BY ANTHONY MEDINA
**This episode originally aired in May 2006. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**
“I coulda killed you a hundred times today. But this, this was worth the wait.” – John Winchester
I have to be honest, it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world sitting through this entire season. After the first few episodes I had basically given up on the show. It’s not that it was all together bad, I just wasn’t that interested in the “ghost of the week” angle. The only thing that kept me going was the hope that things might pick up if and when they found their father. And thankfully, it did. The back-half of this season really pushed the show to a new level and the finale “The Devil’s Trap” sealed the deal.
When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) finally catch up with their father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), things take an interesting turn. They track down the Colt, a badass demon killing pistol built by Samuel Colt himself, and use it in the search for the Demon that killed their mother. John gets himself captured but Sam and Dean manage to rescue him. Unfortunately, it’s no longer John. Dean discovers his father is now possessed, by none other then the very Demon they’ve been hunting.
He starts using his demon magic to squeeze the life out of Dean, but Sam manages to grab the Colt and shoot John in the leg. It’s enough of a wound to expel the demon but not enough to kill him. However, John refuses to let the demon leave and demands that Sam kill them both to finally end their chase and exact revenge. Sam considers it but can’t bring himself to kill his own father. As a result the demon escapes and the three Winchester men leave injured and generally bummed out.
The season ends with a shocking and captivating cliffhanger. As they make their way to the hospital, an 18 wheeler unexpectedly crashes into the side of their car leaving all three bloody, unconscious, and completely at the mercy of the demon possessed man inside the truck.
I literally gasped watching that final scene. And how often do you get to legitimately gasp? Throughout season one they managed to provide enough depth and character development (a rarity for the CW) to make me really care about what was happening. This show has its hits and misses, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. But the last few episodes of the season really make for some exciting television.
So if there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?
(Sorry, I had too)
Thinking Man Rating: 11 Thumbs Up
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