In Review: Supernatural, Episode 283 “ScoobyNatural”

If you see one Supernatural episode this season, this is the one to see.

Supernatural, Episode 283 “ScoobyNatural” Broadcast on March 29, 2018

Written by Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams

Directed by Robert Singer

The episode unconventionally begins without THEN or NOW, instead beginning with Dean fighting a giant plush green dinosaur in a monstrous pawn shop. The dino smacks him down after they tussel, with Sam then taking on the ridiculous oversized plushie. With the creature and Sam on the ground, Dean pours holy water on it and then throws a lighter on the Barney-Godzilla wannabe. It begins to burn and finally explodes with green colored fluff flying everywhere. Alan, the owner of the establishment, thanks the boys, who are still trying to comprehend what happened. Just then, local real estate owner Jay comes in to check if everything is okay. It’s then that the grateful owner gives the Winchester brothers anything they want for stopping the beast. Dean picks a big screen television, which they cart out of the store. Back at the bunker, Dean shows Sam what he’s been working on for a while: the Dean Cave or the Fortress of Dean-itude…he hasn’t exactly made up his mind yet. Dean has made a mancave in the bunker. The pièce de résistance is the big screen. Dean turns it on, it sparks purple energy, and the boys are blasted into the television — as cartoons.

Once over the shock of being in a cartoon, they discover that Baby is also in the toon. The get in and drive off, eventually stopping at a malt shop, because Dean is Dean and is hungry in animated form. They pull in and Dean’s jaw drops: they’re parked next to the Mystery Machine. “We’re not just in any cartoon–!” “–We’re in Scooby-Doo!” Cue the classic opening scene of the haunted house that’s then blocked by a colony of bats that go flying by. This familiar image then explodes into a cartoon version of this season’s opening sequence with ScoobyNatural as the title.

If you see one Supernatural episode this season, this is the one to see. The Scooby gang is their usual selves: innocent, pure, and good. They don’t believe in ghosts or monsters. Dean is constantly trying to get private time with Daphne, while Velma tries to leave the others behind to get with Sam. While Scooby and Shaggy are paired with another individual who got sucked into the television. The jokes are Hanna Barbara corny, dated, and an absolute joy. Combine them with Supernatural humor and a real ghost and you’ve got a winner of an episode. Every possible Scooby trope is here and they are fantastic.

Should you prefer your Supernatural episodes serious, don’t fret, the justification for all of this cartoon terror fits in smoothly with this live action series. Plus, Castiel has a cameo that continues the storyline of acquiring certain objects to make a portal to get Mama Winchester.

This was funny, cool, and had the best Dean clothing and exit line EVER.

The good: The hilarious script that beautifully combined both classic shows. Cartoony Dean was fantastic. His reactions and comments to Fred and Daphne are flawless. Big cheers for the animated cast: Grey DeLisle as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Kate Micucci as Velma, Frank Welker as Fred and Scooby, and Stephen Stanton as Cosgood Creeps. Plus, Dean gets censored.

Fun lines: “You guys just took down an evil plushie,” “It was pretty satisfying, wasn’t it?”, “She’s delicate!”, “…it’s kind of our thing,” “That’s not good,” “Yes. Yes it is,” and “He said ‘it’!”

The bad: I’ve got nothing.

The final line: All the blood, shocks, and action of Supernatural combined with Scooby-Doo’s hallway chases, “Jinkies”, and a “G-G-G-Ghost!” Extremely funny and a wonderful change of pace for the Winchesters. I loved this. Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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