Show bleed

It's more like having a friend than watching a TV show. Or something. Random stuff keeps making me think of it. (Maybe it's hiatus-brain. Anyone else suffering from that particular ailment?)

Mission Impossible (1996): crawling through the air ducts to get to the secure computer terminal. Immediately reminded of Dean crawling through the air ducts in “Jump the Shark”.

X-files (two of the meta episodes): different people telling their versions of the same incidents. Constant mental flashes to “Tall Tales”, and a little bit of “Roadkill”. Also, the one where Mulder (maybe) ends up on a time-traveling, Nazi-infested cruise liner made me think of just about every single time-traveling episode SPN’s done, and how they all had legitimate in-show reasons for existing. (And then “The Vessel” made me think of the X-files episode, and really, for all that the X-files had some great visuals and a decent atmosphere of tension, (as far as I could tell) in the end it accomplishes *nothing*, plot- and character-wise, except to remind us that Mulder is reckless and Scully will do whatever’s required to save him. At least the SPN episodes either a) explain backstory, b) provide the characters with needed information for season arc, or c) give the boys a chance to kill the monster of the week. But I suppose this can just be chalked up as another reason I’ve watched only a handful of X-files episodes—the shows have very different sensibilities, and I enjoy only one of them.)

Top Hat (1935): the closing dance number, where Fred and Ginger are dancing to “Cheek to Cheek”. I’ve had this song stuck in my head for days, and finally realized what I’m actually mentally hearing is a mash-up of Fred’s version with Alistair’s, from “On the Head of a Pin”—which is a bit surreal and creepy.

Fried mac'n'cheese bites at the deli where I get lunch: Dean would probably think they were awesome; Sam might try them out of nostalgia for his brother's childhood cooking. (They're really tasty, BTW.)
In all fairness to X-files, working with a lousy 6 eps doesn't even give the show a chance to flesh out much for the season. Now, in 20 - 22 eps they might be able to accomplish more cohesion in story lines.

I'm a long time X-files fan and when the show was on they were giving you pieces of both lead characters backgrounds but they also had longer seasons as well.
I was speaking of some of the episodes from the show's original running--I know they've had a brief revival season, but I haven't watched anything from it.

Of the X-files episodes I've seen, I highly enjoyed the meta ones, and even the Nazi-infested cruise liner story, although the ending fell a bit flat. And the Cops crossover is an example of how genre mash-ups can give you half your story. I respect the show a lot--but I've seen enough to know that as a whole it's not to my taste. I just don't enjoy the conspiracy thing, and I spend half my time wanting to slap Mulder. :P
Ailment? I prefer to call it inspiration. :)

But yes, everything is SPN for me, and not just during hiatus.
True, true. :P

The whole time I was watching the Mission: Impossible scene, I was thinking of poor Dean in those air ducts, with nothing but a flashlight and the likelihood of either a dead body or a monster waiting for him around each corner.