric Lehne) have a number of the finest materials to work with, and are arguably a number of the most notable of the Winchesters’ enemies (and, in Crowley’s case, eventual allies).
As time went on, Aycox is ultimately changed because the demon Meg by actress Rachel Miner come Season 5, who makes a substantial effort in making the villain her personal. For just a few years, it labored nice. Meg was nonetheless as diabolical as ever, however quickly the angel/demon plotlines grows drained. One of Supernatural‘s largest flaws the longer it ran was not realizing what to do with sure characters, successfully turning them into caricatures of their earlier selves. While Meg would not endure that destiny, her redemption arc within the later years is a far cry from the character we first met again in Season 1, a villain who would cease at nothing to take her revenge on Sam and Dean.
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