It's one of the greatest episodes in “Supernatural” history, reviewed bullet point style.  It must be Christmas!  No, literally, its “A Very Supernatural Christmas.”

  • They somehow managed to score the old CBS “A Special Presentation” logo?  Oh that’s so rich!  Kripke you magnificent bastard.
  • I speculated this a few years ago, but I think this opening scene is Jeremy Carver projecting a bit after being scarred for life watching Andy Williams Christmas specials during his youth.  Kind of Pythonesque, don’t you think?  Smiles, cheer, warm holiday spirit, ending tons of blood and gore.  Just perfect. 
  • This episode is one of the special ones that got its own title card.  Man, that would make a great trivia question.  “How many episodes with special title cards have there bin?”  Come to think of it, I think this is the first one!  Even better trivia question.
  • It should also be mentioned that Eric Kripke said in the DVD extras that after this episode aired, many of his family and friends went up to him and asked “What’s wrong with you?” I’m sure they meant it with love. Along with several referrals to a psychologist.     
  • Anyone catch this inside joke?  A Kincade (or Kincade like) as a giant mural on the wall?  Obvious much after Jared’s movie “The Christmas Cottage?”  I die laughing every time I see Dean lost in the middle of this. 

  • I absolutely love this Christmas village scene.  There are so many subtle touches in here that are easy to overlook.  Little things like the mopey reindeer giving a half hearted hello to the lackadaisical elf.  For me, I grew up in the Detroit area, which is where Ypsilanti is.  Warm weather or not, it’s not that lush in Michigan in December.  Also, those type of run down, very scary Christmas villages only exist in Northern Michigan, or even more realistically, the upper peninsula.  Life is a little different up there. 
  • Christmas time, aka “Who crapped in Sam Winchester’s cornflakes?”  Talk about grumpy.  Anyone know why a goofy plastic reindeer would trigger a sad Weechester memory?  The things that go on inside that boy's brain.
  • Here we get to add one more stereotype label to Sam and Dean Winchester, Pedophiles/Perverts.  Come on guys, two young grown men hanging out in a Christmas village loaded with kids?  “Eww” indeed!  Sam's reaction over Dean's setup is classic!  This is one of best episodes for the Sam Winchester bitchface.  Also, Dean is wearing his leather jacket.  I see that anymore and cry.  Whoever took that jacket will end up being lynched gruesomely by millions of angry fan girls.  

 

  • Santa drives a red muscle car!  Sure it’s a crappy Cadillac Eldorado, but nice touch. 
  • Ooh, another nickname for the Sam Winchester nickname list.  “The boy who hates Christmas.”  
  • Who found it absolutely hysterical that Sam and Dean didn’t know the words to “Silent Night?”  Who wants to take bets that’s the only Christmas carol they know (kind of)?  Who wanted them to join Santa in his little whiskey, pot, and porn party?
  • I guess the first scene was gory and didn’t traumatize young children enough, so they decided to have another go.  Anyone wonder how that kid is going to grow up?  I say he starts the “Future Hunters of America” club at school.    
  • Another priceless Sam bitchface!  You know one of the things I miss the most from Supernatural?  Dean taking those opportunities to humiliate Sam.  There’s none better that I can recall that Sam and Dean in the gift shop.  The dialogue is just perfect!  Even the clerk gets into it.  “Aren’t you a fussy one.”  The best bitchface ever!
  • Isn’t amazing how the funny turns to sad so fast?  I’m so crushed by this scene with Sam and Dean in the motel room, finally coming clean about how they feel.  Poor Sam, the idea of losing Dean is making him more and more depressed.  The holidays are the best time for that.  The way this scene is shot is positively gorgeous.  The angle is from behind, with a side profile on both brother's faces that shows just the perfect amount of sadness and agony in their faces. 
  • What I want to know is from based on flashbacks here and “Dark Side of The Moon” Sam used to live on funyuns.  Why oh why then haven’t we seen him each funyuns as an adult?  He’s always eating so healthy it’s freakishly unnatural.  Wouldn’t it be great if he gets stressed about something and he’s caught scarfing a bag of funyuns?  I bet Sam is really a closet stress eater.  
  • The scene confirms for me that Colin Ford has an incredible future as an actor.  His subtle delivery as Sam finds out the truth about monsters.  He just quietly takes it all in, rolls over and cries.  That’s so Sam.  That’s so me busting into tears. 
  • Man, this episode doesn’t quit.  Now the Pagan Gods are Ozzy and Harriet?  “Those are fine wreaths.”  Sam won’t let Dean have any peanut brittle?  What a prude!  Whoever casted these two is a brilliant genius. 
  • Don’t you think they went a little to overboard on the gross factor in the basement?  How much to you want to bet the entire cast and crew were told to just go all out with every scene and they ran with it.  They really did here.  I still love watching the saintly older lady handle the massive gigantor like he was made of tissue paper.  Nice touch. 
  • Just picture Jeremy Carver pitching this.  “Now we go into the gruesome holiday torture scene...”  I’m sure Eric Kripke was eating it up!  Dreams of the bloodiest, most gut cringing Christmas episode ever were realized.  Pulling off a fingernail?  Ouch Sammy!  Plus thanks to Mrs. Pagan God, I now say fudge instead of...the other word.  
  • Good thing those Pagans went for the real Christmas tree.  The weapons have never been more decorative!  
  • Carver and Kripke are sentimentalists!  I knew they’d end this episode right.  Reflecting every fan’s dream.  How many before this Christmas scene with young Sam and young Dean speculated that Dean’s cherished amulet was a gift from Sam?  Here it becomes canon
  • I still weep to this day over the idea of Sam giving Dean his final Christmas.  He put aside all his fears of losing Dean and did the right thing.  The fact he was so nervous during the whole thing, that’s so endearing.  The tree with fishing lures and pine tree air fresheners was a perfect touch.  The egg nog spiking is especially funny because that is a genuine reaction from Jensen.  Jared actually did spike the egg nog to ridiculous levels.  
  • This is one of the most perfect scenes of the series.  Dean is all smiles, especially during the modest gift exchange.  It was like he was given pure gold. Sam even followed tradition and wrapped the gifts in the comics.  Aww, these two are killing me!  It all ends with all worries set aside, two brothers just enjoying their quality family time during the holidays.  The Christmas lights sparkling on the dotted with snowflakes Impala.  Christmas card perfect.  No really, I’ve actually gotten Christmas cards with this picture on it.  
 

Coming up next from Ardeospina, the episode that many call one of the greatest (if not the greatest) of all time.  It was certainly Jeremy Carver’s masterpiece.  “Mystery Spot.”
 

 

Comments  

PaintedWolf
#21 PaintedWolf 2012-09-25 04:45
I may be a little late to the party, but just for my part on season 4. I also absolutely hated having to watch the brothers torn apart. If there's one season that can twist my stomach into knots and break my heart like no other, it's this one. It ends up being a war between what I felt emotionally and what I noticed critically. For me, season 4 was hands down the best season they've done both construction-wi se and creatively. It was beautifully plotted, tense and pretty much kept me enthralled the whole way through. As I often say, brilliant, but hard to watch. As for my favourite season overall though, after much deliberation, it goes to season 2.
PaintedWolf
#22 PaintedWolf 2012-09-25 05:20
Sweet Peter on a popsicle stick, I love this episode. Last time I rewatched it (I'm hoping to do so again this Christmas) I was watching with my mom and sister and we all shared a collective awwwww at the gift exchange. It was just so perfect! Even with the gore and violence, I still think this is about the best Christmas special I've seen from any show.
E
#23 E 2012-09-29 09:12
This episode was one of my sleeper choices in the article about hidden gem episodes. I love this one so much.... such a great mix of comedy, drama and horror/gore. How many shows on TV can and have combined that many genres into one episode let alone one season. I love My Bloody Valentine for doing the same thing.

I hadn't noticed that giant Kincaid like painting on the wall! (I don't know how I missed it, it's gigantic.) How funny! This show is always doing clever things like this to enrich their episodes (or at least they used to, I am not aware of anything like this being done recently except perhaps in The French Mistake). I also love that I am still learning subtle details about episodes that are almost 5 years old that help enrich my re-watching enjoyment. Thanks!

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