Supernatural returns tomorrow night with an all new episode and I could not be happier about it. If there’s one thing that has become abundantly clear to me in the past few months, it’s what shows I really care about and what shows I’ve kept watching mostly out of habit. Yesterday, when I recieved an advance copy of “Ghostfacers!” for review, my excitement to see it was all the proof I needed that I’m still madly in love with this particular show.
It didn’t disappoint me. I think Supernatural fans will get a kick out of the first post-strike episode. It helps that it’s unlike any other Sueprnatural episode we’ve seen before. And I mean that literally. For the episode is filmed as though it’s being shot by the people at the heart of the story. The whole shaky cam thing seems to be the latest fad in the industry and I’m not a fan. Needless to say, I was a bit worried about this episode when I heard about it. I shouldn’t have. Yes, there are moments when the shaky cam really is quite shaky and that would have been annoying had it happened the entire time. Instead, for the most part, it wasn’t all that shaky at all while still presenting the show from that point of view. I thought it was nicely done and definitely worked for the story.
About the story, without spoiling anything, let’s just sum up what you can find out by reading the official episode description. This episode reunites Sam and Dean with their old “friends,” the Hell Hounds. Except, uh, now they’re calling themselves the Ghostfacers and they’ve cooked up an idea for a new reality show. I think the Ghostfacer name pretty much lets you know exactly what their reality show is about. They’ve decided to tape the pilot episode all on their own as a way to sell the show. And that’s where our fun begins.
First and foremost, the episode is pretty *BLEEP* hilarious. But then I think most of us suspected it would be. It’s also got several pretty scary moments. I’m kind of glad I was watching it in the middle of the day because the suspense was well done. Limiting our “sight” at times to just the viewfinder of a video camera is a great way to put you in the moment. I jumped more than a few times by the time the episode was over. Here’s something I actually wrote down on my notepad, “OMG, that just freaked me the fuck out!”
I wlll warn die-hard fans that this episode isn’t about Sam and Dean and how Dean’s fate is weighing on both of their minds. That’s not completely absent and they do bring it up a few times but it’s a nice departure from the angst that has consumed them most of the season. Of course the themes we’ve seen brought up time and time again throughout the season are still there, they’re just slid in around and under the humor and jokes. If you go in hoping for an intense drama-filled hour that addresses the season-long arc, you’re going to be disappointed. But, if you come in knowing that and are prepared for a fun-filled romp instead, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Plus, isn’t it better to be eased back into the story rather than leaping straight into the deep end?
Plus, you can’t help but appreciate the show’s ability to poke fun at itself as well as wink and nudge the fans about the things they love. We definitely get both of those things in this episode and it’s pretty awesome. About half-way through the episode I wrote down something I think sums up not only my feelings for this episode but for this show in general, “Uh, ok, that’s f-ed up. Also, creepy. I love it.”
Don’t forget to watch “Ghostfacers!” the all-new episode of Supernatural, tomorrow night @ 9PM on The CW.