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Supernatural Season 11 Review

Spoilers abound for all of the season, so reader beware.

Season 11 was a bit of a mixed bag for me.  The episodes I like, I really intensely love but there are a few episodes that simply left me bored or meh.  That said, this season has two episodes that are easily within my top 10 favorite episodes, if not the top 5.  One of these episodes is called “Baby” and the entire thing is just pitch perfect.

Baby is Dean’s name for the Impala, who is the third character in the show who rarely gets an episode from her point of view.  While Sam’s tenacity saved the world and caged the devil, it was memories of the Impala that helped him do it – the Impala is as iconic to this show and the Mystery Machine is to Scooby Doo, so hell yeah, bring on an episode from her point of view.

This episode has a lot of mundane things I just love.  First of all, this episode shows the brothers bonding, laughing, and interacting in a way we don’t normally see.  If you think about the sheer number of places they drive, they spend a huge amount of time in the Impala and because driving cross country is mostly boring, we rarely see this aspect of their lives for long.  This episode gave us a little glimpse of that togetherness and the fun they have together.  It was a joy and relief to see an episode where the brothers get along well, laugh together, and even sing along to the radio.

I could honestly go scene by scene with the episode to tell you why it’s brilliant, but I’ll hit the highlights for me, personally.  Sam having a one-night stand in the Impala and Dean’s pride – and musical humor – is just delightfully funny.  Sam tells Dean he tried to give the woman his number.

Sam: I tried to give her my number. You know what she said?

Dean: ‘We got tonight; who needs tomorrow?’

Sam: Is everything a Bob Seger song to you?

Dean: Yes.

This is exchange followed by the conversation the brothers have in the car really make this episode shine.  For an action horror series like Supernatural, there aren’t a lot of slow moments of conversation, so when they happen, I really enjoy them.  Not finding a hotel (maybe not having money?) the brothers are sleeping in their car with Sam in the backseat and Dean in the front seat.  Sam wakes up, talks about his dream of their father, and the ensuing scene is just wonderful.  It’s just them, sitting in Baby, having a heart to heart and I can’t say enough good things about it.

This episode also has one of the funnier sequences of the series when Dean has to deal with killing “Deputy Dumbass” the were-pyre they are hunting.  Dean is having a phone conversation with Castiel, trying to determine what type of monster they are hunting, when the Deputy attacks Dean.  The fight scene is filmed from the inside of the car – Baby’s perspective – which allows for hilarity.  Castiel’s voice misheard through Dean’s phone as Dean shoots, beheads, and otherwise damages the were-pyre – Dean finds out beheading doesn’t work when the severed head on the windshield continues to growl at him.  This whole sequence is incredibly funny and wonderful.

This episode also sees all three of our main characters – Baby, Dean, and Sam – return home injured and limping, as even Baby got involved in the were-pyre fight.  I honestly think this might be my all time favorite episode of Supernatural, but then “Fan Fiction” and “Don’t Call Me Shurley” are also contenders for that title.

One of the best aspects of this season is that the brothers are on the same side, and Castiel is around during the beginning of the season and on the same side as the brothers.  I love it when our heroes are actually working together.  Their ability to work together so smoothly was what drew me into the show in the first place, so it’s nice to see a return to them functioning as a unit.  I didn’t mind season 10 having Sam working to cure Dean behind his back, because that was still working on the same side, even if Dean didn’t know about it.  Seasons 6-8 where it was brother fighting brother and angsty-drama all the time was wearying, to say the least.

To hit one of the down notes of the season, ugh, Lucifer.  Fucking again.  They killed off Raphael and Gabriel, both archangels, can’t we manage to stab this fucker with an angel blade already?  But no, instead Castiel says “yes” like a total moron and we’re stuck with Lucifer as Castiel, which is a bit more entertaining simply because Misha Collins makes such a more interesting Lucifer, but can we be real?  Lucifer is written as a sociopathic 5 year old complete with tantrums.  LUCIFER IS BORING.  I don’t care that Daddy hurt his feelings, after millennia, get the fuck over it and stop whining and exploding people.  Dick.

While Misha does an excellent job with Lucifer, I still hate the storylines with Lucifer for the most part, although because they are working towards the same purpose, Lucifer is a bit more fun this season, but barely.  Also, making Crowley Lucifer’s “dog” is just gross.  I know he’s the devil and all, but come one, really?  Why on earth do demons have this devotion to Lucifer?  He’s shown no leadership, absolutely detests demons, and generally is a sociopathic 5 year having a permanent temper tantrum, so what gives demonkind?  Just that stupid?  If he’s this charismatic leader that people fall in love with, I’d really like that aspect of him shown, because otherwise, he’s just BORING.  A walking bag of hate isn’t really that interesting to me and Lucifer’s daddy-issues have long stopped being interesting.

It helps that Misha Collins is clearly having fun as Lucifer, so that does get me to enjoy him a bit more as a character, but still, let’s kill Lucifer and never speak of him again, ok, Supernatural writers?

One of the episodes where Misha Collins is playing Lucifer who is pretending to be Castiel is called “The Vessel” and it is another really great episode.  Dean is sent back in time to retrieve a Hand of God, which they hope can defeat Amarra/The Darkness.  He’s sent back in time to the Bluefin, a submarine in World War II.  Lucifer, being an archangel, has the power to send Dean back in time, but due to the warding on the ship he can’t actually get on the ship himself.

This is one of the few episodes I really enjoyed Lucifer, because he’s pretty funny.  Lucifer walking down the steps of the bunker soaking wet always makes me laugh, in part because Lucifer looks so annoyed and pissed off about it.  Lucifer is interesting in the episode because he’s acting like a warrior of god and like an ally to the Winchesters, instead of being his usual petulant, whiny-baby self.  It’s a refreshing change for a boring and tired character.

This episode isn’t really about Lucifer, though.

Dean: Captain James Dearborn, my name is Dean Winchester and I am on a mission from the future, the details of which I am not a liberty to discuss. But know this: within the hour, a German destroyer will find and attack this submarine and you will go down.  [This line doesn’t seem like much, but in the context of episode itself, it’s powerful as a punch to the gut.]

It’s barely about the Winchesters and is instead about Delphine, the Woman of Letters who is transporting the Hand of God via submarine after stealing it from the Thule, the evil Nazi Necromancers.

Delphine: You save this ship, get us to the surface, and then what? The power of God will consume you, and you’ll have merely brought the weapon closer to the Nazis’ grasp. We are supposed to die, let us do it with a purpose.

Delphine warns Dean of the dangers and then takes the task on herself, sacrificing herself and the submarine to take out the Nazi Thule ship.  How badass is Delphine?

At the end of this episode – which never fails to bring a tear to my eye, because of the bravery and commitment of the soldiers and Delphine in the past – Dean tells Sam that he wasn’t really a part of things, he was just a witness.

This is the type of episode that I really love, simply because even the throwaway characters aren’t two-dimensional.  I’d watch a show just about Delphine, or many of the characters on the submarine.  This was just such a great and well written episode all around and it’s one that I love to watch, even though it seems to be more about the WWII action than the Winchesters, which is just fine by me, considering how well it was done.  This episode and “Baby” are excellent examples of why so many people are devoted to this show – they are just brilliantly written and unbelievably entertaining.

“Don’t Call Me Shurley” sees the return of Chuck/God as well as Metatron.  First of all, Rob Benedict who portrays Chuck/God, I could watch just type.  He’s magic on screen and this episode was a revelation of Rob Benedict’s true talent.  HOW IS HE NOT IN EVERYTHING ALL OF THE TIME?  He seamlessly moves from Chuck to God and back again, and then he tops it all off by singing a song that blows all the doors off the episode.  I know writing God must be a difficult task, but more Rob Benedict, please.  Dude is ridiculously talented, so if you don’t want to write an all powerful being, simply have him hanging out and playing guitar, because holy fucking cow is he wonderful at it.

Metatron is portrayed by Curtis Armstrong, an actor who has been in practically everything, but is best known as Booger front he “Revenge of the Nerds” although I always think of him as his “Moonlighting” character Herbert Viola.  As a bad guy, Metatron was obnoxious and devious and killed Dean once, so you know, hated Metatron.  However in this episode, Curtis Armstrong shows what a brilliant fucking actor he is by making us feel sympathy and even a little love for Metatron.  Armstrong and Benedict are what make this episode probably my all-time favorite episode.

First of all, this episode confirmed what most of us thought after the season 5 finale – Chuck is actually God.  This episode reveals Chuck being God, but it’s the interplay and history between God and Metatron that really infused this episode with such life and character.  I could watch God and Metatron sit in this bar and talk writing all day.

Metatron: You know, I was a crappy, terrible god. My work was pretty much a lame, half-assed rewrite of your greatest hits. But at least I was never a coward. [God throws him through the front doors of the bar with a flick of his finger.  Metatron walks back in, smiling.] There he is. That’s the guy I know, the guy I love. I remember the first time I saw you. All the angels were terrified, but I wasn’t. The feeling of your light was… was just beyond measure. And then the unthinkable. You picked me to help you with your tablets.

Chuck: You were just the closest angel to the door when I walked into the room. There’s nothing special about you, Metatron. Not then… not now. Now… I’ve been called many things — absentee father, wrathful monster. But, coward… I am not hiding. I am just done watching my experiments’ failures.

Metatron: You mean your failures, Chuck.

The way he spits out the name “Chuck” like an epithet is wonderful.  Chuck’s words deeply wound Metatron.  Armstrong plays the craziness and cunning of Metatron expertly, and he even shows the broken heartedness all of the angels felt when god left.  Armstrong does restrained tears so very well in this episode that it breaks your heart.  Later on in the episode, when Metatron says that he doesn’t care if he was “the angel closest to the door” he can barely say the words without crying – Metatron the clever and awful enemy who killed Dean once, has me broken-hearted and in tears this episode.

Metatron even tells god that all of his previous bad behavior was a sad attempt to get attention from Chuck.

This episode is just brilliant.

Metatron:  No, look. I know I’m a disappointment, but you’re wrong about humanity. They are your greatest creation because they’re better than you are. Yeah, sure, they’re weak and they cheat and steal and… destroy and disappoint. But they also give and create and they sing and dance and love. And above all, they never give up. But you do.

At the end of the episode, Chuck sings “Dink’s Song” aka “Fare Thee Well” and the first several times I watched this episode, I just sobbed through the whole song.

One o’ dese days, an’ it won’t be long,
Call my name an’ I’ll be gone.
Fare thee well, O Honey, fare thee well.

I’m not a Christian, but the idea of the Christian God of Supernatural being gone is a terrifying prospect just the same.

From this episode on, everyone seems to be on the same side – Lucifer and God hash out some things, although Lucy’s still a dick; Rowena and Crowley join the fight; even Billie helps out.  However, what defeats the Darkness/Amarra in the end isn’t a weapon, but rather it’s love, forgiveness, and family.

I’ve spent a lot of time gushing about the great episodes this season, but I haven’t even gotten to how awesome Jody Mills is this season.  You know I can’t write a review without a huge heaping spoonful of love for Kim Rhodes and her expert portrayal of Jody Mills.  We pop back into her life and see how things are going with her, Claire, and Alex in an episode that I really enjoyed, although for the love of God Claire is such a bitch it’s painful to watch her sometimes.  Can we please either write her as less of a dumbass OR less of bitch?  The combo of bitchy dumbass is really grating, although her cuddling the Grumpy Cat stuffed cat the Castiel bought for her at “The Hot Topical” is a cute moment.

Anyway, Jody is amazing as always and watching her care for her two wards is really awesome, including a discussion of STD’s at dinner, which was funny.  Jody is a great mom, but that isn’t what defines her as a person.

Jody: ‘Kay, well, um. I may have definitely seen birth control pills in your backpack.

Sam: Oh, we’re going there.

Dean: Okay.

Alex: Oh my god.

Jody: Hey, if we can’t talk about it, we shouldn’t be doing it, right? Right?  [Right on, sister!!!  I absolutely agree!]

Dean: What?

The bonding between the women is awesome and in the end Alex offering to sacrifice herself for Claire (prompting Claire to tell the vamps that their intel is wrong, Alex hates her) and Jody is just wonderful.  Katherine Ramdeen as Alex is a great character full of complexities, but really she just wants to live her life without monsters.  Good luck with that, Alex.

“Just My Imagination” is another fun episode that has me laughing hysterically, especially in the beginning of the episode.  Sam’s imaginary friend from childhood shows up and needs help.  The whole opening sequence with Sam waking up and finding an offering of all of his favorite foods from childhood (marshmallow nachos, for one) and then discovering his long ago friend is priceless.  Adding Dean to the mix, “Are you having a stroke?  Do you smell toast?” adds to the overall hilarity.

Season 11 clearly has a lot of really good episodes and excellent writing.  That said, lots of boring Lucifer crap happens throughout the season, but that is why we have fast forward.

Overall I give the season a B – lots of Lucifer boringness brings the season down, and while this season has several just completely wonderful episodes, it also has a couple of meh ones, too.

This season is one where my respect for Sam grows by leaps and bounds.  He addresses the craziness of them rescuing each other at the expense of the world.  He tries really hard all of the time to do the right thing, but the road to perdition is paved with good intentions.  Sam and Dean working well together makes this season a good one, but Sam does a lot of impressive things on his own this season and it’s fun to watch him grow and change over the course of the show.

The superstars of this season are Rob Benedict and Curtis Armstrong, though.  They give the mythology a weight, history, and emotional resonance that really makes the larger conflict more believable.  I know Curtis Armstrong has no problem being called “Booger” by most people, but he is so amazingly talented as Metatron that I simply can’t write him off as just “Booger” or just a character actor.  He’s a fucking powerhouse of awesome.

I’ve complaints about the God/Amarra storyline, but it didn’t bother and I didn’t feel like it went “too big” or jumped the shark.  Amarra was an interesting bad guy, in part because while she was pissed and powerful, she also was innocent and naive in many ways, too.  I enjoyed her storyline and the overall arc of the season.  I’m also glad that – unlike the Lucifer storylines – this one was finished up in the season.

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Supernatural Season 8

Spoilers abound for all seasons, so read with caution.  Also, season 8 review is super long.

This fucking season – this fucking show.  This season is what I refer to as the “Voyager” season.  When it’s good, it is absolutely great, but when it’s bad, it’s the worst thing ever.  Never have I continued watching a show where I’ve literally yelled at the television, “Oh, FUCK you!!” as much as I have screamed that this season.  However, this season also has some really awesome parts to it, these moments are so unbelievably awesome that it keeps the Supernatural faith going.  But sometimes, barely.

Let’s start with the beginning of the season, as we resolve the Dean in Purgatory storyline.  I love the character of Benny, and Ty Olsson brings a deep, soulful, and romantic Benny to life so well, it’s impressive what a fantastic actor he is.  Also, if I were rich, I’d hire him to just read to me with Benny’s accent.  This man talks and I swoon.  Love, love, love Benny, but much of the plot lines surrounding him are pretty much a game of “kick the friendly vampire” as Sam and Dean’s dysfunction swallows everyone in their path.

Dean returns from Purgatory, a land where he is fighting for survival pretty much all of the time, and he’s more than little PTSD-y with it.  There is a definite parallel between coming home from war – including having a suicidal war buddy who comes back with you (Benny) – during this season as Dean has to adjust to the real world again.  He even has flashbacks and other symptoms popping up.  Not that the Winchesters aren’t PTSD on legs most of the time, but this season is much more symbolic of a war veteran returning home.

During the first several episodes, I alternate between wanting to beat the crap out of Sam and wanting to beat the crap out of Dean.  These fucking guys.  Sam quit hunting and didn’t even search for Dean, and Dean takes this incredibly personally and tortures Sam with it pretty much every episode.  This seemed completely out of character for Sam and it isn’t until season 10 when he tells Charlie that he doesn’t want to hunt without his brother, that he can’t hunt without his brother that this plot line even made sense to me.

If they’d established that aspect of Sam early on, this wouldn’t have come across as character assassination, but it came off that way anyway.  However, with the season 10 patchwork line in the mix, yeah, Sam didn’t have Bobby, Castiel, Ruby, Dean, or basically anyone else to help him out, so he wandered.  Ok, fine.  I still think it’s stupid, but whatever.

Sam meets and eventually falls for the incredibly dislikable Amelia.  I’m not one of the fan girls that hates anyone the brothers happen to fall in love with, but her?  Really Sam?  Her?  She’s a damaged psyche in pants, but that’s what draws Sam and her together, their mutual fucked-uppedness seems to be the cementing force in their relationship.  She’s hostile and not very nice most of the time, but the rest of the time, she’s just a hot mess of confusion.

This isn’t love, it’s mutual dependency – love takes some understanding, and none of the women Sam has loved have ever really understood everything about him because he doesn’t tell them.  Love without understanding who the other person is eventually fails under the weight of romantic ideations being placed on a fantasy rather than on who the person actually is.

That said, I do like that Amelia gave Sam a normal life, including a birthday cake in a pretty park area.  That made me like her a little bit, but the rest of the time she is just damage personified.  Their ending sees Sam making a choice between life as a hunter and life as a “normal” person, and he chooses the hunter life.  Dean tells him that when he chooses to make it stick and honestly, Sam really does.  His angst about hunter vs human is gone and he really does continue in the life in a happy and productive way.  After he chooses to end things with Amelia, he does become a hunter and even embraces it.  After 8 years of him angsting over this (and after a year has gone by) Sam is now 30-31 years old, so it’s time to decide a direction.

Dean and Sam fight and angst at each other most of the early episodes.  Dean’s mad about Sam deserting him in Purgatory.  Sam’s mad about Benny, which I find inexplicable.  He wants to kill Benny with a furor that seems insane and completely unreasonable.  This dynamic makes all of the Wincest slash fiction make some sense to me.  Sam’s mad that Dean has bonded with Benny during his time away.  He let Lenore live when he found out she was a vegetarian, but somehow Benny deserves to die without hearing explanations? Again, feels like a bit of mild character assassination.  Sam takes time and thinks things through, but with Benny he is both blind-lover jealous of Benny and still holding resentment for Dean’s killing of Amy, the kitsune.

Meanwhile, instead of explaining his loyalty to Benny to Sam, Dean just tells Sam to trust him.  Basically, Dean’s so much more interested in Sam’s BLIND trust of him because he’s motherfucking DEAN, instead of giving Sam details that it is sincerely stupid.  STUPID.  How about in “Citizen Fang” – an episode where both brothers are complete assholes for some reason – Dean doesn’t tell Sam that he didn’t even get the story from Benny, but from a third party.  This might have made Sam’s hate-rage fire cool down a bit, but no, why provide concrete examples of your reasoning when you can yell “trust me” really loud.

I hated the episode “Citizen Fang” and Benny is the only good thing about that entire episode.  He behaves like a rational human being, whereas the hunters are too busy being mired in their own dysfunction to tell their ass from a hole in the ground.

Meanwhile, can we talk about Dean’s attitude towards Sam falling in love?  Dude never says her name until he’s forced to do so by Sam.  Furthermore, he belittles the entire relationship constantly as Sam ditching him for “some girl” because apparently, girls are throwaway items in this universe.  I love Dean, but by the third time he says “some girl” with such contempt, I want to kick him in the nuts.  If anyone had treated Lisa that way, he’d be pissed.  However, this is another aspect of Dean’s character that makes both Wincest and the Destiel stories more than little plausible.  Both brothers act like jealous lovers the first several episodes of this season, and Dean’s chemistry and love for Sam, Benny, and Castiel eclipses any love he’s ever had for a woman.

Lauren Tom as Linda Tran is a wonderful addition to the cast and Linda Tran is such a badass the entire time she is on screen.  She’s thrown to the supernatural world and tries to find her place in it while also protecting her son.  I love her and the episode “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?” shows how she and Kevin Tran (Osric Chau) have the perfect mother-son banter.  She’s a character we don’t see much of outside of being Kevin’s mother, but the writing of her and Lauren Tom’s performance make her so much more than most shows’ one note mother figure.

Kevin is a wonderful part of this season and I adore him.  His character arc this season is both tragic and heroic.  Crowley captures him and tortures him and he escapes.  I’m not sure why they have him on some weird house boat but whatever.  Kevin loses his sanity a little and becomes a weird recluse who only eats hotdogs, but he manages to figure out how to close the gates of hell.  He also manages to conquer his fear of Crowley.  When Crowley tries to fool him with a fake setting and a fake Sam and Dean, it doesn’t work.  Not only doesn’t it work, but Crowley can’t even really scare Kevin anymore.  Kevin knows Crowley is going to kill him, so he even arranges a last meal for himself.  Quite the clever ducky, our Kevin.

The best thing about season 8 and probably all of the seasons that come after it is The Bunker.  My love for the Bunker is infinite.  It is a heavily warded, hidden fortress, that contains a library of weirdness for their research purposes.  I want one, like right now.  The bunker was a genius idea and wonderfully executed, except for one small complaint – even in season 10 they are still finding out things about the bunker, which is cool and pretty humorous, but I would think the very first thing you’d do in a place like that is go through each and every room.  Just to make sure the perimeter is secure, but they find the library, kitchen, beds, and bathroom and are content to stop exploring.  Sometimes their lack of curiosity is maddening.

“I like this bunker.  It’s orderly.” Castiel

The Bunker is so freaking awesome, it bumps this back up a full letter grade.  While I’m not a fan of the Men of Letters storyline as it plays out in season 12, the Men of Letters bunker is everything they could need from a Batcave.  It has a garage for vehicles, a dungeon for demons, tons of books and files, plus a room for Dean, Sam, Castiel, and Kevin and probably room for a lot more.  When Kevin disappears Dean mentions that they should have taken him to the bunker – ya think?  That was one of the times I yelled curse words at the screen.  NOT taking him to the bunker was so fucking stupid.

Dean’s reaction to the bunker is hilarious.  He listens to the old-timey music, wears a dead guy’s robe, and eventually decorates his room.  It’s fabulous to see Dean have a place to call his own.  He even cooks what must have been a very tasty burger, seeing as Sam the Salad Eater took the burger with him when they had to leave rather than leave it behind.

The rest of the season, now that Dean and Sam have pledged their love and devotion to each other anew (sigh, so stupid) is the trials to close the gates of hell.  Dean is going to do  it, but of course it ends up being Sam.  Anyone who has watched this show knows that the doors to hell will never be shut because Dean is incapable of sacrificing Sam.  Dean would rather burn the world down and lose people they once saved for NOTHING rather than lose Sam.  As soon as the trials started, I was disgusted because we all know how this will end.

Dean at the very end of the season realizing that the trials would kill Sam (he keeps getting progressively sicker, and we all know God likes a sacrifice in this show – like Dean is not just a professional hunter here, he’s a professional Denyer of the Obvious, and it makes me want to kick him) is not a surprise to anyone other than Dean.  Even Sam responds with “So??” when Dean tells him about it.  Everyone, including Sam, knows it means his death, so of course Dean stops it.

And this part of this episode shows the brilliance and frustration of the show: while rolling my eyes at Dean’s denial, stupidity, and utter selfishness and inability to look at a Greater Good scenario if the sacrifice is his, the following scene between a dying, crying Sam while Dean begs him to NOT close the gates of hell is amazing.  Jared Padalecki breaks your heart and Jensen Ackles is pitch perfect, too.  So while I’m intensely hating the stupid decision making that seems to be more about what is needed plot wise than character wise (although, Dean is kind of a wang about Sammy) I’m loving the scene that stems from it.

One of the things my husband and I did a lot of in season 8 is pausing the show and bitching about it.  “If I were writing it…” was something I said a lot as we tried to figure out different ways to get the characters to the same place without the stupid decision making.  However, what the entire show boils down to is these two brothers would rather destroy the world than lose each other.  There are some episodes where this makes them almost the bad guys – if you didn’t actually close the gates of hell, what did Sarah die for?  What did Tommy die for?  What did Kevin almost drive himself mad for?  What did you kill Benny for?  People are wasted in the process of getting to this point and then they just stop, because yikes, if Sam dies that would be a totally different thing.

Fuck you, Dean.  And fuck you, Sam for not just doing it anyway.  I will say after seeing up through season 12 and shifting my point of view from it being about two brothers who save people, to two people who are cripplingly co-dependent and happen to shoot things a lot, did help.  Also, Sam’s not as obvious about it as Dean is but he also can’t really function without Dean.  So be it, writers.  I honestly can’t tell if this dysfunction is written into the script or just thrown in for some angsty moments, but I will say it pretty much does hold true to the characters.

Also, the whole reason Sam does the trials is mostly pride.  He thinks that Dean doesn’t think Sam can actually do it and meanwhile, Dean’s just not able to watch the guy die, but neither one of them actually seems to be listening to the other one.

But again, the rest of this episode is freaking phenomenal.  The end of the season gives the entire season another bump in letter grade – the angels falling.  I was raised Catholic and there is a lot of angel iconography in Catholicism, so this might just have been me, but I started sobbing instantly.  Angels in this series might be dicks, but most of them just want to be told what to do.  Seeing them fall to the earth like meteors streaking across the sky was devastating.  I think I stopped crying long enough to hyperventilate or maybe have a panic attack.  This was a devastating moment, and when Dean says, “The angels.  They’re falling,” the devastation I feel is on his face – Jensen Ackles really rocks as an actor.

Castiel had more presence this season, even if he was only back to himself in the last few episodes.  Dean being pissed at him has Castiel wanting to win his favor.  He goes to a convenient store and creates a Castiel-style mess, while getting Dean’s favorite porn.  His temper snaps when the cashier says they’re out of pie.  Dean loves pie, and in order to get Dean to stop being mad at him, pie really is required.

Castiel: “You don’t understand.  I need pie”

Metatron: “Put the virgin down, Castiel.”

This brings us to one of the better villains of the series, who eventually becomes a bit of a savior, he’s a complex guy, Metatron.  Played by the always fun Curtis Armstrong, who every one knows from “Moonlighting,” 😉

Metatron is why the angels fell.  The Winchesters in their fruitless journey to close the hell gates tell Metatron to get involved, and while I’m very happy he saved Kevin, considering he kills Kevin the next season, it’s a wash.  I’m going to say that much of this bad guy is on the Winchesters as well.  “Get involved!  Wait, no not like that….”  Again, at the end of this season my husband asked me if I thought they were intentionally trying to make the Winchesters the bad guys, and I don’t think so?  But I’m not sure.

Anyway, this time around, I saw that the room number to Metatron’s hotel room is 366, which is maybe some foreshadowing.  366 isn’t 666 (Lucifer is boring), but it still sets off a little alarm bell.  Metatron loves stories, and hey, who can blame him?  He decides that since there is a power vacuum in heaven with the archangels either dead or in the cage, he might as well takeover.  All of the energy they’ve put into deciphering the tablets is wasted against Metatron who knows the contents of all of them.  Pro-tip, when the friendly guy starts talking about killing people, maybe he’s not on the side of the angels.

This episode points out two interesting things about humans – we write and enjoy stories, and each author is god to a tiny, but specific, universe and we make things the same everywhere.  The sameness of the Biggersons makes Castiel invisible to the angels.  They know he is at a Biggersons, but he keeps switching from one to the next to the next, so they can’t get to him because the sameness is confusing.

Naomi is terrifying, and Amanda Tapping on the show gets me Stargate Bingo (so many actors have been in both.)  Naomi is on the side of heaven, no doubt in my mind, but it does make heaven seem like a terrifying place to be.  What exactly is heaven’s agenda if it requires such dark tactics?  Anyway, Naomi and Crowley have a history of some sort, as he knows how to push her buttons.  Apparently, never call her a bureaucrat – she’ll melt your eyes out.  However, being on the side of heaven means she’s temporarily on the side of the Winchesters in later episodes.  She’s the one that tips Dean off about the trials killing his obviously dying brother.  She was fun to have on the show as a bad guy and I really enjoyed it.

While I’m not going to go episode by episode, one episode, “Remember the Titians” stands out, not just because it has Prometheus in it, but because Prometheus falls in love with the dumbest woman in the entire universe.  This was a good episode with the exception of this character – who always looked as if she badly needed a hairbrush to tidy messy hair.  Basically everything she does is stupid and counter-productive.  She gets Prometheus killed because of her sheer stupidity, and honestly, every time she is on screen it is a waste of time to even watch.  How does this woman raise a child?  Hell, how does she even dress herself in the mornings?  Ugh.

Charlie Bradbury returns in “LARP and the Real Girl” and “Pac-Man Fever” deepening her bond and ties to the Winchesters.  Charlie is always fun and delightful and these episodes are no exception.

I really thought the episode “Bitten” was a back-door pilot as the found footage episode revolves around three college roommates and barely has the Winchesters in it at all.  This isn’t a bad pilot episode of something, but it didn’t really feel like a Supernatural episode so much.

“As Time Goes By” highlights how much Dean needs counseling for his daddy issues, and their paternal grandfather time travels from 1958 to 2013, and bursts out of their closet door.  Dean spends most of the episode being incredibly hostile to his grandfather, who was assumed to have walked out on his family.  After kicking the man all episode for something that was clearly not his fault, when Henry Winchester tries to go back in time to fix it, Dean stops him.  Why?  To save Sam!  Bleh.

“Everyone Hates Hitler” came out before Nazis started being a political debate again, so they are excellent bad guys to root against.  Also, the addition of a golem to the mythos and the Judah Initiative was really good world building.  I really enjoyed this episode and the new characters it introduced.

Mostly, Supernatural is still completely watchable and enjoyable, but the writing felt uneven and the character making stupid decision was incredibly frustrating.  Supernatural works the best – is the most enjoyable – when the brothers are working together and pulling in the same direction.  This season didn’t have that dynamic for well over half the time.

Overall, I give the season a B – B is for Bunker.  This season had really good episodes along with a few boring ones, but between the bunker and angels falling it makes up for a lot of the flaws.