Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' Season Five - Is the Apocalypse Happening or What?!
by Jane Boursaw, posted May 2nd 2010 11:00AM
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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