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Rewatch S13: ScoobyNatural (13x16)

I was getting really tired and thought I might put this off today, but I was like.."ugh, let's just look up what episode it is, and then we'll decide if we feel like it..."

And wouldn't you know! Suddenly felt like it:

ScoobyNatural

I'm not even typing anything, because I'm enjoying this so much.

I love Dean trying explain to Sam that them taking the TV makes the shopkeeper feel good, so Dean's the good guy here for taking him up on his offer of "anything in the store" and Sam's the one in the wrong for trying to refuse the gift. I mean, I think he's got a strong case, but then I also like being offered anything in a store. :P

Dean makes a reference to Frozen, just to be topical. Sidenote here: I love how people tend to just ASSUME that anytime Dean makes a reference, it's because he's SEEN the thing. I think that's a stretch and could go either way. I've never seen Frozen, but can pick out and or make Frozen references easily. Same with a lot of things... I won't even get into the number of books/movies my friends and family assume that I've read, just because I've picked up just enough context clues to make it appear like I have.

Dean: Behold! The Dean Cave - or, Fortress of Deanitude, still trying to figure that out...
- So, there are multiple things to love about "the Dean Cave" 1)that he hasn't settled on a name, but the name encorporates his own name SOMEHOW, 2)that despite the name, he has obviously built it with Sam in mind, as he has foosball and TWO lazyboy chairs in front of the TV. I suppose you could see it as "Dean + Guest", but to me it really speaks to the fact that "there ain't no me if there ain't no you" about their relationship. Dean has made HIMSELF a room without Sam's knowledge, and yet included a space for Sam inside it.

Sam: Hold on, hold on, when did you have time to do all this?
Dean: When it's important, you make time, Sammy.

- lol
- Seriously though, his mom's trapped in Hell along with his adopted angel son - I'm not sure you're prioritizes are ACTUALLY in the right place Dean.
- But now, actually seriously, we have no idea how long Dean's been adding a piece here and there to this room in the background. ALSO, I have a timeline, I'm gonna look up real quick where recent long stretches of unaccounted for time are, hold up....Okay, two episode ago, when they got the spell out of Donatello, it was mid-October 2017. In only 3 episodes, it's going to suddenly be May 24th, 2018. That means that we actually only have 4 episodes (that's roughly 13 days) covered in a 7th month span. It makes sense that they would have probably gone after the holy man blood of last episode fairly quickly after discovering it was part of the spell, so, we can move that episode into 2017 probably... and then what? That just leaves us with roughly 7 days accounted for the next 6 months? 1 of which is this night. I'm guessing Sam and Dean have been doing a LOT of sitting around. It's not that far fetched that Dean was like "screw this, I'm going to make a den" while we wait for Cas to get back from Syria.

Sam: "How did the car get here?"
Dean: "I had the keys in my pocket? Maybe... Seriously? That's what's bumping you about this?"

- Hahaha, I love that they just establish that there's no point in questioning the details in this one.

And Dean, as usual, immediately and enthusiastically adapts to his environment.

Dean: "Sam, growing up on the road, no matter where Dad dragged us, no matter what we did, there was always a TV - and you know what was on that TV, Scooby and gang! These guys! Their our freakin' role models, man - except Fred, he's a wad."
Sam: "He's what?"
Dean: "Just think about it, we do the same thing - we go to spooky places, we solve mysteries, we fight ghosts!"
Sam: "Yeah, except our ghosts don't wear masks and we don't have a talking dog!"
Dean: "I don't know, Cas is kinda like a talking dog."

- This is so in keeping with their characters as children. Where Dean focuses on the "cool" parts of hunting in order to get through it, while Sam can't help but contrast his life with those of others and find it lacking. Dean sees the similarities between his and his favourite cartoon, and Sam sees how much better the cartoon has it in comparison. I constantly go on about how Supernatural is the story of a pessimist and an optimist, and usually Sam is the optimist - and when it comes to viewing other people and the future, that's true. But when it comes to viewing themselves and the present, it's often the reverse.
- Also, Dean's spot on with the fact that Cas is basically their talking dog, and I mean that lovingly.

Dean: "Now, how do I look?"
Sam: "Two dimensional."
Dean: "Perfect!"

- Hahaha

Dean: "...just play along here."
Sam: "Play along- There are no words in this newspaper, Dean!"

- LOL - I love this kind of forth wall breaking.

Dean: "Sam, Sam! Look how big my mouth is!"
- Heehee, so good.

Sam: "Did you just get beat by a microvan?"
- Okay, I have to stop just writing out lines to laugh at them.

Castiel staggers into the picture! Woot!

Sam: "I mean, spend a night in a haunted house for a million dollars? That can't be legal!"
- Okay, I swear, I'll stop now.

I love how they all have PJs... and Dean has a sleeping robe.

Dean: "Between you and me, it's freaking comfortable - it's like I'm wrapped in hugs."
- Man, Dean is making me miss nightgowns. I used to wear them as a kid, and it WAS like being wrapped in hugs. These days though, I tend to appreciate my thighs not rubbing together.

"Jinxies", "Jeepers", "Zoinks", "Ruh-roh", "Son of a bitch!"
- I do love how Dean has a catchphrase.

Velma: "We should look for evidence, like fingerprints or fluids."
Sam: "Fluids!?!"

- Hehehehe, seriously, I just love all of Sam's reactions.

Cas: "...the tree was guarded by a pack of Djinn, I killed most of them, bargained with the rest - I think I'm technically married to their queen now."
- Seriously, I kind of want that wacky hijinks too.

Cas: "Wonderful, I once led armies and now I'm paired with a scruffy philistine and a talking dog."
- Ah Cas, it's true, sadly.

I love Velma making her move on Sam too.

Velma: "Look, Sam, the simple fact is, monsters are nothing but crooks in masks - usually unscrupulous real-estate developers."
- Velma has a lesson for us all.

Fred: "We have to stop this ghost!"
Daphne: "We almost did - Dean had him by the thigh!"
Cas: "He what?"
Dean: "I almost caught him, that's the point."

- Hehehe... I'm sure giving Cas that line was deliberate.

And then the cartoon character's worlds are upended when there are physical consequences to their shananigans. I mean... this is actually the plot of every supernatural episode, just replace cartoon characters with middle-class america.

Dean gets to give a pep talk.

Sam: "Here Velma, take this!"
- I love that Sam just immediately hands Velma a shot-gun. Sam's a good feminist.

I love how Dean fakes their usual ending, so that they won't be scared for life.

Sam: "Okay, that was something."
Dean: "That was the coolest thing that's ever happened to me! And that includes the cartwright twins."
Cas: "What did you do with the Cartwright twins?"

- Again, Cas is overly curious about Dean's sexual history.

The thing that bugs me about this episode is that Dean didn't need to destroy the TV. If there was a slot that the guy was able to slip a pocketknife into, then there was a slot that they could have shaken it out of - you don't have to take a sledgehammer to it... or, at the very least, you get a screw-driver and dissemble them.

But, in the end, it IS an unscrupulous real-estate developer!

"It's not fair, I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those meddling kids."
Dean: "*gasp* He said it! He said the line! *ah hem* SCOOBYDOOBYDOO!"
Sam: "What are you doing?"
Dean: "Well, at the end of every mystery, Scooby looks into the camera, and he says-"
Cas: "Dean - you're not a talking dog."

- Hehehehe, just a great ending. Especially how Cas doesn't even know that Dean deemed HIM the talking dog. :P

Cut Scene:
Scene 32
The ghost walking through the dining room - and Shaggy, Scooby, and Cas intercept him as chefs/waiters, and then offer him food, and Cas offers him salt, which he recoils at and then attacks and they run away. It's amusing. I wonder where it was in the floor of the episode - it was either right before everyone was running through the halls, or towards the end when they sent those three off to be bait.
I'll be back on the weekend with another! And then it'll be two weeks off while I travel.  This entry was originally posted at https://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/574101.html.

Comments

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borgmama1of5
Mar. 1st, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
I love that instead of being one of your detailed analysis of character and plot, this is just a love tribute quoting your favorite lines LOL

The most amazing thing to me was how they managed to make the ridiculous premise actually quite feasible. And OMG how they got all the character details (which you quote liberally) RIGHT! It's like the writers watched the show or something!

Don't know if you saw the 'making of' tidbits of this ep, but Cas' 'philistine line' was improvised. The original version was more alone the lines of referring to Shaggy as a stoner.
hells_half_acre
Mar. 1st, 2019 05:27 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I did my best to stick some character analysis in there, but really the episode was more "this amuses me. I am amused."

But, like you said, they just got everything so perfect in terms of character - and also, it's a scoobydoo episode - so, the things that are "out of character" (ie: Dean overtly pursuing Daphne while hating Fred) can be easily explained by the fact that Dean is in a cartoon. :P

It's been a while since I've seen the making of tidbits! That's great! Good call on Misha's part with that line. :)
supernutjapan
Mar. 2nd, 2019 08:59 am (UTC)
I enjoyed listening to you enjoy the ep :D
hells_half_acre
Mar. 3rd, 2019 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! :)
khek
Mar. 3rd, 2019 01:53 am (UTC)
Now I need to go watch the episode again.

I love Scooby Doo. Not as much as Sam and Dean, but it's still love!

Have you seen the Walmart commercial for car deliveries, with the Mystery Machine in the background? Forget Slimer, the little dinos, Batman and Bumblebee....I want them to focus on Scooby and the gang!
hells_half_acre
Mar. 3rd, 2019 11:45 pm (UTC)
I have not seen those commercials! But I understand your pain! Hahaha

It's a really fun episode. :)
percysowner
Mar. 3rd, 2019 02:29 am (UTC)
I agree that Dean doesn't need to have seen Frozen to reference it. In season 1 of The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, they have every character, at one time or another, reeling off facts about the Kardashians and then following it up asking "How did I know that. This includes Kimmie Schmidt who was held in a bunker for 14 years. Some thing just become so much a part of our culture that everyone knows them.
hells_half_acre
Mar. 3rd, 2019 11:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I can make so many references for things that I haven't seen or read - and I also know facts about the Kardashians that I have no idea why/how I know them.

Once sometimes gets into the zeitgeist, it's just THERE.
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