NOTE: In TV, “meta” refers to anything that refers to itself. For instance, “Hollywood Babylon” is considered a meta episode because it makes self aware references iike when Dean thinks that L.A. looks a lot like Vancouver, it’s because the show is actually filmed in Vancouver.
This week’s Supernatural should be brutal and dark, with Dean torturing Alastair. However, the following two weeks are looking to be comedy gold, which will either make you very happy or very angry.
The CW released an official description for the April 2 episode, “The Monster at the End of This Book,” and no, it’s not an April Fool’s prank. Supernatural is going meta to an extent that writer Sera Gamble said will even trump “Hollywood Babylon.” Continue reading for the full details on this episode.
Here’s the official CW description: “Sam and Dean are shocked to discover a series of comic books titled “Supernatural” that accurately detail their lives as demon hunters. They track down the writer, Carver Edlund, who explains he has visions of the brothers that he then turns into comic books. Chuck reveals that Lilith is coming and she has a plan for Sam.”
If that last sentence is confusing, it could be because of a little minute change. Earlier reports listed the comic book artist’s name as Chuck Shurley, but perhaps at the last minute the show decided to make it even more meta by naming him after two of the show’s most popular writers.
Let’s go through the number of things that are awesome about that description.
-The comic book artist’s name is an obvious homage to Supernatural writers Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. So already, the meta episode is being ultra meta-y.
-The comic book nature in general allows the show to explore the entire history of the show, which should hopefully bring back reminders of some of fans favorite (and least favorite) episodes and storylines.
-Lilith is finally back, meaning the parade of awesome villains can continue, and her arrival should spell the beginning of the end of the season.
-Sam gets a storyline! While much of season 4 has dealt with the angels’ plan for Dean, it’s important to remember that Lilith and her demon army have a plan for Sam.
-The comic book artist is played by Rob Benedict. You will probably recognize his face if not his name. If you watch Head Case on Starz, you know him as Jeremy Berger. If you watched Felicity, you know him as Richard Coad. And if you watched Alias religiously like I did, you could remember his guest appearance as Brodien, the nerdy agent Sydney turned into a goth guy in the beginning of season 4.
The Supernatural episode “The Monster at the End of This Book” airs April 2 at 9pm on the CW.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of the CW)