Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 18

Hollywood Babylon

8
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2007 on The CW
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Sam and Dean discover that a group of ghosts are murdering the crew of a horror movie.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • "Tall Tales" should have been this funny!

    10
    Following the grisly death of a propman, on a horror movie set, Internet reports that the soundstage is haunted lure Sam and Dean to Hollywood. When they find out the propman was really a stuntman, perpetrating a hoax for free cyberspace publicity, the brothers almost turn around and head back East. That is; until the producer and the headwriter get killed for real...by genuine ghosts! But, that's not the reason I loved this episode so much. I loved the good-natured fun that the cast and crew (including real-life series producer Eric "McG" Kripke) poked at both themselves and Hollywood. For instance; the cabin scenes are almost a direct lift from the original "Evil Dead." Then, there's the storyboard art, which features a dead ringer of the Marvel Comics Ghost Rider from the 1970's. Plus, all those real-life B-movie titles that starstruck Dean keeps dropping! The funniest scenes of all, however? The fake trailers for "Hell Hazers 2," just before station break. And, the ending bit where Sam and Dean walk off into a backdrop painting of a sunset. Priceless!!!moreless
  • A meta-meta-meta episode, and it's incredibly fun!

    9.0
    After Tall Tales another filler episode which is both undeniably fun and brilliantly entertaining. Ben Edlund is a genius and his scripts are always clever, witty, bitingly sarcastic and really, really fun. It's a pleasure to watch some good, Monster of the Week, humorous episode from time to time, and relieve the tension and the angst that are our usual fare with Supernatural. I adore that the show is grim and sad and suffering, but once in a while I utterly enjoy just to grab an iced soda and some chips and watch an hilarious episode. And when it's a meta-episode like this one, I'm even more happy!



    Here, we have: a movie in a movie, jokes an film executives and producers, jokes on directors and writers, jokes on actors (and method actors); plus a great insight on how a film is actually produced. And the supernatural storyline, although slightly predictable, is clever and twisted enough to keep my attention high!



    Considering the emotional impact of the last few episode of Season Two ("What is and What Should Never Be" and "All Hell Breaks Loose" in particular), I'm grateful that we also had "Tall Tales" and "Hollywood Babylon" to cheer things up a little.moreless
  • Going behind the scenes.

    9.0
    This episode excels in an area that Supernatural isn't quite known for; its comedy. Just lots of laugh out loud moments, like that remark of Matt Damon, and the countless references to other horror movies. Does a great job of utilizing the popular culture jokes. Though where this episode is especially funny is the inside jokes it generates, most notably the whole running gag of being a PA; nicely done that kept on building upon itself over and over throughout. And Dean fitting comfortably well with the whole crew and being distracted of doing his job of hunting down the ghost is a nice little treat of character development.



    The other thing it does really well is get us a sneak peak of how hectic it is behind the scenes of a movie in Hollywood. Fleshed out with great detail. The ironic part of this episode is that the one thing it does averagely is what it is most known for; the whole supernatural side of things. Predictable, and the antagonist is pretty uninspiring. Probably would have been better off developing some of the characters and jokes more rather than try to incorporate the horror side for the sake of keeping to its namesake, but that would probably have garnered a lot of complains from fans.moreless
  • McG guest-stars in this ridiculous and humorous episode

    8.3
    After the previous episode "Heart," this episode seems a little lackluster. Not really much happens in it besides Dean getting to see what it's like to work in Hollywood, and that was slightly entertaining. As for the MotW, it wasn't anything that great. In fact, it was just a screenwriter summoning spirits because hollywood producers screwed around with his original movie script. As I said before, lackluster.



    It was pretty neat to see McG in the show, as he is one of the main producers for it. I enjoyed watching the Hollywood producers get their comeuppance and trying to figure out what was going on. I like twists as much as the next person, and after the fake death at the beginning, I was intrigued as to what was actually going on.



    I keep hoping that one of these episodes will bring the yellow eyed man to the forefront, but no luck so far. I'm not one to complain too much though, and I still find the show to be as compelling as ever. I personally believe Supernatural is underrated and that if it was on any other channel besides the CW, it would have much better ratings and recognition.



    Overall, this was a pretty good episode, but with too much humor and not enough thrills.moreless
  • I'm glad this movie isn't real!

    8.0
    In this episode Sam and Dean are on a movie set (very crappy acting on that set too) because they heard that the set was haunted by a ghost. They find out that a guy was paid to play the victim of the ghost and that he is alive and well. But then there are real hauntings on the set by famous people. And there is one real bad death when a man gets sucked into a giant fan. Sam and Dean, as always, figure out what is happening and there is an awsome way to watch the ghosts coming to them on a cell phone. They end up on the roof with the man that summoned them (the spirits) and all his effots at sabotaging the movie backfires on him and so do the spirits.



    The movie man that Sam and Dean saved put everything that happened into the movie and Sam wasn''t imperessed.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sam says that the electrician, Billy Beaird, died in the giant fan. The brothers confirm that Beaird was cremated, but later Walter summons his spirit repeatedly to kill first Jay and then Marty.

    • Trivia: When the trailer for Hell Hazers 2 begins, the movie rating screen says Hell Hazers has been approved by the "American Association for Motion Pictures." In reality it is the "Motion Picture Association of America." Also, it says that the film has not been rated and underneath, in small print, it says "Not Yet Written, Cast, Shot, Edited or Scored."

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Dean: Sam, check it out, it's Matt Damon.
      Sam: Yeah, pretty sure that's not Matt Damon.
      Dean: No, it is.
      Sam: Well Matt Damon just picked up a broom and started sweeping.

    • Sam: Dude, you wanted to come to L.A.
      Dean: Yeah, for vacation! I mean, swimming pools and movie stars. Not to work.
      Sam: Does this look like swimming-pool weather to you, Dean? It's practically Canadian.

    • Dean: Oh, like Poltergeist?
      Sam: It could be a poltergeist.
      Dean: No, no, no. Like the movie, Poltergeist. (Sam looks confused) You know nothing of your cultural heritage, do you?

    • Brad: Who says horror has to be dark? It's kind of depressing, don't you think?

    • Brad: Uh, excuse me, green-shirt guy? Yeah, yeah, you, come here. Could you get me a smoothie from Craft?
      Dean: You want a what from who?

    • Dean: What's a PA?
      Sam: I think they're kinda like slaves.

    • Sam: So what do you think?
      Dean: Well, I think being a PA sucks, but the food these people get? Are you kidding me? I mean, look at these things, they're like miniature Philly cheese steak sandwiches, they're delicious! (offers one to Sam, who looks grossed out)
      Sam: Maybe later.

    • Martin: Jay, the poor guy killed himself. Like, for real. Shouldn't we shut it down or something?
      Jay Wiley: We had a moment of silence for him at breakfast. He was just a studio guy.

    • Tara: Why would a ghost be afraid of salt?
      McG: Marty!
      Marty: Yo.
      McG: What do you think?
      Marty: I'm not married to salt. What do you want? Are we still sticking with condiments?
      McG: Mmm, it just sounds different, not better. What else would a ghost be scared of?
      Walter: You gotta be kidding me.
      Marty: What would a ghost be scared of? Maybe, uh, maybe shotguns.
      McG: That makes even less sense than salt.

    • Dean: This map is totally worth the $5 bucks. Hey, we gotta go check out Johnny Ramone's grave when we're done here.
      Sam: You want to dig him up too?
      Dean: Bite your tongue, heathen!

    • (Trailer for "Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning")
      Announcer: They never forgive. They never forget. And this summer they're coming back again to settle the score... AGAIN!

    • Sam: You know, maybe the spirits are trying to shut down the movie because they think it sucks. 'Cause, I mean, it kind of does.

    • Walter: You two can leave, but Martin's gotta stay.
      Dean: Sorry, can't do that. It's not that we like him or anything, it's a matter of principle.

    • Martin: I cannot believe there's an afterlife.
      Dean: Oh, there's an afterlife all right. But mostly it's a pain in the ass.

    • Sam: How's it going in here?
      Dean: It's going really good, man. Tara has really stepped up her performance. I think it's probably from all the sense memory stuff she's drawing on.
      Sam: Sense memory?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Sam: Dean, you know when I ask how it's going here I'm talking about the case, right? We don't really work here.

    • Wendy: But if they're in Hell, how can they hear us?
      Mitch: They must have super-hearing!

    • (Sam and Dean stop the fan)
      Martin: You are one hell of a PA!
      Dean: I know.

    • Sam: After seventy-five years, she suddenly goes homicidal. I mean, why now?
      Dean: I don't know. Maybe she's mad they're making a scary flick.
      Sam: Come on. Is it really that scary?

  • NOTES (20)

    • There is no Then and Now like in previous episodes.

    • Music: Green Peppers by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, I've Got the World on a String by Frank Sinatra

    • Injoke: One of the people who died on Stage 9 in 1966, due to a run-in with a giant fan, is an electrician named Billy Beaird. Billy Beaird is a best boy electrician who works on Vancouver productions.

    • Injoke: Many of the crew on Hell Hazers II shown on the trailer are crew on the show: Robert Ulrich (casting), Jerry Wanek (production designer) Serge Ladouceur (director of photography), and Jay Gruska (music)

    • Injoke: The main actress likes to take Polaroids of the cast to "kill time." This is a reference to Jensen Ackles' pastime on set, taking photos of the cast and crew in between takes.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 6, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: June 4, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: July 9, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: April 22, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: August 26, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: April 5, 2009 on NET5
      New Zealand: May 29, 2009 on TV2

    • In-Joke: Brad Redding, the studio guy who keeps trying to make strange changes to the show, is played by Gary Cole. Gary Cole starred in the series Crusade which had poor ratings that many blamed on strange changes forced on the show by the studio.

    • In-Joke: When Sam and Dean go to confront Martin about the summoning rituals contained in the script, we catch a glimpse of three movie posters on the wall of the office where Martin is found on the phone. The middle poster is for a movie called Monster Truck and features the truck from the 13th episode of Season 1, "Route 666."

    • Injoke: While eating the mini Philly cheese steaks, Dean comments on how wonderful the food is that these people get to eat. This is a joke referencing the fact that during the entire first season of shooting this show, the cast and crew constantly complained about how bad the Craft Services was. It improved for the second season when a new company was brought in to provide that service.

    • In-Joke: The tour guide mentions a place where they shot Lois & Clark. Robert Singer, executive producer of Supernatural, was also the executive producer of Lois & Clark.

    • In-Joke: The set they are using to the movie, is like a replica of the movie The Evil Dead, and the script is very similar to the movie.

    • In-Joke: For the movie, McG and Marty are tossing around ideas of what a ghost might be afraid of. They say that salt is silly, but shotguns make even less sense than salt. Sam and Dean frequently use shotguns loaded with salt to dispel ghosts.

    • In-Joke: Just before they start the shot with the actors in the cabin the sound clapperboard says Roll 6, Scene 6, Take 6. It is a reference to the number of the "Beast," 666 has been used in countless horror movies and TV.

    • In-Joke: When Dean goes to talk to Tara he says he loved her in Boogeyman and she says it had a terrible script. Boogeyman was written by show creator Eric Kripke.

    • In-joke: At one point, a rack of Sam and Dean's costumes is rolled by, and Sam gives it a long glance.

    • In-joke: Near the beginning when Brad is complaining about why the movie is so dark and that it should be lighter is referencing how dark fans say many of the episodes of Supernatural are, especially the pilot. In many places it is so dark it is difficult to see what is going on.

    • In-Joke: in the beginning of the show when Tara has problems with screaming at the tennis ball, the director,"McG", tells her that it is for the CG registration and that when Ivan and the effects guys get done with it, it will be terrifying. Ivan Hayden is the Visual Effects Supervisor for 13 episodes of Supernatural, including the Season 2 finale. And interviews with Jensen and Jared have included stories of how they have had to deal with acting to a tennis ball or painted X on the floor and then later seeing what the CG crew has managed to cook up for the scene.

    • The Hell Hazer II ad used scenes from "Scarecrow," "Route 666" "Bloodlust," and "Dead Man's Blood."

    • In-joke: Regan Burns who played the film's director is called "McG." Referencing executive producer Joseph "McG" McGinty Nichol.

    • In-joke: Sam mentions that the Los Angeles weather is like Canadian weather. They are actually filming in Canada.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Title
      The name of this episode is from the book of the same title written by Kenneth Anger detailing the scandals of celebrities from the 1900s to the 1950s.

    • Tour Guide: To the right here is Stars Hollow, it is the setting for the television series Gilmore Girls.
      Referencing the WB (now CW) series that started in 2000 and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Jared Padalecki (Sam) starred on the series as Rory Gilmore's boyfriend, Dean.

    • Sam: Well, Matt Damon just picked up a broom and started sweeping.
      A reference to the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, featuring Matt Damon in the title role as Will Hunting, who is a janitor at MIT.

    • Dean: What, you mean like Poltergeist?
      This line is a direct reference to the movie Poltergeist (1982), in which a ghost frequently haunts a house with a little girl.

    • Dean: You know this is where they filmed Creepshow?
      Referencing the 1982 movie Creepshow, directed by George Romero and starring Stephen King, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, and E.G. Marshall.

    • Dean: It's like 3 Men and a Baby all over again.
      3 Men and a Baby is a 1987 movie starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg. A rumor has persisted for many years that the figure of a ghostly spirit of a dead boy and the gun that he killed himself with appears in the movie.

    • Dean: Hey, we gotta go check out Johnny Ramone's grave when we're done here.
      Johnny Ramone (real name John Cummings) was a founding member and the guitarist of the punk band The Ramones. He died of cancer at the age 55 on September 15th, 2004 at his home in Los Angeles.

    • Dean: Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...
      This is an allusion to the 1988 movie, Die Hard starring Bruce Willis, in which a New York cop meddles with terrorists as they hold hostages in an LA office building.

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