Supernatural: How Meta is Too Meta?

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Minor spoilers ahead, but nothing that hasn't already appeared in previews of tonight's episode.

"Meta" is one of those buzzwords that's been used way too much this season, as TV shows continue to wink at audiences with reckless abandon. One show that has jumped through the television screen on a semi-regular basis before this current wave is The CW's Supernatural, which last season went so far as to bring their lead characters to a Supernatural convention.

The show is going one step further tonight with the episode "The French Mistake," the title of which is a nod to a meta-joke from Blazing Saddles. The episode is due to turn fans' brains into mashed potatoes as demon hunters Sam and Dean Winchester—played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively—are transported to an alternate dimension in which they become Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, stars of a television show called Supernatural.

*Boom!* Head explosion.

Sam/Jared will even encounter his real-life wife Genevieve Cortese, who played the demon Ruby (well, one of Ruby's incarnations) in Supernatural. Now THAT is meta!

Previous episodes of this ilk have been some of my favorite of the series. "Changing Channels," "The Real Ghostbusters," and "The Monster at the End of This Book" all did hilarious things with the idea of television and/or Supernatural as an in-world phenomenon. But some fans find the sidetracks to be a bit too much, and I can see that. This episode in particular has the potential to totally self-destruct. Even with the excellent track record of the show's writers, I'm feeling a bit nervous, but I felt the same way about "Changing Channels" and that's now one of my favorite episodes of the series.

Early reviews of "The French Mistake" are positive, with many saying it may be the funniest episode of the series. Even the clip below is full of LOLs.



Still, I'd love to hear some discussion from you fans out there who DON'T like these types of episodes. What is it about them that you don't like? Do you think they don't align with the rest of the series?

And to everyone: What are you expecting from "The French Mistake"?


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