There’s no better indication of how far off track Supernatural went the past three weeks than the epic “Previously On” segment that recapped the season’s biggest storylines. It was actually depressing to see how much materials the final three episodes needed to cover. Thankfully “King of the Damned” was a big improvement over Chicago and whatever else happened the last couple weeks.
For the second straight week the Winchesters were relegated to second fiddle and an episode struggled as a result. Last week it was Sheriff Jody’s turn to be the focal point of a vampire family story. This week we were treated to the backdoor pilot for Supernatural: Bloodlines and introduced to approximately 17 characters that were called by name far too often within a 42-minute span.
We’re at that point in a typical season of Supernatural, with five episodes remaining, that there’s bound to be one final filler episode. Last season it was the fun and touching “Pac Man Fever” with Charlie and Dean battling zombie Nazis. This year we’re treated to the return of another female character – Sheriff Jodie Mills – but the mood this time around was a lot less festive.
How appropriate an episode entitled “Meta Fiction” that revisits the Winchester gospels would open with what I believe is the first Winchester shower scene in Supernatural history. This week’s episode was packed with all sorts of meta references that have scarcely been seen since Chuck the prophet was last on the scene. In his writer’s chair was Metatron, who opened the show with an appeal to camera that asked what makes a good story.
Dean and Sam still aren’t talking and now Dean is dealing with the intoxicating allure of the First Blade (his “precious” as it turns out). Those withdrawals lead to an obsession with finding Abaddon and being reunited with the blade that keeps Dean at the bunker while Sam journeys to Illinois to solve the case from the cold open. As soon as Sam cracks the front door Dean cracks open a bottle of booze. He’s in a dark place right now.
Outside of the terrific scenes with Magnus this episode felt scattered and unfocused. Look, we all know Crowley is the show’s most eccentric ongoing villain. This season has seen the brothers form an uneasy alliance with the king of Hell as they try to stop Abaddon, so I’m glad we’re seeing different sides of Crowley. Part of his charm is that he’s a complex antagonist.
Can you believe it’s been six seasons since we last saw the Ghostfacers? When I looked that up on the always reliable Supernatural Wiki I was stunned. It feels like just a couple seasons ago when we last saw Harry and Ed messing things up for Sam and Dean with their ineptitude and internet-speak. The web’s foremost supernaturalists (at least in their minds) returned in “Thinman” after a girl was murdered inside her locked bedroom.
The CW's gearing up for the big finish for their current season, and in addition to announcing the season finale dates for shows like The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Supernatural and Star-Crossed, they've also set a premiere date for their airing of the miniseries Labyrinth, which is set to air over two nights, starting May 22.
Welcome back, Supernatural! After an extended “Then” segment that recapped the season’s major storylines, we were thrust back into the turbulent world of Season 9 with a story that started with flickering lights in the Men of Letters bunker. Based on Kevin’s presence in the recap you could guess what was coming next – our dearly departed prophet has taken up ghostly residence in the Men of Letters bunker.
The CW has passed along some good news for some of their current series, including freshman dramas The Originals and Reign. Both were among the series given early renewals ahead of this Spring's up fronts. Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries also made the cut.
After nine seasons a TV show can spend an entire episode focused on the little things. “The Purge” featured small tweaks to the Supernatural formula that were sure to get noticed by diehard fans. There were small changes, like Sam and Dean wearing something other than their shirt/jacket/jeans/boots combo or their federal agent suits. A small detail that made me smile was in the hotel room when Dean was sitting on the bed with two pillows behind his back.
If you’ve watched Supernatural regularly over the years, you knew the reunion that ended this episode was coming. This show can’t operate more than a couple episodes with Sam and Dean apart so it was only a matter of time before they hit the road in the Impala once more. Something was different this time out, though. Sam said that something is broken between him and Dean and he identifies the source of that fracture a minute later.
Even with Sam and Dean separated, Supernatural still managed to capitalize on last week’s momentum and deliver another outstanding episode. We were introduced to Cain, the Father of Murder, in “First Born” as Crowley and Dean tracked down the First Blade, a weapon capable of killing Abaddon. Meanwhile, Sam and Castiel spent some quality time in the Men of Letters bunker extracting grace with very large needles in an effort to track Gadreel.
Here it is, ladies and gentlemen: quite possibly the great episode of Supernatural I’ve ever seen. You can say I’m being a prisoner of the moment, that there have been episodes of Supernatural far superior to this one and I wouldn’t argue with you. After nine seasons it’s easy to forget the glory days. All I know is that I haven’t felt stakes like that in an episode in a long time (if ever). This was old-school Supernatural in the best way.
It’s that time of year again! TV doesn’t exactly grind to a halt during the holidays, as some networks fill their primetime hours with holiday programming, but most of our favorite TV dramas and comedies will be going on hiatus for the next few weeks, if not longer. Lest you think that means you actually have to step away from the television, rest assured, this is actually a great time of year to watch those shows you’ve been meaning to check out, or lose yourself in a nostalgic binge-watch.