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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' Season Five - Is the Apocalypse Happening or What?!

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 2nd 2010 11:00AM
Supernatural, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
I've been watching 'Supernatural' for Jane After Dark, my weekly column chronicling all the TV shows I watch on DVD into the wee hours. I'm now up to season five, episode 11, 'Sam, Interrupted,' and frankly, this season's been a little slow going.

After the dark powers that gripped the Winchester boys in season four, it almost seems like the writers have forgotten all about the fact that Sam unleashed Lucifer onto the world in the season four finale. You would think that once the Devil had escaped from the depths of Hell, he'd be running roughshod over the planet.

But no, he's monkeying about while we're beset with a young boy concocting fairy tale murders ('I Believe the Children Are Our Future'), Sam quitting the business to work in a diner ('Free to Be You and Me'), Dean time-traveling forward five years ('The End'), and Paris Hilton catching a few demonic vibes ('Fallen Idols'). Paris Hilton! What were they thinking?! I'm not gonna lie. It took me a few tries to get through that episode because I kept falling asleep.

That said, there have also been some standout episodes in season five that are not only creative, but also serve to move the story forward, including parts of those mentioned above. In 'The End,' it was pretty fun to see a possible future that includes Castiel doing drugs and having orgies. And I can't stop thinking about Chad Everett (Dr. Joe Gannon!) as the older Dean in 'The Curious Case of Dean Winchester.' Not only does TV veteran Everett look fantastic, his body movements and facial expressions were so much like Dean that it was uncanny. They couldn't have done any better if they'd aged Jensen Ackles himself.

I also loved 'The Real Ghostbusters,' where Sam and Dean attend a 'Supernatural' convention. I admit, I didn't really glom onto the story about the dead boys terrorizing the place, but the fact that the Winchesters were at a convention celebrating the comics and memorabilia of the show they star in was utterly ingenious.

'Changing Channels' is another great episode, where the trickster surfaces and turns the Winchesters' lives into various TV shows -- real shows with surprising similarities to 'Grey's Anatomy' (seriously?), 'Knight Rider,' and 'CSI.' I laughed out loud at this:

Sam: "You've gotta calm down."
Dean: "Calm down? I am wearing sunglasses at night! You know who does that? No-talent douchebags! I hate this game! I hate that we're in a procedural cop show, and you want to know why? Because I hate procedural cop shows! There's like three hundred of 'em on television, they're all the freakin' same, it's 'ooh, a plane crashed here,' oh shut up!"

And, of course, there have been a few heartbreaking moments in season five, as well. I was completely bummed out after watching 'Abandon All Hope,' the episode in which Jo is attacked by hell hounds, and she and Ellen take one for the team by staying behind to activate the bomb. Dean and Jo never had a chance to get together ... sniff ...

Onward to 'Swap Meat.' I know things get interesting ahead as the Four Horsemen start to show up. And I'm already bracing myself for 'My Bloody Valentine,' which I've heard is one of the grossest and most disgusting episodes of the series.

Would love to hear your thoughts on season five of 'Supernatural.' Any favorite moments or episodes? Any you could have done without?

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I have mixed feelings about this season. The stand alone episodes at the beginning of the season were brilliant, but should out of place because (1) they had nothing to do with the brothers' relationship, and (2) it was like the whole apocalypse was MIA.

I have been somewhat disappointed in the new writers and maybe some of the directors, too. Sometimes Dean is depicted as dumb, Sam's character jumps all over the place, and there have been some out of character moments (i.e., the boys' exaggerated surprise when Gabriel zapped them back into the motel room in 'Hammer of the Gods' and Dean's reaction to Crowley killing two humans in The Devil You Know).

Sometimes there have been comic book and/or high school horror 101 moments (the over-exaggerated Pestilence) that do not meet the standards set by Supernatural. In several episodes, the boys have been the supporting characters or have been saved by other characters (The Real Ghostbusters comes to mind, but there were others).

For S6, I want to see smart, touch, one-liner Dean, quick on his feet, and (please) Dean winning a few instead of getting the crap beat out of him. I want to see Sam emotionally stabilized (his recent maturity intact, please) keeping Dean in line and watching his back...you know, working together. I like Cas, but I don't care if he comes back or not. Definitely, no third brother. Crowley, as good as he is, should go away this season, too. Bobby and Rufus (occasionally) coming back would make me happy.

I am very concerned for these last two episodes. I think the show has left too many issues to be resolved in a not-rushed manner.

May 04 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Season 5 will likely be one of the most debated in the history of the series, because of all the side tracking by the writers. I love the show, but admit that we had way too many lulls in the battle with Lucifer. It's almost as if the writers didn't have enough ideas, so they padded a lot. Now that the end of the sesason is upon us, i feel as if Kripke has waited too long and will have to cram too much into the final episodes.

May 03 2010 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the problem with series is that the brothers and the audience all know exactly what's going on, unlike all the other series, and thats taken a lot of the suspense out of it. In addition to this, Dean is understandably depressed, and Sam is being particularly irritating.

This has lead to this series being a lot less fun, aside from the Cas bits which are few and far between, as they have decided to sideline the most interesting character arc in favour of more emo moping....

Also, Lucifer totally sucks as a baddie - Yellow Eyes was scarier, a lot more fun to watch, and generally a much cooler dude......i cant imagine him whining about how much he loved God.

Hopefully season 6 will remember that Supernatural is supposed to be fun and energetic as well as gloomy and emo!

May 03 2010 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been sort of mixed this season. The pacing just seems off. The powers that be have NO IDEA what to do with Cass which is pretty silly because he's an ANGEL during an APOCALYPSE. If you can't find something for someone like him to do, then you have got a problem.

Not sure how much you've seen and all, but while I recognize the need for network TV to fill 22 episodes for a season, the delay tactics the writers have taken so that Michael and Lucifer are MIA for most of the season is ridiculous. Again it's the freakin' apocalypse! You'd think the season would pile on the sense of urgency. But no.

I wish I could say things get better and in some respects they kind of do but even the last two episodes have been a bit of a disappointment considering there's only TWO episodes left this season. I'm just hoping the show ends the season with a bang and not a whimper.

May 02 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love season 5, this is the first time every thursday night I get ready to watch this weeks episode. My bloody valentine is a rough beginning, I even cringed. From about episode 15 on the apocalypse really picks up and the larger storyline takes over. Get ready for it.

May 02 2010 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Gavioli

news flash for you, networks insist a certain number of episodes per season are "stand alone" episodes which are mostly unrelated to any ongoing plot. This is so new viewers can watch it an not feel completely lost and confused. If you are doing a show like Supernatural that has an on going storyline spanning multiple season you want to stack the stand alone episodes the 1st half of the season and the continuing plot heavy episodes the 2nd half of the season to finish strong.

May 02 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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