Recap: Supernatural, Episode 6.15 – The French Mistake

The Archangel Raphael (Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (Sebastian Roche), Sam and Dean. In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called “Supernatural” and they are actors named “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki.” The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese). Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Ben Edlund.

The Ramble

Okay, so I said last week that I’m not really a big fan of meta episodes. I didn’t NOT like Monster at the End of this Book and The Real Ghostbusters. They just weren’t my favorites. I enjoy the escape, the fantasy. I enjoy living in their world during this time and allowing myself to believe, just for an hour a week, that these guys are real and they’re out there fighting. I mean, that’s always been the great thing about fiction for me: pretending that there is a world where dragons are slain and the servants get to be princesses.

I didn’t read much about this one going in—no spoilers and all—but I couldn’t help but hear tidbits here and there, especially after the previews from last week. However, because it’s our show and these guys are our heroes, I decided to remain cautiously optimistic and not jump to any meta-conclusions before I hunkered down in my yoga pants with my clutch pillow (standard SPN-watching attire).

It paid off. I really enjoyed myself.

Was it omg the funniest thing on TV in the history of ever? No, but it was pretty darn funny. And what’s more, I appreciated the humor and what they were doing. Why take one of the last episodes we have left this season and go out in left field with it? Because they can. Because they aren’t like any other show out there. Because they know we love them and will continue to watch. Because they don’t take themselves seriously.

And in my opinion, that. is. awesome.

I gotta say, I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the Buffy musical, “Once More With Feeling.” And I bought that CD. What? It was good! *hums Walk Through The Fire*

Aside from the antics—and oh my, but there were antics galore (Sam and Dean as actors…good Lord) that I’ll get to in a moment—there was a thread of the mytharc through the episode (some in rather strange, is it real or is it not ways) that we really needed. Well, I really needed, anyway. Plus? We got the brothers coming together again and again and realizing just how lucky they are to have each other and their scary, dirty, angel-filled world. Getting a chance to appreciate what you have when you’re standing in what some consider greener grass is a blessing not many people receive.

Maybe it was funny because I didn’t feel like they were poking at fans directly—more at themselves, really. Though, no one was left out—creators, actors, and fans alike.

Okay, so, blah blah blah, Gaelic, get on with it, right?

So with the THEN, we see enough to remind us about the angel Civil War, Meg and her blood phone, and a quick, remember Ruby? In the NOW, the boys are at Bobby’s researching something…squicky looking. It’s storming to high Heaven, no pun intended, and Dean’s sitting at Bobby’s desk, mournfully trying to tap out the last few drops of whiskey into a tumbler.

Sam walks in with an armful of books and asks where Bobby is. Dean tells him that he’s gone out to get supplies. They’re out of “hunter’s helper.” Heh. Sam’s face does that twitch where he instinctively wants to remark that Dean shouldn’t be drinking so much but stops himself because by now he knows that drinking is sometimes—quite literally—the only thing that gets Dean through the day. Which…hmmm.

But, that’s a bigger discussion for a different ramble.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

4 Comments:

  1. Now this was a rollicking, super-meta episode. I mean, how many shows would have the brass to write in their creator and producers as characters, and then kill them off? More Ben Edlund wackiness, please.

    By the way, any clue on what The French Mistake means? (totally trying to Google that.)

  2. I know it’s a number from the Mel Brooks comedy, “Blazing Saddles.”

    That film parodies itself when the camera pulls back to show that the film is being shot on a present-day Hollywood set in the middle of Los Angeles.

    I think it’s that, and not the Urban Dictionary definition, that this title was referring to. And if you google it, you’ll know what I mean about the Urban Dictionary definition.

    Mel Brooks was playing on “The French Connection” and I think SPN was playing on Mel Brooks. *grins*

    My interpretation anyway.

    Ben Edlund is amazing. No question about it.

  3. Ok, found the origin of the title: from the song in Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles — which is only sorta as Sara Gamble in TV Guide claims “about breaking the fourth wall.”

    While the scene plays for laughs, “The French Mistake” is about, ahem, slashy-gayness– not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Jerry & George might say.

    check it out on YouTube (caution, NSFW)

    edit: just saw your reply, GS — looks like you beat me to the Googling

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