SOME of our favourite Supernatural episodes over the past eight seasons have been the humorous, even wacky ones.
Most of them are wickedly funny, like Mystery Spot or Bad Day at Black Rock in season three.
Every now and then they don't quite hit the mark - I'm remembering Dean trying to draw the sword from the stone in Like a Virgin in season six.
Season eight, so far, as been a serious season, but in episode eight Hunteri Heroici, the writers deliver 40 odd minutes that combine humour with further revelations about both Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Castiel (Misha Collins).
Hunteri Heroici, at 8.30pm tonight on Eleven, is already drawing comparisons to season five's Changing Channels episode.
In Changing Channels, rated a fan favourite of season five, the boys were thrust into TV land and forced to act out characters in various TV programs by a character we thought at that stage was "The Trickster". In tonight's episode Sam and Dean face a series of bizarre deaths that seem to be connected to the world of animation (think the Road Runner, X marks the spot for falling anvils, etc).
But never fear, the boys have a new hunter to help them out - Castiel, who's declared that while he can't go back to heaven because of the devastation he wrought there, he'd still like to help people and how better than by becoming a hunter.
New hunter Castiel ends up with the best line of this episode: "I'll go interrogate the cat." (You have to be there!)
The episode also provides Dean (Jensen Ackles) with opportunities to show his comic timing as he finds himself in an animation bubble where his gun shoots out a flag with the words "bang" on it and the words Hunterus Heroicus appear under his name as he fights a villain suitably called Grotesques Villainus.
At the same time, faced with this dream animation world, Sam begins to realise his life with Amelia was just the same - a dream, an escape. It still doesn't excuse him for doing nothing while his brother fought, kicked and killed his way through, and eventually out of Purgatory.
Hunteri Heroici rates high on the gore scale with a few splatter moments but otherwise is plain fun with some laugh-out-loud moments.
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