Another review of a recent CW series. Uh, 2007 is recent…if you’ve been in a coma since, say, 2008.
BY ANTHONY MEDINA
**This episode originally aired in October 2007. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**
“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” –
Dean Vernon Bobby
The hunt is on as the Supernatural boys gear up to take on the hundreds of new demons released into the world in the Season Two Finale. And what better way to start a crusade of righteous fury then by taking on the demonic embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins, or as the episode title not-so-cleverly suggests “The Magnificent Seven”.
We open on Sam (Jared Padalecki) reading some archaic version of Demons for Dummies, while Dean (Jensen Ackles) has some naughty-fun-times with a woman he proudly refers to as “The double mint twins”. It seems as though Dean has resigned himself to his inevitable fate having damned his soul to the underworld last season in return for saving Sam’s life. And with less then a year to go before the grim reaper comes to collect, he’s determined to have as much fun as possible. Which for Dean is a combination of random sex and demon slaughter.
They are contacted by Bobby (Jim Beaver), who says he has a lead on some possible demon activity. They head out to Lincoln Nebraska and run into Isaac and Tamara, a couple of fellow Ghostbusters investigating the same events. Sam suggests they work together but Isaac wants nothing to do with the men who allowed the gates of hell to open in the first place.
Sam, Dean and Bobby continue their investigation and discover that the Seven Deadly Sins are behind all the hoopla. For those of you who don’t know these sins include: Greed, Lust, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Sloth and Wrath. Personally, I would include Michael Bay movies but I guess Sloth and Gluttony already have that covered.
They track the Seven to a local bar but soon realize Isaac and Tamara are already there. Unfortunately, these Demon slayers came underprepared and are quickly overpowered. Our heroes race to the rescue but are unable to save Isaac who is already dead. They save Tamara and manage to capture one of the demons before retreating.
Back at HQ they use the Devil’s Trap to isolate the demon, Envy, and bring on the Vatican water torture. They don’t really get any useful information so Tamara performs an exorcism to kill him off. Unfortunately for them, the Seven are the Marines of the underworld and never leave a man behind. Pride, Lust, and two other demons attack the Supernatural crew and things get ugly. Fortunately, they are saved by a mysterious blonde woman who jumps into the fight to help them. The demons are killed and the blonde woman disappears with no explanation for her sudden appearance. Well gang, looks like we have another mystery on our hands.
It was a solid opening for the third season of Supernatural, but probably the weakest season opener so far. I would have liked a bit more insight into the motivations behind the Seven but with two of them still out there maybe we’ll find out later in the season.
Thinking Man Rating: 7/10