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Hit­ting the high notes

Su­per­nat­u­ral episodes old, and boy is it look­ing good for its age. While most sci- fi shows seem to suf­fer from ir­re­versible cre­ative malaise some­where around the 100- episode mark, Su­per­nat­u­ral has gone from strength to strength since its trans­for­ma­tive eighth sea­son. All the bet­ter then that the an­gels at E4 stepped in to save Su­per­nat­u­ral fans on this side of the pond from a world with­out the Winch­esters, as sea­son nine starts on E4 this month. Huz­zah!

The rea­son this is im­por­tant ( be­side the ob­vi­ous): I’m about to gush over the fifth episode of sea­son ten. So, if you don’t want one of Su­per­nat­u­ral’s most re­ward­ing episodes ru­ined come back in about a year. I’ll wait…

is 200

Still here? Then chances are you al­ready know just how spec­tac­u­larly lovely “Fan Fic­tion” is. Few shows could get away with the meta plots that Su­per­nat­u­ral de­ploys on a semi- regular ba­sis, but it’s easy to for­get that for ev­ery 42 min­utes of self- ref­er­en­tial bliss (“The French Mis­take”, “Chang­ing Chan­nels”) there was hor­ri­bly mis­judged meta trudge “Sea­son Seven, Time For A Wed­ding!” to sour the show’s oth­er­wise re­mark­able track record.

For­tu­nately “Fan Fic­tion” gets ev­ery­thing just right. Writ­ten by Rob­bie Thomp­son, the meta- mu­si­cal episode is a heart­felt and hi­lar­i­ous trib­ute to the show and its fans. As

bonus fea­tures

Star Turn: Katie Sar­ife is won­der­ful as Su­per­nat­u­ralob­sessed school girl Marie, and even makes a mean Sam!

High Fly­ers: Only four other SFX shows are part of the 200 club: Smal­lville ( 218), Star­gate SG- 1 ( 214), The X- Files ( 202) and, of course, Doc­tor Who ( de­pends who you talk to).

My Eyes, My Eyes: Do not Google “Su­per­nat­u­ral Fan Fic­tion images” in the hope of find­ing pic­tures from this episode. Un­less that kind of thing floats your boat, of course.

Best Line Cal­liope: “Su­per­nat­u­ral has ev­ery­thing. Life, death, res­ur­rec­tion, re­demp­tion – but above all, fam­ily. It isn’t some me­an­der­ing piece of genre dreck, it’s… epic.” well as telling an in­ven­tive mon­ster of the week tale the episode cel­e­brates the broth­ers’ un­break­able bond in tear- jerk­ing fash­ion and is loaded with dozens of fan- pleas­ing ref­er­ences and in- jokes to the point that, three view­ings in, I’m sure there are plenty I’ve still yet to see.

There are no lim­its to Thomp­son’s min­ing of Su­per­nat­u­ral fandom: even Destiel and Wincest are tack­led, com­plete with spot- on dead­pan re­ac­tions from Sam and Dean ( but mainly Dean). Cru­cially the mu­si­cal num­bers are also ace. Much like Buffy’s “Once More, With Feel­ing”, “Fan Fic­tion” has tunes that hold up as ac­com­plished ex­am­ples of ear­wormy song writ­ing in their own right, even be­fore weav­ing the Winch­ester life story into their lyrics.

It’s as­ton­ish­ingly clever, laugh out loud funny and has a humdinger of a fi­nal shot too – the re­turn of Chuck, pre­sumed dead af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance at the end of sea­son five. A sim­ple cameo, or has he been god all along? It’s a shame there’s no space for Cas ( the real one), Crow­ley or a few other familiar faces from the show’s past, but oth­er­wise “Fan Fic­tion” is note per­fect. Jor­dan Far­ley

What SFX’s Face­book and Twit­ter fol­low­ers are say­ing about The Walk­ing Dead’s fifth sea­son so far…

We reckon the boys’ jobs are in dan­ger…

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