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Best Season Ever For a Screwball Writer/Producer
Iâ€™ve got a proposal for season seven. Letâ€™s have Ben Edlund write about 18 episodes and Dabb and Loflin can get the other four.
I mean, what a year for this man. In the press room at Comic Con last July Eric Kripke came to our table just ecstatic over a conversation he had with Ben Edlund earlier in the week over fairies. The idea was just getting pitched, but they knew then before the details were hashed out something wildly entertaining was coming out of that. Next thing you know, one of the craziest damn things ever to air on Supernatural was born, and this comes from a looooonnnng line of crazy.
Oh, but he wasn't even close to done. Here's a pitch, Sam and Dean jump into an alternate reality as Jared and Jensen. WHAT??? Itâ€™s stupid, itâ€™ll never fly! Oh wait, Edlundâ€™s doing it? Okay...Iâ€™m listening. When you cement that kind of a reputation, youâ€™ve certainly made your mark in this business. The French Mistake from a pure parody standpoint is one of the most ingenious things ever done. On any show. The fact that this alternate reality is a shallow, unrealistic version of what exists today except for a few inside references that hit a bit too close to home (Jensen is living at Jaredâ€™s house!), and then throw in a few funny jabs at our neighbors to the north (because itâ€™s all pure love), plus somehow make this a plausible angel story, well, you just can't marvel enough over what resulted. Iâ€™ll NEVER be able to say enough. I swear next time I meet Mr. Edlund, Iâ€™m giving him a maple leaf as a gift for his genius.
But it didnâ€™t end there! Ben Edlund has always taken the angel storyline and dressed it up with a few thousand exclamation points, but artistically, despite all the screwball and offbeat scripts, he hit his masterpiece with a dramatic, sympathetic story of how Castiel innocently strayed after the apocalypse and started a Civil War in Heaven. How after letting Dean go on with his domestic life made a pact with Crowley to get the souls in Purgatory. Not only did Edlund write this amazing script, but he took on the directing too. What do you know, it was the best directed episode of the season, as well as written. Masterful storytelling of this caliber is rare in any show, let alone a low budget Sci-Fi show like Supernatural.
Thank you Ben Edlund. Your creative genius brought brilliance to what was an otherwise uneven season six.
Okay, thatâ€™s it for the season six awards. I think Iâ€™ve stretched these categories thin enough. So, were there any that I missed? Feel free to make up your own awards and share them in the comments.
For the past awards, here are the links!
Season One Awards
Season Two Awards
Season Three Awards
Season Four Awards
Season Five Awards - Part One
Season Five Awards - Part Two
Season Five Awards - Part Three