"Just My Imagination"
Writer: Jenny Klein
Director: Richard Speight, Jr.
Director of Photography C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur
Marshmallow fluff on nachos; Ninja moves in grandpa's slippers; Glitter on blood;
Rubber ducks in a blood bath; Light and dark;
SALTY AND SWEET!
What did I watch?
There was character development! Grumpy!Dean felt resentment and jealousy when Sam's
imaginary friend, Sully showed up. When Sam admits he was a lonely kid, Dean huffily
reminds him, "You had me."
But Sam didn't. Not all the time. Dean was caught in the middle trying to help
his dad and his brother and there were times when Sam was lonely. Dean's first
response to this intrusion with his relationship with Sam was, "I'm gonna get my gun."
Patience tested, Dean assumes a ninja stance in his "Dead Guy's Robe."
Then with his daddy voice and his grandpa slippers, Dean ordered Sam to a private
lecture. "You and me, library, right now!" Sam obeyed like he was nine.
Dean yelled at poor Sully to stay back.
Dean's resentment continues and he responds with scorn and a complete lack of empathy,
spawning his Manicorn joke and smirk. Even Dean realizes he's gone too far when
he offers to flush the mermaid.
Grumbling at Sam, "Am I burying Ariel by myself here or what?"
Dean gradually gets pulled into the imaginary world and is
won over by Weems and by Sully's genuine caring for Sam. Dean ends up
contributing by pursuing the assailant and talking her down from killing Sully.
"Reese. Trust me. Revenge? Ain't gonna make you feel better.
Listen, I have seen more than my share of monsters.
And I mean real monsters. Bad. These guys? These are Sesame Street mother Teresas.
But when I wasn't there for my little brother, Sully was.
Now, look, I'm not saying that he didn't make a mistake, but you know that there is not a
monstrous bone in his body."
Weems thinks Sam called Sully for help. "Look, I get it. We all need a tune-up from time to time. It's okay."
Sam denies this, "No. He, uh, came to me. I'm helping him out."
Still, Sully does help Sam out by reminding him that "Heroes aren't perfect.
Sometimes, they're scared. But that just means the thing that they're facing, it's super important.
And nobody else is gonna go for it because nobody else has got the balls."
Sam knows he must confront the CAGE.
Sully also helps Sam realize he's no longer running away. Running away is NOT the answer.
Young Sam did not want a normal family as much as he wanted to be needed and to belong to a family.
When he thinks that his brother and father want him to be a part of the Winchester family, Young Sam abandons the plan to run away.
Sadly, Young Sam would again feel that he was not needed and a burden.
His subsequent attempts to runaway are now history. But now Sam has found a place to BELONG.
He is needed and belongs to a family.
Rather than changing existing canon, Jenny Klein fleshed out the past giving it more depth.
There were some well-developed interesting minor characters.
The overprotective mother, the sweet young version of Sam, the vengeful Reese,
and the incredible imaginary zany Zanna.
Including the amazing Sully.
FUNNY AND PUNNY
Expecting to see Maddie, Manicorn is surprised by Reese, "You're not Mad..."
At the end, Reese cries, "I'm just so mad!" Clever pun!
Funny and dark. Perfectly balanced.
Perhaps the character development was secondary to the CONTINUITY. All the new fitted
seamlessly with the old canon enhancing it rather than destroying it.
Young Sam remembers the "Batman can't fly" experience.
Thanks to the props, set, and costume departments there were lots of authentic touches.
Young Dean wore the God finding amulet! (They probably could use it now.)
Young Sam collects his toys from the nightstand: army men and Lego. (Look out Baby!)
And, the motel room is a replica of 1.18 "Something Wicked"
(See Nightsky's article, Threads: Supernatural 11.08 "Just My Imagination")
(The Rubber duck has also earned a place in the Supernatural canon.)
There were many allusions in addition to the title of the episode, Mick Jagger's "Just My Imagination"
Can you recognize these allusions?
COLOURS AND SYMBOLS
Shout out to our readers Jenn and Allycat22 for noticing the haunting train whistle at the end and the Red
Cross....Demon crossroads and danger ahead??
Over the top Rainbow of colours for the imaginary world.
THE ORDINARY WORLD
THE SUPERNATURAL WORLD
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Like the script, the scenes become progressively darker.
(Beautiful shot BTW)
The last scenes were very dark:
Old School Supernatural Blue Flash
Cut the headlights and creep in.
Great anticipatory "Wait for it shots" enhanced Dramatic Irony and Suspense.
Revealing the new disguise.
It's Ernie and Bert, McGowan and Strummer, or the Sweater!Chesters.
Fortunately, he's saved by his Love handles. "Fat is awesome!"
The director keyed on the reactions more than the actual subjects, resulting in highlighting some awesome facials
by the actors, and doubling the fun. Here are just a few notables:
Dean's reaction to Sully:
And, there was the splendid Bloody Fingered Air guitar:
And, the reaction:
MISSING KILL SHOTS
The actual kill shots were not shown. It wasn't needed as the aftermath was over the top grim... The broken Manicorn:
...the squelching blood:
We see the alarm, the blade, and awful incongruous blood spatter:
Lately, the BM scenes have ended with a close up of Sam struggling;
but, this episode ends with a close up of Haunted Dean:
an episode this fun to watch was fun to make?
S.E. Hinton joins a Kaleidoscopic cast and crew.
And "THERE'S THE OTHER WAY"
(If you haven't seen it yet.)
We are at 50%. Four out of Eight episodes passed the Bechdel test.
So Happy, Wednesday!
The choice was difficult with so many great guest stars with demanding roles...
FROM THE REAR-VIEW
IMDB: cast list
aliona (labelled Laoih)
WEDimage: sloth unleashed
PhotoTweets (S.E. Hinton): Charmaine Clark
BTS Richard Speight photo by Bettina Strauss / The CW
Google images for allusions