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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.

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?

Supernatural’s Season

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Supernatural’s last season began December and it’s second episode of the season aired on January 1st.  The writing this season seems different from the last season. Although the characters maintain their personalities and quirks, the undertone of the show is even darker than other seasons that have come before. Tonight’s show was a combination of terrorizing ghostly experiences mixed with guilty ridden sorrow over lost souls. The evil doers in this episode were now ghosts because of the human failings of the main characters. And the angel of God that keeps appearing to Dean is both mysterious and leaves you with the same question in your mind when he leaves – is he an angel or not? It’s hard to tell because the concept of angels with halos and harps is not used at all. This angel is bruding and a valient soldier in God’s Army against the Apocolypse.

Sam’s character has shown significant changes this season as well. In the absence of his brother Dean, his boyish charm has faded. He is a serious man with a lowly heart who seeks to drown his sorrows in booze and women. Sam still has a touch of innocence, demonstrated by his willingness to believe in angels and God.

Tonight’s episode is the first time I can say I was actually scared, like sitting in a dark movie theatre, waiting for the next burst of action.

As the season continues, I think we will see more glimpses into what Dean underwent in his four months in hell. The angel’s character will be a vitally important part to this season. And religion itself will become a major theme, especially the Book of Revelations in the Bible.