Supernatural Season 4

Supernatural Season 4

I apologize now for the late review of Season 4. I opened up my laptop yesterday, that was plugged in all night, and found it dead and not charging.

Eventually I went to Apple and bought a new cord, but that didn’t really fit into my schedule so I had to forgo posting yesterday unfortunately.

Season 4 sees Supernatural coming to an end of what was the original intended length, and the story clearly points to it.

Dean unknowingly broke open the first of 66 seals, and the boys and their new angel “allies” are working to prevent the other 65 from breaking and releasing Lucifer.

The brothers let some seals break and stop some from breaking. They work with these angels to stop the demons, but slowly we learn that more and more seals are being broken.

Dean is told that he will be the one to stop all of this, but Sam is the one that is actively working on his demon powers to get strong enough to stop Lilith, to the chagrin of all his allies and loved ones.

We get to meet Castiel for the first time this season (FINALLY!) and we also get Chuck near the end of it.

Overall the season is pretty good. I still prefer Season 3, but I would rank this one above Season 1 and 2.

This season was back to it’s full length of 22 ish episodes, and we get a nice variety again between main story enemies and random ones along the way.

Even some of the ones we thought were random turned out to be related to the overall story.

If you’re a fan of folklore and history like I am though, this show never seems to disappoint in terms of teaching you something. It’s fascinating to see the different culture’s ghosts and ghouls be brought to light in a more modern setting.

There are two interesting ideas that kept coming to mind whenever I would see Sam using his powers and Dean not liking a moment of it.

Family, and Responsibility.

Let’s get into the what I mean by responsibility.

Now Sam is a hunter, and we learn he has some pretty extraordinary powers–he is immune to the demon push thing and he can kill/exercise demons with his mind. Pretty sweet when your big enemy is a demon and they can’t touch you.

Unfortunately, Sam needs to drink demon blood to get stronger, and it slowly gets him addicted to it, and at the beck and call to Ruby.

I kept thinking back to the classic Spider-Man line: “With great power comes great responsibility,” and how it related to Sam.

Sam could defeat Lilith and potentially stop the war, but does he have to? Should he sacrifice his sanity and potentially his life just because he is maybe the only thing that could stop Lilith?

It would be possible to stop her without Sam’s powers. It wouldn’t be easy but it would be possible. Should Sam sacrifice himself for the greater good? It’s a problem heroes face all the time in storytelling.

Thinking logically, what if there was a bigger threat than Lilith and Sam could stop that one too. He could stop the enemy that would cause the more damage. But what if he sacrificed himself for Lilith instead, making him never able to sacrifice himself for what came next.

What do you think? Is Sam responsible to sacrifice himself for the threat at hand?

I also wanted to talk about what the word “family” means for a bit.

Sam and Dean are obviously blood brothers, and they feel responsible for each other’s actions.

Family is a big theme in Season 4, because Dean sees Sam slowly slip into darkness the more demon blood he consumes.

Eventually Dean can no longer handle it, and tries to give up on Sam. He tries to forget his responsibility to Sam because to him, Sam is hopeless. Sam can’t be saved any more.

But we all know Dean, and after a great line from Bobby “You think family is supposed to make you warm and happy? That’s why they’re family. They’re supposed to make you miserable,” Dean caves and reaches out to Sam.

Now to the question I wanted to ask.

Can and should you give up on family?

I know everyone will have a different idea on the matter, but I think its a worthwhile debate. Assume you’ve done all you can for your family. You’ve helped them out of scrape after scrape, yet they keep doing whatever they think is best, even though it’s so clearly wrong.

Dean gave up on his brother for a moment, and I’m sure he hates himself for it and won’t forget it till the day he dies, but that’s who Dean is.

I hope everyone enjoyed the review. Look out for Season 5, hopefully next Saturday because there won’t be any issues that come up (fingers crossed).


Supernatural Season 3 Review

Supernatural Season 3 Review

Sorry this is a day late, but I was late for work yesterday and didn’t get home till almost midnight, but don’t worry, you didn’t miss out on another review.

I’m just gonna be blunt about this season, it is awesome. I think the writer’s strike that was happening at the time and causing there to only be 16 episodes was a stroke of luck. It just seemed so much more compact and there was no extra fluff in the season

There was the right amount of hilarity, seriousness and overall story. We know right form the hop that Dean only has one year to live, before the hell hounds come for him, and we slowly see him go from “I’m going to die in a year I can do whatever I want” to “I don’t wanna die Sammy.”

Bella was a great addition to the season. She is a thief that has a few run ins with the Winchesters, and unfortunately she doesn’t turn herself around in the end, eventually paying her end of her deal with her life.

She added a sort of rival to the brothers, with a bit of sexual tension and humour when she’d outsmart Dean.

We also get one of the most touching moments in the series. There’s a Christmas episode, and Dean wants to have one last Christmas with his brother. Sam doesn’t agree at first because he’s not a fan of Christmas, but eventually the two brothers swap gifts and spend some time watching the game together.

Dean eventually succumbs to the deal he made, but we all know he’s gonna be back right?

I think the “brother” aspect of the show really came out to shine in this season. There was more of the brotherly bickering present, but at the same time the understanding of each other’s every move. At this point they would have spent years together on the road, and we can see it in simple frustrations, and the way they perfectly bounce off each other.

Season 3 is the start of the end of the original proposed show’s run time, and you can tell by its solid storytelling, character development, and lack of cheesy plotholes.

Overall season rankings:
Season 3
Season 2
Season 1

TV Review: Supernatural Season 2

TV Review: Supernatural Season 2

As I write this post, I am actually finishing up the final episode of season 2, and I gotta say, this season is something special. Going off of memory, this is probably one of the better seasons.

I’ll probably throw in a season ranking order at the end of each post, but I might forget to do that in further posts.

What I really enjoy about this season is that it found a good mix of one off episodes of hunting some monster and episodes with a focus on the overall story; Sam and the other “gifted” people and why they were all chosen by the Yellow Eyed Demon.

I think the best seasons find a good balance of the two. It’s nice seeing the one off episodes where we are introduced to different monsters and characters because these episodes usually have a different feel to each of them. Some are funnier, some explore different styles of cinema, and some we get a good connection with Sam and Dean.

The “main” episodes are good too. The earliest seasons all have one goal in mind, and the story leads up to that point. Some of the later seasons miss this overarching story and its noticeable, but the earliest seasons do a good job of balancing the side stories and the main one.

To dive a bit deeper into the main story, there is a mystery that Sam and Dean are trying to solve – why Sam and all these other people have these powers, and what the Yellow Eyed Demon wants from them.

We get to see a few of them over time, but it leads to the ultimate battle at the end of the season…a battle royale between all the kids.

Sam dies in the fight, and is later resurrected by a deal that Dean made with a crossroads demon…which is going to lead to one of my favorite seasons (and a few of my favorite episodes) in season 3.

The Sam and Dean dynamic gets hashed more this season, and to me that’s probably one of the weaker parts of the season. I love their dynamic with each other. I think they bounce off of each other perfectly, and Dean has some hilarious childish moments.

My problem with their dynamic though, is that there is some rifts between their viewpoints this season, and the resolution of these problems doesn’t sit well with me. Sam is struggling with the idea that he might turn into a monster one day like all of the other “children”, while Dean struggles with the fact that he doesn’t really belong among the living any more because he isn’t supposed to be here, his dad is.

The two of them sort of deal with these thoughts, but they sort of just get left alone over time. Now this isn’t the only time things just get forgotten, but it is probably the first.

I guess you could say its the “manly” thing to do…just dealing with the feelings and all, and it makes sense why Sam and Dean have such a hard time mentally and emotionally in further seasons, it just kinda sucks to see it happening.

We end the season with one less main enemy – Dean managed to kill the YED with the Colt, but we are left with a few things.

  1. Not knowing if Sam is purely Sam…he seems a bit more “evil”
  2. All the demons that were released into the world with the opening of the demon gate…someone’s gotta deal with them.
  3. Who’s next. The brothers think they killed the big bad guy, so they don’t really know what to expect next…but boy does it get good.

Well, the end of the episode is coming up, and I have some boxes left to pack before I move out tomorrow. Not sure I’ll be able to finish all of season 3 by next Saturday, but either way you’ll still get your review.

Overall Season Rank:

  1. Season 2
  2. Season 1
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