In the fourteenth episode of the seventh season ofÂ Supernatural, FUCK CLOWNS. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Supernatural.
Trigger Warning: For discussion of coulrophobia/clowns.
This episode is very interesting in terms of placement, both within season seven and the show as a whole. Aside from one scene at the beginning, â€œPlucky Pennywhistleâ€™s Â Magical Menagerieâ€ never addressesÂ anything going on in this season. Itâ€™s entirely a self-contained episodeâ€¦ except itâ€™s kind of not? It entirely relies on â€œEverybody Loves a Clownâ€ for most of its humor. (That episode title is still a lie, I donâ€™t care, FUCK CLOWNS.)
Still, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s inappropriate to say that this episode stands on its own. Itâ€™s unconnected to any greater narrative aside from showing us all that clowns are evil and fuck them all andÂ NOPE. The use ofÂ in mediaÂ resÂ is kind of fascinating, though, since weâ€™re led to believe this will be about clowns, and then the first murder we come across isâ€¦ a octovamp??? While this is a familiar thing forÂ Supernatural to do, I still think it works really well to keep the audience guessing as to the true nature of the killings here. There are a number of believable suspects trotted out before us, as well as some commentary about parenting along the way.
Actually, let me talk about that, since I think itâ€™s one thing this episode doesÂ very well. Both of the fathers killed in the first half of this episode did something that was undeniably terrible, though their children didnâ€™t intend for them to die as part of some revenge plot. So when it seemed clear that Tylerâ€™s mother was next on the list, I was ready to call foul. While it wasnâ€™t fair to Tyler that he was stuck hanging out at his motherâ€™s job all the time, I thought it wasnâ€™t analogous to the other parents. At all! She was clearly trying to do her best in a job where she was stressed and unappreciative. SO CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS THAT DEAN POINTS OUT TO TYLER THAT HIS MOTHER IS HONESTLY DOING WHAT SHE CAN? Holy shit, itâ€™s my favorite moment in this episode! (Followed up by that unicornâ€™s rainbow butt, oh myÂ god.) Since this episode constantly tricks us and obfuscates where itâ€™s really headed, I thought this was a great way to have this subplot do the same thing. And Iâ€™ll also state that itâ€™s fantastic that Dean calls out Howardâ€™s bullshit. Because it doesnâ€™t matter that HowardÂ wants to help these kids. He can think heâ€™s helping all he wants, and it doesnâ€™t change the fact that HE ISNâ€™T HELPING ANYONE ASIDE FROM HIS OWN MISGUIDED SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG.
And then weâ€™ve got Sam. OH, SAM WINCHESTER, I UNDERSTAND YOU SO DEEPLY. The poor guy, first of all, spends part of this episode trying to be a bad cop, which seemsÂ very unnatural to us. BUT REMARKABLY, IT WORKS. I was going to say that might be the funniest part of this episode, but then I remembered Cliff trying to open the door in his mascot costume. Then I remembered the choreography for the clown fight scenes. And the glitter explosion. And then I just felt so bad for Sam, who has his literal worst nightmare come true in the worst way imaginable. I mean: clowns who can fight perfectly while still using all the clown mainstays like the seltzer water in the flower and juggling? Seriously, POOR SAM WINCHESTER. I feel like thatâ€™s an ongoing motif for the whole show, though.
I liked this episode, but I donâ€™t know that Iâ€™d ever return to it becauseÂ fuck clowns. However, I found it pretty notable that THERE WASNâ€™T A SAD TWIST ENDING. When does thatÂ ever happen?
The video for â€œPlucky Pennywhistleâ€™s Magical Menagerieâ€ can be downloaded here for $0.99.
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