Supernatural: Where is Season Six Going?
|Written by April Yorke|
|Sunday, 26 September 2010 21:25|
Having watched and had the opportunity to sit with Supernatural's season six opener, "Exile on Main St.," I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Exit Eric Kripke, exit his five year plan, exit the show's lifeblood. Entre Sera Gamble, a writer/story editor/producer who's been with the show from the start, to bring it through its sixth and final season. It's a tough row to hoe, no doubt about it. But where is she going with it?
Something or someone pulled Sam up and Grandpa Samuel down (and I have my issues with this), and they've been hunting for a year while Dean plays house with Lisa and Ben. He's good at it, too, having a few beers with the doomed neighbour and not drinking quite so much malt liquor at home. But then there are the weird slashes he keeps seeing around town, the sulfur at the base of a garden shed. Suddenly Yellow Eyes is there, a terrifying vision that Dean will never shake. Or at least not until Not At All Dead Sammy comes up and plunges a hypodermic needle into his chest.
There's a monster of the week, a family of Djinn who wants revenge for "What Is and What Should Never Be." Family's a big thing this season. Seems there were plenty of distant Campbells ready to take up hunting after Mary's line seemingly petered out (nice of you to reach out to John when he took up the job, assholes). They beat the Djinn, secretly (from Darling Revenant Sammy) taking one hostage for torture or whatever other nefarious purpose (one cousin did have a handsome set of chains set up in his truck), and Dean opts to stick it out with Lisa and Ben now that he's found something new to feel guilty about to protect them from the danger he invited into their lives. He does offer Sam the Metallicar (poor baby's hidden away under a tarp), but Sam's sticking to his Mustang (?). He's got it set up just the way he likes it. I have a feeling it smells a little nicer, too. Unless he's been eating burritos.
It's good to see the focus move away from the mytharc, as number of mytharc episodes in a given season is directly proportional to number of ANGST episodes in a given season. Seeds have been sown for enough drama to last us through November sweeps and perhaps right on to the finale. Monsters of the week should be enough for us for now. Hell, it should be a welcome respite. But how do we go from the Apocalypse (lame as it was) to a boring ass Djinn out for revenge? Was there even any good violence and gore in this episode? Flip, Supernatural, this is not the time to take it slow! We've been together for five years. Now is the time to do something big. Tell us what kind of show you are going to be. You gotta kick off with a killer to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.
Just . . . give us a reason to hang in there another 21 episodes. Nostalgia's not going to cut it on Friday nights.
In other news:
Next time: Sammy calls Dean out of retirement to deal with an evil baby. That's . . . kind of awesome.
|Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 02:54|