Okay, so one of these days someone is going to point and laugh and say "Gaelic, you can't love ALL of them..." And I will raise a brow and cross my arms Ruby-style and emphatically disagree. There is something to love about every stinkin' one of these episodes, and often times several somthings! I told...uh...someone today, I can't remember who now, that I thought this episode would be a fun way to fold us back into the mix before dragging us down into The Deal and then stomping on our hearts with The Most Evil Of All Cliffhangers.
I think I might be right, but the heart-stomping is going to kick in to high gear next week by the look of the previews. Guh, the way Dean says "Dad..." and the "how could you do it..." But I digress.
OKAY! So I kinda thought this would be like that episode of the X-files where the COPS crew folllowed Mulder and Scully around, and while it was, it was also a lot more like an episode of The Office. Hilarity and mayhem ensued to create a ruckus that our heros had to work around.
I mean, seriously, for a bit there, it felt like they were herding cats...
It's hard to gush specifically about Dean--or Sam (but I'm not generally a Sam-gushing gal)--as I usually do because of the way this played out, but even with the hap-hazard style of filming, they both looked good. GOOD. I mean, *sighs* I MISSED these boys. I think I grinned through the whole stinkin' episode, even the "sad" parts.
Ed and Harry's tuxedo-suited Mystery Science Theatre 3000 opening was hilarious, and I loved that they were able to weave in a snark about the "cripling ." The "Ghostfacers" intro was catchy. Dammit. I think I'm still humming it. I loved that they put Sam and Dean in there. I didn't even register that we hadn't seen the actual SHOW credits until they ran at the very end. Clever, that.
The Ghostfacer's car... HA! Flashbacks to Wayne's "Merc Mobile"... and the slow-mo walking... *pauses to chuckle* I loved Spruce. What was he... 15/16 Jew and 1/16 Cherokee? Funny as hell. Loved the Grandpa or Uncle or whatever with the peyote (sp?) addiction. The whole attitude and manner of the GF team was hilarious -- that's what reminded me of The Office. How they took their job so seriously but obviously had NO idea what they were talking about.
Dad opening the garage door was also quite funny, and sent me back to the Wayne's World comparison.
OH! And then when the Impala showed up -- "American Band" NICE! Loved that they were able to weave in the music. Even the music for setting up the "eagle's nest" was rockin'. I tell you, Ed had some great corny one-liners:
"Spin the tires and light the fires" -- big movie buff, there, Ed? Oh, and how about "calm the whirlwinds of your mind." HA! Harry's rat freak-out had me in tears. That was the biggest girly-scream since... I don't know when. But I loved that one of the Facer's had the same squig about rat's as our boy. Speaking OF!
Can I say that I loved that they had dirty mouths? Is that bad and wrong of me? Sam saying holy Sh*t and Dean's F*ck me... so friggin' funny. And real! I mean, Dean was dropping F bombs right and left after Sammy got taken. It just... it felt like what the guys would really be like. Raised by a Marine, no real female influence, in a situation that was not ideal, yeah. That worked really well for me.
Dean slamming Ed against the wall demanding to know where his partner was... Dean just getting all muscley and up in their faces... Dean just... Dean.
Sorry, where was I? Right. Harry and Maggie seeing the death echo gave me slight goose bumps, but his "OMG OMG OMG" freak out had me in tears of laughter once more. I'm way too easy to amuse, apparently.
I loved how they subtly wove in the timeline with Sam's frustrated reminder that Dean had two months left. And the fanficer in me imagined all kinds of suppressed frustration and rage inside of Sam when he was beating against the sealed door because they couldn't get out and Dean had wanted to hunt the Morton house on his last Leap Year. Gulp.
Loved Dean's "Wake up! Be Dead!" and "An optimist!" when he saw the survival guide. Oh! And when they ran the EMF over him, the look he gave them should have reduced them to piles of ash. The reactions of the GF team as our boys continued to discover things just killed me. The "ewww" at the Janitor's keeping the bodies... oh, and I loved that Dean noticed the chick was missing and herded her back with the group.
Always the vigilant hero. The way neither brother could get why looking at this life through the lense of the camera made the Facers feel safer both made sense and made me feel a little sad for them. When I was young, I thought the covers on my bed were not only bullet-proof, but could repel any sort of monsters in the dark. Watching a scary movie through the slits in my fingers protected me. But our boys...yeah, they never had that innocent, naive sense of protection. So no wonder they looked at the Facers like they were friggin' nuts.
For the Winchesters, this is not a game. This is not "money in the bank." This is not thrilling or an adrenalin rush. This is life and death and simply the way things were. There isn't any going home and putting the equipment away. There isn't any "eagle's nest." There's just them, and the hope that they can figure it out fast enough to dodge the next proverbial bullet.
Sam's vanishing was really nicely confusing -- I couldn't tell exactly what happened, and I'm not really sure why Corbett got dragged away and Sam went all Magician Act on us, but it was enough to elicit that bellow of "SAM!" from Dean that just gets me in the gut. Now my internal fanficer is imagining the guilt slamming into Dean because he wanted this hunt and now Sam is gone and people die in this place and he's gotten his little brother into a situation where he was taken by a homicidal ghost and, dammit, he has to find him because he's only got two friggin' months left!
The whole Harry and Maggie kiss with the Blair Witch "I'm so scared" line and the "my best friend and my best sister"... hee. However, I will say that at this point I was almost as irritated with them as Dean because HELLO! Sam was missing!!
My grin faded when poor Corbett was killed -- mainly because of Sam's plea of "Corbett, stay with me, no, no, Corbett, stay with me..." Guh. Poor Sam! His need to save people manifests in different ways than Dean's, but every time it appears, he breaks my heart.
LOVED Dean figuring things out -- when he was searching through the Janitor's stuff and started saying "He was scared" I was like BOMB SHELTER! Ta-da! I was right! Go me! I know it was a tense moment and death was pending and all, but when the ghost put that party hat on Sam, I giggled. His bitchface in that moment was priceless.
Oh, and Dean instructing Ed, Harry, and Maggie to make the circle of salt and get in it and Harry's all... "in your duffle bag?" LMAO. That was just so well timed.
Spruce's "Wow, you're strong" to Dean and Dean's answering finger -- atta boy! I will say that Ed "being gay for the group" and talking Corbett out of his death echo, getting him to save them was awww inducing. Especially with the tear. That was a nice touch. But I echoed Sam's later sentiments that they basically honored Corbett's memory by exploiting his death... it was just very... macabre.
The camera work at the end was effective with the boys getting tossed and the freaky Janitor simply appearing -- startled me a few times. The end was good -- with the boys watching the pilot. Apparently 1/2 awesome = full-on good. Using the magnet to erase the tapes and deny them their "money in the bank" was... well, I suppose necessary, but still. Poor Facers.
All in all, it was simply a pleasure to have the guys back, see them be just guys, remind us what it's like to live a life facing down evil -- real evil, not the GhostHunters kind of evil that you can see on . Next couple of weeks are going to be so full of angst that it may suffocate us, so I appreciated this bit of light-heartedness and "reality" TV.
Shoot -- I'm just glad Ed and Harry lived. All the good guest stars (except, thankfully, Bobby) have been killed off! Long live the GhostFacers!!
Okay, it's way too a.m. for a Friday, but I have one of those days looming, and I wanted to get this up because, well, just because. :) If you care to see what I thought about last night, click above. Otherwise -- I hope you enjoyed last night's show because I was just really glad to have them back and segue us into the Most Angst-ridden Ride of Our Supernatural Lives.
It's gonna be a long-ass summer, folks.