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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' Season Five Ends

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 23rd 2010 1:30PM
Supernatural: Swan Song, Season 5 Finale"Carry on my wayward son... there'll be peace when you are done... lay your weary head to rest ... don't you cry no more..."

Jane After Dark has come to the end of 'Supernatural,' and what a wild ride it's been. I can't think of a better way to spend the last half of the winter than to watch Sam and Dean battle demons, realize some heartbreaking truths about themselves, and try to overcome impossible odds.

I had intended to get caught up in time to review the season five finale, but some interviews and other finale reviews distracted me, so I just finished 'Supernatural.' Between this and the 'Fringe' finale this week, I'm whipped!

At any rate, this will serve as both a wrap-up to this series on Jane After Dark, as well as a review of the season five finale.

The boys are growing up ... sniff ... and in the last few episodes, they were forced to make some hard decisions that would affect not only them, but the entire world. That's a heavy burden, but when push came to shove, they were still brothers. Sam had decided that the only possible route would be to let Lucifer use his body as a vessel, and then jump into that pit, dragging Lucifer with him.

It was a turning point when Dean told Sam it wasn't really up to him to "let" him jump in that pit. Sam is an adult now, and Dean can't keep treating him like a kid. "I don't know if we've got a snowball's chance," said Dean, "but I do know that if anybody can do it, it's you." He'd come a long way from not trusting that Sam was up to the task just a few episodes earlier. It was still tough for Dean to watch Sam (or not watch him, that is) drink the demon blood in preparation.

But the brothers were stuck at that point, and Dean didn't have any better solution. How heartbreaking, though, when Dean told a skeptical Castiel later that if Sam was going to die in Lawrence, Kansas, he wasn't going to let him die alone -- even though he knew it'd be a suicidal mission.

But didn't you think it was unfair of Sam to ask Dean not to try and spring him out of hell? When Dean was in hell, I don't think Sam ever stopped trying to get him out of there. Asking Dean to move on with his life probably seemed like the smart thing to do, but that was a lot to ask after everything they've been through together.

The narration by Carver Edlund (follow him on Twitter) was a nice touch, and I especially loved the vintage footage of the young Winchester boys with Edlund's voiceover about the Impala: "The Army man that Sam crammed in the ashtray ... it's still stuck there. The Legos that Dean shoved into the vents ... to this day, the heat comes on, they can hear 'em rattle. These are the things that make the car theirs, really theirs. Even when Dean rebuilt it from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed, because it's the blemishes that make her beautiful." What a wonderful passage.

And one glimpse of that Army man gave Sam the strength he needed to stop beating Dean, overpower Lucifer, and jump into the pit, dragging Adam/Michael with him. Excellent work by Jared Padalecki; you could really see the internal struggle taking place, especially that early scene where the two are staring at each other in the mirror, and Lucifer tries to lure him into his psyche.

"I'm inside your grapefruit, Sam," he said. "You can't lie to me. I see it all. How odd you always felt, how out of place in that family of yours, and why shouldn't you have? They were foster care at best. I'm your real family, and I know you know it. All those times you ran away, you weren't running from them. You were running towards me."

The look that Sam and Dean gave each other before Sam leaped into the pit was completely heartbreaking. Later, Dean told Bobby he'd rather die or find a way to bring Sam back. Instead, he fulfills his promise to Sam and goes to see Lisa. "If it's not too late, I think I'd like to take you up on that beer." Gah...

Now, about that ending ... Was that Sam looking in the window? Or was it Lucifer? Vote in the poll and tell me in the comments your thoughts about season five and the finale.

Was it Sam or Lucifer looking in the window?
Sam. You could see it in his eyes, but he wants Dean to have a normal life. 485 (83.8%)
Lucifer. He found a way back out of hell and plans to wreak havoc.94 (16.2%)

Next up! 'Gilmore Girls' won the reader poll on what I should watch next, so your wish is my command. Look for that series to start as soon as my complete set arrives from Amazon this week. Some of you mentioned that it's a bit more lighthearted than 'Supernatural,' and I'm looking forward to that!

In case you're wondering, 'Veronica Mars' came in second, 'Battlestar Galactica' third, and 'The West Wing' fourth.

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I've heard people making the "Chuck was God" argument, and I don't buy in. It would be the kind of completely out-of-continuity move that the writers on this show have gone to great lengths to avoid. For one simple reason: Chuck can't be God because Dean's ambulate/necklace charm never "burned hot" in Chuck's presence. Period.

I do think his disappearance was an allusion to the prophets of the Old Testament, who were often "taken up to Heaven" by God. I think this is what happened to Chuck -- God removed him. It symbolizes that Chuck's work -- to guide the boys to the battlefield and avert the apocalypse -- was complete, that this is the end of that story line, that Lucifer is back in the pit with no hope of getting out.

Which is why I also am convinced that was Sam outside of the window. He wanted Dean to have a normal life. He told him too. Satan is gone, and God spared Sam, and now Sam wants to spare Dean. The story "ended," but "things never really end." Which means we are moving on. New plot next season. New big-bad. No more apocalypse (thank goodness, because I was getting tired of that word).

But man, either way, this episode floored me. You have to worry that a show that promises "the apocalypse" can't possibly deliver a solid storyline finale (I'd argue that Season 6 of Angel, if it had a chance to go on, would have done it with panache). But Kripke (and Ben Edlund! Wonder if he's got a brother named Chuck?) and crew did it. It was poignant, fascinating, funny, and powerful. It was basically perfect for this show. A+. (And for my money, Bobby got the best "moment" in the finale, when he feebly shot at Lucifer-Sam just to distract him, then made that "well, yeah, I know it was dumb, but what am I gonna do?" look at Sam -- its hard to find a moment of humor when the Devil is about to blow you up, you know?).

Thanks for watching with us, Jane. Really hope you can review the next season. This is easily the best show on television (Lost, schmost!) and it deserves better play on TV Squad!

May 24 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hear many people condemning Sam for what he made Dean promise. I admit it was hard on Dean and I had a lump in my throat myself, but what he was trying to do was breaking the eternal Winchester self-sacrifice circle. If Dean did find a way to bring Sam back it wouldn't be without a cost and it would start all over again. Sam wants Dean to live a healthy life, even if it means a life sentece for himself in Hell. It can be selfish or it can be tremendously altruistic, depending on the way you look at it. I choose the altruistic view.

May 23 2010 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Andrea's comment

where can I watch the season finaly of supernatural

May 31 2010 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the comments, All. Yes, I'll absolutely review season six if I get the go-ahead from the TV Squad brass. I'm totally hooked.

Hmmm... Chuck as God... that's a really interesting theory. If he IS God, where did he go when he disappeared? Back to Heaven when Lucifer and Michael took the swan dive into the hole? And if that's indeed Lucifer looking in the window, then that's another game-changer for God (although my theory is it's Sam looking in the window).

Can't picture Dean settling down, not after the life he's lived. He knows too much. It'd be cool, though, if they figured out how to incorporate Lisa and the kid into the series. I still think he's Dean's son. Too many similarities.

I'm really glad it didn't end with season five, especially when I just climbed aboard the 'Supernatural' train. Can't wait for next season.

May 23 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I probably should have read the comments first :)

I can't wait for season 6 and I do think it's Lucifer in the window although every now and then I think 'But what if it's Sam!"

May 23 2010 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Will you be reviewing season 6? I would love it if Supernatural got more coverage on TVSquad!

May 23 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I buy the whole Chuck was God theory because Joshua (in the episode "Dark Side of the Moon")told Sam and Dean that God was on earth, and that he was probably helping them more than they knew. Sounds like Chuck to me.

I admit that I was waiting to see which 'fan favorite' died. And I gasped out loud at what happened to Cas and Bobby (besides Dean and Daddy Winchester, Bobby is easily my favorite character). This was a good Season Finale, however had this been the end of the series I would have been disappointed. Dean isn't someone to settle down, and while we did get a glimpse of his struggle there, it wouldn't have been a satisfying wrap up for this loyal fan. Looking forward to next year, and hoping they bring back Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jim Beaver.

May 23 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Supernatural should be reviewed next season as well. It is great to have a place to read other people's comments on the episodes and you have done a good job with this after dark series Jane. I think that the cage was not meant to hold two archangels. I think Lucifer and Michael were able to break out. I am torn between whether or not they stayed in their vessels or had to leave them in order to break out of the cage together. I am looking forward to next season. Oh, and I don't buy some people's theory that Chuck was God just because he disappeared at the end. In the Bible there are many prophets who disappear or are taken to heaven when their job is done. I think this is what happened to Chuck.

May 23 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad you were able to finish this! I thought the season finale was a nice bookend to the original five-season arc. I'm personally torn on if it was Sam or Lucifer at the end of the finale, so I haven't quite decided which one was looking through the window.

Now, since Supernatural was (technically) supposed to end this season according to the producers, even though the network got its way and cleared season 6, will you be reviewing next season as well?

May 23 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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