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11 November 2014 @ 10:34 pm
SPN #10x05 Fan Fiction (episode review)  
Okay, I hope my thoughts on this one make some sense...

Honestly, I was torn between going "awwww, I love this" and "Oy, cringeworthy!" at various times during this episode.

The good things:

I liked how they started it with the Pilot cover title written by Kripke. I also liked how they showed all the different title cards, even the special ones like the ones for A Very Supernatural Christmas, Frontierland, Clap Your Hands If You Believe, Monster Movie...oh and that weird Metatron one. Anyway, that was a nice touch.

I liked that the first scene after the titles had music! Okay, so "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot might not really fit as classic rock, but still, it was good to see it again. Dean with Baby and then Sam comes out to tell him about a possible case. Boys in one layer of clothing - Nuff said. This needs to occur more often. *nods*

I did enjoy the boys' "WTF?" reaction to the Supernatural musical. And their thinking that the "BM" as in "brotherly melodrama" refers to "bowel movement." I also thought Sam geeking out over the technical stuff in the control room and playing with the lights was cute. And Dean bopping his head to the music at one point was good for a chuckle. I also liked the shoutout to Kim Manners when Dean told those girls to "kick it in the ass!"

Even though I thought some of their songs were cheesy (heh, I'll get to this later), the end with the rendition of Carry On My Wayward Son was actually pretty nice. And the looks on the boys' faces as they're listening. Awwwwww.

And even though I wasn't crazy about the kids so much (again, more on this later) I did like how they were insistent on Dean having the Samulet. I liked how the one kid gave Dean the play version of it (& he told her he didn't need an object like that to symbolize how he feels about his brother), but she insisted so he took it anyway. I loved the end scene with them driving away, and although Dean isn't actually wearing the fake Samulet, he's got it right there and kind of pats it at one point. And Sam seems to acknowledge that. The girl Sam says something about it being them against the world and actual Sam says to Dean "...What she said." :) They ride off down the road and it's just as Jensen said in that pic of them he tweeted on the last day of filming that episode (with him and Jared in the car), where they belong. So I do like the way it ended. Oh yeah, and the surprise appearance from Chuck in the theater was a nice touch.

Stuff I wasn't crazy about:

The MOTW... Um, what exactly was going on with that? She just wanted to be entertained by the story before she killed them? I found it a tad anti-climatic that they just ended up in the school basement, but I guess it had to go with the whole episode being light-hearted. I do like that Sam killed her and saved the day (and Dean killed the scarecrow thing on stage).

The premise and some of the specifics... I don't know, but it seemed like they were borrowing a bit from The Real Ghostbusters, from the boys' reaction to their lives up for public consumption, to the real-life couple (was a couple of guys in TRG, and in this one it was a couple of girls), to the thing about subtext (here they mentioned Wincest and Destiel, while in TRG the convention guy said something about a talk on homoerotic subtext).

Things that kinda made me cringe:

The way those two girls in charge acted, at least until the end. They just seemed so over the top at times, it made me roll my eyes. And some of the songs also made me cringe a little, like the "I'll wait here" song that the Cas girl sung. Maybe it's because I've never really been into the whole genre of shows like Glee, eh I don't know. But like I said earlier, I did like how they did the song at the end, especially with the ones playing John and Mary singing.

So in the end, I found some parts of it very good, others meh, and a few others cringe-inducing. On the whole, maybe not quite what I was expecting/hoping for a 200th ep celebration, but it did have some things I really liked
Current Mood: tiredtired
mosinging1986 on November 12th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
*skim reads to see if I should be subjecting myself to this before going to bed*

Hm, looks like it's not too bad. (I don't keep up with fandom so I didn't even realize it was a special episode.)

Okay. Here goes...


Okay, the next special ep should be one with just their expressions. No audible dialogue, just those faces. LOL!!

Edited at 2014-11-12 04:38 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam says jessm78 on November 12th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
LOL! That would be a good one :)
mosinging1986 on November 12th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Aw, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would!

But wow. I just realized this show has (inadvertently) done more to normalize incest than any activists could. I hate fandom sometimes. Freaking pervs.

Anyway, this was kinda fun! I enjoyed the music a lot more than I thought I would. I'm afraid to know if the girls were actually singing or just faking. (I'm jaded these days.) Whoever's real voices those were, they sounded great.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on November 12th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I did, too. I went into it thinking it was going to be really cringeworthy, but I was pleasantly surprised.

*nods* Yep, I hear ya.

The music was nice. On the first viewing, I thought the Castiel "I'll wait right here" song as a bit odd, but I guess it's pretty lol-worthy. Heh, I know what you mean, but I agree, they did do a great job with the singing.
Amy: SPN - Jared - YAY!!ames1010 on November 12th, 2014 11:01 am (UTC)
I loved it!!! I'm so proud of our little show for what it can do and how it can make fun of itself (and us) and it's all amazing!! :)
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: OMGYAYjessm78 on November 12th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
I watched it again and found myself enjoying it even more than before!! There were some little things I didn't notice the first time around, like all the little references to "200" on signs. And I absolutely loved that ending!! I agree w/you bb, it is amazing!! :)
tarienemrys: Brothers Jerk/bitchtarienemrys on November 13th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
I whole heatedly agree with you one the good things :D Carry on my wayward son and boy's reaction to it was very much heart touching. I was nearly in tears!

I wasn't overly fond of "I'll wait here" song. May be it's because I'm not so into Cas *shurgs* I liked "single man tear" and absolutely loved "Carry on". I liked the girl!Dean but others were a little bit cringe-worthy. But I suppose that's how they were meant to come out as.

It was also not what I hope 200th ep would be comparing it to 100th. But I did like it very much. It was a comedic/meta episode which was a nod to the fans. And after watching for the second and third time I enjoyed it more and more.
jessm78jessm78 on November 15th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Same here, that was very well done.

Yeah, that's probably part of the reason why I wasn't really into it either. Yeah, I bet they were supposed to come off that way, so I guess I can cut them some slack.

See, I feel the same way and I'm glad it's not just me. I did enjoy it more when I rewatched it, so I probably went into it with my expectations a bit too high?
tarienemrystarienemrys on November 16th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
:D Probably! My fav have always been angst episodes. But I eventually fell in love with it. This episode will come somewhere in Top 15 for me.

Also when I watched it first, I watched it with hubby. He didn't like the episode at all and was rather bored. I had to spend time explaining things to him because he isn't into fandom and fan fiction. (He knows I'm crazy about them and he just go with the flaw :P) So I didn't enjoy it much on the first watch. Second and third time I watched alone and then I enjoyed it a lot. I watched it couple of times within the week now :)
darkdreams1222dreamsofspike on November 15th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
I really loved so much about this episode. <3

I loved seeing the boys in one layer (which I think was deliberate since this was our fandom “love letter” and you KNOW the people who make this show know we want to see that! :P hehe)

COMWS was GORGEOUS. I cried. Just – the beauty of it, and “Mary” leading it and Sam and Dean and their FACES OMG <3 <3 <3 Just beautiful.

The monster of the week I actually found very appropriate. It’s an episode called “Fan Fiction” that’s all about basically a fanfic writer and the thing that’s out to literally “consume” her is a MUSE. :P I thought it was a very clever little wink to the fans, a hint that they know more about fannish things than we realize, etc.

The subtext, the meta stuff about the boys reacting to their lives being up for public consumption… to me, that’s not so much borrowing from other stories as like, a consistent theme they’ve carried throughout the whole show.

I’m a Glee fan, so maybe that’s why I DID like the songs. They seemed JUST LIKE the kind of original songs you’d find in any random high school musical. :P hehe The song about Dean made me cry, completely unexpectedly, and the one “Cas” sang made me laugh. I found that sweet little girl!Cas ridiculously adorable, though. :P hehe

I’m glad overall you liked it. I completely LOVED it. :)
jessm78: Jensen Ackles: You Rock from CC'10jessm78 on November 15th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
You know what, I have to say that I rewatched it after I posted my review and I found I was a little too harsh with it. I did end up enjoying it more than I did the first time around.

Yes!! That totally does make sense, hehe. :D

I really adored that one. Especially with "Mary" starting it and the others who are really considered family joining in (John, Bobby, and even Adam). The boys' faces were just.... *happy sigh*

I totally missed her being a muse in the beginning (blame my dogs - they were being loud and I totally didn't hear that part, lol), but now that you mention it, it does really fit in with the whole "fan fiction" thing.

Yeah, you have a point that it's really part of an ongoing theme throughout the show. Before it aired I was hanging around some folks who were talking it down, so I think that influenced me a lot. People were saying "Oh it'll be just like TRG" and I think I went into it honing in on that. I think I'm going to just go in with a completely open mind from now on and ignore all that.

See, that's awesome. I'm probably the odd duck across fandoms in that I've never been a fan of Glee or even shows/movies like it (with the exception of Grease), and ironically I love to sing and was even in the chorus in high school. Go figure, lol. I did love that Dean song, and the stuff about sweet, selfless Sam too.

I'm glad that you loved it! It seems a lot of folks did, and I think they really set out to do that. And again, I think I went into this with too many negative preconceptions and it colored my outlook on it. :P I did enjoy it a lot more upon rewatching, so kudos to everyone involved :)