[Note: The CW reception was so broken and problematic last night, I missed a lot of The Flash and most of Supernatural. So here’s a rundown of last week’s Supernatural.]
200th episodes are a Big Deal. I was an avid Benjamin Bratt fan when Law & Order ran its 200th episode. The fabulous Jerry Orbach was still alive to sell memorabilia on HSN (yes, I bought a couple items), and Julia Roberts guest starred, for wage. (It was a deal Bratt struck with producer Dick Wolf to cancel his contract.) But I digress.
Supernatural is great at making fun of itself, and many of my favorite episodes are the humorous ones. The premise of Supernatural as a musical performed by an all-girls (of course!) high school sounded super cheesy, but the songs were actually good, the singing superb (Well done, casting directors!), and there was emotion behind the humor.
Although neither of them consider themselves comedic actors, both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have impeccable comic timing. Sam’s frightened look when stage Sam and Dean show their FBI badges, Dean’s exasperated look into the camera. Ha! But Eric Kripke built Supernatural on the idea of family, and it’s hung together over the years courtesy of Jensen’s and Jared’s brotherly chemistry.
Just one title sequence wouldn’t do for the 200th episode. Those from seasons 1, 2, 3, 5 (or was it 6? or both?), 9, and 10 appeared; as well as take-offs of Bonanza (“Frontierland”), The X-Files (“Clap Your Hands If You Believe”) , and Warner Brothers’ 1930’s black & white films (“Monster Movie”); not to mention the good (“Meta Fiction”), the bad (that horrible wedding episode), and the wonderful (the Christmas episode.) What does that make? At least 12, and only one clunker in the bunch.
Then there was Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown.” Gordon Lightfoot! Granted, it’s not really classic rock, but it fit with the musical’s style. Besides, I love Gordon Lightfoot!
And a whole lot more:
- “We’ve got work to do.” Thank you for the homage to the pilot and the season 2 finale.
- “Jerk.” “Bitch.” That’s “I love you” in Winchester-ese.
- Dean takes over the pre-show pep-talk, much as he did in “LARP and the Real Girl,” and quotes my second favorite musical* in lieu of Braveheart.
- The amulet (sort of) reappeared! Even better, Dean’s response, “I don’t need a symbol to remind me of how I feel about my brother.”
- The beautiful rendition of “Carry On, My Wayward Son,” thus guaranteeing the episode will remain on my DVR for months to come.
- And Chuck! (Rob Benedict is looking great, by the way.) Did Marie recognize him as Carver Edlund?
What were your highlights of “Fan Fiction”? Or lowlights?
*That would be Rent, South Pacific being my favorite.