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.
It takes a special kind of show to genuinely shock its audience after nine seasons. Supernatural proved it was that kind of show with its midseason finale “Holy Terror” and a death that I doubt anyone saw coming. I had a hunch as to whose name was on Metatron’s card but I thought Dean would come to the rescue like he always does. It just wasn’t meant to be this time. Dean arrived too late and Kevin paid the price as Gadreel turned out his lights.
Supernatural rebounded this week with a funny episode that featured the return of a fan favorite: Sheriff Jodie Mills. With so few strong female allies left for Sam and Dean, I was relieved that Jodie survived the episode in spite of being chained to a slaughtering table. The villain’s identity was no shocker but the twist that she was the Roman goddess Vesta and not a dragon was fun. This show has been hit-or-miss when it dips into Greek and Roman mythology.
Let’s go ahead and get it out there: this episode was lackluster. If not for the peek into Dean’s time at Sonny’s House for Boys, “Bad Boys” would have been one of the most forgettable episodes ever. Thankfully the flashbacks were the focus of this episode and they were really strong. Of the things that Supernatural does well, expanding the history of the Winchester clan is near the top of the list (Samuel Campbell notwithstanding).
After two weeks of filler episodes, Supernatural got back to business with its juicy fallen angel storyline by showing Castiel working at a gas station. While that’s not a direction I envisioned Castiel’s human arc going this season, there was a lot to like about “Heaven Can’t Wait.” There were also some frustrating elements, which we’ll get to in a bit. Let’s start with the best part of this week’s episode: Castiel is back!
This week’s episode of Supernatural started with a “Then” montage of some of the funniest episodes in series history. The choice was deliberate, as “Dog Dean Afternoon” had the premise of an all-time classic: Dean drifts with a dog (to borrow a term from Pacific Rim) in order to solve a crime. Unbeknownst to Dean, becoming Doctor Dolittle also means taking on the characteristics of a dog. That means playing fetch, scratching behind the ears, barking at the mailman, and even sniffing butts!
The Wizard of Oz puns were flowing on this week’s episode of Supernatural as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch were unleashed in the Men of Letters bunker. Charlie, queen of Moondor (we see you Surface tablet background!), joined Sam and Dean in the insanity and ended up stealing the episode in typical Charlie fashion. “Slumber Party” had my head spinning with the number of references and callbacks it crammed into 42 minutes.
The ninth season of Supernatural returned to the show’s roots in “I’m No Angel.” With Castiel on the run, Sam and Dean set off on a cross-country road trip to rescue their friend before the angels (or reapers) found him. I was reminded of the early seasons when the brothers lived on the open road and traveled from one city to another saving people and hunting things – the family business. The show sure has changed since those words were uttered.
The second episode of any given season has one primary job: don’t murder the premiere’s momentum. Keep things moving. Elevate our curiosity about what’s going to happen this season. “Devil May Care” accomplished that goal in a way that was both exciting and mundane. The setup of the episode was routine – fighting demons, killing demons, returning to the bunker with fried chicken – but everything that surrounded it has me hopeful for the best season of Supernatural yet.
The CW has made a few shifts in its Fall 2013 premiere schedule, one of which affects The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. It looks like the network has opted to shift the spinoff's premiere date to temporarily pair it with The Vampire Diaries, which will likely give The Originals the benefit of a TVD lead-in and some added support before it moves over to Tuesday nights for its regularly scheduled night.
Excluding preview night, Sunday may very well be the easiest day at Comic-Con, for those who are willing to stick around for the remaining panels. While there are fewer events scheduled that day, there's still plenty to see and do. Sunday's become a big day for TV panels, most of which typically set up shop in Hall H.
Supernatural, Arrow, Revolution And Other WB TV Shows Set For Comic Con, Preview Night Screenings Announced
Warner Bros. Television Group has had a pretty sizable presence at Comic Con in San Diego in recent years, and this year is no exception. The studio announced the 17 series that will be present at SDCC this year, including the new dramas that will be screened during preview night. Those SDCC attendees there for Preview Night (Wed. July 17) and looking for an escape from the crowds, excitement and loot being offered on the convention center floor can head upstairs to Ballroom 20...
Last among the major networks to unveil their 2013-2014 schedule is The CW. The network has moved a few things around in the new season, in an effort to make room for new series, which include The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, action-adventure drama The Tomorrow People and the new historical drama about Mary, Queen of Scots, Reign.