We're already up to seven? We must be getting much closer to the midseason premiere! Have our lists started matching up with yours yet? Yeah, I didn't think so!
The Monster at The End of This Book
Why?: Eric Kripke recently did an interview for the new Essential Supernatural book. In that interview, he commented how floored he was by the things that he could get away with on "Supernatural." He doesn't think he'll ever have that again, and that's probably true especially now that he's on one of the big four networks with "Revolution." In other words, if "Supernatural" was on any other network, this episode would have never been made.
It took some very big cajones to do "Monster at the End of This Book." Fan meta episodes have been attempted before on other shows, but anything too extreme has proven to be disasterous. It must be tackled lightly. "Supernatural," in this first attempt, slammed the fringier parts of the fandom with a two by four, made a complete mockery of past material and over the top fan reaction, showed Dean's exasperated reaction over anyone finding their lives entertaining, and they got away with it! This episode is freaking brilliant. It's one of the best written episodes in the entire show.
Not only did it make fans look at how absoutely ridiculous they behave when it comes to this show (larping, Sam girls vs. Dean girls, the anti-demon possession tattoo on the hiney, over critical fan comments on boards), it also introduced a writing prophet, one who knows all about Sam and Dean. The Gospel of Winchester. How amazing is that? Interesting how he mirrored Eric Kripke, no? Also interesting is his "process." It involves a lot of drinking and passing out.
I'm not going to gush too much since sweetondean already did a great job coverage all of my loves in her choice of this episode for #8, but there were some other small bits in this episode that were wonderful for me, even if they were overshadowed by the shocking meta and bizarre events of an unfolding prophecy that read like a Harlequin romance. Sam's talk with Chuck really struck a chord, revealing how scared he was over what the demon blood was doing to him. His head told him it was the right thing to do, but the emotional burden was weighing down on him hard. More than we realized. The fact that he opened up to Chuck showed how much he desperately needed someone to talk to, which says tons since Sam rarely opens up. Too bad it couldn't have been Dean, but this was season four, when both were worlds apart in their world view.
I also loved that Dean was so worried about Sam's desire to take on Lilith, that he resorted to praying. That is also a big first! Castiel arrives with a slight smile, very impressed. So was I.
Favorite quote: Funny how I said the EXACT same thing when I heard about Wincest.
Favorite scene: Since sweetondean backed away from it, I'm picking it for my own! Sam and Dean in a laundromat??? That alone got me all giddy. But Dean reading about Sam's brooding facial expressions while his back was turned to Dean, but fully visible to us? And he was brooding? That is some top notch story framing. Plus, I believe it was here that the jokes about Sam's size, which have been common the last few seasons. Gigantic darks? Hee.
Prophet humor. Gotta love it.
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