Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Supernatural: Season 4

Dean is in hell – until he wakes up in a pine box six feet under. He manages to climb his way out to find a leveled war zone, a hand shaped burn on his shoulder, and Sam & Bobby who both don’t know how Dean broke out of hell and got back into his meat suit. However, soon it’s revealed that Dean and Sam have been pulled into the biggest battle of their lives; Dean has been pulled out of hell by Castiel an angel because Lilith is breaking the sixty-six seals and once the sixty-six seals break Lucifer will rise.

Supernatural has always been a show that does the unexpected, but season four of Supernatural is the season that threw away all of the rules and did things that we never expected any show to go to; the Winchester brothers fight, Sam allies with a demon, angels and demons pursue the boys, and there are more twists an turns than any season before. The crazy thing about all of this is that Kripke and crew not only manage to put all of these twists into season four, but they are all completely logical and so well written that you can trace how they started slowly and subtly in the seasons prior.

The best addition to season four is most definitely Misha Collins as Castiel. Castiel is the angel that raised Dean from hell and he watches over the Winchester brothers as he attempts to guide Dean into the plan his superiors have for Dean and slowly uncovers more about humanity then he has in his thousand of other years on the planet. Castiel is deadpan, innocent, tough and cocky all at the same time; he is a hard-boiled, noir detective ripped right out of a pulp novel, only he’s commissioned by God instead of a dame. Misha Collins was the perfect addition to the show and earned his place as a cast member in season five.

More than anything season four is the season where Winchester brother turns against Winchester brother. Sam secretly works with Ruby to develop his supernatural powers to take down Lilith and Dean tries everything in his power to keep protecting Sam and avoiding any plans the heavenly powers have for him, that he doesn’t see the wedge forming between he and Sam. It’s a great arch and one that no one ever expected. We’ve watched the Winchester brothers argue and fight for four years, but not until the end of season four do we actually see what can happen when the brothers try to work separately. Suffice it to say, it’s not good.

Season four ends with the biggest cliffhanger I’ve ever seen on television, one that is currently playing out this season, one that I never thought any writers would be brave enough to do. While I don’t want Supernatural to end any time soon, I can’t wait to see where the show goes.

Creator: Eric Kripke
Dean Winchester: Jensen Ackles
Sam Winchester: Jared Padalecki
Bobby: Jim Beaver
Ruby: Genevieve Cortese
Castiel: Misha Collins

Dean: I mean, I've saved some people, okay? I figured that made up for the stealing and ditching chicks But why do I deserve to get saved? I'm just a regular guy.
Sam: Apparently, you're a regular guy that's important to the man upstairs.
Dean: Well, that creeps me out. I mean, I don't like getting singled out at birthday parties... much less by... God.
Sam: Okay, well, too bad, Dean. Because I think he wants you to strap on your party hat.

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