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Supernatural: Tall Tales

by Brett Love, posted Feb 16th 2007 7:01AM
jensen ackles - supernatural(S01E15) I was a little bit skeptical coming into the episode this week. The promo at the end of the show last week, and running during other shows this week, was a little bit out there. After 36 pretty solid episodes though, I'm willing to give Kripke and his crew the benefit of the doubt. So I entered into "Tall Tales" with an open mind.

Fortunately for all of us, they were more than up to the task and delivered another standout episode. This one certainly took a turn to the comedic, but it was a welcome diversion.

One that called to mind such classics as The X-Files episode "Bad Blood." As we enter the last third of Supernatural's sophomore season, this was a nice pallet cleanser to get us ready for some of the dark things that must surely be headed for the Winchester boys.

With such a crazy episode, it's hard to even know where to begin. Since I mentioned "Bad Blood," let's start there. What I thought was one of the best parts of the show, and jogged that part of my melon where I store those old X-Files episodes, was the dueling recollections from Sam and Dean. The "one week/one month/three days earlier" device is something that I think may have been brought out a little too often in TV lately, but it worked well in this case. Seeing the way that each of them colored their versions of the story was very fun. Kudos to both Ackles and Padalecki for the way they played it too. Especially Padalecki when Dean recounts their adventure in the bar. Prissy, uptight Sam was a riot.

Seeing Bobby (Jim Beaver) again so soon was a nice surprise. Having him act as mediator, as well as mentor, was a good way to go about the story. He looked positively exasperated a couple times dealing with these two knuckleheads. And I have to say, the light bulb didn't go on over my head until he explained that a trickster was behind the pranks with the laptop and the Impala.

I liked all three of the mini-mysteries leading up to the big trickster showdown. The first one, with "Modern Morality" author Arthur Cox, reminded me of the woman in white from "Pilot." A nice choice. While it seemed odd to be repeating something like that, it was normal enough for Supernatural to give a false sense of what was to come. It made the reveal of the alien abduction all the better.

Speaking of the abduction of Curtis (David Tom, Veronica Mars), I have to agree with Dean. The alien slow dancing to "Lady In Red" was a nice touch. And the way he went on and on about the probing... "Again and again and again and again...and then one more time." Funny stuff.The alligator in the sewer didn't get as much play as the alien, but I thought it was the perfect choice to round out the trio. That is such a classic urban legend.

jared padalecki - supernaturalThe final showdown with the janitor (Richard Speight, Jr., The Agency) wrapped it up nicely, at least until we came back from that last commercial break. It was pretty obvious that the fight with Sam was happening for the janitor's benefit, but that didn't take away from the rest of the scene.

The conversation Dean had with the janitor before things went all Texas Chainsaw Massacre was interesting. Their mutual admiration for each other was a nice twist to the normal hunter/spirit exchange. The janitor just seemed so giddy to be there, and so sure of himself. The lingerie babes to tempt Dean were a nice play, but we all know you can't buy off a Winchester that easy. When the excrement finally did hit the rotational air circulation device, it was a nice action scene. It's hard to beat chainsaws when you are looking for mayhem.

As far as that little twist ending where the trickster that the boys killed was actually another of its creations, I liked it. That's a little something for the Supernatural team to put in their back pocket, possibly for when they need a little levity in season three (crosses fingers). Overall, absolutely no progress to be found anywhere on the overall story, and I just didn't care. Everything about this episode was fun, and for that I give it two thumbs up, three silver bullets, or four bottles of holy water. Whatever scale you want to use, an excellent episode.

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Jonny Rice

Brett, totally off topic, but have you been keeping up with Day Break online? Any chance you might throw out some thoughts about the show once all the episodes have aired? I may be only one of a dozen people still glued to their seats over the show, but I do most of my TV online anyways, so I really haven't missed a beat. Just curious.

February 19 2007 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tngmd

Loved this episode!! Glad you enjoyed it too. My husband and I were just laughing out loud at so many parts, I can't recount them all! It's nice to have one comic-relief episode each season. Hope they keep that trend going.

February 19 2007 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lorena

There was so much to love about this episode, although, like you said, nothing was really accomplished in the overall storyline. We did get a look at how the brothers view each other, which was hilarious! I love how the boys are so believable as brothers, and Tall Tales really had fun with their chemistry. Having Bobby back again was awesome, of course. Four holy waters indeed!

February 19 2007 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lily Gilkerson

Damn, but Dean sees himself as one suave Daniel Craig as James Bond doppelganger. It's like looking into the sun. Blah blah blah blah blah. Hysterical. A welcome break after a pretty crappy week I had. Busty Asian beauties.com. What's wrong with that, Sam? Hee hee. Three cheers that the trickster can come back, and please cut to the chase and sign Jim Beaver for as many episodes as you can afford next season, Mr. Kripke. Both brothers need someone they can trust besides each other. Bobby's a perfect surrogate father.

February 18 2007 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn Collins

It was flat out funny, wasn't it Brett? The sight of Dean with 27 pieces of candy in his cheeks cracked me up so much that I started crying. Tears were rolling down my cheeks. I think the "take care of your OCD" line was the one that really got me. Two thumbs up indeed.

Bobby rules. No doubt about it. A pleasant diversion times ten.

February 18 2007 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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