Courtesy of Supernatural Facebook Page

Courtesy of Supernatural Facebook Page

By Joe Cirilo, Co-Editor

Supernatural rang in its 200th episode this Tuesday, Nov. 11 after a fairly underwhelming build up over the last five weeks of this season’s progression. The spectacular “Fan Fiction” was certainly the highlight of Season 10’s road so far.

Director Phil Sgriccia and writer Robbie Thompson made their season debut this run around, and it couldn’t have gone better. Rather than focus on the story arc that was following the rest of the season–Dean’s Mark, the recovery and fallout of his time as a demon, Sam’s breakdown, etcetera–the show decided a one-off was just what we needed. Especially following a rather dark and dramatic couple of moments in seasons 8 and 9, this was a refreshing, funny and overall entertaining episode.

This writer had some reservations about its all female teenage cast supporting the brothers in a hunt for missing people. It didn’t help that they were putting on a rather campy version of “Supernatural: The Musical” for a school play. As they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover, or I suppose more relevantly, by the first few pages. Not only did the girls pull out all the stops with impeccable acting and flair, they did so with enough breezy humor to make the story fun and believable.

Plus, you really would be hard pressed to find better singers in their age group. The music numbers towards the end are actually kind of phenomenal.

What really strikes this critique, however, is how emotionally moving this episode turned out to be. Sure, there was the mystery of the unknown monster, or in this case, god, that had some allure as the series always does, but if anything, that plot was simply a foundational support. Dean and Sam went on a much needed surreal look into themselves. That reflection opened up a lot of old wounds and reminded both themselves and the audience that at its core, it’s “[them] against the world.” Never has that resonated more than in the piano/classic vocal cover of “Carry On My Wayward Son;” an emotional and captivating performance that the series absolutely deserved.

However, really the best part of all of this was the last scene where we’re reintroduced in a predictable, though still enjoyable, reveal to Chuck Shurley. It had been speculated that God might make a return to the show in Season 10 and seeing Chuck enter right at the end of this episode both gives us a hint that it may be possible, and more than that, the burning theory that Chuck Shurley was in fact the vessel of God may reign true.

Thompson really delivered on this episode. For 200 shows, Supernatural has presented itself, maybe not always with the best material, but they kept it going and it’s managed to remain entertaining. This episode represents one group of people triumphantly; the fans. The attention to the little outside details like “Destiel,” “Wincest” and other little fan-driven works of fiction, celebrated a cult following and a community of people who fell in love with the series as they grew up watching it unfold these last 10 years.

If you haven’t caught the episode yet, it’s available online through the CW Network and Hulu.