Supernatural: Slumber Party Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Source: Mania.com

One of the things that Supernatural has always done better than other shows is to take a breather from its main storylines to give fans episode that is self-contained and largely requiring little if any knowledge of what is going on in the rest of the show.  There are no angels or demons this week…no Castiel, no Kevin Tran…But, we do get one of our favorite recurring characters making her first appearance of season 9.  Bubbly, quirky Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day) is back and if she’s back, you know we are going to get one of those oddball episodes of Supernatural.

The episode begins in 1935 not long after the Men of Letters bunker has been constructed.  Dorothy Gale (of the Wizard of Oz) arrives at the bunker with the Wicked Witch of the West, and seeking the Men’s help in destroying the seemingly invincible witch.  Cut to the present as the Winchesters discover that the bunker is controlled by a decade’s old computer which seemingly is powered by magic.  The boys call in old friend and computer expert Charlie to help them out.  Dean unwittingly releases Dorothy and the Witch from an old jar of goo where Dorothy had trapped the both of them back in 1935.

While the brothers try to fight the witch with no success, Charlie works with Dorothy to make poppy seed bullets which can hurt the witch.  The witch is trying to find the key to Oz to bring an army into our world and Charlie discovers that the Oz books written by L. Frank Baum contain the clues they need to kill the witch.  It’s also revealed that Baum was a member of the Men of Letters.

Leave it to Supernatural to turn in a dark take on the Oz books and make it both silly and terrifying at the same time.  The Wicked Witch doesn’t look anything like Margaret Hamilton’s iconic role from the 1939 film although I suspect that has something to do with the likeness being trademarked.  This witch looks more traditional and hag like with nary a hint of green skin.  And Dorothy Gale certainly doesn’t look anything like Judy Garland.  She actually looks more like Amelia Earhart.  

The Winchesters finally did something I’ve been hoping for since last season and that was to start exploring the Men of Letters bunker.  It’s been described as the safest place on Earth and yet the boys have been using it for little more than a motel.  The fact that L. Frank Baum was revealed to have been a member sets up the Men of Letters as the Supernatural version of the Priory of Scion, the group made famous in “The Da Vinci Code”.  The members are not just learned men but also, apparently, men of status and fame.

Maybe a little on the silly side, this week’s episode was still a nice breather from the show’s ongoing events.

 

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Mania Grade: B+
Episode: Slumber Party (Season 9, Episode 4)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Mark Sheppard, Felicia Day
Written By: Robbie Thompson
Directed By: Robert Singer
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Bros.
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