Season Five Hits and Misses: Part One
Okay, this was challenging for a couple reasons. First, season five is a particular favourite of mine and as such there are so many key moments that I think stand out. Which sort of bleeds into the second reason. Season five was a good season. There were some problems, and yes, there are some issues among the fans about it, but on the whole, it had some good content. Having said that, if the write-ups for why it is a Hit or a Miss are a bit lighter than usual, in a lot of cases it’s because it just rings obvious.
As always, the order in which these appear should not be taken to reflect preference.
Hit – Bobby Overpowers Demonic Possession – 5x01
Of course this made the list as a hit. Bobby is a strong hunter, and his love for the boys is unmatched. He’s their father in every way that matters. Here we see the strength of his spirit and his heart.
Miss- Fallen Idols
Yes, the entire episode. It had its moments to be sure. But overall it can be summed up as an interesting premise and mostly okay filler at best.
Miss – Dean’s Detail Blindness: Swap Meat
This is pretty simple: I’ve always found it pretty spectacular that Dean was so slow to clue how wrong things were with so-called “Sam” in this episode. Given what they know about the occult, possession and all the other fun supernatural wonders in the world – everything says Dean would have caught on much, much faster to the wrongness of the situation.
Hit- Changing Channels
Does this need explanation? Okay, here’s one: It. Is. EPIC.
Miss - Dead Trickster *nitpick alert*
This is pure pout - no, not really a trickster and all that jazz. But I'm still deeming it a miss because he was awesome!
Hit- The End: The Characterization
Another spectacular episode, our three mains do particularly phenomenal jobs in their future incarnations: Dean as the disenchanted, hardened, militant leader; Castiel the hippie, human and imbibing but ever loyal follower and of course our vessel, Sam/Lucifer in a chillingly brilliant show as the devil on earth.
Miss – Hammer of the Gods
Yes, this is another whole episode miss. Unfortunately, this episode disappointed more than anything else. What could have been an impressive show or, in the right light, I suppose a humorous parody of various non-Christian Gods, resulted instead in a rather lackluster and forgettable production.
Hit – Sam in Swap Meat
This episode has it problems, undoubtedly, as evidenced above but Jared played Sam possessed by a horny teenage boy to a tee – particularly when referring to “the sex” at the bar and slurping his cocktail. Masterfully done. To have been on set during the filming of that scene….what a hilarious treat.
Miss - Brady Killing Jess
Why does this feel like a miss? Well, it has always felt like re-writing history to me. Azazel had a plan, he executed. That Yellow-Eyed bastard was intent on Sam and meticulous about the details. We know that he did the dirty work with Mary and baby Sam himself and we know he certainly wouldn't hesitate to dive into the trenches himself, particularly for the important points - like Jess. Can I buy that Brady would be implanted into Sam's life as a spy? Maybe. But the idea of him killing Jess rather than Azazel, well - it's bit too "after-thought" feeling. Miss!
Hit - Horseman Rings as the Key
This was a hit in unique use of the idea of the Four Horsemen bringing about the apocalypse - they literally possess the keys to unlock the door. It wasn't an over-thought, over-complex spell; there were no special ingredients or rare creatures. Simply four rings. No, the rings weren't the easiest to come across but the fact that it wasn't complication within complication is what makes Supernatural what it is: they have a good idea of where to put to challenge and where to keep it straightforward.
Part 2 - coming soon!