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on October 11, 2010
I've been an avid fan of Supernatural throughout it's five seasons, so understand how greatly it pains me to say this.
Definitely not the best season. There were one or two pretty good episodes, but the rest were just a waste of time. We were promised the brothers would reconnect, and they didn't, not really, not when you compare them to the first seasons. They spend most of this season building up to an epic battle between good and evil- and, well, they fall a little short considering the build up. But the core values remain mostly intact- family doesn't end in blood, and blood isn't always a good enough reason to trust.
Character development is essential to any long lasting series. Unfortunately, we see a severe dwindling of the characters we have come to love so much. And plots- wow. Where do I start? Dean aging in a card game? Come on! Sam practically begging to be trusted again- but doing nothing to prove it? About the only decent character development is Castiel's fall from grace. That's actually pretty funny to watch- especially when he gets drunk ;) And really- Kripke should stop making fun of his fans- we keep the show going, buddy :)
I do have to say, though, that the season finale was... well, EPIC! I seriously could have walked away from this series feeling content that things had been wrapped up about as well as they could have been. Kripke had a clear plan, and he followed it. I really, really, wish they had ended the series with this, so I could write: it's probably one of the best series finales I've ever seen!
Unfortunately, they didn't, and as creator Eric Kripke stepped down from the throne of show runner, Sera Gamble stepped up to take on season 6, and has thus far failed- miserably. Season 6 is taking us back to the monster of the week scenario- and not even doing well with that.
But this is about season 5- it's worth getting, for sure. Would it hook you the way the last four seasons have? No. If you walked into this show during S5, you'd probably never watch another episode. But for us die hard fans, it really does wrap up nicely.
And Dean, our lovely, self loathing, self sacrificing hero, shows everyone just what true brotherhood is about- no matter how you get there :)