Supernatural season 5: Why aren’t you people watching?

This is an update from my Supernatural review from last February. Season 5  sustains and builds on the quality that was season 4. Its the apocalypse people! The Winchester boys are fighting for you! At the very least you could help out by watching.

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WHY SUPERNATURAL ROCKS

(More Insight From Your Buddy Xiphos)

The CW Network is about as useless a network as could be except for one show and that’s Supernatural. If you’re going to do one thing right you might as well hit a home run and the CW managed to do just that with Supernatural. If you like shows with sympathetic demons, psychotic/ambivalent archangels, vampires, werewolves and all sorts of mythological beasts then SN is the show for you. It airs Thursday night on the less than useless CW Network.

The premise of the show is deceptively simple. Two brothers travel around the country in a kick ass 1967 Chevrolet Impala listening to heavy metal and mullet rock, killing all sorts of nasty beasts like vampires, demons, changelings and such. That’s just the very, very, very basic premise of SN. If you dropped in for one episode you would leave with the impression that SN is about two, way too good looking to be blue collar dudes who kill all sorts of Supernatural beasties and you would be so very wrong with that impression.

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The two main characters of SN are brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. Dean is played by Jenson Ackles and Sam is played by Jared Padalecki. The relationship between Sam and Dean is the heart and soul of Supernatural. Everything else is just window dressing. These two would die for each other and have because of the love they share. Even though Sam and Dean are two highly damaged individuals they still love and care for each other and work well together as a very, very dysfunctional team.

I’m going to single out Jensen Ackles for some special attention. Don’t misunderstand me here, both actors are top notch in their roles but Ackles goes to another level as Dean. This kid has got a boat load of charisma and acting talent. Ackles inhabits the Dean character with a ferocious will and great skill. As Dean Winchester, Jensen Ackles burns with the white hot intensity of 1000 suns about to go supernova. He’s that good. The only other role I had seen Ackles in was Smallville. He played the boyfriend to the attractive, but slat of wood acting wise, Lana Lang character. He was sort of a bland, nondescript, good looking dude. The burning fire of Ackles charisma was banked. In other words, he acted like a true professional. If you can’t tell, I have a bromance running with Ackles.

Supernatural is one of, if not the best, structured shows I’ve ever watched. It has consistently and smartly built on its own mythology through its four seasons. Even the stand alone, non-mythology oriented episodes, give clues or subtle bits of info that move the overall arc along. The only other show that I’ve seen that has done that as smartly as SN was the first season of Veronica Mars. Go ahead and laugh but I’m serious about that.

The writing on Supernatural is top notch and involving. The show can be surprisingly bloody, violent and intense for a primetime show. When they concentrate on lighter or comedic elements of a story the show can be funny as all hell. Case in point, they had a giant teddy bear that came to life and repeatedly tried to commit suicide. One of the ways the bear tried to do it was with a pistol to the head. When it pulled the trigger they switched to a reverse angle and a handful of stuffing hit the wall instead of blood. I damn near pissed my pants laughing when I saw that one.

The look of the show is gritty, blue collar and sort of grungy with the clothes, cars and women. It’s deliberately done that way. The Winchester boys are not anything special. They are just two regular, if all too good looking, guys with a really crappy job. They survive by stealing, scamming and killing. The Winchester boys don’t have any special powers at least Dean doesn’t, until this season when maybe God himself picked Dean for a special operation. Earlier during the run of the show we learn Sam could have something going on that might not be to nice. Sam might or might not have been picked by the devil for a big job.

So, to sum it up, watch Supernatural. It’s a well done, fun and entertaining. The mullet rock, car and hot broads are icing on the cake that is Supernatural.

Xiphos

P.S. I would also suggest that everybody should copy the readiness principals of Sam and Dean Winchester and travel around with an ass load of weapons on your person and in the trunk of your ride (it goes without saying you should be armed at all times but I’m going to say it anyways) so anybody that’s drives a Prius, man up and get a real vehicle you wusses. Weapons come in handy when the zombies, vampires, succubuses, ghosts, beasties and what not get an itch to cause trouble.

P.P.S. If you decide to watch SN, start from the beginning. There are so many small, large and subtle pieces of info you would miss if you didn’t start at the beginning. The info is especially important for this absolutely kick ass season of SN.

P.P.P.S. I know I’m being sort of vague about the show with this review. I really want people to discover it wonderfulness without my goofy ramblings coloring their perceptions

P.P.P.P.S. Just for the hell of it I will include this funny Youtube bit from SN. Enjoy.

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21 responses to “Supernatural season 5: Why aren’t you people watching?”

  1. Xiphos says :

    Jarv thanks for fixing this. I appreciate it.

  2. Xiphos says :

    Franklin,

    Don’t worry about either humor or Demons both are present in spades, although Thursdays episode except for near the ending was weak. They are taking thier time and setting up a whole bunch of big time story lines.

    I’m liking how this seasons the writers aren’t rushing right into the big bad story line with satan and how they are circling around it. That should lead to some interseting story telling, I hope!

    So far its working but if they drag it out to much they could get accussed of being cock teases. I hope the can balance it out so the dynamic story telling of SN remains intact.

  3. Xiphos says :

    That house of wax episode was a good. That look Sam shot Dean when he tooled on House of Wax cracked me the hell up.

    I think the best episode so far this season was the Croatoian ep set 5 years in the future. Castiel as sex freak was funny as hell but the changes in Dean were interestingly handled.

  4. loonchaney says :

    Ok, I don’t know any of what you are talking about, but I can talk second season Supernatural. I’m really digging it. Rundown of what we have seen so far–that I recall anyway.

    2.1: Dad sells his soul so Dean can live while the brothers try to evade a reaper. I don’t know how strong the overall ep was, but the ending with JDM making the sacrifice, and that really heart-wrenching bit where he pleads with Sam to stop the pointless bickering, was right-on. I think John W. was a far more compelling and sympathetic character in that one moment than he had been at any earlier point.

    2.2-Creepy ass clown and the brothers dealing with Dad’s death. A great transition ep in my mind. Watching Dean beat the Impala was a good scene.

    2.3- Tara as a vampire? a good vampire? Okay, so I think the rogue hunter character is a bit tedious but I love that the ep took things in a different direction and attempted to add another facet to the show. It was a good one.

    2.4-Bonus points for using the Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things title. This was an average episode with a few neat wrinkles, including Dean getting the knowledge that his dad is dead so he can live.

    2.5-Simon Said was the funniest and wittiest episode since that one involving the urban legend that the internet dolts created. It also pushes forward the storyline involving the children infected by the YED. I think this show really has a knack for the characters in stand alone eps. I always find myself thinking back to them. This rarely happened on X-Files, where I would remember the creature but not the one-off characters.

    2.6-No Exit-I still don’t know how I feel about the woman and her kids who run the roadside bar that caters to hunters. I’m seriously expecting that we will soon learn that either one or both of her children are siblings to the Winchester boys. If it’s Jo, that’s gonna be funny. I suspect her father issues are a smokescreen. Whatever, this ep was seriously creepy. The way they visualized the serial killer ghost was disturbing.

    2.7-The Usual Suspects–booya! Baltimore and Linda Blair, and tying both together via The Exorcist and having Dean comment on it. Nice work. That being said, the mystery was a little thin and obvious, and Blair isn’t a great actress. Who cares, it was fun. Like the good version of Gothika.

    2.8-Crossroad Blues. Wow, heavy. Maybe my favorite episode thus far. The hellhounds were an iconic image used very well and the poignancy of starting with the blues player and working through John W. right up to Dean considering using his own soul as collateral was very effective. Adding the issues of Hell, and lost souls, etc. into this landscape really make this a heavier but more compelling show. Watching Dean struggle with the dark irony of his father tortured by the YED that he gave his life to trying to destory was a powerful scene and one terribly sad. That the ep and the show could bounce back from that really says something.

    2.9-Croatoan-Perfect utilization of the lost colonies mythology and a pretty neat crossover for the general folklore of the show itself. This felt super X-Filesy but I don’t think that was really a bad thing. Cheesier than most, but it gets the job done.

    2.10-Hunted-Katherine Isabelle really saved a half-baked episode. At least now the obvious info involving Sam being a demon/human hybrid is right out there on the table. So, umm writers, will we ever see KI again? I hope so.

    2.11-Playthings–A great little episode. I thought it was teriffic in the way it moved the brother’s relationship along while putting a pretty tricky twist story front and center. I didn’t see it coming. The recreation of the bartender scene from The Shining was brilliant.

    2.12–Nightshifter. This so felt like something from the late 80s, early 90s. I quite enjoyed all the little elements involved here, although the shapeshifters actually make for pretty lazy villians.

    2.13–Houses of the Holy–Bang-up episode! This is what I like to see, building the mythology in a serious way and opening the door for some thought provoking concepts, etc. I really enjoyed the way this played out with the minor exception of God behaving like death from Final Destination.

    2.14–Born Under A Bad Sign–oodles of character development and strong writing and acting. It took me a bit to get used to Sam as evil, but he handled himself well. A solid episode.

    2.15–Tall Tales-This is the last one we watched recently.This really felt like it was trying to rip-off those sillier episodes of the X-Files. The pacing was very off as well. In the end though, it’s a funny episode and it works.

  5. Xiphos says :

    Season 2 of SN has 3 of my favorite episodes in it. Croatoan which was a nice riff on Zombie/Submarine/Men on A Mission movies.

    Night Shifter which just rocked in my opinion and I felt bad for the fat dude. The ending coda was perfect with Sam and Dean sitting in the Impala and the two word pronouncement Dean makes. It also sets up the FBI agent as nice foil for future episodes with a great pay off in season 4 I believe.

    Later on in the season is What is and What Should Never Be which might be near the top of my favorite list.

    Season 2 also had two of the funniest episodes in my opinion. Tall Tales and especially Hollywood Babylon which started the tradition of mentioning roles the actors Sam and Dean had before SN. Note the look Sam shoots Dean when the studio tour mentions Franklins all time favorite TV show ever Gilmore Girls, truly priceless. The other great thing about this episode was how they savaged Hollywood.

    The two part season finale was very effective, creepy and moved the story forward by leaps and bounds and gives you a whole lot of info and answers a ton of questions.

  6. Droid says :

    Never watched Supernatural. What’s all the hubbub?

  7. Xiphos says :

    The hubbub is that SN is one finely structured, incredibly well written and acted TV show that nobody watches. Give it a go Droid if you get a chance. Just remember if you do the pilot was freaking great then it meanders a bit then by the mid point of season one it hits it stride and grows from there.

  8. lord bronco says :

    Yo Xi-I’ve got it on the DVR-I trust your judgement-but right now im gonna go play Mass Effect-Sci Fi Space marines ftw yo!

  9. Xiphos says :

    S05E07 was pretty damn good I loved how they ripped on hollywood. I’m realy getting the idea that Kripke doesn’t like Hollywood at all there have been several eps where they do this. Good job Kripke now if you could start destroying LA in general I would appreciate it.

  10. xiphos0311 says :

    Franklin,

    first off there is no more bigger of a juvinile around here then me so don’t sweat that and I want a jet pack also. we we’re promised all sorts of whizz bang, gee whiz, gadgets and gizmos and they have not arrived yet, DAMNIT!

  11. xiphos0311 says :

    Changing Channels was a great balance the humor and darkness and the boys goofing on Caruso was spot on. The Knight Rider gag was stellar.

  12. xiphos0311 says :

    The Curious Case Of Dean Winchester I like it. Chad Everett as old Dean was excellent he did a great job I thought. He had down all of Ackles voice inflections and mannerisms and the scene of him hitting on the maid was Hi-larious.

    I look the episode as one of the better stand alones and I like how they sort of ceded the story lines to the guest stars. Overall I give it a soild 7.5 Impalas out of 10 rating.

  13. xiphos0311 says :

    Frank,

    They were goofing on Grey’s Anatomy I believe. The Dr. Sexy remark is a goof on the “McDreamy” thing. At least that’s what some of the females around here said when I asked them. Also, there was a shot of the Hospital name that was similar to the GA one and there was a throw away line about Seattle.

  14. xiphos0311 says :

    Oh yeah the opening song. I forgot to mention that. I think they were paroding the 80’s more then the 70’s. 80’s was really when they went crazy with those syrupy intro songs. I seem to remember that there were more instumental songs in 70’s intro’s then words. It flipped in the 80’s I think, but I could be wrong.

  15. xiphos0311 says :

    Oh and shots to the nuts ARE ALWAYS FUNNY, as long as its not you getting your huevos rearranged…

  16. xiphos0311 says :

    Yep it sure was.

    Where was the “ghost” tribute you mentioned to old man Winchester? Was it when they were talking about a ghost that only exists in one of the Hospital staffs mind?

  17. xiphos0311 says :

    I have no problem admitting to watching girly shows, heck I love Veronica Mars, its just that I don’t happent to watch THIS particular girly show is all. I think I saw the pilot episode, it was uhhhhh…forgetable to say the least.

  18. xiphos0311 says :

    I would watch Owww my balls. then again it was already on air with the title of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

  19. xiphos0311 says :

    “It’s been pointed out to me that I’m an angry person”.

    Not so much angry as violent.

  20. xiphos0311 says :

    Not what I’ve heard.

  21. xiphos0311 says :

    Frank,

    I understand that sentiment and agree to a certain extent but in Ronni’s defense why wouldn’t she be a bit screwy? Her best friend gets killed by her future boyfriends pops. Ronni gets raped but didn’t get any justice for it. Her dad is made to look the fool, lose his job and take an economic fall and she is ostricized at school. Why wouldn’t she develop an armor plated skin and she is usually smarter then everybody else also.

    The third season did have some major flaws no doubt there. The major problem was the change networks. The new network came down hard on VM and forced major changes on how they operated. Those changes were detrimental overall.

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