Continuing our countdown of our favorite episodes, today I’m focusing on “The Real Ghostbusters” from season 5. Now, season 5 had one of the biggest (and darkest) plot arcs of the show, but I’m choosing to follow the Collectiva Diva’s post from yesterday with another metanarrative exploration of Supernatural.
I’ve written about this before, but one of my favorite things about this show is that it never takes itself too seriously. Even in the midst of a potential apocalypse and a goddamned showdown between Michael and Lucifer, the writers will toss in a gem like “The Real Ghostbusters” to remind us that, hey, sometimes funny shit happens to the Winchesters too.
Dozens of Winchester cosplayers don’t hurt either.
S05xE09 AKA the Time the Writers Acknowledged the Fandom by Writing this Episode
Dean’s Best Line:
“No, I’m not a fan, okay. Not fans. In fact, I think the Dean and Sam story sucks. It is not fun, it’s not entertaining. It is a river of crap that would send most people howling to the nuthouse! So you listen to me. Their pain is not for your amusement. I mean, you think they enjoy being treated like-like circus freaks?”
Sam’s Best Line:
Sam: Oh, and Chuck, if you want keep writing Supernatural books, its ok with us.
Chuck: Wow. Really?
Sam: No, not really. We have guns and we’ll find you.
If you don’t watch SPN, this is going to sound a little insane, but bear with me. The writers of the television show we watch, wrote the characters of the show visiting a convention about a series of books–also called Supernatural–at which the attendees of said convention fangirl and cosplay over the same fictional characters that we, the real audience, do. So we’re watching a fictional representation of people like ourselves encountering the “real” objects of our fanaticism, and it’s being detailed in parody by the real writers for our amusement.
Somewhere in the first five minutes of the episode, Kripke and Singer take the Colt and shoot the fourth wall.
It’s the writers’ way of acknowledging the fandom, and I love them more for it.