It's all about the meta. This week Supernatural
goes deep into
the world of meta-fiction with "The French Mistake," an episode where
Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate universe where they are Jared
Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, stars of Supernatural
, a TV show in its
sixth season. From that simple yet utterly complex premise, Supernatural
takes full advantage by poking fun at itself, its stars, its producers,
its creator and more.
The result is pure perfection, an episode
so rich and detailed that even the most eagle-eyed of die-hard fans
might not catch every little detail the first time through. It's a love
letter to the fans who care deeply about the show, the characters and
also the team behind it. This is an episode for people who know that
creator Eric Kripke stepped down as showrunner this season and that Sera
Gamble took over.
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The alternate universe adventure is bookended with plenty of angel drama as Balthazar is on the run from Raphael, who has sent out his hitmen to kill all the angels who oppose him. However, Balthazar sends the boys to the other world as a diversion for Raphael so he can collect all the weapons he stole from Heaven and give them to Castiel. By the end of the episode, Castiel has all the power and is ready to take down Raphael, but we still don't get to learn more about the Angel Civil War. I really hope this story ties in with the Mother of All stuff, otherwise it's just a big tease.
However, the real action takes place in the alternate universe which is full of inside jokes and references to actual people and relationships. Here's a run-through to reveal everything you need to know to fully enjoy the episode.The Production Team
First, it needs to be noted that other than Misha Collins and Genevieve Padalecki, the only person who actually plays himself in the episode is Lou Bollo, the stunt coordinator who breaks up Sam and Dean's fight with Virgil. While the others are based on real people, they are played by actors.
Director/producer Bob Singer starts off the episode talking to his first assistant director Kevin Parks, who suggests cutting the scene where the brothers talk about their feelings while sitting on the Impala, which is just silly. Then he suggests using a freeze frame (something the show would never do, except later in this episode when they actually use it), which director of photography Serge Ladouceur finds acceptable.The Reporter
As someone who's been on set and interviewed Jared Padalecki, I can assure you that this scene was exactly how it works. The reporter stands opposite the actor, who's seated, and asks generic questions while asking him to be sure to incorporate the question in his answer.
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