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A season of small-scale storytelling on Supernatural could only end in an abandoned Mexican restaurant in Nebraska. Season 10 dropped the typical end-of-the-world season-long arc in favor of a dilemma that pushed Sam and Dean’s brotherly bond to its breaking point.
“The Prisoner” was the best episode of this show I’ve seen since “Road Trip” in Season 9. The most amazing part of this hour was that it delivered the goods without a typical Supernatural plot. The characters, their interactions, and their growth were all it took to give us a dynamite hour of television.
“Dark Dynasty” reminded us of the love that Sam, Castiel, and Charlie have for Dean. They will go to any length to save their friend from the Mark of Cain, even if their plan for saving him involves going behind his back, working with Rowena, and messing with the Book of the Damned.
“Angel Heart” was surprisingly touching and provided a fitting end to the Novak family arc. The chess pieces are being shuffled into position for an exciting finish to Season 10.
When Supernatural sticks to doing original stories, there are few shows that can match its creativity and execution. Ten seasons have given this show a rich mythology and it’s immensely rewarding to see new uses for characters and settings from seasons past.
“Inside Man” reminded us that despite its age, Supernatural still has some magic left in the tank. A cold open with our main characters had my attention right away, and when I saw Bobby with his feet propped and Kenny Rogers playing on the radio, I knew we were in for a treat.
What a fan looks for in these standalone episodes is one memorable scene that will serve as a lasting season memory. I won’t remember any details of “Paint It Black” after Season 10 concludes save for Jensen Ackles’ most masterful performance in quite some time.
Supernatural returned from its umpteenth hiatus this season with one of its stronger hours in a while. “The Things They Carried” brought former Dean-o stalker Cole back into the picture for a hunt involving soldiers harboring an evil worm.
In tonight's episode we got an emotionally draining confrontation between Cain and his chosen successor, Dean, that ranks up there as one of the best showdowns in Supernatural history. But we also got several episodes worth of story crammed into 42 minutes because the preceding 13 episodes were so unfocused.
What elevated tonight’s episode of Supernatural was its commitment to social commentary, something this show has done very well over the years, and the targets in “Halt and Catch Fire” were multiple – college students, Greek life, and, most noticeably, tech-obsessed youth.
"About a Boy" dealt with the season’s mythology only briefly but had enough winning ingredients to rise above the problems that plague over throwaway episodes. You had a new twist on a familiar story and plenty of humor sprinkled throughout.
When Claire was taken off the board last week, Supernatural suddenly had an opening for its token female character. The show wasted little time in filling that void as Charlie returned from Oz in more ways than one. Or, should I say, more bodies than one.
On the same night that President Obama delivered the State of the Union, Supernatural fans got a reassuring update on the status of Season 10 during “The Hunter Games.” Sam and Dean returned in a tight hour of storytelling that utilized the show’s best characters in refreshing ways.
Supernatural’s midseason finale was a microcosm of Season 10 to this point. The episode started slow and gradually built to a simmering conclusion. No big shocks or “Apocalypse take 3” this time. Just a smaller scale, more intimate storyline that reunited Castiel with the Winchesters and set the stage for what’s to come with Dean’s slow descent into madness.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on The Flash recently, you may already know that tonight’s midseason finale will be extra special. The CW agreed to allow the episode to run for two minutes extra in order to help The Flash achieve the exact vision the show wanted for the winter finale.