I kept going from "this is so incredibly cool" to "did Supernatural really just add Oz to its mythology"? After Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and TV Land, why not?
I love Charlie to bits, and every episode with Felicia Day has been a joy to watch. And it's not like Oz doesn't fit in with the Men of Letters, the previously introduced witch and fairy stuff ("Fight the fairies!") and the wonderful meta novels written by Chuck that are now apparently available on Amazon. I bet the writers thought pretty hard about whether it would work or not, or if Supernatural fans would just laugh them out of the room. I was grinning through most of the episode and liked it even more the second time through, so it apparently worked for me.
And the end was perfect. There is something delightful about Charlie in Oz. (Let's hope she has a better experience with adventure than poor Jenkins.) I'd watch a spinoff of Charlie in the Supernatural version of Oz, wouldn't you? I get the feeling that they'd do it better than the current couple of fairy tale series airing over on ABC. And were there romantic vibes between Charlie and Dorothy?
The Wizard of Oz is one of those movies that meant a lot to me as a child. It always seemed magical, no matter how many times I saw it. I enjoyed that final call-back with the other side of the door. (Note how the witch and Dorothy opened the door to different parts of Oz, even though they used the same key.) Dean and Sam even had a look of wonder on their faces, and maybe some sadness because they knew they weren't going along. Whether or not Charlie returns from Oz (and I certainly hope she does), she's a Winchester now. She died and came back, and she even spent some time in Heaven.
Loved the set-up, too. Discovering a 1951 computer in the bunker was a great way to bring Charlie back into the story, and the flashbacks to Jenkins and Haggerty in 1935 were nice, but sort of sad. I also liked that the Oz story was paralleled by the Winchesters and Charlie discovering all sorts of strange and wonderful rooms hidden in the bunker. Really, there ought to be some floorplans somewhere. Or Dean and Sam should take the time to open every single door and figure out where it goes.
We spent the entire episode in the MoL bunker, but I don't think you could call it a bottle show with so many new sets. We finally saw Dean's beloved kitchen, and it was trashed. And the garage! It reminded me of the garage under Wolfram & Hart in the fifth season of Angel. Under the circumstances, it was appropriate that we got a "There's no place like home" as a theme. The bunker really is the only home the Winchesters have ever had. Dean loves the bunker and thinks of it as home, while Sam has refused to settle in -- although that might change now.
On the angel front, Sam actually heard Dean calling him "Zeke" this time. What will it take for Sam to realize that he has an uninvited guest? Of course, it's also handy that Sam's submerged angel is around to bring people back from the dead, especially since that seems to be happening a lot lately. If Sam can use the MoL computer to track angels now, will it point to himself?
Not much of Crowley, but what there was was fun -- especially his interaction with the Wicked Witch. I know, I know, Mark Sheppard has scheduling issues and they're working around him, but you'd think the minions of Hell would be wondering where he is by now.
Bits and pieces:
-- L. Frank Baum had four sons, no daughters. But he did write a novel called The Master Key, and it even sort of had something to do with computers.
-- It's pretty much a given by this point in the series, but I liked that the "real" Oz was much darker than the books. Dorothy never did explain how she was resurrected, did she?
-- Loved the poppy bullets.
-- Weren't the ruby slippers silver in the book?
-- Kevin's absence was kinda sorta explained. Only not. It's getting difficult to explain Castiel's absence, too. I'm trying to imagine the bunker with everyone in it all the time. Dean and Sam, Castiel, Kevin, Garth visiting, Crowley in the basement…
-- I love that all they're giving Crowley is a piece of paper and a crayon.
-- We got the cutting-the-hand thing twice. The witch's blood was green. Nice touch. Plus there were the green eyes and smoke.
-- What was on Charlie's tee shirt?
-- For Those About to Rock, We Salute You. That was pretty much perfect, too.
Charlie: "I got fired last week."
Sam: "Hey what? What happened?"
Charlie: "Turns out the company I work for was outsourcing child labor. So I took a big Wikileak all over that."
Dean: "Where do you even find them?"
Charlie: "A top secret place I call Amazon. And someone uploaded all the unpublished works. I thought it was fanfic at first, but it was clearly Edlund's work."
Sam: "Who uploaded it?"
Charlie: "I don't know. Their screen name was BeckyWinchester176? Ring a bell?"
Sam: "None, the… nobody's. There are no bells, um, no."
Sam and Becky aren't still married, are they? Wasn't it annulled?
Dean: "Wow, that Joffrey's a dick."
Charlie: "Oh, you have no idea."
Charlie: "This will never stop blowing my mind!"
Dean: "Pace yourself, Toto."
Charlie: "Ozma of Oz…"
Dorothy: "Is a total ass."
Dorothy: "A man of letters. Another glorified librarian, if you ask me."
Charlie: "Hey. These guys may have been sexist, but like all librarians, they were wicked smart, too."
And as a librarian, I thank you.
Crowley: "Your new houseguest. So misunderstood. (pause) Neither of you saw Wicked?"
Crowley has seen Wicked?
Charlie: "Now heel!"
I sort of want to give this episode four out of four poppy bullets because they had the chutzpah to do Oz. So I will,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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