Week of Geek: 2 Iconic Ghost-Hunting Shows, Together at Last!

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What up Geeklings?  How’s the last week been?  I just got back from Philadelphia, so I’m ready to keep regaling you all on what we should be excited for in the world of pop culture.

Anyhoo, we’ve got a crossover to end all crossovers this week.  Supernatural, the reigning show about good looking people fighting scary stuff, is in it’s lucky 13th season, and the Winchesters and company have been through all kinds of adventures over the years.  Well, in this week’s episode, things get animated for a classic cartoon crossover, and not just any cartoon; we’re talking the original monster hunters and their talking, snack loving dog.  Yup, Supernatural is crossing over with Scooby-Doo!, and they’re calling it “Scoobynatural“.

Look at this!  LOOK AT IT!  It’s adorable!   The Winchesters, Castiel and the honest-to-goodness Scooby Gang!  In an official crossover!  I am officially dying!

One of the most famous properties to come out of the Hanna-Barbera Production company, Scooby-Doo! first premiered all the way back in 1969, and has been a steady presence on TV ever since, both in reruns and in a variety of newer series.  You’ve got the stylish (for the 1960s) and earnest Fred and Daphne, the brainy Velma, the slacker and voracious eater Shaggy and the talking Great Dane Scooby Doo, and they drive around in their brightly colored Mystery Machine solving mysteries.  If you watched TV as a kid, chances are you watched Scooby-Doo! at some point (I know I did).

And now you’ve got the somewhat way more serious Team Free Will showing up in this universe?  With their black Ford Impala, rock salt and penchant for low-level swearing?  This is gonna get real interesting real fast.

Here’s the real question though.  As much as the Scooby Gang solve mysteries featuring ghosts and other creatures that go bump in the night, ghosts and monsters don’t actually exist in the Scooby universe.  It’s always a perfectly human criminal trying to make themselves look like something scary in order to keep people away or find a treasure or whatever, and they would’ve totally have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids.  In the world of Supernatural though… ghosts be real.  Monsters be real.  All manner of dangerous and mythical creatures be real.  How will the Mystery Machine teens deal with something like that?  Heck, they meet Castiel, and he’s an honest-to-goodness angel.  It’s going to blow their minds and I almost literally cannot wait.  Mostly I just want to see everyone do the funny chase scene that inevitably shows up in a Scooby episode.

So where to watch?  Well, if you have cable, you can check it out this Thursday night on Space.  If you have access to American channels it’ll be on the CW.  We will eventually get the full season here in the library when it’s released on DVD/Blu ray, though it might take a while for that to happen.  In the meantime, catch up on Sam and Dean’s trials and tribulations, and also give Scooby a try.  May I recommend Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, which has gorgeous animation and a great, creepy retro vibe.  Or Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, which has a new take on the style of the characters and is just flat-out hilarious (plus, I love what they did with Daphne in that one).

Happy hunting Geeklings, whether dramatic or cartoony, and until next time, End of Line.

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