Supernatural Season 9: Series Review

supernaturalWell, its not a finale without a Winchester staring death in the face. And that’s only one of the good parts of the show. In the interest of not spoiling you any further, I’ll start off with the synopsis. After the Winchesters’ aborted attempt to close the gates of Hell, and the subsequent shutdown of Heaven because of Metatron’s betrayal, Sam (Jared Padalecki) becomes fatally ill as an aftermath to performing the tests.  With Cas (Misha Collins) out of reach, Dean makes an open call to all angels for help, which an angel named Ezekiel responds to. To fully heal Sam, Dean (Jensen Ackles) tricks Sam into accepting the angel into his body. But, Zeke turns out to be a fraud and the brothers’ relationship is put into another test. Meanwhile, Metatron puts into motion his grand plan to be the new God amid the warring angel factions on Earth. And while Crowley(Mark Sheppard) is indisposed in the Winchester dungeon, Abaddon makes her bid to rule Hell.  With soldiers of heaven and hell fighting among themselves and the Winchesters not in the best of terms, the quest to rule corrupts even the good and choices are made to out the wrongs to right. Season 9 was a darker season for Supernatural, and that’s saying something because this show has dealt with the Apocalypse, both brothers dying and coming back from Hell, purgatory and Lucifer’s Box. But the time Sam lost his soul and got addicted to demon blood was nothing compared to the naked rage and bloodthirst that Dean felt when the show pursued the First Blade storyline. While everything is left uncertain and the leadership of Heaven and Hell being the main conflict this season, it was brilliant of showrunner Jeremy Carver to inject a second storyline about the mark of Cain, connecting it to the existing war for Hell’s supremacy and at the same time, opening the storyline for the main conflict in the next season. The brothers can’t complete an entire season without being mad at each other about something and while admittedly, it should be getting old, I must say that no matter how many times the writers revisit the brothers’ conflict drama, I still get sucked into the storyline everytime, every season. And its because of my attachment to the Winchesters and know what they have been through for the past eight years that I get affected by issues that jeopardize the strong relationship of these two brothers, and of course, their extended family. I’ve always liked how Cas and Dean gradually established their bromance which began in Season 4, but the Supernatural team seemed to be mixing up the gang this season with Crowley being entered into the mix, and Cas having more interactions with Sam. Let me just say that I love Mark Sheppard’s portrayal of Crowley. Despite being a demon, I have always admired his being a stickler for rules, especially those that involve his deals. I guess being a former crossroad demon forms these types of habits. I’m liking his newfound bursts of sensitivity though. Its pretty funny to watch his uncharacteristic musings, which the Winchesters totally don’t buy. Its great how his character has evolved along with the show. He had more appearances this season and a bigger storyline, too. I would have loved to have more of Cas this season though. The parts where he was dealing with being human was so precious. I especially liked the episode where he was working at a convenience store. His vulnerability and eagerness to help the Winchesters, despite losing his grace was so cute, and the way he stuck up for the brothers was classic. His unconditional love for Dean was so touching and when the angels repeatedly said that he would risk everything just to save him, he wasn’t able to deny it. This was the reason Supernatural won the People’s Choice Award for best Bromance on TV. Metatron, on the other hand was an unconventional villain. He was scheming and ambitious and he was pretty effective despite looking like a helpless, pathetic dork. He was super annoying and I hated him — his greed and his manipulations totally got on my nerves. So did his face. I especially hated him in the last episodes, for good reason. Familiar faces made appearances this season — Ghostfacers Harry and Ed (the rest of the team disbanded), but unlike before when they were harmless and entertaining, they merely served as vehicles for the Winchesters to acknowledge their own problems. It was kind of a sad episode. Garth was also featured in one of the episodes and the reason why he simply disappeared on Kevin was finally revealed. Tessa the Reaper also guest starred in one of the latter episodes. Kevin’s mom was also in one of the episodes. As per usual, the finale was a nail biter. I totally didn’t expect what would happen in the big boss fight and it took me by surprise. But given the reputation of the show, the finale left viewers wanting more and wondering where the show will be heading because it basically covered all territories. But I have faith in the team to come up with another compelling story for Dean and Sam, and of course Cas, now that he too is on the brink of death. All in all, I was very satisfied with how the script addressed some criticism about the show about recycled storylines when it made mention demon deals and the like. It was like the producers were assuring fans that something bigger is about to happen, something unprecedented in Season 10. There were many cliffhangers about what would happen to Heaven and the Winchesters and it seems that Crowley is the only one excited about everything that’s going to happen. Well, that’s not true. I’m pretty darned excited to see what happens too.  And its the part I hate most about saying goodbye to the show after each season — the waiting, and the wondering. To more snarky comments, pop culture references and major boss fights. Can’t wait for the next season. I’m going to miss Dean’s beautiful green eyes though, that’s for sure.