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  • Episode: Pac-Man Fever (Season 8, Episode 20)
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Felicia Day
  • Written By: Robert Thompson
  • Directed By: Robert Singer
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
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Supernatural: Pac-Man Fever Review

The boys go Djinn Hunting

By Tim Janson     April 28, 2013


The Winchesters old friend Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day), last seen earlier this season in “Larp and the Real Girl”, returns to help the brothers with a case where several victims have had their insides liquefied.  As Sam continues to struggle with the physical effects of his tablet trials, Charlie joins Dean in posing as an FBI agent to investigate the latest victim.  This sets up some hilarious scenes as Charlie struggles to maintain her character despite her background in playing live-action roleplaying games.

Sam is trying to shake off the effects of the trials but can’t even come close to hitting his target in the gun range when Dean tests him.  Charlie has studied the Winchester’s exploits once she was last seen and has even developed her own computer app of monster lore.  She helps the boys discover that the monster is a “bastard offshoot of a Djinn” that feeds on the fear of its victims.  In between hunting the Djinn, the Winchesters discover that Charlie has a secret past.  When Charlie is infected by the Djinn, Dean has to enter her dream and play out a live-action video game in the year 1951 to save her.

Like many of the episodes this season outside of the main plot involving the Prophet and the angel/demon tablets, the villain in “Pac-Man Fever” was humdrum.  Are the Supernatural writers running out of ideas?  Several monsters used in previous years have been recycled this season and to less than captivating results.  The Djinn wasn’t interesting and you knew right away who the monster was as.  The fact that they killed her with surprising ease only served to underscore this fact.

However, the always fun and quirky Felicia Day made the episode rise above the average villain.  Every time she appears in the series she steals the show with her brilliant but anxious character portrayal.  Her scene as she nervously stalls for time and probes the coroner for fashion tips was one of the highlights of the episode.  With her brains and computer hacking skills she could be a tremendous asset to the Winchesters and I hope we see more of her soon.  She, along with Garth, brings a zany, dynamic chemistry to the show.

Still waiting for the writers to do a bit more with the whole Men of Letters thing.  Other than giving the Winchesters a safe place to crash and a well-stocked library, there’s been little done to advance this plot element.


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DaForce1 4/28/2013 2:52:41 AM

 I found this episode to be the worst of the season. I even fell asleep in the last few minutes, woke up, went back, fell asleep again, and gave up. Honestly, I'm kind of hoping someone will give Felicia Day a show on some channel I don't get just so we can start cutting her boring cameos on other shows down. 

Tim, you call her quirky, I call her annoying. So much so, that here's to hoping that she gets offed by Crowley by the end of the season. This filler episode was an F all the way around. The writers could have easily made this one about the search for Kevin...or even the search for Cas, but instead we got a lame cameo from yet another quirky 'nerd' girl. Ugh.

DaForce1 4/28/2013 2:54:31 AM

 Oh, and Charlie didn't discover that the monster of the week was a Djinn...that was Dean using Papa Wincester's Book. 

Bryzarro 4/28/2013 9:36:56 AM

 Yeah this was a bad episode to me too. I would barely let it go with a C. Day was good for that episode last season but is nowhere close to what a good Supernatural natural should be.  I too find her annoying.  Please let this be the last of the writers trying to lure other fans into the show by casting the likes of Day. 

Get on with the season arc which it looks like next week will be.  But how about that closing scene with Sam. That was the best part of the episode to me. 

SarcasticCaveman 4/28/2013 5:50:02 PM

 Huh.  I love Felicia Day and her character.  I agree with the review, the "threat" in this episode was meager at best, but then again, in this episode the actual monster was kind of secondary.  It was Charlie letting go of her personal demons that was the real issue.  The Djhin just put the actions to do so in motion.  I'm still hoping for another Ghostfacers episode too.  I really miss those nerds.

TheSilentKiller 4/28/2013 8:33:09 PM

I thought Felicia was fine. She's no Bobby, but then - who is? I do agree with Caveman about the point of the episode, and the Djinn as a secondary focus.

But where did those wacky Nazi's get to?

SarcasticCaveman 4/28/2013 8:40:55 PM

 YES! Bring back the Nazis! (I would never EVER say that if it weren't for this show...LOL)

SarcasticCaveman 4/28/2013 8:43:43 PM

 I also thought it was a beautiful moment at the end when Charlie told Dean that she loved him, and he gave her the Han Solo response.  She trusted him enough to say the words, and he admires and respects her enough to know that she doesn't mean in an erotic way.  Name any other time that Dean Winchester wouldn't hit on a cute redhead or freak out after one said those words to him.  Talk about some character development.



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