Thinking Man Reviews: Supernatural Season Three Premiere

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.**

 “Fatdrunk, and stupid is no way to go through lifeson.” 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

Supernatural Season Two Finale – Recap and Review

BY ANTHONY MEDINA

**This episode originally aired in May 2007. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**

 “I couldn’t have done it without your pathetic, self loathing, self destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family.” – Azazel

After two seasons of chasing down the Yellow Eyed Demon, our ghost hunting heroes get a final showdown with their arch nemesis Azazel and all hell breaks loose, literally.

But before Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) can unleash their righteous vengeance, they have to deal with the small issue of Sam being dead. In the first half of the two part finale “All Hell Breaks Loose”, Sam is killed by a rival psychic in a demon sponsored battle to the death. With Sam down, his opponent Jake Tally (Aldis Hodge) is named the winner and is recruited to help Azazel find and open the gate to hell.

Dean is inconsolable and refuses to accept his brother’s death. Luckily for him, in the world of Supernatural being dead is only a minor inconvenience. Nothing a little deal with the devil can’t fix. Dean summons an old demon pal and offers his life for Sam’s. The demon agrees and gives him one year before coming to collect. And with that Sam is back in the game.

The two track down Azazel’s man Jake to an old cemetery where the gate to Hell is opened and the demons of the underworld rise up in all their smoky glory. The ghostbuster crew kill Jake and try to close the door but Azazel shows up and opens a can of whoop ass on Sam and Dean. But just as he is about to finish the job, our old friend John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) spirits his way out of hell and wrastles Azazel down to the ground. Dean grabs the Colt and kills the Yellow Eyed Demon bringing a close to the biggest story arc of the series so far. John gives the boys a nice nod of approval and wisps off to spy on women changing or whatever it is spirits do. And season three is set up nice and proper with an army of demons on the loose and a ghost fighting duo ready to take them on.

So what can I say about Supernatural. This was a good episode, but I keep running into the same problem with this show. The overall story arcs are fairly interesting, and there are strong episodes to be found. But so much of this show is ghost of the week filler. Not necessarily bad, but very “meh” which is sometimes worse. Perhaps season three will pick things up a bit. After all there is a demon army out there and a ticking clock on Dean’s soul. Let’s hope they take advantage.

Season 2

Thinking Man Rating: 8 Thumbs Up

Season 2 Finale

Thinking Man Rating: 13 Thumbs Up

**Be aware the Thinking Man rating system is based on awesomeness and should be disregarded if you are not now, or have never been, awesome.**