Usually, I love when Supernatural does a wacky episode like “Slumber Party.” We’ve had episodes like “Live Free or Twi-hard,” “The French Mistake,” and others where the universe is tilted just enough to be exploited without adding a ton of new mythology to the canon. I think this is where “Slumber Party” went wrong. Instead of a kooky Halloween episode that got resolved in some way by the killing of a monster or breaking a spell, we get too many possibilities on the expansion of the Supernatural universe.
As far as episodes go, “Slumber Party” is definitely not the worst episode of television I’ve seen. There were some genuinely funny lines and interactions as well as really strong action moments. I think the idea for this episode probably sounded cool on paper, but in execution it doesn’t jive with the rest of the season. It’s disappointing despite seeing the return of Charlie, played by Felicia Day, and having Crowley and the boys in the same space.
I’m wondering if the writers were inspired to write a Once Upon A Time episode or if there’s a definite plot line they’re going to be using. If this is just a one-time thing it’s a really jarring idea. It begs the question, if there is a real place called Oz what other books hold real universes? We know the Winchesters have their own book series so is this that much different?
It’s kind of late to be opening up new possibilities without so much as a hint in the previous eight seasons, and I’m going to be very upset if this is the writers’ way of getting rid of Charlie without killing her (I know this saves Dean from having to explain and possibly expose the secret of his and Ezekiel’s deal but sending Charlie to Oz? That’s a bit…melodramatic).
There is, however, a clever parallel beneath the surface – Oz has an unseen ruler (“God”), a Wicked Witch (“Devil”) with a horde of flying monkeys (fallen angels) and a Good Witch (“Angel”). Dorothy is a hunter with a weapon (the shoes). I can see the similarities, but I think using something as iconic as Oz made it a little too unbelievable to swallow.
I appreciated bringing out more history of the bunker and the Men of Letters, however. It was neat to see some backstory on the place, and tie in the way each Winchester brother views it. Sam voices his feelings about a “home” (he moved around too much to settle in one place, so he sees the bunker only as a workplace) as Dean shows how much he has made it his home. This ties in nicely as Sam quotes The Wizard of Oz at the end: “There’s no place like home.”
“Slumber Party” also brought together two strong females who defeated another female without the Winchesters. The hunting of the Wicked Witch (and the weapon of choice) was well done, and I’m glad Charlie is learning to fight. It evens out her chances of survival somewhat, and Felicia Day can definitely handle an action scene.
While this wasn’t my favorite episode, it was still great to see the Winchesters, Charlie, and Crowley deal with an off the wall villain and take it all in stride. There were some fun callbacks to the Supernatural book series, Crowley nicknamed the boys “Tin Man” and “Scarecrow” and Charlie got to visit Oz (hopefully just for a short while, and it would be nice if she could bring something back to help the Winchesters send the demons and angels back and lock them out of Earth for good) while we learned more about the bunker.
“Slumber Party” will be a stronger episode if it isn’t a standalone. I’m looking forward to seeing how the writers fold this universe into the Supernatural world. I’d love to see a bunch of flying monkeys fight the angels while Charlie sends all the demons to Oz. Munchkin demons would be hilarious.