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Supernatural Review: Welcome to Oz

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Sam and Dean took a break from the fallen angel chaos to invite the always charming Charlie back to the Men of Letters Bunker for some computer fixing, Game of Thrones marathon watching and a fight against the famous Wicked Witch this week.

Was Supernatural testing the waters for a spin-off?

Certainly, the series has never stayed within the lines of what the show “should be” or “should do,” while delivering episodes that sound ridiculous and yet, somehow, manage to work. Just look at those like “The French Mistake,” “Changing Channels” or even “Monster Movie.”

And it is bold and daring to even attempt to try, but I’m glad that the series takes the risks of something new, even if it doesn’t always pay off, like the handheld camera episode, “Bitten.”

But did it work with Supernatural Season 9 Episode 4?

Charlie and Sam Winchester

I’m sure some fans were over the rainbow for this type of hour. Dorothy a hunter? Oz is real? Poppy seed bullets?

Providing a unique spin to the classic tale was cool, but unfortunately, the hour felt overly cheesy, the Wicked Witch wasn’t scary (what was that around her mouth?) and the “Aww shucks” feeling of the black and white past that mixed with the present took me out of what was going on.

I’m sure the cast and crew had a blast making this episode and the actors were perfectly fine in their roles. I just really didn’t care about the story the characters were involved in and the over the top tone that went along with it.

I mean, is Charlie even going to come back? Will Season 10 be when the gates to Oz are opened and Sam and Dean battle flying monkeys? Or was all of that lore simply for the sake of the one-off episode?

I like Charlie’s personality and her rapport with the brothers. She’s definitely a positive addition to the show (although, now that she’s in Oz, what does that mean?). It’s even fun to see her geek out over things like Lord of the Rings.

It was also good to see her interact with Dorothy and geek out over all of the real versions of the Oz story, even if I wasn’t as enamored with what was happening.

As for Dean lying to Sam about Ezekiel, that is going to backfire soon enough. It has to, but I wonder how dramatic the consequences will be. Might Sam leave? (And his thoughts on having a home make me feel like something is going to happen to the Men of Letters lair.)

Frankly, I’m getting a little tired of Ezekiel coming in to save someone from death. I know it drains him, but how many times is he going to do it? Maybe, I feel that way because it just happened last episode.

At least the hour acknowledged Castiel getting the boot at the end of “I’m No Angel,” and the brothers starting attempts to help their humanized angel friend and track other angels from afar. Still, a bit bummed he had to leave in the first place.

Crowley was a delight as always. He got to deliver some great lines. Mark Sheppard really knows how to make that character shine with such a sarcastic and devilish charm. It makes me wonder what’s going to happen when he finally breaks free from those chains.

Of course, the episode did end on a high note with Sam and Dean’s reactions to Oz before the doors closed, all set to AC/DC. It’s always a positive when the show uses classic rock.

I’m not necessary clicking any ruby red heels to see another Oz episode any time soon, and while I love the humor on this show, some of it felt too campy even for Supernatural standards. "Slumber Party" just wasn’t the type of hour that kept me on the edge of my seat or enthralled the whole way through. But no matter what type of episode graces our screens, it's obvious that there really is no place like the Supernatural home.

Did you enjoy the episode? Want an Oz-type spin-off? Sound off below!

Review

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I loved this episode, but hated how this week's one didn't do anything with it. Like a one-off failure despite how awesome it could have been. The potential storyline came out of left field but I was more than ready to run with it...and instead it's like they ditched it as suddenly as it appeared.

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I hate the character Charlie. I hope they were testing this episode for a spin-off so she will go away permanently. I didn’t like this deep wade through fantasyland, the campy dialogue, the plot holes (Dorothy doesn’t need a key to get into the MoL bunker??? – the MoL warded against all evil, unless they are dragged in in a sack???). Simply the worst SPN episode ever.

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I never really comment but I had to say I love Charlie ( Felicia Day). I have been a diehard supernatural fan, love the boys!
BUT Felicia Day adds a fresh feel to the show. She is witty , great to watch, and I love the lil sister feel of the interaction between brothers. She's fun to watch, simply.
Instead of a spinoff of supernatural type, adventures in Oz could be fun. Dorthy being a straight vs Charlie being a lesbian would be fun and appeal more to a wider audience. Both of them are adorable but very non threatening. I hate watching overly pretty actresses, we see that to much in TV as it is. Their characters are very relate able. Note if OZ is something they might do, or consider....hopefully it will be more edgy and adult like adventures and not so cheesy. With all the wonderland/once upon a time shows, this would be a definite watch on my schedule. Just food for thought.- @gerilsamuel

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@ Gerilynn

The second link. Sorry, don't know why that one got added.

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@ Gerilynn

If you are interested in watching a spin-off here is a petition about it for you to sign. It started today: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/...
https://www.change.org/petitio...

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I applaud SPN for trying something off the regular road in this episode. Parts of it worked for me, other parts did not. I couldn't put my finger on it, but cheezy sounds like a good word for some scenes.The Sam bedroom scene touched me in that we recall that Sam has really never known a home- not sure what he had season 8. In the end, it showed us Sam's perception and how it may have changed because of this episode. He sort of wakes up from his Slumber as homeless Sam and just maybe he will settle in a bit more as he comes to understand what home really means. But stability often brings sadness to Sam. And poor Castiel is without a home. Charlie is floating around from job to job and seems to have connected to Dorothy. Home is where you have people that love you not necessarily a mortar and brick building. Even if it is an Impala or a bunker- Dean gets it Even Crowley is "safe" from Abaddon as long as he is within the bunker-
Could there be a spin off? I would see it as a limited series not one that could arc over time like SPN. There would have to be so many legal clearances to obtain.
The witch had blood or gue around her mouth because Dorothy had cut our her tongue. It was important that she could not speak for a couple of reasons. 1. Who could imitate the voice from the original witch in the movie? 2. Crowley needed to be the conduit about the witche's quest for the key or Dean would never have thought to look for it amongst his organized porn. I felt that a funny line could have been cut off in that scene. The episode straddled between funny and serious. Dean and Sam possessed by the witch and being bad and those voices- funny and grave. Charlie giving it to Dean in the "nads"-priceless. I had hoped for more Ozlike travels for the Winchesters, but I get that copyrights, time and dollar limits impact the choices. The episode made its point"There is no place like home" on several levels. Although it was not edge of the seat material, most of it worked and the slow down of the momentum of the main arc seems quite deliberate albeit frustrating to me. AC/DC pulled it all together, because now we truly are ready to rock.

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@ debbab

If you are interested in watching a spin-off here is a petition about it for you to sign. It started today: https://www.change.org/petitio...

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Absolutely yes Charlie and Dorothy should be in a Supernatural Oz spin off. Like the idea of a dark reality interpretation of the fairytale fantastic Oz.

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@ Mark

If you are interested in an Oz spin-off there is a petition you could sign with that purpose in mind. It started today. https://www.change.org/petitio...

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I loved the episode and I would definitely like to see a spin-off! set in Oz! While Supernatural has some pretty rich mythology they have already explored the characteristics, origins, and realms of the monsters, demons and angels in depth. They could definitely benefit from developing longer and better storylines for the 2 main supernatural forces unaligned with Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory they have yet to dedicate more time than stand alone episodes every now and then: the fairies, along with their dimension called Avalon, and the pagan deities. Those factors would refresh the show. And at the end of the day, while most of the beings who answered to those three realms have been their enemies, the Winchesters have had friends or at least enemies/turned allies from the species of those places like Castiel from Heaven, Meg from Hell and Benny from Purgatory but they hadn't had a fairy really being of any significant help to them. As for the Pagans, well, Prometheus was definitely nicer than most of the pagans Supernatural showed but I wouldn't mind seeing Artemis back or even better, Kali. And Thor's hammer from the pagan auction in early season 8 has to make another apperance. Since there is a compendium of God tablets, maybe the winchesters will find the Fairy/Avalon Tablet at some point and that could introduce more Fairy storylines, possibly opening a compelling plot for a new spin-off. Regardless, I love Felicia Day's character so even if there isn't a spin-off, I won't complain if she does return to Supernatural before the series is over.

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@ Fairy Tablet

Hmm. I guess those idea have some degree of merit. Not sure about the Pagans, even though I agree that it would be cool for Kali to come back, but a longer and more compelling story arc with the Fairies and their Tablet might very well bring fresh stuff, spin-off or not. Plus, Charlie is awesome!

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I like Charlie, obviously not as much as Castiel or Bobby, but I like her interaction with Sam and Dean. I did enjoy this episode.

Fifty

I think the reviewer forgot about the most important part of the episode. The Wicked Witch is not dead and she is in form of Sam asked Crowley to draw something.
Overall the episode was great and Mark Sheppard as always brilliant. Maybe the spinoff will feature only Charley and the other girl inside OZ.

Judy-taylor

This was the most uninteresting, boring piece of garbage that SPN has ever done. The only good thing about this episode is that it got rid of annoying Charlie. I sure wish Kripke would come back to what he knows best, cause Revolution isn't too hot right now either. What I don't understand is why they don't know that these new stories suck, they don't advance the mythology. It's just stupid stuff. You can't have a story about two brothers who fight evil on the road when their not on the road. And yes I know that the show has to change and mature but come on, lets mature well. Let's grow up the series not dumb it down, my nine year old grand son could have writer better stuff than this. But you know the really awful thing is that SPN has done some of the best Halloween shows ever and this is the best they could think of on Halloween week, Dorothy and a silly wicked witch with a annoying geek girl. Well back to watching "Hookman" or some of the better old episodes when the show was great.

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@ Judy Taylor

You must not have seen the Supernatural episode "Bitten" with all that handheld camera nonsense. That was the worst episode by far in the 9 seasons. Also if the brothers were ALWAYS on the road to fight evil then it would seem too repetitive and you would then probably complain that the show has "no innovation and its doing the same thing blah blah...". And really 9 year old grandson?? I would expect such a comment from people who play too much online video games, not from supernatural fans. Unless you're not a fan.

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It was meh for me, mainly because a little Charlie mugging for the camera goes a long, long way. Just don't care for the character much. They killed Ash, Pamela, Jo, Ellen, even Bobby off, but keep a Mary Sue character like Charlie around? Mind-boggling.

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@ CJ

Sad but true!!!

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