Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' - Doesn't Anyone Stay Dead on This Show?
by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 27th 2010 4:25PM
Seriously, doesn't anyone stay dead on 'Supernatural'? Not that I'm complaining. I was devastated at the end of season three when Dean was attacked by the hell hound and dragged off to hell, and pretty excited when he was yanked back to life. I kept waiting for some big reveal that his resurrection was all a dream or alternate universe or something, but after meeting the angel Castiel, I'm convinced that Dean is back for real.
It's interesting. I kept wondering why Dean had gone to hell rather than heaven, because he's a good person doing good things in the world, so why wouldn't he go to heaven? On the other hand, Dean didn't believe in heaven or God or angels up to this point, so maybe that would automatically send him to hell? Nah, I'm not buying that.
On the third hand (because it's 'Supernatural,' so there can actually be three hands), Dean made the deal to save Sam's life with a demon, and maybe that deal included being sent to hell. I was thinking it just meant that he would die, but not necessarily that he'd go to hell. I'm going with door number three on this one. The crossroads demon sent him to hell.
I'm half-way through season four right now, and this is my favorite season so far. As some of you have said, the mythology really kicks in during this season. I love that Sam looks like he's headed down a Darth Vader path to the dark world, but I can certainly understand Sam wanting to exorcise demons with his powers. Both he and Dean would likely be dead by now if Sam hadn't done that.
I also think that Sam is strong enough to push back against the forces of evil. He's believed in some pretty impossible things up to this point, and that alone makes me think he would never go all the way to the dark side. Or if he did, he'd find a way back, especially with Dean watching his back.
Dean, apparently, remembers hell, but we're only seeing little flashes of red eyes and such in his nightmares. I hope we get to see the real deal at some point. And I wish he would do some, as he says, "couples therapy" with Sam about what happened to him there. If anyone can understand, it would be Sam.
I'm also guessing that since John Winchester made it out of the gates of hell, that Dean probably didn't see him down there. Where is John? I'm guessing in heaven. He's a good person, too, but probably got sent to hell same as Dean -- because he made the deal with the demon to save Dean's life.
Some favorite moments so far:
'Mystery Spot': The whole episode was pretty funny, but that opening scene with Asia playing on the radio was fun to watch over and over.
'Ghostfacers': It always puts a different spin on things when the show is told from the perspective of someone other than the brothers. We got a bit of that in season two's 'Roadkill' with Tricia Helfer. Plus, it's just fun that the show riffed on all the ghost-chaser shows on TV right now.
'Yellow Fever': I laughed out loud when Dean was being terrorized by that tiny little dog with the pink ribbon.
'In the Beginning': This is probably my favorite episode so far, mainly because it dumped several major shockers on us all at once. It wasn't John who was the hunter, it was Dean and Sam's mom, Mary, and her father! I did not see that coming, nor did I see this episode playing out the way it did, with Mary telling Dean that she would do anything to keep her children from entering the life she'd led as a hunter. I guess she didn't listen to Dean's warning about that fateful day when the yellow-eyed demon paid a visit to Sam's nursery.
We also got to see how the Metallicar came into being. This is one of those episodes, though, where you go, wait, if Dean hadn't gone back in time, then things would have turned out much differently. John would have bought that hippie VW bus, and Mary might be dead, having never lived long enough to have Sam and Dean. It's one of those 'Terminator' mind twisters -- if Sarah Connor hadn't conceived a son with John's time-traveling father, etc...
On to the rest of season four. I'll probably wait until season five is released on DVD to watch it, as it's a little easier for me to watch and write about that way. Or not.