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Though it had a few good moments, in my opinion as a whole, "After School Special" ranks with stinkers like "Bugs" as one of the worst episodes of the Supernatural series, second only in my mind to "Yellow Fever" which, coincidentally, was written by the same writers.

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iontas
Feb. 4th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
While I sort of liked the episode, I did feel like I was watching something written maybe in the 70s, where people were often portrayed as just walking into undercover jobs like that. I agree that today it is just silly. You made a whole lot of really great points, some that had me laughing just to think of them. I agree, sentence the writers to ghostfacers!
zazreil
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
LOL

Thanks for writing

Zaz
lomer
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I worked as an assistant to a clarical assistant one summer in 2001. To basically be a glorified typist and gofer, I still had to be thoughrowly checked out and I worked at the school board and never came in contact with children. They do a full search on you and I imagine Dean's FBI issues and multiple death certificates might be a problem. I doubt Dean would use his real name... but I'm pretty sure they FINGERPRINTED me and ran me through all the databases to work that summer.

And I agree the episode had some REALLY clunky moments. I mostly enjoyed it because I accept that Supernatural is sometimes a silly show, but yeah... there were some awkward moments especially in dialogue choices.
zazreil
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Thanks commenting

Zaz
thaliae
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Hi - I've just scanned through the comments and everyone seems to be making some valid points, though having gone to school in the UK I have no frame of reference at all!

I would just say though, the beginning where Sam goes into the psychiatric facility to talk to the first possessed girl? Want to talk about something more difficult to get access to than a substitute teacher position? A locked psychiatric facility that holds patients that have committed criminal acts. Try medical/nursing professional body registration + criminal background check done by the organisation employing you + original certificate of qualifications + mandatory induction and personal safety done by the organisation employing you + occupational health visit + contact with the police....the list goes on. That's what I saw more than the school details because I work in the medical profession not the teaching one. And if we can just blithely assume that Sam gets in there, there's no reason Dean can't get into the school as a member of staff, though I agree, using his own name seems to jar quite a lot. I just assumed they used false identities for this kind of stuff...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that a script writers grasp of how details of any particular organisation work will always be less than that of individuals who are part of it, stands to reason. I'm sure to anyone who works in law enforcement there are similar issues, and that we all pull out the bits we know about to criticise. This is not to say that I don't have problems with the episode (the bus scene was really slay-by-numbers) but that I'm used to cutting TV shows a lot of slack just as soon as hospitals come into the picture.

My problem is that as a fan and a fanficcer I am glad of the info provided about the boys' past - I just loved the young Sam scenes - so overall I'm glad the episode happened, but that doesn't mean I can't wish it was better written. What I find with these writers is that nothing grips me, so maybe it's what someone was saying about being jolted out of the moment continually...anyway, those are my ramblings, just for a little bit of a different perspective.
zazreil
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I think the psych ward doesn't bother me as much because I just figured Sam snuck in for 20 minutes or so, which improbably is different from actually working there. Its the actual holding a job that makes me a little buggy, I could have seen Sam and Dean posing as Janitorial staff or repair men or prospective parents etc and getting away with it but not actually taking a teaching job

I agree I love the idea of the episode and Colin got Sam's deadly look down pat but I wish it were better written

Thanks for writing

Zaz
sarcasticval
Feb. 6th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
I'm the child of a teacher and I went to high school in the same era as the boys, for what it's worth. I actually really enjoyed the episode and will continue to do so after your review, but you make some very valid points that never occurred to me. (Like that thing with the bus! DUDE YES.) I don't think those details are necessarily things that would jump out at the average viewer, but now that you mention them I do find myself scratching my head.
zazreil
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
As it usually is, I think the times when the boys and we went to school were more innocent than they are now. Columbine happened in 1999 - And Mary Kay Letourneau 1997, to name a few major cases have impacted how schools are run and so rules and policies today are different.

Thanks for writing

Zaz
sarcasticval
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't necessarily call those times more innocent (In terms of violence, that is. Fashion? Sex? YES.). I'm a year older than Sam, and I was there in the thick of it for Columbine and all the bomb threats and armed guards and police lock-downs that followed. However, I do agree that because of those instances policy has changed dramatically since the early nineties.

Either way, you've given me things to think about.
zazreil
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Exactly - the show took place in 97. I wonder if Columbine made any changes in how John had the boys switching schools. Maybe after Columbine it was harder to transfer so much so that would have given Sam a year and a half in a stead school and would have made getting into college easier than if he moved around as much as he did in Freshman year

Zaz
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