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30 October 2009 @ 10:10 am
Nov. 5th episode of Supernatural (5X08) SPOILERS  
First of all, I want to say that I hope no one who was given the chance to screen this episode early will reveal too much. This is definitely an episode where a lot of the fun comes from experiencing it without knowing everything in advance.

That said, if you watched the preview after last night's episode, nothing I say here will spoil you. :)

Just to be safe, though: IF YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE, THERE ARE MILD SPOILERS HERE including guest actors (revealed in the previews last night.)

Summary from The CW and WB:

“Changing Channels” airs Thurs., 11/5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) find themselves living their lives on what appear to be TV shows, it makes for a whole new style of reality television and they wonder if the Trickster (guest star Richard Speight, Jr.) is to blame. From a sitcom to a soapy hospital drama to a Japanese game show to a crime procedural, each new experience they encounter is more bizarre than the next and they want out. But is the Trickster really the mastermind behind the madness? Also starring Misha Collins as ‘Castiel.’ “Changing Channels” was written by Jeremy Carver and directed by Charles Beeson.

One of the things Supernatural does very well when the show is firing on all cylinders is continuity. There's something so satisfying for a fan about seeing a show pick up threads from previous episodes and previous seasons, you know? We see that continuity in "Changing Channels" with the return of one of my favorite characters, The Trickster. (Seriously, ask the people I chat with during the episodes and they'll tell you that I pretty much ALWAYS guess that the Trickster is behind whatever mystery Sam & Dean are facing that week. Because I LOFF HEEEM.)

The Trickster episodes also tend to be some of the best episodes of the series, as well as some of the funniest, which is another reason I'm glad to see him again. The last time we saw him was in "Mystery Spot," in which the Trickster killed off Dean in dozens of inventive ways, forcing Sam to live it over and over again. The Trickster isn't just evil, though -- we've always been told that he torments people either because they deserve it or to teach them some sort of lesson. He's definitely more shades of gray than he is evil or good.

So, next week's episode! I'm not going to spoil because, seriously, you'll want to get the full experience on this one. I'm just going to say the following:

1. There are some funny parts, including a few digs at the show's Thursday night competition.

2. There are some sort of cringe-worthy moments. Thankfully, those moments are intentionally cringe-worthy.

3. There are quite a few memorable lines, and some great icons will come from this episode.

4. Perhaps more importantly from a fannish perspective, there will be a lot of fun fanfic from this episode.

5. The episode's music made me go, "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH!!!1!!" in a way that has not happened since "Nightshifter."

6. Don't change channels during commercials. 'Nuff said.

In conclusion, you will not want to miss this episode. :D
My name is Ancastaancastar on October 30th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
You've made me so excited, I don't know what to do with my bad self. Thanks!
Fangirl Saysfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! It really is a fun episode; I can't wait to watch it again. :D
My name is Ancastaancastar on October 30th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Can I ask you one spoilerish question--is what happened in Mystery Spot revisited? What Sam went through was so important in shaping his season four behavior. I would really love to see that acknowledged.

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My name is Ancastaancastar on October 30th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Fangirl Saysfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
(my reply deleted due to spoilers.)
WWDD? - What Would Donna Do?jellicle on October 30th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
5. The episode's music made me go, "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH!!!1!!" in a way that has not happened since "Nightshifter."

That raised my expectations like nothing else. The use of "Renegade" in the end of "Nightshifter" -together with the boys actions and faces- is, for me, one of the most memorable moments on tv ever.
Fangirl Saysfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D
caritas2008caritas2008 on October 30th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Just one question how much Castiel do we get i am getting withdrawl symtoms PM me if it is too much a spoiler
Fangirl Saysfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
(My reply deleted due to spoilers.)
Just a story in the end.: SPN- Castiel Flatbread XDwingsunfurled on October 30th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I 2nd this question and also if the Trickster lives. Please tell me he lives.

Edited at 2009-10-30 08:25 pm (UTC)
Just a story in the end.: SPN- Trickster is amusedwingsunfurled on October 30th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thankyou ♥
mahaliamomahaliamo on October 30th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've been this excited about an upcoming episode. Ever. After reading what you posted, I wish I had a magical remote to fast forward to next Thursday! I love the Trickster!

I wish I'd come across this blog earlier! Nice work! :)
Fangirl Says: SPN auto shopfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Seriously?!
Thanks so much!

I'm really convinced that this ep is going to be a favorite for a lot of people. :)
Laurenblackjedii on October 30th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Fangirl Saysfangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
(My reply deleted due to spoilers.)
Laurenblackjedii on November 2nd, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)

(ooh boy I am so jealous)

Second question! Some super-awesome reveal? Or a Kripke, really? reveal?

Third question!!
Did you go out with your family to go trick or treating last night? Get some candy? Scare some innocent bystanders? ;)
dollarchan: hydedollarchan on October 30th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I saw your comment on supernatural_tv, and followed to here. As much as I kind of understand the spoilerphobes, I've always found that being spoiled increases my enjoyment, ever since my HP times. With this show it's even more because, due to fandom's tendency to make a big deal out of nothing and find fault in everything, going in to an episode having read fan reactions always means that it'll be above the expectations that those reactions set to me.
With that said, I know other people think it ruins the experience so I respect that you can't say anything of substance here. If you could, though, I just wanted to know- Is the development in this ep more character-related or apocalypse-related (or both or neither)? Thanks anyway<3
Fangirl Says: SPN On a steel horse I ridefangirlsays on October 30th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
s the development in this ep more character-related or apocalypse-related (or both or neither)? Thanks anyway<3

I think you could definitely say it's both. :)

And generally, I love spoilers, but I think with this episode, people will actually enjoy it more if they don't know too much. Plus, the publicist asked that we not reveal some things, and I can understand them wanting that.

Thanks for reading! :D
dollarchandollarchan on October 31st, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now I'm more excited for it, and I think just this once I'm gonna follow your advice and try to go in as unspoiled as I can.
Ann Tara: Brothers 4ann_tara on October 31st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I love spoilers - sometimes it actually helps to know beforehand, depending on the episode - but I understand folks who don't want to pass them along. ;) That being said, as a fan who bordering on hair-pulling frustration with some of the writing choices for Dean in the last three episodes, can you just tell me if Dean fans will be happy or relieved with what we get in this one?