Supernatural: LARP and the Real Girl
By Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Spoiler Alert! Season Eight, Episode Eleven.
Supernatural finally brought everything back to basics this week, delivering a wonderfully hilarious episode that Supernatural fans should not miss.
The primary indicator that this episode would remind everyone why the world loves the show was the very beginning. Ye old Supernatural blood splatter was back from the get go as an unsuspecting victim was drawn and quartered in his locked apartment. A witty sheriff with an epic mustache, with the help of a Garth-turned-Bobby lead, got the Winchesters to Moondoor – a live-action role-playing medieval village. And who was the Queen of Moondoor? Why, none other than Charlie Bradbury, the redhead hacker turned heroine of Season Seven.
Speaking of recurring roles, a character we should be seeing more of in Supernatural is Garth Fitzgerald. With Bobby gone and his role being filled by Garth, the natural progression of things seems to head in the direction of seeing more of him. Or how he puts it: “being Garth-ed.” His ability to track the brothers down to assign them jobs shows he can handle the pressure, but we’re going to need more than a hint of a voice at the end of the line. Where are the face-to-face conversations about things found in Bobby’s books? Would Bobby have found the symbol that was the clue to solving the mystery this episode? But more importantly, why did they not call Garth? Garth is a great character, he’s received a lot of stick in the past for seeming like a filler personality, but let’s consider otherwise. Garth facilitated the scene where the brothers dealt with Bobby’s absence and is now facilitating the episodes where the brothers need distractions from their heartache/lack of demon hunting. We need a Bobby and for now, Garth will have to keep showing us that he can fill his big sarcastic and lovingly overbearing shoes.
This episode brought in the gaming factor as Sam and Dean were thrown into the world of LARPing. Dean enjoyed himself just enough for audiences’ liking; even Sam gave into the world’s charm by the end of the episode. The deciding influence making this one of my favorite episodes of the season was one thing alone: Dean suiting up medieval style and absolutely loving it. Reminiscent of Dean’s excitement to gear up this week was the time he Wild Wild West-ed it up for his first meet with Samuel Colt. Moments like these remind Supernatural audiences that Dean isn’t always a big, bad torturer of paranormal souls, but he can also have a childish and endearing side that loves dressing up and playing Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Side note: if you’re reading this and haven’t seen the episode, at LEAST watch the last sixty seconds, they are priceless.
Speaking of two sides to one person: the “very powerful Mage”-turned-cry-baby suspect was a funny twist to a bad situation, reinforcing Supernatural’s ‘back-to-basics’ theme this week. Another appreciated aspect to this episode was that they acknowledged the ghosts of Supernatural’s past, finally mentioning Leviathan again and the effect it almost had on the world. Bringing Charlie Bradbury back was a great move – one I had hoped they would make this season. Then, she was the girl who saved the world while singing. Now, she’s the girl who gave Dean the opportunity to recite the speech from Braveheart before charging at the opposition. By fan rule, they have to bring her back at least four more times. But for now, this episode will do.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars