If you don’t watch the TV show Supernatural, then this will probably put a very odd coloration on your views of what it must be like. In the latest episode, entitled “Fan Fiction,” the Brothers Winchester decided to investigate some disappearances at an all-girls school. When they arrived, they found a play was being performed based on Supernatural itself.
Again, for those who haven’t seen it, Supernatural exists in its own universe as a comic book. In the early seasons, Sam & Dean were basically involved with Armageddon, so a prophet of God was seeing visions of all the relevant events and chronicling them. There wasn’t much money in writing down the near-future as it related to angels, demons, and two guys in an Impala, so he turned his prophecies into comic book scripts. The fandom for these comics parallels what one might see on Tumblr, so you get the theme song for the show (“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas) presented thus:
I think of this as A Mighty Wind done for the network TV horror aficionado. The showtunes manage to succeed at being awesome and awful at the same time, as well as invoking the spirit of what I’m sure the writers gleaned from some of the more enthusiastic fan sites (especially in a tune called A Single Man Tear). Expect to see this show performed live at many conventions over the next year.
This isn’t the first meta-show Supernatural has done, and I usually go in worried that this time, the 4th Wall will crumble forever, and each time the writers and actors manage to pull it off. Its a show that’s so aware of and friendly to its fanbase that I’m wondering if future DVD (or holo-cube) releases are going to need to come with archived websites and fanfic to tell the people of the future why this worked so well.
It’s unsurprising that the music was so well-done, given the classic rock songs often accompanying the show as well as the occasional tailor-made tracks that have appeared on occasion. Yes, this is my excuse to post a link to the cover of “O Death” that accompanied season 5.
I can hardly wait for the meta-episode that’ll acknowledge the existence of a recently released adult-parody movie based on this show. I doubt there’ll be singing, though.