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Supernatural Review: "The French Mistake"

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After seeing the previews for this episode and hearing about how “meta” it was going to be, I wasn’t sure how I would receive “The French Mistake.”

I enjoyed similar episodes like “Changing Channels” and “The Monster at the End of the Book” for their ability to poke fun. It’s always nice to see mentions of the fandom, as well as recognition that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sure, Supernatural is a show about brothers that fight demons, ghosts, monsters, and every other type of evil being. Yet, it also thrives on its cleverly written humor, references, and the fan base that tunes in week after week.

In an Alternate Reality

So, yes, Dean, we do care about watching a television show about your lives. It’s fascinatingly entertaining.

Of course, some people may have found this episode terrible because of its diversion from the current season’s plot lines. Frankly, I didn’t mind.

As much as I enjoy the mythology and general core of the show, I do appreciate the chance to take some time off and allow Supernatural to mock itself and tip its hat to the dedicated fans. There were so many little nuances and inside jokes, that I’m pretty sure I’d need to watch it a couple times to pick up on all of them.

The scene that made me laugh the hardest was when Sam and Dean attempted to act. Dean tried to find his mark and put on an extremely serious face, while Sam awkwardly spoke his lines and tried not to stare into the camera. It was perfect comedy. Even the way everyone around the brothers couldn’t believe what was going on, added to the hilarity.

Then there was the ever enjoyable Misha Collins who got a chance to stretch his acting range by playing Misha Collins as an ugly sweater wearing, Twitter maniac who simply wanted to be Jared and Jensen’s pal. It was great to see him “acting” his deep growl of an Angel voice, as well as squeal in frightened panic.

Plus, Misha tweeted live! “Hola mishamigos. J2 got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys.” Talk about blurring the reality lines.

The jokes about Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki, who play Dean and Sam, occurred throughout most of the episode. YouTube videos of Jensen’s soap star days, giant photos of Jared on horseback, the idea that in real life they are vain, overly rich, and pretentious, were only a few of the many self referential jokes.

Jared’s real life wife, who played the character of Ruby, showed up to play Jared’s wife in the episode. Confusing? Not as confused as Sam and Dean were in trying to put the pieces together. It was a nice touch.

Even the members behind the camera jumped in the line of joke fire. Making fun of Bob Singer for naming a character after himself, Eric Kripke getting gunned down (along with what seemed like everyone), and the general production of the show took the behind the scenes reality of the show to a whole new level.

Overall, this was a fantastic episode that utilized its humor efficiently for a fun fan look at Supernatural. I’m all prepared to return to the monster storylines, but breaking the fourth wall for one episode was worth it.

What were some of your favorite moments or what made you think Supernatural should have avoided this meta episode? Sound off below.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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THIS WAS AWESOME...I thought it was soooo funny. I love when they work with the fandoms in the show. It was a really great break from all the seriousness going on. And them trying to act was sooo funny. I was laughing so hard I was crying. And poor Misha (the actors all do have crazy ass names!) !! But his girly screaming was too funny.
This is NOT the worse ep either. I think season 6 "Caged Heat" was THE WORSE episode ever in the entire series so far...they really need to keep on their toes in this show to keep it good. I hope they do.

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The French Mistake has to be the worst episode I have ever seen. It wasnt funny and I cringed at the end when Virgil shot Kripke and the music played like an old time western. Im all for some light relief in a sometimes dark and spooky show but this was too much. It didnt just poke fun at themselves, it poked fun at the fans who have stuck with them through thick and thin. But like the die hard fan I am, thats what Im doing. Sticking with them through thick and thin. This time VERY thin.

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Can't wait to see this episode in my country! I like SPU, because they doesn't take themselves too seriously. Great fun to watch. And great quotes like "Dude looks like a lady"! LOL!!

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O pior episódio de sempre comédia isso, não me lembro de ter rido nem um pko tom e jerry fazem melhor pior que um filer

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perhaps worst episode of supernatural ever. been looking out to watch it as most of the rest of the season has been pretty damn good(except for the episode before this one - that was also disappointing), and it turned out to be nothing but a self referential backslapping frenzy. bleh. oh, and where were the 'real' jarred and the other guy when sam and dean took their places? felt like filler to increase episode.

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What a great episode!

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I Love Supernatural and it great to slip in a funny one once in a while! In a depressing world sometimes its nice to look forward to a show that makes you laugh and forget.
Lisa Ott

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Loved this ep! It was like a love letter to SPN fans. I love how this show can really make fun of itself.the only negative is gen cortese who still can't act and was the worst ruby. How did she snag him? They have no chemistry.

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No other show in the world would be able to pull this off. I mean come on, this episode was amazing. I can't even list the things that made me laugh because it was seriously every single thing. Jared and Jensen did a fantastic job playing Sam and Dean playing Jared and Jensen playing Sam and Dean. Confusing, I know. Supernatural is the most amazing show and when they attempt comedy, no matter what they will always nail it.

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Kathy...They didn't break the fourth wall that I noticed. No one mugged the camera. They showed behind the curtain, maybe(but not really) but no one stared into the camera and showed that this was a tv show....Lie To Me did this, just recently, unheralded, which I thought was rather cool.

Supernatural Season 6 Episode 15 Quotes

I'm not wearing any makeup. Oh crap. I'm a painted whore.

Dean

Producer: Well, we can clean up, reset the window. Takes about 95 minutes, basically, so we have to blow off the scene where they sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings.
Bob Singer: Ha! Right. You answer the hate mail.

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