So the 200th episode is behind us, and it turns out all my fears about the 200th being an awful, random, out-of-place episode were for naught. I cannot tell you how much I loved “Fan Fiction”. It. Was. Amazing.
Before we jump into it, as always, spoiler alert for those not caught up with Supernatural.
When the 200th’s “musical-ish” episode was first announced, the show-runners called it a “love letter to the fans”. I could not think of a more perfect description of this episode. They took stuff from all over the fandom, the random fan fic, Wincest, Destiel, Sastiel, the Samulet, and even the unsettling fact that we remember Adam more easily than Sam and Dean seem to…
…and they brought it all together in a wonderful way. Sure, they poked fun at the fandom, but it was all in fun. As is always the case with the metasodes, Sam and especially Dean were 110% done with the Supernatural fangirls, which I find hysterical…
…but, like I said, it was all in good fun. They represented and tipped their hat to all corners of the fandom. They also introduced us to the episode’s real hero, Poncho Man.
…Maybe it was just me who became an insta-fan of Poncho Man. Either way, through all the jokes and the metasode stuff, the central message of the episode was clear. It was a giant, fandom-wide hug from the cast and crew of Supernatural in the form of an episode.
The episode’s central plot was a basic MOTW episode. A high school’s production of an original musical based on Carver Edlund’s Supernatural books draws the goddess Calliope (a muse), who kidnaps anyone who tries to halt production, and will ultimately kill the author of the play. There was a ton of great, MOTW hunting action, but most importantly, it was chalk full of great BM scenes.
Really though, the heart of the episode was the meta stuff. It showed how plugged in to their fandom, and how much they care about the SPN family. For instance, they ended the episode with a feels-inducing cover of Carry on Wayward Son…
…and a super surprising appearance from this guy:
All in all, it was perfect, and I think I’m gonna have to watch it 100 more times because I loved it so very much. I’ve got a couple of “special feature” clips for you below, a BTS clip and a video on the 200th episode party. Check those out, and be sure to let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments! We’re back to business as usual with next week’s episode, “Ask Jeeves“.