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.

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

As a latecomer to the series, I started watching Supernatural with the express intent on shipping Destiel (I blame Tumblr) and enjoying some very hot guys killing monsters. I took years to begin the show because I didn’t know anything about it except, well, the hot guys killing monsters. Plus, it is on the CW in the middle of the week and programming-wise, that usually is not the sign of my kind of television. Basically, I started watching Supernatural because of the hot dudes and inexplicably fell in love with the show because of the writing, the quick wit and the over arching themes that get me right in the feels. The Winchester feels.

These guys!
Check out these handsome fellas.

I am admittedly not much of a cosplayer. This is not because I don’t LURV cosplay, but I don’t really look like the girls in the movies, I don’t have a lot of frivolous spending money to just go costuming, and I am a bit of a perfectionist. That’s why, when I decided to work on a femme!Dean Winchester cosplay for the J2 Burbank Convention, I was nervous but kind of excited because Dean is just so simple. Jeans and a t-shirt, a flannel and a shitload of weapons, that’s my boy. Half of that stuff I have in my closet already, but in cosplay, it is the little details that make the outfit authentic. I’ve decided that I will represent Dean’s signature tee and flannel look. Since November in California isn’t terribly cold, I’m not going to worry about the leather jacket, instead, I’m going for the Destiel look, with a special printed “I Wuv Cas” shirt, the epic handprint (drawn on), plus a slew of adorable accessories to compliment an otherwise fairly normal tee shirt, boots and denim ensemble.

I am currently putting together my Supernatural Con outfit and I need your help, Collectors. I’ve decided on a few key items, but after that, I am open to suggestion. The con is at the end of November, I am poor and I don’t want to ignore the fact that I am a voluptuous and feminine woman, so those are my criteria. Here are my ideas.

xoxo

The Collectiva Diva

My inspiration.
My inspiration.

For me, season 3 is where the show went from good to great. As we countdown the days to season 9 (only 5 days now, folks!), I’m seeing so many connections between the early seasons and where the Winchesters are at now. Now, in my opinion, the best episode of season 3 is the last one: “No Rest for the Wicked.”

3x16

Episode:

S03xE16 AKA the First Time Supernatural Broke My Heart

Dean’s Best Line:

“Sammy, all I’m saying is that you’re my weak spot. You are. And I’m yours.”

Sam’s Best Line:

“No. No. Dean.”

Synopsis:

 

In the season 3 finale, Dean’s expiration date draws closer. The boys have not yet found a way to break Dean’s contract with Lillith, and if they don’t find something soon, the hellhounds are going to drag the elder Winchester straight to hell. After tricking Ruby and gaining possession of her knife, the boys and Bobby decide to go after Lillith with all guns blazing (metaphorically of course). This is the episode that broke the heart of viewers everywhere and left everyone screaming, “What the hell happened!” over the course of the hiatus.

Caprica, why are you on Supernatural?
Caprica, why are you on Supernatural?

Episode:

S02xE16 AKA the One with the Chick from Battlestar Galactica

Dean’s Best Line:

“Follow the creepy brick road.”

Sam’s Best Line:

“Guess that’s why we all hold on to life so hard, even the dead. Fear of the unknown.”

Synopsis:

A woman, Molly, (Tricia Helfer) and her husband crash their car late one night, killing a man who was standing in the middle of the road. Molly awakens to find her husband missing and the man from the road covered in blood and very, very pissed off. Sam and Dean are on the hunt to put this vengeful ghost to rest, and to help Molly come to terms with her own death, and the fact that she’s been haunting the highway for the past fifteen years.

CasDeanPhone

So, if you hadn’t noticed, it’s Supernatural week here at the Collective. Mostly because we wanted to fill the void in our hearts as we countdown to season 9, but also because we’re going to the Burbank Convention and we’re really f**king excited about it (yes, my Cas cosplay is currently in the works, but more on that in another post). So, instead of just one fanfic, you’ll get more than a dozen of my favorites. And because I’m the blogger, I’m shameless promo-ing my OTP: Destiel.

So warning, darling, if slash and a profound bond that ascends into the realm of the metaphysical isn’t for you, I suggest looking for recs someplace else, because obviously you took a wrong turn on the Internet.

A couple of these are stories that I’ve recced before, but I love them so much that they had to be included in my “Greatest Hits” list. There is now a part two to this list. 🙂 And now a part three

Winchester family bonding
Winchester family bonding

Episode:

S01xE20 AKA The Episode Where Vampires Really Do Exist and The Colt is the Most Dangerous Gun in Existence

Dean’s Best Line:

“Sorry. I never really stay with a chick that long. Definitely not eternity.”

Sam’s Best Line:

“Yeah, well maybe that worked when we were kids, but not anymore, all right? Not after everything you and I have been through, Dean. I mean are you tellin’ me you’re cool with just followin’ the line and lettin’ him run the whole show?”

Synopsis: 

The Winchester boys are on the hunt for a nest of vampires that killed another hunter, who just so happened to be John Winchester’s former mentor. When John shows up in the middle of Sam and Dean’s hunt, he reveals that the vampires took something besides the hunter’s life: a gun that can kill anything. The three work together to destroy the nest and retrieve the weapon that could kill the yellow-eyed demon once and for all.