This week’s “Supernatural” episode brought LARPing back to the “Supernatural” universe in a big way – and Charlie with it!
LARPing, or Live Action Role Play, was first introduced in “Supernatural” in S4E18 “The Monster at the End of this Book.” Upon finding a series of books called “Supernatural” which were stories written about their lives, Sam and Dean were accused by the book store clerk of being LARPers – a term the boys appeared to have no knowledge of at the time.
They appear to have brushed up on it since then. In this episode Sam and Dean are called into town to investigate a series of strange deaths of LARPers who play the game Moondoor. Several LARPers had unusual injuries and illness occur but two died in unusual ways and had the same tattoo, a tree on their forearm. The Winchester’s investigation brings them face to face with the Queen of Moondoor, none other than Charlie Bradbury (played by Felicia Day) who we first saw introduced in S7E20 ‘The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.”
Charlie, if you recall, is a computer genius/techno geek who’s a serious gamer and interested in all things “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.” Her previous boss, Dick Roman – head of Roman Enterprises – asked her to decrypt a hard drive that had information about the Leviathan upon it. Charlie did so but quickly realized the Leviathan were bad news. When Sam and Dean managed to track her to her apartment she worked with the brothers to feed Dick the wrong information and bring him down, then slipped away telling the boys not to contact her again.
Imagine her surprise when she comes face to face with the Winchesters again in Moondoor. She puts two and two together realizing that there must be evil around if the boys are there. She and Dean decide to investigate the remaining LARPers while Sam researches the tree tattoo. Along the way Charlie and Dean split up and Charlie’s abducted by a large creature wearing a skull headdress.
Sam, meanwhile, has success finding the meaning of the symbol. He finds it’s The Tree of Pain: anyone tagged with the mark is a victim of Fairy Magic. The only way to stop the killing is to find who cast the spell and take them out.
He and Dean regroup only to realize Charlie’s missing. They track her down and find that a Fairy has been forced to hurt people and kill for one of the Role Players, Boltar the Furious. His plan was to take out his competition, win the battle, and convince the Queen to make him the King. He killed the other players because they cheated by paying people off to advance in the game. It’s clear he, at least, takes the ‘game’ very seriously. Seriously enough that a sword fight then ensues between Boltar and Dean.
The Fairy tells Charlie the only way to break the spell is to destroy the book. Charlie does so, Dean makes short work of “Boltar,” and then the Fairy returns to her own world.
Charlie then decides that it’s time for her to face reality. Reality means monsters, but she has to deal with it. She then tells the boys to call her if they ever need her help again.
The episode ending is nothing short of hilarious. Dean and Sam dress in full battle regalia and Dean delivers the speech from “Braveheart.” It’s obvious, at this point, that Jensen Ackles had a lot of fun with this part of the episode.
So what did you guys think about this episode? Was it a nice break from the tense season we’ve had so far? Did you think it was a bit too silly? Did the guy in the stocks make you laugh? (That little “Grr” at Dean was hilarious.) Let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Next week’s episode “As Time Goes By” looks interesting and a bit intense. Click on the video link for a preview.
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