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24 April 2008 @ 10:02 pm
Supernatural #3.13 Ghostfacers (episode review)  
Okay, where do I begin with this one...  oh, yeah... beware of spoilers...

This was, without a doubt, not your typical Supernatural episode. 

All shot with hand-held cameras (well, 95% of it anyway).  All done like a reality show, with some bonus introductions by our intrepid hosts. (*snicker*).

But it was a lot of fun I thought.  A big schlock-fest, for lack of a better term.

It was great to see the Hellhound's Lair guys back again, Ed and Harry.  I thought their intro at the beginning was sooooo delightfully cheesy.  They really took this whole thing so seriously.  Which of course, given the way they were acting back in Hell House, I would come to expect.

I could really see the homage to SciFi channel's Ghost Hunters in this ep.  From the style of the opening credits with the freeze frame of the cast members and their names (*loved* that they included Sam and Dean in those, and especially Dean flipping them the bird, LOL!!), to Ed and Harry talking about their other job working at the local Kinko's (akin to the Ghost Hunters guys being plumbers working for Roto Rooter), to the little "interview" segments with the cast members about what they do, to the intros of the "briefing" and location of the investigation, and even to some of the cast members themselves.

If you've ever watched SciFi's Ghost Hunters, you might know what I'm talking about here. If not, just skip past this little section. ;)  Corbett reminded me so much of Dave Tango, the guy who was almost indefinitely the "investigator-in-training" on Ghost Hunters. It pretty much became a running joke, and people were always asking them when he'd become a full investigator.  He wasn't made one until quite recently, so I like to think Corbett's status as an intern (and the way Ed and Harry say at the end that he's no longer an intern, but has earned a position as a full-fledged ghost facer) is almost like an in-joke.  But anyway, his attitude reminded me so much of Dave Tango, with the awkwardness and enthusiasm...  Only thing is, I don't think Tango had the hots for anyone on the Ghost Hunters team, lol.  I actually thought Corbett's "crush" on Ed was pretty funny.  I didn't take it too seriously and thought it was just more silly, campy stuff.  I did like the fact that his spirit took care of the one that was keeping them all stuck in that mansion.

Oh, and another nod to Ghost Hunters...  all the curse words bleeped out.  It's quite a staple on Ghost Hunters too, and I love that they did it here.  Especially with Sam and Dean.  Sam's "holy sh--" when they first stumble upon the "ghost facers" in the mansion, and of course Dean's preferred usage of "fu--" 

I didn't understand at first what was going on when Corbett was experiencing the ghosts in the loop.  That "birthday party" scene was really whacked.  I didn't realize at first what the spirit was doing to Corbett., and then I was wondering how Sam disappeared.  That whole thing with the two of them tied up at the table, the birthday cake, the first two or three bars of "It's My Party" being played on an endless loop...  Although for some strange reason I was actually smiling when the spirit put the birthday hat on Sam's head. Heh.

So Dean has two months left to live by this point.  I liked when Spruce called him on it, asking what he meant, and Dean replied it was complicated.  Spruce goes "is it cancer?" And Dean immediately snaps "shut up!" LOL

I admit I was cracking up at the scene where Harry was kissing Maggie and Ed got all bent out of shape over it, asking Spruce to hold his glasses so he could whale on Harry. 

Like I said before, I didn't take the "love" scene too seriously, when Ed tells Corbett's spirit he loves him so he can snap him out of that loop.  I really think this episode wasn't meant to be taken seriously. It was just a fun romp, for the most part.  And it was, IMHO.  Almost like a little break from all the angst from the big mytharc they're mired in. Only reminder we got of that was the mention of Dean having two months left.

Speaking of which... I liked how it cut to Sam and Dean watching the whole thing on film (with Ed and Harry presenting it to them), they leave, and oops - turns out all their great footage gets erased (loved the "Menudo left their bag here" crack... heh).  Our boys put one over on them again! I love it.

So those are pretty much my thoughts on this episode.  I quite enjoyed it.  At times the way it was filmed bugged me a little (it's probably gonna be hard to make screen caps), but I know they intended it to be that way. 

Oh, and before I end... I love how they first see the Impala with our boys come into view, playing Grand Funk's "We're An American Band." Whooooo!!!! :D

So, pretty cool, unique episode.  The preview for next week.... OMG... Dean getting a call from John? I've read the spoilers for that ep and I won't say anymore about it.  But I can't wait to see it!
Current Mood: amusedamused
oh these heroes come and go;micheleeeex on April 24th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
This episode was hilarious and I was laughing throughout the hour. lmao

jessm78: Sam grinningjessm78 on April 24th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Same here! I don't think my mom's laughed that much during a SPN ep either... It was a lot of fun!!

*dances with you* Next week's is gonna be AWESOME!!
London: SPN: No Rest for the Wickedhaloarcher on April 24th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Dude all I could do was laugh even during the 'serious' parts
my favorite line
Harry: 'Ed you know what you have to do you have to go be gay for that poor dead intern out there'
or something to that affect I think I mucked it up but if any one knows the way it went go and post it :D I'm can't wait for next week!!!!eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
and I totally agree on the whole 'Dave Tango thing' I was thinking the same thing (I'm huge fan of Ghosthunters so.....:D)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on April 24th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
LOL... yeah that line had me cracking up too. You could tell they were not taking themselves seriously in this ep... even for the "serious" parts! Looks like next week's is gonna be great :D

Oh, cool!! Fellow Ghost Hunters fan! *hugs* I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought he reminded me of Dave Tango. Hee hee
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jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on April 26th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Same here! My mom got a kick out of them too. Another one I forgot... the scenes of them setting up the equipment with the music in the background. Definitely a page from Ghost Hunters! :D
ayajedi: Dean in jail Jus in Belloayajedi on April 24th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I laughed alot during this episode
Sammy! in the party hat made me lol!
Why do I like it when Dean shouts?? Hmmm
jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on April 24th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm, good question. Probably for the same reason I do. ;) Dean!shouting FTW :D

There were quite a few laughs to be had in this ep.
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jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in BDBRjessm78 on April 26th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Me too! I just love the way he bellows "Sam???" and "Sammy!!!" in this episode.

Read your review and commented :)
redheadforeverredheadforever on April 25th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Because Dean shouting is a thing of primal beauty.

Jensen has this fairly quiet voice to match his personality, higher pitched though still quite low.

Dean, on the other hand, is a force of nature, a marvel of fundamental difference. He doesn't so much enter a room as possess it like he hopes to prevent in himself by his tattoo.

Jensen has a light baritone. Dean has a deepest of growls: Unexpected, mesmerizing and an audience hook.
jessm78jessm78 on April 26th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, abso-bloody-lutely. :D

I was just thinking this as I was screen capping old episodes the other day... remember how he shouted "Evelyn?!!!" in Provenance when they first went to the house of the woman who bought that painting?

It's music to the ears. :)
pseudo_shigure on April 25th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
yeah i crack up through the whole scene. particularly when Sammy wears the party hat, and Dean said that he won't tell anything in front of the camera or something like that...

And Dean screaming "Saaam, Sammy!" when Sam's gone, in his very manly Dean way, hmm.. delicious!

i kinda hate the camera works, and the sounds quality also, but hey it's a "reality TV" after all

can't wait for next week!!
jessm78: Sam grinningjessm78 on April 26th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, exactly!!

Loved Dean being protective of Sam, and the shouting for him of course.... yummeh :D

Yeah, I could see that was what they were going for. It annoyed the heck out of my mom too.

Based on the preview clip for next week (and the ones I saw online), it looks like it's gonna be good! I can't wait either!
Blair: heroestigerlylli on April 25th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
don't forget they totally had a Brian "Dude, run!" moment too when Harry freaked out over the rat and ran.. haha.. totally great episode, so many little inuendos to Ghost Hunters, it rocked!
jessm78jessm78 on April 26th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
omg, I totally forgot about that "Dude, run!" moment! LOL! That was great! Even my mom was laughing like crazy when he did that.

It was such a cool ep, I loved it! And they even threw in the homage to Ghost Hunters when it showed them setting up all their equipment and had the music in the background. :D