The 200th episode is over. Iâ€™m dying to find out what everyone thinks. I like most of it but I especiallyÂ worship the last nine or ten minutes of â€œFan Fiction.” To me it just brings everything back to the brothers. Not just for the fans. But for Sam and Dean, too.
Confession: I may have had something in my eye for much of these ten minutes. Donâ€™t judge. This just proves how attached I still am to the story of the Winchester brothers. Apparently that connection is never going to quit. Maybe not even when the show is over for good. Itâ€™s season ten and I can still be moved by Supernatural. Iâ€™m okay with that.
There are tons of nods to earlier seasons and earlier characters. Most significantly, there are tons of nods to what goes on outside canon. In this episode we hear about things like the subtext between the brothers (Wincest); the subtext between Dean and Cas and even Sam and Cas (Destiel and Sastiel). I think my favorite of all is the fixing of an action that caused major upset in fandom: the throwing away of the Samulet. Itâ€™s back. Sort of. Now Sam and Dean are riding around in a Baby that features a fake Samulet. I appreciate what the show is trying to do for those of us upset at the amuletâ€™s disappearance back in season five. Iâ€™m glad the symbol of the Winchester’s brotherly love is back in some capacity. Iâ€™ll take what I can get, I guess. I still wish Sam had saved it from the trash, though. And I still wish Dean were wearing it.
As amusing as a lot of these little moments are, there are different beats in those final few minutes that I’m a fan of. Big time.
Â –Thereâ€™s the portion of â€œSingle Man Tearâ€ (I’m assuming that’s the name of the song. I’ll change it once I find out) that Musical Sam sings about his brother, Dean:
Musical Sam: “A single man tear slips down his face. He shows emotion without a trace. He hides behind a mask so strong, worried that he could be wrong. I wish that he could see the way I see him: a perfect brotherâ€¦a man without sin. Cause underneath, the manly sheen, is my brother, a boy named Dean. A single man tear, a single man tear, a single man tear…”
What do we in the fandom call Jensenâ€™s uncanny ability to let loose a single man tear? I think we call it Dean Winchesterâ€™s One Perfect Tear, right? Or is it Single Perfect Tear? Either way, love that they incorporated this aspect of Dean in song.
-The Goddess Calliope sums up the show pretty well. IÂ thinkÂ all reporters, writers, bloggers and convention-going fans can cross the â€œWhat isÂ Supernaturalâ€ question off their lists.
Calliope: “Supernatural has everything: life, death, resurrection, redemptionâ€¦but above all, family.”
The MOTW goes on to say that it isnâ€™t some â€œmeandering piece of genre dreck. Itâ€™s epic.â€ Agreed.
–The two Sams get to save the day in synch â€“ up on stage and in the basement. Whatâ€™s great about Sam these days is that he no longer needs to be redeemed. At least not in my book. Itâ€™s simply nice to see him get to be a hero without all of that other baggage that weighed him down in previous seasons. Even for a minor MOTW like this one.
-The scarecrow going boom and splatting all over the audience and the audience loving it all so much it resulted in a cheesy slow clap moment? AWESOME.
Dean (to Musical Sam/Marie): â€œTake a bow, Sammy.â€
-Maeve the stage manager is wonderfully sassy. Love her interactions with Sam as much as I love Deanâ€™s interactions with Marie. The two actresses (Joy Regullano and Katie Sarife) are really good. They fit right in and are able to deliver Supernaturalâ€™s witty dialogue with authority.
Maeve: â€œYou know if you cut your hair a little, youâ€™d make a pretty good Dean.â€
HA! (And conversely, Dean had to hear Marie gush about Sam. Love that moment as well)
–Marie gives Dean the Samulet. Marie speaks for fans everywhere.
Marie: â€œYou never should have thrown this away.â€
Dean: â€œIt never really worked. I donâ€™t need a symbol to remind me how I feel about my brother soâ€¦â€
Marie: â€œJust take it. Jerk.â€
-The brothers agree that they need to get back on the road, doing what they do best. I guess for now, this might signal a time when itâ€™s monsters of the week versus mythology episodes. But the mythology will be back.
–â€œCarry on Wayward Sonâ€ is my absolute favorite moment of the 200th episode. But before we get to that, Â â€œSamâ€ and â€œDeanâ€ are in the Impala.
Musical Dean: â€œYouâ€™re right, Sammy. Out on the road. Just the two of us.â€
Musical Sam: â€œThe two of us against the world.â€
Real Sam (turns to Dean): â€œWhat she said.â€
Sam utters three words there, â€œWhat she said.â€ But those words once again trigger more than a fewÂ single perfect tears. And they would last to the credits. I just love that those words come from Sam. They mean so much. So much.
Then the girls in the production playing characters weâ€™ve loved for years and years sing what is in essence the theme of this awesome show. And I become a bit of a mess. Have I mentioned this yet?
Carry on my wayward son
Thereâ€™ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Donâ€™t you cry no moreÂ
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
I do so love the mention of Adam Winchester here. It lightens things up for a second. And then I go back to being a mess over this â€œCarry on Wayward Sonâ€ performance.
Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man,
Well, it surely means that I don’t knowÂ
Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more no!
The action cuts from the singers to close ups of Sam and Dean and you can tell they are affected. Jensen and Jared sell this so well. You can see what the Winchesters have been through, what ordeals theyâ€™ve had to face. You can see the pain theyâ€™ve felt. But you can also see some hope. These two guys — the JJs — are gold.
-I like Sam and Dean driving off in the Impala. It’s the Winchesters against the universe, complete with fake Samulet and requisite turns to look at each other. The brothers are off on another adventure and I canâ€™t wait to see what theyâ€™ll face next. After all, we once again hear these words in â€œFan Fictionâ€ just like we heard them in the pilot: â€œWe have work to do.â€
-And the final beat of the ten minutes that close the episode: the appearance of Chuck. OMG. I screamed. I did. I donâ€™t mind admitting that. I screamed even though I knew there was going to be some sort of Chuck thing happening. When I talked to Rob Benedict at last weekâ€™s Supernatural 200th Episode Fan Party, he told me he was still happy to be relevant in â€œFan Fiction.â€ When I asked him what he meant by that, he said, â€œChuck is still around. I just canâ€™t totally talk about it yet.â€ And now my heart is happy at the fact that somehow, someway, Chuck has returned. Letâ€™s hope and pray to Chuck that he pops up in another Supernatural sooner rather than later. I feel like Iâ€™m walking on air right now, Iâ€™m so happy overÂ this development.
The only things that die in this episode are the MOTWs. Thereâ€™s nothing scary about it. And itâ€™s not meant to be. Itâ€™s supposed to be a light, fun hour of television that entertains and celebrates a program that once was this little show that could. Now itâ€™s a character-driven, action-packed, (sometimes) scare-tastic (sometimes) meta-tastic series that inspires loyalty in its millions of fans.
And in â€œFan Fiction,â€ the moments that resonate for me make this an episode worth watching (over and over again). Sam and Dean get to see a different perspective of their story. However, Iâ€™m super happy they didnâ€™t get to see the second act thatâ€™s filled with robots and tentacles and spaceships and whatever else.
QUICK MOMENT OF HOTNESS
Photo Credit for below Images: Katie Yu/The CW
- Dean fixing Baby. Tight t-shirt. And then Sam sans sling joins him looking mighty spectacular. And the whole thing is set to Gordon Lightfootâ€™s â€œSundown.â€ Hot guys. Classic Rock. Cool cars. Thank you, Show. So thankful this milestone hour of TV includes some classic rock.
A few more Random Thoughts:
-I liked how the Supernatural Pilot page typed out with Kripkeâ€™s name made up the â€œthenâ€ portion of the previously. Go, Kripke!
-I LOVED the retro recap of all the showâ€™s title pages over the years. This episode definitely sends me into flashback mode.
-The recreation of the hilariousÂ Dean/Cas scene from “The End” is pretty epic. There’s Dean trying to get some sleep in the hotel room and Cas standing and waiting at the side of the road somewhere. And the fact that itâ€™s set to music and lyrics is even better. â€œIâ€™ll just wait here, then. Iâ€™ll wait for you.â€ Classic.
-I wonder if weâ€™re ever going to hear Dean do the â€œJerkâ€ â€œBitchâ€ routine with Sam this season. So far heâ€™s done it with Crowley and now Marie, the writer, director and star who Barbra Streisandâ€™d (sp?) this bitch known as the musical,Â Supernatural.
-I think Dean takes a small bow as the crowd roars at the intermission. I almost missed that. So great.
-The BM scene translation is so spot on. Both Sam and Dean think BM stands for bowel movement. This is why they are brothers. BM actually means, the boy melodrama scene.
Marie: “You know, the scene where the boys get together and they’re driving orÂ they’re leaning against Baby. Drinking a beer, sharing their feelings. The two of them alone but together. Bonded. United.”
-There’s a Harvelle’s sign. I miss Ellen and Jo. So much.
-Writer Robbie Thompson had the risky job of trying to pay homage to the fans without being disrespectful. I think he hit the right notes. The songs areÂ catchy and poignant. According to Robbieâ€™s Twitter, he wrote them with Supernaturalâ€™s music men, Jay Gruska and Christopher Lennertz. Also according to Robbie’s Twitter, music from the 200th episode will be available on iTunes tomorrow.
â€” Robbie Thompson (@rthompson1138) November 12, 2014
I know I missed a lot of little moments from the episode. But there are just too many to mention so I’ll just give them all a blanket shout out. Tell me your personal Moment of Goodness from â€œFan Fictionâ€ in the space below. Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.
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