My History With the Episode:
When Supernatural debuted in 2005, I was a huge fan. I religiously watched the show for the first five seasons and then sporadically up through season ten. After that, I ran out of steam and haven’t watched much since. However, when I heard that a Scooby-Doo episode was being made, I knew I couldn’t miss that. So, I purchased a copy of the show on VUDU once it aired and sat down and enjoyed the mashup.
I decided to revisit the episode after re-watching the pilot episode of Supernatural and found myself laughing and enjoying the two worlds combining.
What The Episode Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Sam and Dean are sucked into a Scooby-Doo cartoon and bring with them real ghosts and death.
What I Liked About It:
-Everyone played their parts well. The Scooby Gang was exactly how we’d expect them and Sam and Dean entering their world was a lot of fun. It was especially great seeing the “real world” of Supernatural bringing in blood, death, and real ghosts to the Scooby world and then watching them react.
-I loved all the homages and throw backs to the original episode, A Night of Fright is No Delight, and with Dean being a super Scooby fan it just made things even more fun.
-Dean’s hitting on Daphne was hilarious.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-If I was showing someone this as their first episode of Supernatural, I don’t think it would sell them on the series, especially after such a weak opening with the stuffed dinosaur.
-The villain is arrested by the Crystal Cove Police, which is the town where all the mysteries in Scooby Doo take place.
-There is a mini-Mystery Machine in every live action scene.
-The Malt Shop is the same diner as Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe in Riverdale.
-This was the highest rated episode in seven years.
-Only one cast member was part of 1970’s original episode, A Night of Fright is No Delight, and that is Frank Welker who voices Fred and Scooby. He’s only been voicing Scooby since 2002, but he has voiced Fred since the beginning.
-There is a super short cameo by Scrappy-Doo during the “door chase” scene.
Scoobynatural isn’t the best episode of Supernatural or Scooby-Doo, but when compared to a lot of the other Scooby-Doo celebrity episodes/movies as of late, it’s brilliant. I love that WB was allowed to feature the Scooby gang breaking down, dealing with real deaths, and ghosts. Playing with the tropes was a lot of fun and made this episode a must watch. I rate Scoobynatural as four out of five and say it’s a must watch for fans of either series.