I haven’t written about Supernatural in almost four years. In fact, I have an uber complicated relationship with the show.
I vividly remember loving the show the first few years. Yes there were far too many standalone stories, but season three (featuring the lovely Katie Cassidy) was a wonderful serialized creation. Then somewhere around season seven, I began to lose interest. With so many brilliant shows on the air, I had to make some sacrifices and Supernatural was the first to go. But a few days ago, something odd happened: I missed the Winchesters… a lot. After all, the show always had a cozy road-trip feel, and the brothers’ dynamic was always well explored. I tried watching the season eight premiere, and got quite bored. It just seemed too overwhelming to have to catch up with three whole seasons. So last night, I gave season ten a try. Some stuff were undoubtedly confusing (Who is Metatron? Dean was in purgatory? etc….) but all in all, I quite enjoyed the first two episodes.
The reason they worked so well is actually quite obvious: Demon Dean. There’s no doubt that Jensen Ackles is the show’s secret weapon. Unlike Jared Pedelicki (who if we’re being honest, can barely emote), Ackles knocks every scene out of the park. Watching him play straight-up evil is actually a revelation, as you can see him completely relishing the opportunity after ten seasons of playing the same role. More of this please!
I was also intrigued by Cole, the new character with a personal vendetta against Dean (who killed his dad for some inexplicable reason way back in the past). I’m curious to see this subplot unfold, and I particularly loved seeing a menacing Dean make short work of his attacker without breaking a sweat.
Finally, I know I’m probably the only person on Earth, but I never liked Castiel. He’s one of the reasons I eventually dropped the show. Does no one else feel his storylines bring the show down?
I think I’m back on board with Supernatural. I owe it to myself to keep watching. Here’s hoping.