It's been my goal to clean up and improve my Season Three recaps as I can. I so far have only fixed "Mystery Spot," so in honor off the holidays here's my new and improved recap for "A Very Supernatural Christmas." Enjoy!
What a better way to celebrate this special holiday season than to re-experience the twisted, gory, heart-wrenching, fast-paced, cynical, and downright brilliant version of Christmas the Supernatural style. Kripke and Company are a bunch of sick bastards, and we love them for it.
This episode contains an overwhelming attention to detail so it’ll be impossible to overlook most of these elements that made up one of the most outstanding episodes of the series. It went all out, beyond the usual great writing and acting, giving us several unique camera shots, extreme set decoration, a brilliant cast of supporting characters, loads of eye catching background details, and even a clever cover story as to why Ypsilanti Michigan was looking so lush in December.
The writer of this episode, Jeremy Carver, gives us his first solo script here, and I must wonder how many Andy Williams Christmas specials he’s seen in his lifetime (I assume enough to drive him crazy). As with his other masterpiece, “Mystery Spot”, this script is very diverse, offering snappy and outrageous (in a good way) dialogue, a multitude of jabs at the history of Christmas culture, a progression of scenes going at a wild yet seamless pace that blended laugh out loud moments, powerful emotional ones and very disturbing ones. Plus, it ruined Christmas. What could be better?
The directing on this episode is phenomenal as well, coming from J. Miller Tobin. This was his second outing for Supernatural. Considering his first episode was the stellar “Born Under A Bad Sign”, he already had an excellent track record with this show. What he did with this episode was nothing short of incredible.
Inspired by Randalâ€™s recent One Night Stands (and yes, I totally went the way of the gutter while preparing to read thatâ€¦) I decided to write briefly about some of my favorite recurring characters who alas are no more. Iâ€™m putting them in my order of favor, least to most, although any ordering is not meant to disparage because the following characters I truly enjoyed each and every time they came to visit. Be it on the side of the light or the side of the dark, they were all â€˜goodâ€™ characters who enriched the storyline.
â€œThis guyâ€™s no genius, heâ€™s a Lynyrd Skynyrd roadie.â€ -- Ash
Ash was the first wacky character that truly was a character: genius, drunk, opportunist, Dr. Bad***, unabashedly comfortable in his birthday suit, keeper of secrets â€“ until pressured by Ellen and then he folds â€“ and loyal.
Ash staggered drunkenly into the Winchesterâ€™s lives in ELAC and quickly proved himself able to decipher Johnâ€™s research (the man who writes like Yoda), to be a keeper of Samâ€™s secret psychic abilities, a helper to Jo who tried to ditch (unsuccessfully) her mother and hunt with the brothers, and very aware of the dangers abounding as he sensed the importance of his discovery and the need to keep it safe (AHBL I&II).
Ash came seemingly from nowhere (well, all right, MIT) and for some unknown reason found himself settled in a back room at The Roadhouse. Thereâ€™s much unknown about Ash, including his death â€“ to this day there are those that hope (against hope) that he somehow escaped the fiery explosion, that somehow the watch that was highlighted during his phone call to Dean and the burnt watch on the charred remains found at the devastation of The Roadhouse was somehow a ruseâ€¦Iâ€™m thinking Ash is gone.
He was fun, funny, outrageous and a mystery; in the end he did not fit anywhere in the landscape and it was best to remove himâ€¦before he outstayed his welcome; as it is, I miss him.
As some of you will already have noticed I read a lot, and I have a soft spot for poetry. Give me Shakespeare at any time, and Iâ€™m happy. Now, some of my best-loved poems have begun to remind me of my favourite tv-show and its charactersâ€¦
This is meant to be my Christmas gift for all of us, to carry us into the New Year on the immortal words of some of the worldâ€™s greatest minds, and their visions of hope, courage, human strength and human flaws, and the many faces of love.
On this site itâ€™s all about love, donâ€™t you think?, and it comes indeed in numerous forms â€“ itâ€™s the love we share for a tv-show, the love we give to one another by respecting each otherâ€™s comments and thoughts, the love we send via the web to console and/or appreciate someone who told us a personal story, the love that hides within relaxed banter and the fun craziness we unfold here.
And itâ€™s about shapes of courage â€“ it takes some guts to de-lurk and post a comment, thereby subject your thoughts and opinions to possible criticism, to defend or condemn an episode or this hellatusâ€¦, and, also, guts are needed when accepting anotherâ€™s point of view. Donâ€™t mind me; Iâ€™m a sentimental soul sometimes.
So, when winter embraces you with its icy wings (read too much poetry lately, Jas?), let the shadows go and remind yourself that there is a lot of kindness, compassion and warmth in this world, and itâ€™s worth fighting for (what else is being human about?).
Our Winchesters do it in fictional stories, and each one of us does it by accepting anotherâ€™s weaknesses, by helping up the old lady who stumbled in the street, by smiling at a stranger (and receiving a smile back), by reaching out to someone we have issues withâ€¦ the list could go onâ€¦
The other day I came back from a trip, and as my plane was late I missed all my trains and got stuck at a station. There was no other train that late in the night, and I prepared myself to order a cab and pay a ridiculous amount of money only to sleep in my own bed. A couple at the station noticed my predicament and offered to take me home. So they drove many miles just to get me there, and when I offered to pay them for it, they simply said: â€˜No, this is not for sale. Do something for another person in need.â€™
This is what I mean â€“ that is the kind of gift each one of us is able to give to others.
So, have a most wonderful and peaceful Christmas, allow yourselves to be enveloped in love and friendship, and may angels watch over all of you.
Merry Christmas to you all
- and to the cast and crew, everyone who works hard on this show, and all the creative minds of Supernatural.
Youâ€™ve given us the best show we could have possibly wished for, and with it fun, inspiration, creative debates and nourishing ideasâ€¦ Thank you.
(And, of course, copyrights lie with the authors entirely, I found the screencaps at screencap paradise, stills are property of the CW.)
Come December, Cleveland is like virtually every other Western city; glowing strings of red, green and gold are threaded through the barren boughs lining downtown streets. Except that here, one also strangely finds two unorthodox troupes of very bright blue huddling around the veterans' memorial and the northwest corner of Public Square. When the dark, sharp air is blended with a breathy mist or a falling web of white, this spectral blue can be beautiful, nearly ethereal purple. In other atmospheric conditions, namely during the day (yes, the lights are often on then; way to save energy, dumbasses), it can come across as tacky as, you guessed it, a Martha Stewart-on-acid Supernatural hotel room. Thus, the unwitting kernel of this rewritten classic.
I ask forgiveness in advance for any technical deficiencies, mais Ã mon avis, in verse, sentiment takes precedence over prosody (the cry of the talentless hack). So, thanks to the writers, producers, crew and cast of Supernatural for making something that has become for me as synonymous with the holidays as A Christmas Story and the loathing of banal family get-togethers. May you all have a groovy whatever, except you, Krampus. Try this bar of Life Buoy.
A Very Supernatural Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through some house Not a creature was stirring, certainly not a mouse. Something was rumbling down the chimney without care. St. Nick? Hardly, for bloodthirsty hell was now there.
When I last left off profiling the words of wisdom spouted by our intrepid hero those many months ago (dodges flying tomatoes), Dean had just sort of sold his soul to a demon in order to bring Sam back from the dead. Talk about a perspective changer. Dean’s sharp tongued lines went from snarky in season one to edgier in season two, so season three was bound to be different. I would say less Dean’s comments were less “woe is me” and more bravado and smut, all to hide the reality that he was due for “Dean Winchester meet and greet” in Hell and apparently had to learn something known as the “Hellfire Rumba.” That’s right, no more boundaries.
We're obsessed, yes? We clear our schedules for Thursday night (or celebrate when outside events clear them for us). We check in here as often as real life permits and the withdrawal pains of Hellatus demand. We've got the DVDs and the downloads, and rewatch obsessively, sometimes in chronological order to get the benefit of the story arc as it was meant to be seen, sometimes picking out our favourites for some comfort watching. But what about the episodes we skip over, the ones where the DVD is not getting worn out, the ones not bookmarked in the favourites file? The orphan episodes that we don't rewatch, and which don't get much attention in articles here. Let's try to work out why, and maybe even give one or two of them the love and attention they deserve.
Of course, the trouble with this article is that in order to write about the episodes I don't rewatch, I've going to have to rewatch them. I'll think about that one later - I'm sure Jas will have an explanation if I ever make it onto her couch.
Let me clarify that this isn't necessarily about the "worst" episodes. Although they're not at the top of my rewatch list, I'll happily look at Bugs again, or Red Sky at Morning, the two that Chuck would have liked to re-write and which often seem to come up as the most problematic or least favourite episodes. In fact I think Chuck was wrong on Bugs: it is a decent episode until it gets to the showdown in the attic, and has some good development of the brotherly relationship. (It also has Dean in the steam shower. I appreciate the idea of Dean in a steam shower almost as much as Dean must have appreciated being in it, after all those motel rooms with tacky decoration and no doubt worse than tacky plumbing.) And Chuck must have written Red Sky at Morning and then forgotten that his fangirl publisher edited it out of the final lineup: it isn't one of the titles in the row of Supernatural books that are shown in The Monster at the End of This Book.