So Iâ€™m willing to go here, I know a lot of folks in the fandom donâ€™t like Mr. Edlund, heâ€™s too off the wall, heâ€™s too â€˜out thereâ€™ his scripts bring nothing to the overall storylineâ€¦he even likes the Ghostfacers AND he gave them a theme song.
Well, I love Ben Edlundâ€™s writing. The man is brilliant and extremely talented.
For those of you who think the man is nothing but a hack that produces nothing but silly, insipid, bring nothing to the mytharc stories hereâ€™s the episodes the man has written in three seasons:
Bad Day At Black Rock
On The Head of a Pin
Thereâ€™s quite a blend of satire, mytharc, standalone and all are awesome in their own way.
This is a different take on â€˜special kidsâ€™ for Andy is not at all disturbed by his abilities, what a contrast to Sam who has nothing but angst and deep worry about them, nay obsession. Thatâ€™s not a bash against Sam but he could take a page from Andyâ€™s book; Andyâ€™s got his van, his friends, his coffee; what else does he need?
Edlund also deepens the emotions of both brothers in this episode, Sam worries more about what the demon has in store and Deanâ€™s inner feelings come to light when Andy uses his â€˜Obi Wanâ€™ abilities and gets him to talk:
Dean: â€œSam here, heâ€™s my brother. Heâ€™s psychic like you, not really like you but see he thinks youâ€™re a murderer and heâ€™s afraid that heâ€™s going to become one â€˜cause youâ€™re all part of something thatâ€™s terrible and I hope to hell that heâ€™s wrong but Iâ€™m starting to get scared that he might be right.â€
This is an awesome episode that is fully mytharc based, itâ€™s deep, itâ€™s emotional, itâ€™s angstyâ€¦makes me wonder how Iâ€™d forgotten about it and thus was so amazed at Mr. Edlundâ€™s turn with On The Head of a Pinâ€¦shows that you really do have to go back and watch all seasons again and again; the writers sure do, and they use whatâ€™s come before to move the story ahead.
Only one nitpick I have with this episode, Mr. Edlund, you had Andy drive the Impalaâ€¦Bobby is fine, Sam is expectedâ€¦nobody else.
A classic, no doubt about it. Why? Heck if I know, I mean, really what does make a classic? Is it the music? Renegade by Styx. Is it the new characters introduced? Ronald Resnick and Victor Henricksen? Is it an episode that furthers the mytharcâ€¦â€™cause this one really didnâ€™t â€“ although Samâ€™s emotional journey continues from the events of Croatoan, Hunted and Playthings. Here Sam is so cold toward Ronald, so un-Samlike even Dean commentsâ€¦ â€œâ€¦itâ€™s a little creepy how good of a Fed you are.â€
Sam gives Ronald no quarter when it comes to debunking the mandroid theory, he is cold and somewhat ruthless. Heâ€™s also right â€“ as we see sooo very many episodes later in Jump The Shark â€“ innocents out in the line of fire do get killed, Ronald, Adam; itâ€™s a hard lesson.
Ben Edlund gives us Victor Henricksen, followed by John Shiban who furthers his story and the lovely (but brutal) Sera Gamble who kills him, not once but twice!
Nightshifter is one of my all time favorites (the list is growing admittedly)
Iâ€™ll admit, I have not seen this episode for a long time and, if not for my doing the Road So Far Series, I likely would not have watched it with any kind of urgency; this is a great episode. Itâ€™s funny, it gives slight reference to Heart â€“ the emotional punch to the gut that was just before this â€“ it has more in-jokes than Iâ€™ll ever be â€˜inâ€™ enough to understand, or laugh at. It is a delight from top to bottom.
The opening scene where Tara is practicing her lines and her scream on set, after badly blowing her take, and then seeing the supposed dead guy up in the rafters and giving a real, honest, scared to death screamâ€¦and no one on set reacts other than to have the director say: â€œNow thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about.â€ Stitchesâ€¦Iâ€™m in stitches!
For those of you who donâ€™t like satire, I get it; it is an acquired taste and while Iâ€™m glad Iâ€™ve acquired it I donâ€™t want a steady diet of it. However, we get one to two of these a season so Iâ€™m okay with that. There are jokes on Jared and Jensen, thereâ€™s homage to old and bad horror movies, thereâ€™s cracks at the Canadian weather, cracks against the crew (Whatâ€™s a PA? I think theyâ€™re like slavesâ€”hah!)
And I absolutely love the final shot.