Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
The Wizard of Oz has been told in so many ways over the years, but never before has it looked so bad-ass. Leave it to Supernatural to create a version of the tale and characters that actually feel like they fit with modern society.
The best Supernatural episodes are almost always the ones that venture out of the norm for the series and into stories or myths that pull our heroes into situations which they have no experience in, and Slumber Party was definitely one such episode. To top it off, fan-favourite Felicia Day was even part of it.
This episode definitely felt like it was meant to be a back-door pilot for a Wizard of Oz spin-off that never really got off the ground. It had the perfect introduction of a new main character, a great reason for a very loved character to join in, a fantastic new threat, and a well-defined background, but yet it ended in a way that removed any likeliness of it happening. I would have loved to see a series with Charlie and Dorothy battling the Evil Witch and her minions in Oz, but without the witch it probably wouldn't work.
Sadly, this means that it will probably be awhile before Felicia Day returns to Supernatural thanks to her new adventures. In a way, it almost feels like an excuse for the writers not to cast her in future episodes, even though fans love the character. If that is the case, I would really like to know why.
Despite the loss of a potential spin-off, the ending was still a fantastic and fitting end to this new villain. Sure, the killer one-liner was a bit cheesy, but the look on Sam and Dean's faces when Charlie reigned victorious was so worth it.
Oddly, Sam and Dean actually felt like they had a side role this week with most of the attention on Dorothy and Charlie, which probably added to the story's freshness. Perhaps it is time for the Winchesters to be replaced, or at least have new characters part of the team on a permanent basis. Who knows, maybe the Oz rebellion will be short lived allowing Dorothy and Charlie to join the series as full-time characters. Please make that happen, writers!