Supernatural Charging Channels S05E08 (CW)

Season 5 title card, image via Wikipedia

Supernatural tells the story of Sam and Dean, who are hunters. They hunt demons. This is because their mom was killed by a demon. This season, the boys discover more about their past. In the last season finale, Dean was sent straight to hell by Lilith. He had sold his soul to save Sam.

The plot of the series has evolved over time, beginning initially with the Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, looking for their father throughout most of season one. Once they find him, the show becomes about killing Azazel, the yellow-eyed demon responsible for the death of their mother. This is accomplished, but not until after Azazel’s plans are completed and a door to Hell is opened, although only momentarily, releasing a horde of demons into the world. This event also sees the death of Sam, who is subsequently resurrected by Dean selling his soul at the end of season two. In the third season, the plot of the show focuses on trying to save Dean from his deal. Along the way, they meet a demon named Ruby, who has an interest in Sam and claims to be able to help save Dean, as well as Bela Talbot, an “acquirer” and seller of occult objects who is constantly a thorn in their side. The brothers eventually manage to track down the demon who holds Dean’s contract, a powerhouse named Lilith who also wants Sam dead. However, Sam and Ruby ultimately fail to save Dean, who is killed and sent to Hell. Season four begins with Dean, miraculously returning from Hell, awakening dazed and confused in a grave. He was apparently rescued by a supposed angel named Castiel on orders from God. Sam on the other hand, has further developed his abilities with the help of Ruby during the months that Dean has been dead. It is soon revealed that Dean was revived to help stop Lilith’s plan of breaking the 66 seals, which would let Lucifer walk free once again. As the series continues, Dean learns of Sam’s newfound ability to excercise demons using his psychic abilities. They have a heated argument, where Dean confesses to Sam: “Cas told me, if I dont stop you, he will. That means God does not want you doing what you are doing Sammy.” [From wiki]

I don’t really remember what made me stop watching this show, but a friend was extolling its virtues and I watched the fourth season premiere with her. Actually, I do remember. I really got tired of the repetitiveness of the episodes. This seems to have changed drastically since the last few seasons though. Supernatural has matured into a really good show, with its own flavor and great plots. The plot for season 4 is really good and I’m glad to see God involved.

I’ve watched and reviewed all of season 4, but I have yet to post it. If there is any interest, I will do so. There are a couple of shows which I have watched for which I haven’t posted anything yet. Those include Royal Pains and In Treatment season 2. I’m sure there are others.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

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Season 5 started pretty much the same as when season 4 ended. Lilith and Ruby are dead. Sam hastened the Apocalypse and Dean couldn’t stop him. The season starter was a bit lowkey. Nothing big really happened. Oh, but then again, Lucifer is walking on Earth! It’s the End Times and Lucifer has to find a vessel. In the end of the episode he does so.

Sam has been angelically detoxed of his demon blood addiction. Things are resolved between him and Dean yet. Sam chose a demon over his brother, and Dean can’t deal with that. I thought this was a good episode. I was expecting to see Hell on Earth, but I guess that they will draw this whole thing out. It hasn’t been confirmed if this would be the last Supernatural season. There is a possibility of a sixth. My guess is that it all depends on how well this season does, which is why it was picked up for a 6th season.

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The show starts like a sitcom. Looks like a trickster is in town. Even the theme song and the titles are all happy. It’s definitely strange.

Two days earlier, in Ohio, the Winchesters are posing as FBI agents. Some guy got his head ripped off. The widow says that the Incredible Hulk did this, only after a lot of prodding.

Sam finds some candy wrappers at the crime scene. They both know that a trickster is here. Sam wants to try and get him as an ally. They arrive at another scene and walk through a door to arrive on the set of Dean’s favorite daytime TV show. They are in Doctor Sexy MD. They find their trickster. It’s their old pal. He tells them if they survive the next 24 hours, they’ll talk. Dean gets shot by the disgruntled husband of the potential face transplant that he refused to do. Dean has to operate. Cheezy music is playing. After the surgery, they end up in a Japanese gameshow. They are playing nutcracker. The questions are in Japanese. Sam’s feet are fixed to a strange contraption. He gets one right in the happy sacks. Castiel arrives. He tries to take them away, but it isn’t allowed. He gets zapped away. Sam tells Dean to answer by just going with it. He gets the right answer and doesn’t get it in the happy sacks.

Castiel arrives again. Sam and Dean are on the Supernatural sitcom. He’s bloody in the face and says that the trickster is much more powerful than it should be. Castiel gets thrown to a wall and his mouth is covered. The trickster zaps him away. He tells them that they should play their roles on the outside world. If they don’t, they will stay in TV land forever. They end up in CSI Miami, complete with the theme music. It’s pretty cool. Sam is doing his best Horatio Kane. They finally manage to trick the trickster. He’s dead. Well that’s what they thought. Now, Sam is the car. They are in Knight Rider. Sam thinks that the monster isn’t a trickster, but something else, since the stake didn’t do anything for it. It also got very pissed when Dean mentioned Lucifer and Michael. Dean knows what it is.

They call him and try to trap him in holy fire. He’s been an angel all of the time. He’s Gabriel, the Archangel. It’s his own witness protection. He skipped out of Heaven. He says that he couldn’t bear it seeing his brothers tear themselves apart. Gabriel tells them that they are the vessels for a reason. They are Michael and Lucifer, they have always been. One brother has to kill the other. They make him bring back Castiel. Dean lets the Archangel go after he says that it’s about him not being able to stand up to his family.

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