Thursday, September 10, 2009
SUPERNATURAL SEASON PREMIERE - MY REVIEW
Supernatural is a silent gift from the TV gods. With so many shows blustering and bragging about how good they are Supernatural has slinked along in the shadows over the last four years consistently kicking ass. Tonight was the start of season 5 and it looks like another year of hell for the brothers Winchester. Sam has started Armageddon, the devil is coming to Earth, the brothers are not exactly thick as thieves anymore and the Archangels still want Dean to captain their war effort. Yep, it's gonna be a bitch of a year for Sam and Dean.
I'm not going to give away any big plot details here but trust me you'll be cheering through the entire episode. Once again the writing is crisp, the characters are intriguing and the action is non-stop. I'm also a big fan of the fact that the writers make the Demons and Satan truly evil. They're not hip or cool or funny they are mean spirited, vicious and cruel. At one point Satan is trying to convince his vessel (a human body to act through) to let him in by appearing as the man's dead wife. There are also some very heavy images portraying just how horrible the Devil is going to be.
The relationship with the Winchesters has taken on a nice dimension this season, one that's been building for the last four years. I've always loved the fact that no matter how over-the-top the supernatural elements get the show itself is strongly rooted in the relationship between Sam and Dean. The creators of Supernatural have kept the boys close but tense for three years and then did a great job of slowly destroying that relationship in season four.
Now with the greatest threat they've ever faced before them Dean doesn't trust Sam at all. On top of that the Archangels are tired of Dean ducking his "responsibility" to them and their desire to go to war with the demons. So much is packed into this first episode and yet it never loses focus, it never gets confusing. What's interesting here is how the writers have stacked the deck against Sam & Dean. Instead of zeroing in on the Satan aspect the writers have turned pretty much everybody they can against the brothers. If this really is the last season it's shaping up to be a doozy.
As always Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean) are great as the brothers. The chemistry between them is always awesome to watch especially with the added tension of the mistrust. Jim Beaver is back in full awesome mode as Bobby Singer and of course the man who always steals the show Misha Collins is just brilliant as the angel Castiel. As for Satan Mark Pellegrino appears only as the human vessel Satan is looking to inhabit so it's unclear if he'll be convincing as Lucifer himself. I have faith though, the casting on Supernatural has been spot on for the last four years.
Will all of season five live up to the promise of the first episode? Who knows. Will this actually be the last season of Supernatural? I have no idea. What I do know is Supernatural has shot out of the gate with a bang so if anybody needs me on Thursday night I'll be glued to the TV watching The Winchester brothers slap out at Satan, Demons, Angels and anybody else stupid enough to get in their way