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!