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  • Episode: LARP and the Real Girl (Season 8, Episode 11)
  • Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Andrea Brooks
  • Written By: Eric Kripke (creator), Robbie Thompson
  • Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Network: The CW
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Supernatural: LARP and the Real Girl Review

There is Supernatural and Supernatural Light

By Tim Janson     January 25, 2013

There are two very distinct types of Supernatural episodes which I think explains why the show has managed to survive into its 8th season.  There is Supernatural and Supernatural Light.  Despite a sense of death which hangs over the show…despite losing all their loved ones and facing down monsters and demons, the producers and writers never let the show lose its sense of humor.  They seem to know how far to push the Winchesters to the very edge of despair and then pull them back with a lighter episode at just the right time.

LARP and the Real Girl is one of those episodes.  Sam and Dean, galvanized by last week’s events, seem to be on the same page for the first time in quite a while.  They investigate the grisly deaths of two avid LARPers (Live Action Role Playing Game), leading them to Farmington Hills, Michigan (just 10 minutes from where I live!).  They discover the men played a LARP called Moondoor, leading them to a nearby park where the players dress up as knights, elves, and orcs, acting out their characters in cheesy, nerdy fashion.

They are surprised to find their one-time ally Charlie, last seen in the season 7 finale, is the “Queen” of Moondoor.  But behind the role-playing there is true magic going on.  One of the players has found an actual book of magic and is forcing a fairy named Gilda to use her powers for evil so that he can gain control of the game.

Sam and Dean are forced to play along when one of the LARPers calls them out on their phony FBI identifications but think they are just mixing genres.  As in the western-themed episode of a few years ago, Dean happily dives in donning chainmail and fake sword.  Plot wise, the episode isn’t as good as some of the other comedic episodes.  It’s certainly not on a par with this season’s "Hunteri Heroici" episode but it did feature one of the great scenes in the history of the show.  I place it on a par with Dean dropping his pants and yelling “Pudding!” from a few seasons back.  Once the villain has been defeated, the boys decide to join in the fun with Dean, dressed as William Wallace and barking out Wallace’s speech from Braveheart.  You could not help but laugh out loud at that.


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fenngibbon 1/25/2013 4:48:41 AM

 Is this the second or third time Sam and Dean have been caught out on their fake FBI ID's?  This time I hope one of them was taking notes as to the flaws.

In addition to the Western themed episode and ths one, I would add the Eliot Ness episode to the list of Proof That Dean Likes to Play Dress-Up.

And isn't it a little weird when a show has an episode takes place somewhere you're familiar with?  X-Files did that once, and all I could think was how the local newspaper office looked nothing like that (I think they were trying to go for a small town Main Street vibe, but the actual newspaper was at the time located in a rather sprawling building on one of the main strips in a region wih over 200,000 people living there).

tjanson 1/25/2013 9:07:19 AM

Fenngibbon, the funny thing is that while it was in Farmington Hills, it was Oakland County Sheriffs on the scene of the murders.  That IS accurate as Farmington Hills is in Oakland country but wonder why they did not use Farmington Hills PD.  They made it look like a small rural town.  Farmington Hills is actually an upscale suburb but who would know besides those of us that live here.

Chopsaki 1/25/2013 12:37:42 PM

FU to Directv & CW, git er done!

FerretJohn 1/25/2013 12:41:29 PM

tjanson, I usually have similar comments whenever I watch Leverage or any other show filmed in Portland, the guys are walking down one street then turn a corner onto a street that's actually on the other side of town.  My favorite has always been The Hunted (Tommy Lee Jones & Benicio Del Toro), Del Toro jumps from the light-rail train off the Hawthorne Bridge (I was there when they were filming that scene, that bridge isn't equiped with a light-rail track) into the river (which I REALLY would not recommend swimming in) and escapes, climbing out of the river near the Oregon City Falls which would be fifteen miles away upstream.  Del Toro should've been in the Olympics, he would've made Michael Phelps look like Pee-Wee Herman.

karas1 1/27/2013 7:43:44 PM

I frequently have that problem when Law and Order or another show set in NYC talks about going to see a prisoner in Sing Sing or someone else anywhere in Westchester.  I grew up in Ossining and it is about an hour from the city.  From the fuss they make about going there you would think it's up near the Canadian border! 

And various other Westchester towns, thickly settled suburban areas, are portrayed as rural backwaters, complete with fields full of cows.  LOL

I can't remember the Winchester boys ever going to New York.  Don't we have any supernatural dangers here to be protected from?



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