The long (long) summer hellatus is finally over. Supernatural is back on our small screens on a new night. Or should I say old night? Yes, in Season 1, the show started out on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Will Supernatural be able to scare up the same great ratings that it did back in its WB days? How about the ratings it got last season when it followed Arrow? We can only hope so. Tuesdays are a killer night for television. So we all just need to hope for the best. So far I think this was a good start for Jeremy Carver's second season as SPN showrunner.
What I Liked
-The classic rock recap. Loved hearing the George Thorogood version of "Who Do You Love?"
-Dean's strength. He's there for his comatose brother in every way. He never gives up. If he can't reach Cas, he goes for broke and reaches out to every single fallen angel on earth.
-Sam actually got to share some face time with Death. And while he was unconscious in the real world, we got to see it all play out in his mind. Sure, Death was there to collect Sam, but aren't we glad that didn't actually happen?
-The introduction of Ezekiel. I know that he ended up possessing Sam so he can heal him from the inside. And once Sam finds out the deal that Dean made, who knows how the hell he's going to react. But I truly and sincerely hope Ezekiel makes a comeback in a future episode. I don't want this to be the last we see of him.
-Jared's gotten to act out Lucifer. Now he gets to act out being an angel of sorts. He really gets to play the gamut of emotions and situations as Sam Winchester.
-It was good seeing Jim Beaver even though Bobby represented the side of Sam that no longer wanted to fight. More on that part of Sam later. I'm just happy that Bobby wasn't a ghost or stuck in hell or some other previously manufactured situation. It made sense that Sam would conjure him up in his subconscious.
--Shallow TV Alert: We got Shirtless Cas. Need I say more? That laundry scene was so sad. But, still, there he was in his boxers trying to make a choice between bottled water and a clean trench coat. Water won. He ditched his (bloody) trench coat!
-But it really was a bit upsetting to see Cas in such a (human) state. I love him with his angel powers. But it's going to be interesting to see how he deals with life sans grace. At least he can still hear Angel Radio.
-Jensen's so good with guest stars. I loved his quality time with Tahmoh Penikett who played Ezekiel. Tahmoh (famous for Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse and Continuum) was actually in the series finale of Dark Angel. Now I need to watch the episode to see if they even shared a scene back then.
What I struggled with
-I know Sam has been through a lot of pain and suffering. Lucifer used his body. His mind went through hell (literally). He was soulless. Cas caused his wall to come crumbling down. His girlfriend was murdered. He's lost his brother a few times. He never knew his mom. He was responsible for starting the apocalypse. There's his demon-blood junkie phase. He's always going through something. And yet I admire the fact that he always seems like a fighter.
"There's nothing to fight for?" Please. To see him debate whether to fight to live or just let go was a little disconcerting. He even asked Death to make this death final. But, in the end, at least he went for what Dean/Ezekiel were asking him to do. Dean has that to fall back on. Unfortunately, Ezekiel, once he possesses Sam, tells Dean that it might be better to wipe Sam's mind of everything that happened after he went all coma guy on his brother, because if Sam ejects him, he will die. That's not the first time Dean's decided to erase someone's memory, now, is it?
Boo to Cas being separate from the boys. He doesn't have powers and it's going to take a while for him to get to the Men of Letters bunker. At least we got the Dean/Cas phone call.
--Dean sends a message out to all the angels. I love that the angels hear him. That means he still has a connection to them.
--That was Grace Phipps playing Hael, the angel that wanted to possess Cas' body. Last season on The Vampire Diaries, she was April, the preacher's daughter. She was also Amy on ABC Family's The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
--Charlie kicked off the recap saying: "There is pretty much nothing the Winchesters can't do if they work together." That quote definitely seems to set the tone for this season.
--How many times have the brothers said some version of "we've got work to do?"
--"I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here" doesn't quite reach "In My Time of Dying" and "Lazarus Rising" status in my eyes. I didn't feel the emotional weight as much as I did in those episodes. But I still liked it a lot. And I am excited to see how this first half of the season plays out. Will we be feeling the effects of what happened in this episode the entire season? I guess we'll find out.
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