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Season 5 Premiere – Sympathy For the Devil

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The show starts out with Dean and Sam still trapped inside the same room that Lucifer is rising from.  By means that are a mystery to both the audience and the characters, they are transported to a plane flying overhead, out of harms way.

Dean and Sam are back in their cars after their ordeal, listening ot the radio only to hear the beginning of what they believe to be the end.  Every station talks about an increase in disease, bombings, and other attacks around the world.

They ride to Chuck the prophet’s house only to find that their angel and guardian Castielle has been obliterated by an arch angel “like a water balloon of Chunky Soup.”

The gang of angels that had been working against them shows up at Chuck’s house but are quickly expelled with a spell Dean learned from Castielle.

At their hotel, Sam tries to apologize but Dean doesn’t let him.  Dean acts as if he can’t bear the thought of what just happened so he tries to treat it as he would any other hunt.

While this is going on, the devil prepares his prey in Delaware.  His temporary vessel is a man named Nick.  Lucifer plays with Nick by showing him images that remind Nick of the murders of his wife and child.  The devil appears as his wife and convinces him to let him be used as a vessel.

It’s interesting that the devil doesn’t choose an evil man, one that you would suspect.  He chooses a wounded man, one that viewed God as the true demon in his life, the one that forsook his family and him.

Chuck reaches out to his number one fan, Becky, to deliver a message ot the boys.  The message is the that the sword of Michael is in a castle on a hill of 42 dogs.

Bobby shows up to fill them in on Angel folklore.  Sam faces his need to confess his sin of starting the Apocalypse.  Bobby is in shock and horror and tells Sam to lose his number after they fix everything.  Out of shame, Sam leaves to do research only to return to a room of three demons and Dean.  While Sam was gone, Dean realizes that the castle on a hill of 42 dogs is the address for his dad’s storage unit.  After revealing this piece of  information, Bobby attacks Dean.  Bobby was possessed by a demon the whole time.  Instead of killing Dean, Bobby stabs himself.

After rushing Bobby to the hospital, Sam and Dean rush to the storage unit.  There they find the bodies of formerly possessed people littering the  floor and the gang of angels.  The most shocking revelation of all is revealed.  Dean is Michael’s sword, or vessel.

Dean turns down his offer to be an “angel condom”.  The angels torture them, hoping Dean will give in.  Castielle shows up and takes on the angels.  The angels are shocked because Cas was supposed to be dead.  Cas disappears after giving the boys a protection symbol without answering the question – who saved him?  Who put them on the plane out of harm’s way?

The show ends on a less than hopeful note.  Dean finally lets out what he’s wanted to tell Sam – that he can never trust Sam again.  The brothers are shown separated by the black pavement of the parking lot and the show ends.

Lucifer Rising

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I have been on the edge of my seat this season as I watched the plot unfold on Supernatural. I can usually see where a story line is headed but when it comes to Supernatural, it’s not the case. Every single episode has literally had me on the verge of screaming at the screen. “No, don’t stop there!” And tonight took the cake. Sam and Dean were played by BOTH the good guys and the bad guys. Dean was tricked into believing he alone could stop the apocolypse. Sam was tricked into believing that he alone could kill Lillith and stop the apocolypse. The gap that was placed between them was what brought everything down on them. Even the phone message that Dean left for Sam was changed by Ruby. The message drove home Sam’s greatest fear – that Dean hated him and what he was and there was no turning back or redemption. They had been manipulated every step of the way. Only Castielle was honest in all of his actions, but his hands were tied by the laws of heaven. And when he finally got the guts to fight back, it was too late.

 

I really thought Dean would make it on time to stop Sam, but when I think about it further, I realize I only thought that because that would have been the “Happily Ever After” ending. It would also have been the end of the show. But with this amazing cliff hanger ending, I’m even more hooked and excited to see next season.

This entire season of Supernatural has been so well written, produced, acted, and directed. And unlike many shows out right now, Supernatural’s quality doesn’t decline with time. It takes on the attributes of a fine wine, maturing and developing, tasting sweeter with every new episode.

Waiting for next season will be painful. My imagination is going wild with what will happen next. How will the next season open? And how will Dean and Sam be able to send the Devil packing back to hell?

I only have one complaint and I’ve had it all season. Katie Cassidy should have remained in the show as Ruby. Genevieve Cortese did a find job but she couldn’t compare to Cassidy’s performance.

It will be exciting to see how the brilliant writers of Supernatural will construct the story around the Apocalypse, Revelations, and man’s last days on earth.

Supernaturally Floored

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I love trying to guess the end of a story or TV show plot. And because so many follow a formula, I’m usually able to get it. But Supernatural is definitely not one of those shows. Last weeks show totally wowed me. I loved the inclusion of a prophet who was a broke writer, showing how the ordinary man can be destined for the extraordinary.

I didn’t expect Uriel to get killed or to be the one to turn on God’s angels. I thought his character would continue to develop more.

I didn’t expect angels would die by Lucifer’s sword. But I’m still perplexed by what happens when demons and angels die. Does that mean they cease to exist or go somewhere other than heaven or hell? It makes me scratch my head every time.

If they made a series of books out of the show, I’d be first on line to buy my copies.

I definitely didn’t expect Dean to be the one to actually open the first seal that can lead to the Apocalypse.

And I definitely love my Thursday night surprises every week.

In The Beginning

Posted in Show Reviews by kimberlybuck on August 19, 2009
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Last season, Sam was taken away in a vision of the past by the yellow eyed demon. He experienced his mother’s last moments when she interrupted his plan to infect Sam with demon blood. To Sam’s astonishment, his mother knew yellow eyes. This was the only indication of some previous relationship between the two. The subject wasn’t brouched again until last week’s episode when Dean is sent back in time by Castielle to see his parents.

My favorite part of this episode is the Oedipus Rex moment that Dean has when he sees his mom as a young woman. “Mom is a babe,” he says to himself. After realizing the wierdness of this thought, he tells himself, “I’m going to Hell…again.”

I was first reminded of “Back to the Future” because of the familiar premise, but the show quickly took a different direction, revealing a dark history between yellow eyes and the Winchesters. Mary Winchester was forced into a deal that she didn’t know the details of. Her two choices were to accept the deal and yellow eyes would leave her alone for ten years. He made the deal too hard to turn down when he broke John Winchester’s neck, promising to bring him back to life if she accepted.

Despite Dean’s fervent efforts, he could not change the past. He desperately wanted to save his family from their future life as hunters and fulfill his mother’s dream of a family not haunted by the supernatural. Castielle reminds Dean that destiny can’t be changed.

How does this information help the Winchester brothers? Their resentment towards their father, John Winchester, is ingraned deep inside their consciousness. Can this new information change thier feelings about their father and his choice to lead the life of a hunter after thier mother’s death. What will they do with this information now that both their parents are gone and yellow eyes was killed?

Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester.

Posted in Show Reviews by kimberlybuck on August 19, 2009
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The second episode of Supernatural brought back some of last season’s victims of the supernatural. Dean is haunted by Meg’s spirit who tries to get revenge by killing him. Sam is blindsided by the appearance of Agent Hendrickson, who died in a blaze created by Lillith. Even Bobby is visited by a pair of girls who he couldn’t save in the past.

Hunters all over the country are being haunted by victims of the past and a dozen are killed. These victims were selected for a very specific reason. Hunters are well trained and mostly unphased by the supernatural because of their experiences. But the one thing that can get to a hunter is guilt. Even if that guilt is unjustified. I could have done more, I could have saved her, I could have helped them… It’s human nature to have shortcomings and these spirits that are in pain are sent after the hunters that tried to save them.

The most visually stunning part of this episode is Bobby’s “supernatural panic room” which is coated in salt and has every anti demonic symbol ever created. The room is dark and frightening and yet you can’t help but feel the same relief that the characters feel when they enter to escape the parade of angry spirits chasing after them. The hunters literally become the hunted.

Dean, Sam, and Bobby perform a ritual to get rid of the spirits that are chasing them and the other hunters.

Dean’s angel, Castielle, tells him that these spirits are part of the broken seals from the Book of Revelations. It is the first of over a hundred seals that must be broken before Satan himself is let loose on earth.

Before Castielle leaves Dean, he reminds him that his attitude is highly disrespectful and that he took him out of hell, which means he can easily put him back in. I was waiting for Castielle to put his foot down on Dean’s lack of faith and negative attitude towards God and angel. Yet Sam, who has not even seen the angel, believes in him. Does Sam have enough faith for the both of them to overcome the beginning of the end?

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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The plot thickens… So an innocent girl is being chased by demons because she can hear angels. She’s also being chased by angels because … she can hear angels. Either way, this girl is screwed. Seems pretty unfair to me. This episode ended with the dreaded “To be continued.” I hate those.

I’m with Dean on the whole feeling grossed out by Sam and Ruby. It’s a body of a girl in a coma. Yuck. Brings a whole new level to necrophilia.

I don’t care for the title of this episode because it’s not really a good indicator of what the plot will be about. It’s also the title of a very lame teen movie. I would have gone with something like “Heaven Can Wait” if you’re going to use a movie title. Or maybe “Damn it’s hot down here.”

Alastair, a demon from Dean’s time in the pit, taunts Dean as he beats the hell out of him. This demon is also more powerful than the run of the mill demons that the boys usually face.

We get a closer look at what life was like for Sam without Dean. Alone, drunk, and desperate for revenge, Sam finds temporary relief with Ruby. But he’s hell bent on going after Lillith and commiting “suicide by demon.”

I thought that the appearance of Castielle and his angel friend was going to be the Winchester’s saving moment. But their relief is quickly extinguished when they realize that the angels aren’t there to help them. Before the angels say it, you can sense that their mission is to kill the girl.

On a side note, I like Castielle. He’s reasonable to some extent and was willing to show some vulnerability to Dean. But I don’t care for his buddy angel at all. He’s rude and doesn’t come close to what I think an angel should act like. I hope they humanize this character more or kill him off.

The preview for next week shows that Sam isn’t alone in succombing to lust…

“To be continued.”