Supernatural: ‘The French Mistake’ Preview – Meta-tastic!

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:05 am,

Supernatural, perhaps more than any other ongoing genre television series, is known for referencing its own fictional existence, stopping just short of pointing and laughing at the audience through the television screen.

Indeed, several episodes throughout the series have, for lack of a better phrase, “gone full-blown meta,” including season two’s “Hollywood Babylon”, season four’s “The Monster at the End of the Book”, season five’s “Changing Channels”, and now, maybe more than ever, tomorrow night’s “The French Mistake”. Below, we have video previews and images to whet your appetite.

In “Hollywood Babylon”, Sam and Dean found themselves on the set of a Hollywood horror movie directed by McG, who, as it so happens, produces Superatural. “The Monster at the End of the Book” was about Sam and Dean discovering that their lives had already been written down as a series of trashy horror/fantasy novels. And “Changing Channels” was about the Winchester brothers being transported to a “television world” where they had to live through TV show after TV show after TV show (analogs of Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, and Three’s Company appeared).

“The French Mistake” seems to be a culmination of all these metafictional ideas. Sam and Dean have been transported to the set of their own television show – Supernatural – by Balthazar, the rogue angel. In this world, Sam and Dean are recognized as Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and they’re forced to endure things like “makeup,” “acting,” and Bill Murray’s half-brother Brian Doyle-Murray as their director. (Also — Genevieve Cortese, the second actress to play the now-dead Ruby, returns as Jared Padalecki’s real-life wife. )

Check out the videos below:

“The French Mistake” Preview

“The French Mistake” Extended Preview

“The French Mistake” Clip

Click on the images below to enlarge:

Last week’s episode, “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning”, though cleverly titled, was a bit of a letdown after two excellent outings in the form of “Like a Virgin” and “Unforgiven.” “The French Mistake” seems to be a return to form, so to speak.

If there’s one thing Supernatural does better than any other TV show out there – and the truth is, there are probably a number of things – it’s metafiction. Supernatural’s strange but effortless combination of action, horror, comedy, and tragedy is apparently the perfect place for breaking the fourth wall, believe it or not. Still, I wonder what meta-master Grant Morrison would think?

Supernatural airs Fridays @9pm on The CW.

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  1. Love the title.

  2. looks really good cant wait

  3. Love episodes like this…now only if they’d do another B&W. Also have an appearance of the Ghost Facers sometime in the season then I’d be happy.

  4. Changing Channels was the best episode for me. And also the Season 5 Finale.
    This one too seems like its headed for the top!
    Supernatural is such an addiction.

  5. Really looking forward to this episode it looks fantastic. I always love these type of episodes they are always great.

    One of my fave episodes ever is the Ground Hog day episode where Dean keeps dying. I’ve never laughed more during anything as I did in that episode. Almost every 3 seconds was another big laugh. Then it all ended on a more serious note and really drove the season arc home for Sam. It was a great episode all around covering all the bases.

    • Also the rabbits foot episode is hilarious. Sam is so sad and depressed with all the bad things happening to him. Trying to get gum off his shoe and it falls down the sewer that look on his face is just so funny or Dean throwing a pen in to a gun and saying “I’m batman” hilarious stuff.

    • Do these tacos taste funny to you?

  6. I want to see Ruby, and Misha, and the angel hitman. I so look forward to Fridays just so I can watch this show.

  7. Yes yes, it’s all very clevah.. lot of inbred tropes, wink-winks by the ton,
    making hip mudpies in the pop-culture sandbox, yada yada ad nauseum..
    too bad it all manages to fall flatter than the sum of its parts, with beats and setups
    you could drive a small import truck through.

    • Well, then. I guess we should all just stop watching?

    • I wonder how much thought he put into those words…it’s too bad he failed with them.

  8. no, is strictly extemporaneous. try it sometime. better yet, try respecting an opinion that’s not of your liking. it promotes emotional growth.

    • Try not going to the comment section of a specific episode that is clearly for the fans of a specific TV show and then insulting it just to try and aggravate them so you can get your troll quota for the day. I’m sure you discovered you didn’t like this amazing show 6 years ago so no need to come on to a topic for it in the middle of the 6th season and insult it just to stir up a mess with all it’s fans.

      try that