** (Spoiler Alert – if you have not yet watched the latest episode of “Supernatural”, please avert your eyes) **
Last night, “Supernatural” marked the milestone of its 200th episode by delivering an early valentine to its fans. “Fan Fiction” picked up with Normal Dean doing Normal Dean things (i.e. – fixing his beloved Impala in the parking lot of a bargain basement motel while Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” blares from the car stereo. Good to have you back, asshat). And he’s ready to roll, having found a new case for him and Sammy: the disappearance of a drama teacher at an all-girl’s school. Moose isn’t convinced that a random disappearance requires their particular brand of investigative skills, but Dean NEEDS this. What follows after is an hour brimming with references to past episodes via a musical production of Carver Edlund’s “Supernatural” books/gospels, which is being put on by the school’s drama department and which also happens to be the reason for all the weird activity. But the featured creature (a nightmarish scarecrow-beast controlled by Calliope, the muse of epic poetry) pales in comparison to the bizarre sight of a bunch of teenage girls dressed up like Sam, Dean, Bobby, Castiel, John and Mary while belting out original numbers with names such as “The Road So Far” and “A Single Man Tear”. At first, i thought it was all very cheesy and strange, but the longer i watched, the more i liked, and by the time the girls ended their production with a very moving rendition of Kansas’ “Carry On, Wayward Son”, i was wiping away a single fangirl tear. Here are the moments i loved best, in no particular order:
** The mashup of all the title cards from the past decade.
** “Destiel”, the girls’ awesomely perfect celebrification of Dean and Castiel’s complicated relationship.
** The girls’ willingness to believe that monsters were real, but very nearly ROFLOL-ing at the absurdity of Sam’s revelation that he and Dean were THE Sam and Dean. “You guys are way too old to play Sam and Dean Winchester. Maybe a Rufus/Bobby combo.” Love it.
** Sam being told by one of the girls that if he cuts his hair, he’d “make a pretty good Dean”.
** Dean breaking the 4th wall and looking directly at all of us early in the episode.
** Every …single…one of Jensen Ackles’ facial expressions.
** the Samulet.
** Upon stumbling into rehearsal for the girls’ musical production about their life, a mortified Dean decrying, “If there was singing – and that’s a big if – if there was singing, it would be classic rock, not this Andrew Floyd Webber crap.”
** Last but not least, the gasp-inducing surprise return of Chuck Shurley, aka Carver Edlund, author of the “Supernatural” book series/gospels (and possibly God). Welcome back, Chuck. Hope to see you again soon.
All-in-all, this was a purely passionate (and much appreciated) love letter to the fans, and it all comes down to Calliope’s pitch-perfect explanation of Supernatural’s appeal: ” ‘Supernatural’ has everything: life, death, resurrection, redemption, but above all, family – all set to music you can tap your toe to.”
Carry on, Sam and Dean. Nothing equals the splendor.