My caveat up front: I LOVE SUPERNATURAL with hearts and sparkles and smiley faces. I have since I watched the first two seasons back to back on DVD just before Season 3 started. I will look forward to Season 6 in a big way. Sure, sometimes it seems a little bit contrived and derivative of other shows (Buffy, for example) AND the “funny” eps, including pretty much any time Ghostfacers is mentioned, falls flat for me. I love the interaction between the brothers, the adventure, the monster of the week. And I’ve loved what the show’s been building up to all season.
But last night? I think it can be approached best with a little something they do on Saturday Night Live.
Okay, so all season…no, make that the last two seasons, we’ve been building to the apocalyptic stand off between Michael and Lucifer. SINCE SAM WAS BORN he’s been the chosen vessel for Lucifer to be here in the human world and do his thing. Or something like that.
I’ve been fine with Lucifer basically lounging around all season waiting for something to happen. I think if we’d seen his point of view a few more times it would have included him watching a lot of soap operas and glancing impatiently at his watch. Because last season’s finale? Epic. But we had a whole bunch of episodes to get through before we got to this season finale.
Finally, Sam agrees to let Lucifer take over his bod. This is a human, if a bit of a special demon-blood-drinking human, with frakkin’ LUCIFER now in control of his body. Ten minutes later? It’s all over. Lucifer is contained again in some sort of hell box. How did Sam get control of his body that LUCIFER took over after HAND-PICKING Sam from 6 billion humans? That easy? Not with a few horrible episodes in between? Not with Lucifer taking over Sam AS the season finale? (which would have worked for me). Noooooo. Sam had a memory of his childhood, his life with Dean, and MUCH LIKE WILLOW’S YELLOW CRAYON SCENE AT THE END OF SEASON SIX OF BUFFY, he was able to channel that pure love or whatever enough to gain control of LUCIFER and push him aside long enough to use the rings, chant the incantation, open the hole, and jump into it. Hello, Lucifer? You there? YOU’RE LUCIFER, dude. And you totally wimped out!!
Also, ALL SEASON, Dean and Sam have been chasing after a bunch of MacGuffins…er, I’m sorry…Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rings, all four are needed in order to open the vortex to send Lucifer back from whence he came. Lucifer snatches these rings very easily the first time Dean feebly but earnestly tries to use them (all of a half hour ago). Does Lucifer destroy them? Does he hide them somewhere where they can never be found, perhaps in a locked safe or safety deposit box of some kind? Nooooo. He takes them with him to his apocalyptic battle against Michael. Pretty much the ONLY THING that can defeat him is conveniently in his pocket, making it easy for Sam to use after he gets his yellow crayon scene.
Let’s see…what else? Okay, that Lisa chick? Her character has faded in my memory, but I know she’s the mother of Dean’s kid, which no one has actually acknowledged out loud. He’s screwed her over so many times, deserted her at the drop of a hat, and she is willing to take him back no questions asked?
REEAALLYYY??? Have some respect, girlfriend. I know this show doesn’t write females well (and I’ve made my peace with that), but c’mon. You’re embarrassing the rest of us.
All right, during the “apocalyptic stand-off between Michael and Lucifer,” which was rather literal, I’d say, considering we’re talking about two badass angels representing Heaven and Hell. They were standing. In a field. Chatting. In a way that made me think that originally this scene was meant to play out between Dean/Michael and Sam/Lucifer. Who’s this other bro? I don’t care about him. DIE ALREADY.
So five years of story building up to this…………
Oh, look. A shaggy dog just went by.
Anyway…now we’re talking. Castiel, my favorite character, gets blown up all red and bloody. I am shocked! I am saddened. But it feels right. Bobby gets killed. I grew weary of that character last season when he got all whiny. I’m okay with that too. Poor Dean is on his own. Poor Dean!
No, wait. Castiel’s back. He’s been resurrected and better than ever! He’s all deus ex machina! He resurrects Bobby! He heals Dean’s smashed up face with a simple touch! He’s not an interesting and damaged fallen angel. He’s all glory and angelically powerful!
REEAALLLYY???? My, that was easy, wasn’t it? There wasn’t even a commercial break for us to mourn or think about what might happen. Bam. All is well with the world.
And Sam lurking in the shadows at the end was…. well, the boy is pretty but he doesn’t do dread well. He just looked like he was lurking. In the shadows.
It was an OKAY episode. But I don’t want OKAY from Supernatural. I want to be blown away. I want to be emotionally affected. After five seasons, I want it all to mean something.
You know what doesn’t mean anything? That Chuck is God. Nope, sorry. It doesn’t work. I SEE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (and I’m not in disagreement that writers are rather god-like ), but there needed to be better foreshadowing. WAY, WAAYYYY better.
What I liked about the season finale. And I did like some stuff….
Castiel: ASSBUT! (Hilarious). Also when he says “everything will be fine” after he realizes that Sam’s looking for a lie. A little to late for that, my friend.
Jensen: He’s a good actor and hot as hell. Although he is looking a little worn around the edges. Aging actor or specifically appropriate to part? Either way, he’s delicious. I wish he was doing more with his outside-of-Supernatural career.
Sam and Dean: Loved the brotherly montage during the yellow crayon scene. Very well done.
Mark Pellegrino: Great actor, very effective as pre-Sam Lucifer. They could have used him way more this season and I would have been a happy viewer. Then again, I guess he was needed over at Lost for another mediocre episode.
Crowley: Loved this character. Where the hell was he for the finale???
So, all in all, the season gets a B+ from me, but the finale gets a C-. Can’t wait till Season Six!!!