Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16 Review: Scoobynatural

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Can every episode of Supernatural begin with Dean wrestling a giant, plush dinosaur?

On Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16, the show took on a more cartoonish feel when they crossed over with Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Scooby gang. 

It's interesting to see, after being on for 13 seasons, that the show can still find a way to keep things fresh. I know a lot of people were really on the fence regarding the crossover with Scooby-Doo, but somehow it all worked out perfectly. 

When you look at the big picture, Scooby-Doo can be compared to Supernatural with the ghost stories and supernatural themes they deal with; though the ghosts on Scooby-Doo are ALWAYS revealed to be someone in a mask as Sam stated. 

Taking It In - Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16

They did put a little twist on the entire premise by murdering one of the characters in the storyline. I honestly would have been incredibly disappointed if they stuck with the entire theme of Scooby-Doo, and didn't include some pieces of Supernatural. 

The best thing to come out of this episode was Dean's excitement. He made some pretty great points about Scooby-Doo being a rather big part of his life. Always going from hotel room to hotel room he had nothing else to keep him occupied except for TV.

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Who else was cracking up over Dean continuously trying to get with Daphne? It was hilarious when he showed how incredibly jealous he was when it came to Fred and even insulted Fred's ascot. You do have to give Dean credit – at least he tried to live out his dream of getting Daphne. 

Dean And Daphne - Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16

I did appreciate the way they kept Sam as the level-headed brother, and the one thought the whole "getting sucked into a TV" thing through.

Sam knew taking anything from the pawn shop was a risky idea, but he quickly recognized the TV was possessed. It was fun hearing him trying to figure out why the Scooby gang always walks away from dead bodies.

Who else was thrilled to see Castiel join the Scooby party? I was pleased he was part of this insane episode because I have seriously missed the guy so much. Having him paired up with Shaggy and Scooby was genius. 

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Of course, the greatest moment came when Sam and Dean told the Scooby gang the truth about ghosts, werewolves, etc. I never knew I'd see the day when Daphne would be talking about Heaven and Hell being real while Fred was slamming his head up against a tree.

Who knew a cartoon character would freak out so badly? 

Scooby and Shaggy - Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16

It was rather inventive to tell cartoon characters everything they know to be true was not and have them respond to the revelation in an incredibly human way; though some things were a little exaggerated.

Who else was surprised by the reveal of the ghost's identity? I honestly was not expecting it to turn out to be a child who was being used by the owner of the property. It was heartbreaking to hear the young boy talk about not wanting to hurt people, but he was being forced to do so. 

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I've always enjoyed when Supernatural does storylines where you feel sympathy for the supposed bad guy. Hearing Sam, Dean, and Castiel exposing exactly what Jay was doing was awesome but getting him arrested was the definite cherry on top.

Go Get Him - Supernatural Season 13 Episode 16

All in all, this was a pretty fun episode. I wasn't expecting to like the whole crossover with a cartoon as much as I did, but it worked out exceptionally well. 

The one complaint I know many people are going to have is the departure from the main storyline of the season – saving Mary and Jack from the apocalypse world. While it was unfortunate we didn't get any further saving them from the other world, it was a nice distraction from the terrible things going on. 

Would I have liked to see them move a little closer to saving both Mary and Jack? Of course, I would. But I can still appreciate a fun episode when you have to suspend all belief and just focus on the craziness at hand. 

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Now it's your turn to tell me what you thought!

Did you like the crossover with Scooby-Doo? Did you enjoy the big reveal of who the ghost was? Or were you hoping to get more information on how they are going to get to the other world?

Let me know in the comments below. 

If you want to see this episode again and get the Scooby-Doo song stuck in your head, make sure to watch Supernatural online now via TV Fanatic. 

Scoobynatural Review

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Samantha McAllister was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in November 2018.

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