If all good things must come to an end, I’m sad it only took Supernatural three episodes to conclude its best storyline in quite some time. “Soul Survivor” brought the Deanmon arc to a satisfying and abrupt conclusion.
Regardless of how you felt about Deanmon’s debut last week, there’s no arguing after “Reichenbach” that Jensen Ackles is nailing this demonic side of Dean. Supernatural needed a shakeup headed into its tenth season and the writers have struck gold by turning the eldest Winchester into a black-eyed monster.
Series hitting their tenth season tend to either be news-related or animated, but The CW’s Supernatural is seemingly as strong as ever, kicking things off this past week with a premiere that took the characters in a completely different direction from where they were. But in case you aren’t yet caught up on the ghastly adventures of Sam and Dean, now's your chance.
Supernatural kicked off its tenth season with a six-week time jump and an intimate story that moved last season’s cliffhanger forward in a compelling way while failing to launch any big storylines. This was new territory for a show that religiously uses premieres to show the audience a glimpse of where they’re going in the episodes to come. What we found in “Black” was our favorite characters in vastly different places than where we left them.
After nine seasons, how does a television show make you audibly gasp at its final reveal? Shouldn’t all the magic be gone? By now we should know every trick and be able to telegraph every plot twist. Coming out of the final commercial break, I’m sure all of us were expecting a “Deus ex Machina” solution to Dean’s death. We’d seen it countless times over the course of nine seasons. Sam and Dean die, come back, and everything works itself out after a few episodes.
Of the five major TV networks, the CW is the last to do its upfront presentation. The 2014-2015 was announced this morning, and as we hoped, The Flash is on the line-up, along with new drama Jane the Virgin and returning favorites The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and The 100. Zombie drama iZombie and sci-fi series The Messengers will air in 2015.
Hello, awesome hour of Supernatural. We’re happy to have you back! After rebounding last week with an episode that saw Abaddon dispatched, the board was less cluttered heading into these final two episodes. The angel storyline took center stage and the drama involving Castiel, Metatron and a shifting Gadreel didn’t disappoint.
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.