Monday, July 13, 2009

Pop Culture in Supernatural

It makes sense that Sam and Dean would know a lot of pop culture. After all, they grew up locked in motel rooms with only the TV for company. Even now, they probably watch a lot of TV between cases. So it’s absolutely believable that even in the alternate Supernatural universe, our pop culture would be part of the boys’ lives.

There are the I.D.s, of course, which used to be more obscure but are now getting easirt to pick out. Tyler and Perry? Come on, guys. My favorites are Freeley and Simmons (when they were priests.)

Favorite movie quotes
“We’re not in Kansas anymore.” WIAWSNB
“Run, Forrest, run!” Wishful Thinking
A number of references to The Shining, especially after Sam’s abilities are revealed. Also a lot of Ghostbuster references, especially in Hell House. LOTS of Star Wars references, like “He full-on Obi-Wanned me,” from Simon Says, and “I love the guy but he writes like friggin' Yoda,” from Asylum.
“Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel.” Asylum
“Dude, I full-on Swayze'd that mother!” In My Time of Dying (I completely didn’t get this as I hated that movie and blocked it from my memory.)

Favorite TV quotes
“Candy-gram!” The Magnificent Seven
Comparing Sam to the protagonists of Medium and Ghost Whisperer. “Who’s the hotter psychic?”
A number of instances comparing themselves to Mulder and Scully from the X-Files.

Crushes on girls from 60s sitcoms
Debating the hotness of Barbara Eden vs. the actress from Bewitched WIAWSNB
Being offered Ginger and Mary Ann in season 4’s finale.

What they don’t know:
It really bothered me that Dean know Mary Poppins, or Mina and Jonathan Harker from Dracula, especially the latter. Yet he knows Kurt Vonnegut styles? Also, Molly Ringwald movies, since he refers to “Ducky love” in Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.
But I can see him not knowing what MySpace is. Sam’s the computer geek, after all.

References to the actors’ real lives
During Hollywood Babylon, they tour the studio where Gilmore Girls was filmed. Jared, natch, was in GG.
In Shadow, Meg says, “Oh, and I met what's-his-name, something Michael Murray - at a bar.” Chad Michael Murray was in Gilmore Girls with Jared.

Inspires own pop culture

Responding to “Bitch” with “Jerk.”

Naming the Impala Metallicar.

What are some other pop culture references you attribute to Supernatural? What are some of your favorite references?


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I can rationalize about anything. :) Dean seems to be more about the monster stuff, so I can buy that he usually watched Dracula with the sound off, late at night with Sam asleep, and never got the names.

Also, people aren't consistent. Mary Poppins isn't a movie his dad would have gotten them into, for example, and left on his own, it might not have been something he'd have chosen to watch.

My FAVORITE, though, is "The Suite Life of Zach and Cas." I know a lot of people are annoyed by that one, don't buy that he'd know it, but Disney stuff is EVERYWHERE. It's probably on two channels in most motel rooms. So he'd have flipped past it...and I know from experience how easy it is to get sucked in, even though it sucks. :) (I also like the influence of Eric Kripke being a dad, though that's kind of external.)