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SPN 9x04

Oh joy, my fannish heart.  That was a pretty solid MotW episode with a little bit of everything: nods to the mytharc, some back story, opening up the MoL's world, a nice SPN twist on an American fairy tale (how fitting), but most of all joining up details and answering questions that only an ardent SPN fan would know (the MoL chess board from when Sam and Dean first discovered the bunker, the key that Dean was looking at a million episodes ago, Sam's bedroom, finally a home for Baby (OMG motorcycles!), the angel war desk from 8x23, and Sam's very appropriate feelings about work and "home").  I appreciated the details involved in reconciling "The Wizard of Oz" story with SPN's version, esp. the idea of Oz being accessible not only through tornadoes but other sprial-y things like hurricanes and whirlpools, and then the Wicked Witches' smoke form was all spiral-y.  I liked the nods to GoT ("the pointy end."), and I wonder if JP saying at Comic-Con that he was going to watch it coincided with filming this episode.  But most of all, I loved the idea of Charlie and Dorothy on an all-girls' kick-ass adventure in Oz!  Robbie Thompson sent her off in style, soundtrack included.  :)  And, I think, it was the perfect way to deal with her character; it allowed the possibility of a spectacular return, saved Charlie from the fate of most hunters (I'd really hate to see her have a lonely, bitter, tragic end), but provided her with an adventure of her choosing that strangely made sense with where her character development was going.  I can't wait for her to pop back into SPN with tales of her quest, but even if she doesn't make it back onto the screen, strangely Charlie's story feels satisfying and complete to me.  This episode felt very much like it was written with a complete respect, fondness, and understanding of the SPN world--or at least the detail-oriented part--such that it felt almost like a tribute to anyone who cares about this show (not to mention the note on the title card).  With the departure of Edlund, I was so worried, but it looks like Robbie Thompson might be able to help keep this ship afloat.  More please.

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hugemind
Oct. 30th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, all of this! And Robbie Thompson really gave a good episode. To me it even felt like it had some Edlundian feel to it (most likely crack). There was just so much stuff packed into one episode and I loved that Charlie got to have a quest of her own.

but provided her with an adventure of her choosing that strangely made sense with where her character development was going. I can't wait for her to pop back into SPN with tales of her quest, but even if she doesn't make it back onto the screen, strangely Charlie's story feels satisfying and complete to me.

Exactly! I fully expect to see Charlie back at some point, but this was a great thing for her character arc.

Edited at 2013-10-30 03:32 pm (UTC)
bowtrunckle
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
it even felt like it had some Edlundian feel to it

The whimsical premise especially. I thought the merging of the Wizard of Oz world and SPN's universe was cleverly done. It gave me the impression that a lot of thought went into how, when, where, and why this was going to all happen and that there's back story and tidbits that never made it onto the page. Also, RT seems like a major fanboy, something that I always appreciate.

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