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Supernatural Review: Return of the Ghostfacers

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A wise prophet once said, “The drama, the fighting? It’s stupid.”

And like many viewers, Kevin Tran’s speech in Supernatural Season 9 Episode 14 about Sam and Dean getting over their current problem rings true.

We all want the Winchester brothers to be best buds again, and we’d like to think that the two can eventually move forward together. Because the option we don’t want - the actual parting of ways, severing of ties - is the sad one and a possibility both brothers witnessed in the latest installment.

While Supernatural Season 9 Episode 15 was focused on the monster of the week, Thinman, it was the familial drama that was at its core. And bringing along the return of the Ghostfacers overtly reiterated the concept.

Ed Tries to Explain
Looks like Ed has some explaining to do!

I always thought the Ghostfacers were a fun and goofy addition to the series, so I was pleased Ed and Harry came back (and yes, a brief Ghostafacers theme). Their initial meet-up with Sam and Dean at the diner was humorous, especially because we all know the Winchesters are the experienced hunters no matter what Ed and Harry think.

There were some lighthearted moments from the duo, but that soon took a downward spiral as their partnership echoed Sam and Dean’s current predicament. Sure, Ed and Harry’s are on a smaller scale, but the parallel’s (living a normal life, lying and trust, trying to hold onto your best friend by any means) were obvious.

Sometimes the dialogue was painfully obvious, and really, the Ghostfacers were a plot device for Sam and Dean. But on some level, I was OK with that.

Did I wish that the two stayed happy and comical? Yes, but I liked that Sam and Dean got to see essentially their argument on the outside. Sometimes, it’s a lot harder to recognize the issues until you see them from another perspective.

It’s just disappointing that the Ghostfacers had to go their separate ways in order to illustrate exactly what could happen to Sam and Dean. There just might be an empty rocking chair beside them.

But I like to think that those moments might help push them towards getting over their issues and realize that this is one of those times to do so.

I really want moments like Sam and Dean laughing and reminiscing about their youth. The story about Sam jumping off the roof as Batman was funny and touched on those feel good moments we grew to love about the brotherly bond.

And really, the whole hunt itself, aside from the fact we knew Sam and Dean were fighting, harkened back to those days of tracking down urban legends.

As for Thinman himself, a take off of Slenderman (who probably couldn’t be used because of copyright issues) was a very cool and scary monster of the week. The faceless being that appears behind people taking selfies or really anywhere is just creepy.

I’m still unsure how I feel about Thinman actually just being people, as I was kind of hoping the creature would be more than just the meme that Ed created.

It was interesting that the hour chose the direction, especially with both people getting killed at the end. Dean’s Mark of Cain maybe contributed? But it does bring up that fact that the guys going for hardcore cosplay weren’t demons or vampires or monsters. They were just people, and that is a far more gray area, even if the people are sick wackos.

At least, there was acknowledgment on the show itself that it was very Scooby Doo in its reveal. If it weren’t for those meddling kids…

But everything comes back to Sam and Dean drama, a drama I’m ready to get over, but one that obviously still needs time before a final move from the brothers. Were the parallels perhaps too obvious? Maybe.

But I’m hoping that if anything Sam and Dean are taking something in from the Ghostfacers, from Kevin’s speech, etc.. The boys have always managed to get into fights and have drama. They’ve both done wrong, and they’ve both done right. It's time to move forward, guys.

Just don’t make the same move Ed and Harry did.

Were you glad the Ghostfacers returned?

 

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I have been a fan since episode 1, but I am always disappointed in the episodes that don’t “add up”. Once it’s revealed that the Thin Man is just the creation of a couple of normal guys the beginning of the show doesn’t quite make sense. I can understand that the busboy might have a key to the restaurant where he worked, in order to kill his boss. But how did they get into the girl’s locked house/room with no sign of forced entry? You can hear her not only closing her door, but locking it before returning to her cell phone selflies. How did he get into her room, and then find his way in the dark to get in her closet before she did? How did he know she was even going in there? All those scenes in the beginning don’t play out if you know up front that he’s mortal. They only make sense if he's supernatural and able to transport himself from place to place. It seems that all that was done to misdirect the viewers into thinking it was a supernatural creature.

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Sam does still care about Dean as a brother he stll mad. It was nice seeing the ghostchasers again it wasn't the best episode but I still liked it. I still think the Cain mark in Dean arm should have him going to the dark side and Sam will save his brother then Sam will care for his brother again well he will let show that he it.

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I may be in the minority when I say this, but I thought this was a pretty good episode. It showed subtle signs that Sam still cares about Dean and that there is a chance of them rekindling their relationship within good time. I think the parallel between the Ghostfacers and Sam and Dean's issues gave each brother some insight into the other one's motives and it will lead them to reconciling eventually because they don't want to end up like the Ghostfacers. I think the tension is still there, but they are showing that there is still a mutual care and brotherly bond that still lies between them (the childhood story, Sam tagging along to do the job with Dean, Sam screaming out for his brother when he is about to be killed by "Thinman".) I think the main thing that Sam is dealing with is not the fact that Dean betrayed him by having an Angel posess him, but more the fact of what happened because of it. Sure there is a little feeling of betrayal, but he feels responsible for Kevin's death even though he wasn't in control of his actions. As far as the Mark of Cain thing, it didn't really seem out of character to me that he killed that guy in cold blood, especially with the reasons the guy gave for killing his victims. Dean has always been the more tempermental, cut-throat of the two (for most of the series). What I do think may be a sign of the Mark having an effect is Dean's disdain for humanity which kept coming out in the episode. Only time will tell what the Mark's true effect will be and if the brothers will be back to normal, but I have a feeling that by the time "Wayward son" is playing for the season finale, the brothers will be back on track ready to face whatever heaven or hell throws their way next. I found the stuff with Ed and Harry hilarious and how Sam and Dean reacted to their internet lingo with the same disdain that you would expect from them.

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Ed/Harry = Sam/Dean

Shelly1

Loved this episode. Very Reminicent of the show from back in the day. Missed the Ghostfacers and hope they come back again soon. I've been missing the humor on this show. The only thing missing is seeing Dean's sexy smile again. That's been missing too. I know I said missing way too much. I'm still addicted to this show.

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Finally! I've been hoping that Sam and Dean would eventually hunt down a Slenderman-like creature. I wish it had been real and not a guy in a mask. I guess they did that because, just like Thinman, Slenderman isn't real. It's just a story on the internet. I also wish the writers would quit bringing back old characters just to wrap up their storylines and erase any hope of seeing them again. Why do they keep doing this? It's not like the show is ending anytime soon. It just got picked up for a tenth season.

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@ ryan jones

I believe the 10th season is suppose to be the show finale.

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Just an ok episode in my opinion... I always hate when the case ends up being just people who are wack jobs.

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@ Ilk_vomit

Yeah, with the tiresome villain speech deathtrap at the end. (yawn).