Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Supernatural: Season 3
Season three of Supernatural is the season that was affected by the WGA strike making it sixteen episodes instead of the standard twenty-two. The problem with this is that six episodes in a season of Supernatural is an entire subplot or arch and I really want to know where Eric Kripke and crew would have gone if they had been able to accomplish their entire season; watching Lilith’s mystique grow, Ruby twist and Dean struggle with an impending death sentence was intriguing as hell and while Kripke managed to get all of the major points and events across six more episodes would have allowed a lot more freedom in exploring all of this drama.
The single most interesting thing about season three is of course the fact that Dean is a man with a death sentence. When he watched Sam die something in him snapped and he went to the crossroads demon and made a deal, thinking he would be granted ten years before his contract was up and giving him and Sam ample time to figure out a way out of it. However, the crossroads demon was much smarter than that and only granted Dean a year before the hell hounds would come to drag him to hell. The next year of Dean’s life is spent with Dean deciding to live it up with girls and good times until reality hits him and he finally goes to Sam & Bobby to try to find a way out of his deal. Jensen Ackles showed a lot of range to bring these extreme emotions about as Dean goes from extreme highs to lows during season three and it’s fascinating to watch. If I wasn’t already sold on the character of Dean Winchester this season would have done it for me.
This is also the season where we spend sixteen episodes thinking that Sam’s powers are gone, and his destiny with Yellow Eyes (Azazel) is no more…but brilliantly this season just lulls us into a sense of complacency. Ruby won’t stop brining up Sam’s destiny and special skills and the new demon population is more than happy to continually hunt Sam down because they are afraid of him.
Even though Sam & Dean have no idea what lies ahead of them the viewer does and watching season three is fascinating as the brother’s don’t realize how everything they do this season lays the groundwork to the coming apocalypse…
Creator: Eric Kripke
Dean: Jensen Ackles
Sam: Jared Padalecki
Bobby: Jim Beaver
Ruby: Katie Cassidy
Sam: I'm not gonna let you go to hell, Dean!
Dean: Yes, you are! Yes, you are! I'm sorry! I mean this is all my fault. I know that. But what you're doing is not gonna save me. It's only gonna kill you.
Sam: Then what am I supposed to do?
Dean: Keep fighting.