Supernatural Review: Spec Script Come To Life

Supernatural

A spec script is a script that you write to show a, uh, show runner that you get the world of their show, or if not that specific show, that they understand the world of a show in general. You don’t write specs with the idea of selling them to the show; that is, you don’t write a Supernatural spec with the hope that it will get bought and produced.

The reason for that is that you are not a part of the writer’s room, and you are not a part of the show, and for as well as you might get it as an outsider and fan, you still don’t have a good enough grasp on things to get your script produced. A single script is worked over and over again by the room before it’s put out for actual filming.

The reason I bring all of this up, (somewhat anticlimactically, I realize now), is that this episode of Supernatural feels like a spec script. It feels like someone has been a dedicated watcher of the show, and and wrote something to try and impress Jeremy Carver, and then they filmed it right after. It’s almost an episode of Supernatural; it’s almost right, it almost hits the target, but instead glides by.

The direction does it no favors. Every show has a visual language, and breaking that visual language muddles the show. There is a reason a movie has one director, and TV shows are directed uniformly. You are creating a consistent, lived-in world; if, say, Game of Thrones decided to portray Castle Black differently, it would change your perception of the events that occurred there. You have to be careful.

This direction as not careful. Scenes lasted too long, dialogue landed awkwardly, and ultimately, there was nothing to be learned or gained from an episode like this. It was filler, and barely functional filler at that.

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I don’t have much to say about this episode. I wasn’t particularly impressed by Jesse, or his arc. Cesar was better, but there just wasn’t much there. I didn’t really care that they got to escape hunting. There was no emotional resonance for me. Thematically speaking, them breaking free of the hunter lifestyle is well-trod ground for Supernatural.

Whatever. It doesn’t really matter. In a 23 episode season, not all of them can be winners. I still think this eleventh season has been mostly excellent, and could really go out with a bang. However, “The Chitters” won’t be what drives it towards the finish line.

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Summary

Two brothers are separated, Sam and Dean come to town, and green-eyed people have orgies in the 237th episode of Supernatural

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