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Supernatural Season 7

Spoilers abound, read with caution.

This season is not as bad as I remember, but I remember it as awful for the following reasons:  Castiel is gone from episode 2 until 17, then doesn’t show up again until the last three episodes.  So in the entire season only 5 episodes have Castiel in them and one of those episodes is him walking into a lake in the very beginning and then disappearing until 15 episodes later.  Baby, the Impala, is taken out of the show because the Leviathans are tracking them.

So right off the bat this season takes away the iconic car and one of the favorite characters for pretty much the entire fucking season.  Almost an entire season without the Impala?  Whoever thought of this – BAD idea.  It’s like having Dr. Who without his Tardis – and I know, the third Doctor spent much of his time grounded on earth because the Tardis was disabled, but the Tardis was still there, it wasn’t stowed somewhere off camera.  The shows has had three main characters since season one Sam, Dean, and Baby, so the entire season felt as if it was lacking, because it was.

Last but certainly not least, after leaning heavily all season on the steady presence of Bobby Singer, they kill him off.  The episodes where he is shot and then dodges his reaper are two very well written episodes, but I’m not going to be happy about killing off Bobby. No Castiel, no Impala, and no Bobby.  Seriously???  Fuck you, season 7, I’m taking a full letter grade off your score for this.

Castiel as god is pretty interesting – he goes after the KKK, Westboro Baptist, and for some reason, New Age motivational speakers.  We hear about much of this as Dean works on the Impala.  Most of this is pretty funny, albeit terrifying, especially when in desperation they summon Death.  I love Death, he’s always fun and somewhat funny.  “Annoying little protozoa, aren’t they?” he says of the Winchesters and Bobby.

Fun first couple of episodes, including Jodie Mills getting an appendectomy.  She happens to see “Dr. Monsterface” eat someone and calls Bobby for help.  Great appearance, as usual.  This is also the season where a heavily drugged Dean falls out of his hospital bed and tells Bobby, “A monster broke my leg” with such a hilarious delivery, it’s hard not to laugh.

The other problem with the beginning of this season is the plotline about Amy, Sam’s kitsune friend.  Honestly, Dean really had no reason to kill her, and I found the whole storyline to be annoying.  It’s one of those situations where they have Dean do something fairly stupid and indefensible to set up other storylines.  Amy was killing dirtbag criminals in order to save her son, and honestly, when the police and coroner are ok with the murders, you know the bad guys in question should not really be out in the world in the first place.

But Dean kills her, because how else will he angst and drink and be a huge damaged dill hole, otherwise?  I feel like the whole reason for killing Amy was to set up the Osiris episode because honestly, she didn’t deserve to die.  I’m normally on the side of kill, kill, blood the makes the grass grow, but even I thought this was a stupid thing to do.  It’s as stupid as Sam having his panties in a bunch all of season 8 about Benny the vampire – it’s poorly manufactured conflict between the brothers and it’s wearying to watch and more than little stupid.  Amy the kitsune was a good character played by the always amazing Jewel Staite, and I would have loved to have her around more, but alas, much of the writing is about giving the boys angst, so here we are stuck with a stupid plot lines for what seems like forever, but is really only a few episodes.

This season also deals with the wall in Sam’s mind crumbling.  I think this showcases how impressive Sam is in many ways, but I’m really tired of Lucifer.  He’s in the cage and we still have to deal with his boring, obnoxious ass?  Fucking great, but that’s why I have a fast forward button.  But seriously, Supernatural, enough Lucifer already.  HE’S SO BORING.  Anyway, lots of Lucifer and this diminishes the impressiveness of Sam, but other than one episode where Lucifer is somewhat helpful in solving the case, the rest of the time he is just a loud dick.  I know he tortured Sam, but does he have to torture the audience as well?  I really hate Lucifer episodes and this season doesn’t help that improve.

This season has many good episodes, but as a fan of the Buffy & Angel franchise, I have to say “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” is one of the highlights of the season.  It pairs up James Marsters (Spike) with Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) and they are simply phenomenal as feuding witches having some marital problems.  As with all of the witch episodes, the killings are gross and brutal, but the by-play between the two witches is funny as hell.  I also like the reaction one of the victims – conveniently saved by Sam and Dean – has to being cursed.  “They were hearts in my cupcakes.  HEARTS IN MY CUPCAKES!!!  That’s never happened before.”  This episode was really wonderful all around.  Hope those witches come back for a future episode or two.  We need a spin-off of the witches – their chemistry was too phenomenal to be wasted.

“Season Seven, Time for a Wedding” is another episode I really enjoy.  From the introduction of DJ Qualls as Garth, to the return of Crowley & Becky, I liked this episode.  This episode does turn Becky into a bit of a bad guy, but since she didn’t actually rape Sam (because they were waiting for sex for some crazy reason) I’m going to go with it being funny.  This is also the last episode where Becky shows up at all, but considering most episodes that have her in them make fans the butt of jokes, probably best that way.  Seeing Sam head over heels in love with someone who knows about hunting is funny as hell.  I found it to be a fun episode although I’ve read really negative reviews of it.

“Time After Time,” “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” and “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” are wonderful episodes that are among my favorite.  Charlie Bradbury is one of the all time best characters written in Supernatural and my only regret with her is that she has not yet been brought back from the dead.  I’m holding out hope for it, though.

However, while I hate the death of Bobby, the episode before his death, “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters” is one of the best ones of the season, and has some of the best quotes.

Sam: You think the world wants to end?

Dean: I think that if we didn’t take its belt and all its pens away each year that, yeah, the whole enchilada woulda offed itself already.

Dean stoned is pretty funny and well worth the price of admission.  This episode also really shows how much Bobby takes care of both of the Winchesters.  He has a private “check-in” with both of the boys about how they are doing.

“Come on, now. You tried to hang it up and be a person with Lisa and Ben. And now here you are with a mean old coot and a van full of guns. That ain’t person behavior, son.”

Once they actually do bring Castiel back, he’s a little crazy and refuses to fight, however, he also has some really great quotes.

Castiel: “I don’t fight any more. I watch the bees.”

“Do we need a cat? Doesn’t this place feel one species short?”  [Yes, they absolutely need a cat – they have a bunker now, give them a cat!]

“I see now. It’s a punishment resurrection. It’s worse every time.”

Also, the progression of the Meg/Castiel relationship is interesting, and it’s sad they killed off Meg before exploring it further, although I do understand why she was killed off.

This season has a lot of really good episodes, but also a lot of just dumb plotlines and inexplicable things throughout.  Overall this season is a C – a C that could easily have been made a B if they hadn’t taken Castiel and Baby out of the majority of the episodes.

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