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The Eric Kripke WTF? Moments
We all adore everything Eric Kripke has given us. We canâ€™t imagine our lives without his creative genius in creating and developing Supernatural. Heâ€™s given us so many wonderful memories to relish and obsess over time and time again.
One cannot deny that all showrunners make some colossal mistakes, and Eric Kripke is no exception. What fun is creativity if we canâ€™t poke fun at those glaring missteps from time to time? Thatâ€™s why celebrity roasts are popular. In this case, there are some big â€œWTF?â€ incidents so glaring that they had me wondering if Mr. Kripke forgot to bring donuts to the pitch meeting and his staff told him his ideas were great due to anger and/or low blood sugar.
This list isnâ€™t limited to the Kripke episodes. All blunders of the first five seasons fell on him just because he was the man in charge and gave these questionable creative choices his big ole stamp of approval. As the saying goes, â€œThe tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the lawnmower.â€
So sit back and reminisce with me those times when we wondered or even shouted aloud, â€œWTF Kripke?â€
This is the obvious case of "this new showrunnereth knows not what he's doingeth." With this one, itâ€™s a brand new showrunner in which series fatigue has already hit come episode seven (â€œHookmanâ€), which was really episode three but got switched. So how do you pull the series out of its funk? A scary bugs episode! Because, you know, bugs are scary as Hell. Itâ€™s a concept so awesome that one the most respected directors in television begged Kripke not to do it, because he saw the concept was so NOT awesome. Live and learn became this lesson.
Bugs vs. Winchesters and ignorant family. Where do I begin? Sure, some great filming stories emerged, like sending your two stars (your only cast members) into a tent with hundreds of live bees telling them not to annoy them, yet the script calls for them to wave at the bees. Then, after all that trouble finding out that bees donâ€™t show up on film, so they have to use CGI anyway.
Thatâ€™s just the tip of the iceberg though. This is easily the worst script ever written (okay, â€œHammer of the Godsâ€ was a close second). Horrible dialogue, a bad legend story that was so cliche it made Arnold Schwarzenegger films look original, and guest acting that had the enamor of toast. Even the usually solid lead actors were off, probably because the script called for them to go into a tent of live bees and piss them off. However, none of that holds up to the climactic scene in which the bugs invade.
Plotting such a scene sounds so rudimentary. The standoff is supposed to last from midnight until dawn. However, this being television, the script in itâ€™s plotting only allowed five minutes for the actual bugs to invade. No problem, use the â€œtime lapseâ€ trick of multiple cuts of the same scene using a different perspective, with perhaps a comment or two from someone that itâ€™s â€œxâ€ amount of minutes to dawn or do subtle changes in the lighting as the standoff wears on. Or, do something avantgarde. How about showing a continuous scene that lasts for five minutes but really took place over six hours! Yeah, the audience wonâ€™t know the difference. Kripke still has yet to live down going with the latter choice.
Even though this is one of my least favorite episodes in terms of story, Iâ€™m cutting Kripke some slack on that since he technically didnâ€™t write it and poor casting choices (**cough Cassie cough**) happen. Whoever played her mother though, letâ€™s hope the actress enjoyed the taste of scenery since she chewed so much of it.
Still, Iâ€™m essentially forgiving a story about a racist truck belonging to a racist ghost. If that doesnâ€™t sound crazy, how about the fact that logistics is what really sunk this episode. Originally, it was supposed to take place in the deep south of Mississippi. However, the show is filmed in Vancouver and by bad luck it snowed. Suddenly, the deep South became Cape Girardeau, Missouri. You know, that quaint little town on the Mississippi River where itâ€™s often wet and snowy in April. Even though itâ€™s only 100 miles south of St. Louis it surely must be close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to warrant shrimping boats in their large and robust seaside harbor. Plus, we know all our US history and the deep seeded racism toward blacks that existed in this border state aligned with Union.
The technical and setting mistakes in this episode were staggering. For example, they showed the odometer when Dean was being chased by the truck and he drove more than the instructed .7 miles. Thatâ€™s nitpicking though, especially with everything else that happened in this episode. The worst for me was when they had to pull the truck out of a lake. One that had been sitting on the bottom for 40 years.
Lucky for Sam and Dean, getting the truck was no problem, for they used the top notch sonar equipment that Cassie had in the garage to find it. Good thing she had that since something thatâ€™s sat in the bottom of the lake that long would be buried in sludge and muck and hard to find otherwise. Once it was found, all that was needed was a simple tug with the Impala, right? An easy tug that wonâ€™t rip apart either vehicle, or involve Sam and Dean getting wet. All Sam and Dean had to do was throw the chain into the lake and snag the truck in the perfect spot for eventless towing. Theyâ€™re that talented.
Rumor has it though there was really a deleted scene where they went into impossibly freezing cold lake, pulled out the truck, went to the Laundromat, cleaned their clothes, dried them, took a shower at the motel, put their now clean clothes on and went back to the truck, which was intact and roadworthy! Not a scrap of rust or decay anywhere even though it was made with easily rustable American steel. Itâ€™s a racist ghost truck miracle! Sadly, no evidence of that scene exists though, except the last part about the non-rusted truck, which actually made the episode.
Whatâ€™s even funnier, â€œRoute 666â€ is the highest rated â€œSupernaturalâ€ episode to date. Iâ€™m sure Kripke is still smacking his head over this lost opportunity to make a good impression.
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