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25 April 2008 @ 10:21 am
Squee Is Me  
So, I kind of loved last night's SPN episode a lot. I realize that it didn't feature as much of the boys as I usually crave, but darned if it wasn't creative and just fun.


First, let me say that I haven't read your squee or 'meh' or 'stabbity rage' or whatever else you might have thought about the episode. This is just my own, unfiltered reaction to the episode.

My only real complaint of substance? Sam saying "ain't." Twice. I don't recall him EVER saying that in a non-joking context (or heck, at all), and at first it threw me into wondering if he'd been scripted for the 'Ghostfacers' show into saying that. W.T.F., show?

On to the squee...

This reminds me a little of the Buffy episode where Jonathon had shifted the entire world and became its star, but it had its own unique flavor.

The wood stove instead of the fireplace. The tuxedos with the screaming yellow Converse shoes. The bad, bad delivery in the fake "Masterpiece Theatre" intro. The crack about the Writer's Strike fallout. The Operations Center-- destroyed by the opening of the garage door (boy, I did not see that one coming)! The overblown seriousness of the presentation, torpedoed by random flubs. Homemade EMF meters, night-vision goggles, "My best friend! And my best sister!"

Did anyone but me think that the cute intern looked a little like Reaper's Sam, and that Spruce's body language was a little like that of Reaper's Sock?

I loved that this was an Outside POV episode-- and that the car they were hiding from turned out to be Sam and Dean, doing their usual.

I loved that the 'Ghostfacers,' despite their name and nerdiness, did actually know a thing or two (even if it was just enough to help them endanger themselves).

I love that Sam called Dean on spending his two months left doing the kind of thing that could get both of them killed-- and nearly cost Sam his life.

I'm sure people will be divided on the 'big gay love' thing, but I liked that Corbett's love was depicted as genuine even if the head nerds were slow to adjust to it. They didn't doubt that it was real, and in the end they decided that it helped save them. I'm only sorry Corbett was killed (and that no-one ever called him by his first name), but the episode was set up to make the viewer like him and to feel sad that he was lost. And that's ultimately a good thing, in my book.

So, I know this wasn't the big Sam and Dean love we were probably all hoping for after the long hiatus. And I know there are only a few more episodes left this season.

But damn if this episode wasn't still worth it to me. It was hilarious, and yet not crack. No Trickster required to create the weirdness (or to explain it). Just a couple of kids getting in over their heads who still haven't learned anything from their first run-in with Sam and Dean. ;)


ETA: OMFG-- *outtakes and extras* from Ghostfacers. \o/
It appears that Ed and Sam have some common issues. Not that I blame them...


 
 
 
cindy: the dean show - spn love overwhelmstsuki_no_bara on April 25th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
i think i squeed more in comments to other people's posts than i did in my own.... i loved this episode. it was funny and creepy and the boys got to do their thing and the ghostfacers were kind of two-bit amateur ghost hunters but not completely clueless - and their "show" was just hysterical and in character - and the outsider pov was fantastic (all the swearing! heeeee) (and the boys alternating between TOTALLY losing their patience and trying to educate the ghostfacers) and i was annoyed they played corbett's crush for laughs but he was a genuinely likable character and you got the feeling the ghostfacers liked him too even if harry teased ed about being the guy's object of affection, and the last scene with his ghost and ed was really sweet and touching, and the motw was disturbing omg. it had all this good stuff in it, and it was really fun but not without depth.

(i liked the ain't. i wondered if it was scripted or just jared slipping up. maybe that's how you know sam's flustered and impatient and annoyed and frustrated?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 25th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
and their "show" was just hysterical and in character
I loved the badness of the show, and the awkwardness of the presentation-- trying so hard, and yet still the badness dominates!

and the outsider pov was fantastic (all the swearing! heeeee)
Yes! I loved the Ghostfacers logo being put over the boys' mouths, and the blurring of Dean's flipping-off finger. ;)

and the boys alternating between TOTALLY losing their patience and trying to educate the ghostfacers
That was wonderful, and actually very much Dean as we know from the Nightshifter episode. He can't help himself.

and i was annoyed they played corbett's crush for laughs
I can't argue with it, though, in that 1)It's a guy thing, and 2)Nerds are usually even less comfortable with social things than other people. Common social situations are hard enough! Unusual ones are harder. So I was pleased that they came around in the end-- THAT part was different.

and the motw was disturbing omg
Oh god yes-- because you're dealing with someone who, though he didn't kill his objects (yet) in life, was thisClose to being a Serial Killer. When someone like that becomes a ghost, they're more disturbing than the average ghost! Plus, the fact that he didn't immediately die when shot with the rock salt.

i liked the ain't. i wondered if it was scripted or just jared slipping up. maybe that's how you know sam's flustered and impatient and annoyed and frustrated?
That I don't know-- just that, if we've NEVER seen even a hint of it in 2 1/2 years, introducing a basic speech issue like that smacks of being OOC. I never like the feeling that the show's writers going OOC (early S3, for example. Ouch).

Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN dorktastic j_jdeirdre_c on April 25th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I totally got the Jonathon vibe too! If only because of the nerdy earnestness and self-importance! :D

SUCH a fun episode! *glee*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 25th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
If only because of the nerdy earnestness and self-importance! :D
Which was beyond hilarious, especially when done so badly. \o/

SUCH a fun episode! *glee*
Totally! If there was no Season 4, I might feel starved more of the Sam and Dean, but given that we DO have Season 4... this rocked in its utter weirdness and choice to go off the grid. :D
alazysod on April 25th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
My only real complaint of substance? Sam saying "ain't." Twice. I don't recall him EVER saying that in a non-joking context (or heck, at all), and at first it threw me into wondering if he'd been scripted for the 'Ghostfacers' show into saying that. W.T.F., show?
Kripke said that a lot of this ep was ad-libbed, so maybe that was Jared?

I love that Sam called Dean on spending his two months left doing the kind of thing that could get both of them killed-- and nearly cost Sam his life.
"Our Grand Canyon." <3333
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 25th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Kripke said that a lot of this ep was ad-libbed, so maybe that was Jared?
It might have been (I can believe it), but I think you want to re-shoot the ad-libbed parts that go out of character. Because there definitely will be some.

"Our Grand Canyon." <3333
Poor Sam, though-- that's DEAN's idea of the Grand Canyon, not Sam's. Sam prefers the more normal (and less deadly) outings, I'm sure. ;)
aeroport_art: bangbangaeroport_art on April 26th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Sam saying "ain't."
Oh dude, someone else noticed!! I just chalked it up to Jared being on hiatus for so long, but yeah. I was like "HAI JARED. HAI SAM. HAI JARED."

I liked that Corbett's love was depicted as genuine
Yeah, totally. I mean, the writers at obviously SPN know their fanbase enough to not ruffle too many feathers with how a gay character was portrayed, but even still. They did GOOD. He was such a sympathetic character, and adorable and taken seriously (the most serious this episode got, basically!).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I just chalked it up to Jared being on hiatus for so long, but yeah. I was like "HAI JARED. HAI SAM. HAI JARED."
Yes-- it seemed like Jared instead of Sam, but I'm very picky about my characterizations and I want Sam to be Sam at all times. No OOC behavior-- reshoot if necessary!

but even still. They did GOOD. He was such a sympathetic character, and adorable and taken seriously (the most serious this episode got, basically!).
Yes-- some people are peeved that so much fun was made of his gay love for Ed, but that's how guys are. And they weren't especially mean about it, and definitely came around in the end. Plus again, the viewer was meant to love Corbett- there was no question about that. The episode was geared toward that goal. And that last little clip they added of him in the end... *sniffle* I know Dean knocked it as exploitation, but it came off more as an homage. Corbett had the guts the rest of them lacked! And he was pure of heart. *sniffle again*

Pheebs1pheebs1 on April 26th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
This absolutely reminded me of the Buffy episode also - and both were very well executed I think. I also kind of liked having a break from the angst of Dean dying, on the whole, I feel like I needed to laugh and enjoy and prepare myself for it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
also kind of liked having a break from the angst of Dean dying, on the whole, I feel like I needed to laugh and enjoy and prepare myself for it.
Oh, yes-- I think it's going to be tears and stomach-clenching from here on out. :0

Forgot to thank you for your email, BTW. I enjoyed that site!
Pheebs1pheebs1 on April 26th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh no worries, it struck me as something you might find fun/interesting! :)
Kimberley: Dean smirks.lampshade_days on April 26th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
There were so many good lines in this one that I think I might need to watch again just to get them all down. I particularly liked "Rats are like, the rats of the world." and "My great-grandfather(?) was a degenerate gambler with a peyote addiction", among others. Lots of funny to balance out the Blair Witch-creepiness of the rest.

Also, Corbett was a cutie.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I particularly liked "Rats are like, the rats of the world."
I loved the lameness of that. It's so Slacker Nation to not even try to do better than that in an analogy. :D Plus, the rat-taunting before it was funny too. ;)

Also, Corbett was a cutie.
He was so sweet and genuine. Absolutely pure-hearted, and if you don't think that was deliberate (some people apparently aren't looking at the larger picture there) you aren't paying attention.

I did run off to imdb.com to see why he looked familiar to me, but he really wasn't. He was in a "Dead Like Me" episode (with much longer hair), and some other stuff I don't watch. Just an adorable everyman, I guess.

So, you're fully onboard with the show now? You even have an SPN icon!
heliokleia: DEAN & SAM IC - TATTOOSheliokleia on April 26th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your commenting words about the last SN ep, my dear Madame Venus.

I will watch the ep tonight and it's always good for me to know what to watch for, because if they speak too fast or too indistinct, I am not able to understand every spoken word, and so easily miss a joke or a important sentence - wich makes me always grumbling...^^ - and, seemingly this last ep is very funny and unusual... LOL

And now I'm clicking into your outtakes to be more prepaired for watching the Winchester's last adventure, tonight... :D

Again, thank you for this interesting comment, my dear Madame Venus and have a sunny sunday!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
because if they speak too fast or too indistinct, I am not able to understand every spoken word, and so easily miss a joke or a important sentence - wich makes me always grumbling...^^ - and, seemingly this last ep is very funny and unusual... LOL
It was hilarious-- and I hadn't thought about the challenges of trying to watch the show immediately if it's not broadcast in your language. It would be wonderful to have subtitles, wouldn't it?

And now I'm clicking into your outtakes to be more prepaired for watching the Winchester's last adventure, tonight... :D
Those will make more sense after you watch the episode. Though they'll still be wonderfully strange!
Harley: Are You Watching? Supernaturalcrimsonkitty88 on April 27th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
hahaha! I hadn't seen the outtakes and extras before so thank you for that. I really didn't think Corbette could get any cuter but he did. *hugs him*

And was anybody else reminded of Dwight from The Office when watching Spruce? lol!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I really didn't think Corbette could get any cuter but he did. *hugs him*
He was adorable, wasn't he? He and Maggie are really comparatively normal, especially when you consider the other three people. :0

And was anybody else reminded of Dwight from The Office when watching Spruce? lol!
I hadn't thought of that-- he reminded me more of Sock, though not especially funny the way Sock is. I don't watch The Office much, because it's only rarely funny to me and mostly just painful. Though the episode where someone asked, "Is mine the one that's kind of cute?" "No-- yours is the one that looks like a giant baby" made me LOL. Because Dwight DOES look like a giant baby. :D

Harley: Doctor Who tearcrimsonkitty88 on May 1st, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
hahaha. Yes. He does. I just thought Dwight because of the way Spruce was talking about his heritage, 15/16 Jew and 1/16 Cherokee was it? lol. And making himself seem all buff and important through his shamonology classes. hahahaha