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The Real Ghostbusters: "Because it's what Sam and Dean would do."
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My utterance is mighty, I am more powerful than the ghosts; may they have no power over me. -Egyptian Book of the Dead

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts



Okay, admission here. I'm a bit torn about this episode. On the one hand, there were aspects of it that harked back to the Season 1 days, digging up graves, burning bones, iron, salt lines and it was nice to think back to those simpler monster-of-the-week episodes, not that I would trade the mythology for just a show that only did that, but there was something nice about revisiting familiar and oddly comforting territory again (only on Supernatural could you say that). However, the convention stuff just left me feeling a little...well, I'll be honest, it hit really close to home for me both in good and embarrasing ways. I once did the convention circuit in the 80's when it was more like the episode and less like Comic Con (Trekkie conventions and other syndicated shows, like my "sin" of choice at the time was War of the Worlds), so vintage-wise I could relate to some of the things going on. Hee. It's not to say that what they were showing doesn't happen now, but I have to admit that at some point, the parody got a little too silly and a little too one-note for too long for me. I thought the convention setting was just a throwaway device allowing Dean and Sam to be placed into familiar and quite honestly, routine hunter territory but the device did let Sam and Dean feel appreciated by casual observers, that the books Chuck wrote may be Gospels to an unseeing world, but to the fans who read them, their life story had provided inspiration on a very basic level. Something Dean clearly didn't see as evidenced by his rant about the wanna-bes. And who could blame him? He and Sam lived it. It wasn't fiction to them and it didn't feel inspirational either going through it, but role playing Dean gives the real Dean some much needed perspective.

"In real life, I fix photocopiers. That's a sucky job. Getting up and saving the world every day, and having a brother who would die for you, that's incredible."

It was a wonderful tribute that Dean wasn't expecting. Earlier, role playing Dean and Sam also gave Dean perspective about the books' influence beyond the role playing games. By helping the real Dean and Sam put one of the ghosts to rest, they volunteer to help them defeat the rest for a more nobler reason, to save the others and for wanting to live up to the Dean and Sam example from the books:

"Because it's what Sam and Dean would do."

I liked the "moral of the story" aspect of it. Dean is feeling overwhelmed by the whole Apocalypse and you can tell that when the "fans", in Dean's eyes, make fun of the jobs they do, it grates. He's always felt under-appreciated as a hunter, but add on being a pivotal player in the Apocalypse and you can't help, but understand why Dean is so testy about it all, beyond the obvious, but despite that the Apocalypse is looming unbeknownst to the conventioneers, Dean gets the boost he needs from the unexpected source. From this angle, I think the silliness of the convention serves a better purpose. I think that Dean needed to hear from someone that his contributions counted somehow, that they made a difference. Even if their lives are fiction to the conventioneers, a good impression was left by all and given how next week's Abandon All Hope looks, Dean will need to milk that inspiration. Also, I have to admit Becky, uberfan that she is, revealing the Crowley connection to the Colt felt REALLY haphazardly thrown in and I didn't like it much. It felt so "Oh, by the way...", like an afterthought to the extreme in my view, it felt insignificant when it was the most significant piece of information on the Colt they've had in years. I think that bothered me the most. Maybe they meant to do that intentionally, but the impact failed from my perspective. I just went, "what?" and "is that all you can say about it?" It wasn't a "What?" in a good shock value kind of way, more like , "excuse me?" confusion because we hadn't heard anything about the Colt for a long time. Other than being proposed as a way out of the duking it out scenario, there was nothing to preface the big "revelation". Much as I would have liked being tickled that a fan figured out who had the Colt (especially being the speculation hound that I am), because of how "out of the blue" it was revealed, all it felt like was really abrupt and ultimately unsatisfying.

So, in the end, this episode was really disappointing, the only clunker among the episodes so far for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't necessarily like it either, torn, like I said. I wanted to like it and it had its moments, but not enough to make it worthwhile even as an excuse for a bridge towards this week's emotionally daunting episode. If it's the only one in the season, I can live with that. They all can't be winners. However, this week's episode now has an even bigger mission and that's to knock out of the park what is rumored to be the last new episode until the new year. A lovely little cliffhanger to drive us nuts through the holidays. From the clips and I won't spoil, it looks promising and gives no hint to the carnage that awaits some favorite character. So help me if it's Bobby, you're going to have one depressed puppy for the holidays. Hee!

So anyway, here's to this week's, Abandon All Hope...could there be anymore of a depressing title than that? Dante nailed it.

Thanks for reading! Comments are always welcome and appreciated.


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...but I have to admit that at some point, the parody got a little too silly and a little too one-note for too long for me.

So true! I think it moved past gentle poking fun and into out-right and total parody. It might not have been so bad if they'd mixed it with a really serious story, but I don't they really managed that this time.

I just went, "what?" and "is that all you can say about it?" It wasn't a "What?" in a good shock value kind of way, more like , "excuse me?" confusion because we hadn't heard anything about the Colt for a long time. Other than being proposed as a way out of the duking it out scenario, there was nothing to preface the big "revelation". Much as I would have liked being tickled that a fan figured out who had the Colt (especially being the speculation hound that I am), because of how "out of the blue" it was revealed, all it felt like was really abrupt and ultimately unsatisfying.

Again, perfectly said! That's exactly how I felt about it too.

I loved the points you made about the good aspects of it though. :) I agree completely, Dean did seem to need the encouragement, and it was nice to see a salt and burn again. (SN really is the only show that could do that and have fans say it harkens back to simpler days, lol... ;) )

Excellent blog as always! :)

-Laughter

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