For me I often find my â€˜favoriteâ€™ changes depending on what Iâ€™m in the mood for or how I choose to define what makes my favorite. (of course there is one absolute, chocolate remains my favorite no matter the time of day, season of the year, mood Iâ€™m in, type of weather weâ€™re experiencingâ€¦you name the variable, chocolate remains my favorite despite or because of it.) Iâ€™m going to take a shot at exploring what can cause me to pick one season and say itâ€™s my favorite over another and youâ€™ll see why they change.
For example, if itâ€™s purely sentimental, then Season 3 remains my favorite season. I found “Supernatural” on February 14th, 2008; “Mystery Spot.” So for me the season that initiated my viewing of this show will always hold a very near and dear place in my heart. Season 3 had “Mystery Spot” and the equally excellent “Jus In Bello,” plus there was “A Very Supernatural Christmas” (who can deny a season that so thoroughly annihilates all that is innocent and pure about â€˜the most wonderful time of the yearâ€™.) Season 3 also has the comedic antics of Jensen and Jared on full display during “Bad Day At Black Rock,” introduces the idea that Bobby is â€˜like a fatherâ€™ to the Winchesters, Dean teaching Sam how to fix the Impala â€˜just â€˜causeâ€™ and ultimately, heartbreakingly and downright horrifically sends Dean to Hell where the last image we have for 17 long weeks, 119 days, 2,856 hours, 171,360 minutes and 10,281,600 seconds is of Dean imprisoned on the â€˜rackâ€™ by meat hooks screaming for Sam. Yeah, sentimentally, Season 3 is my all-time favorite.
In the past Iâ€™ve ranked the seasons based upon the overall arc of the season and how each episode has fit into that arc and then chosen my â€˜bestâ€™ pick for â€˜bestâ€™ season. If I were to apply that here than Iâ€™d say hands down Season 4 is my favorite season. The season begins with the unsurprising return of Dean from hell; the surprise is in why he was returned and who made it happen. (Plus we get a Dean and Bobby hug and then a fabulous Dean and Sam hug). Each episode from “Lazarus Rising” to “Lucifer Rising” offers a small to large tidbit of what ultimately is occurring culminating in the rising of Lucifer and the revelation of Rubyâ€™s deception.
We learn in the second episode that Lilith is breaking seals to bring about Luciferâ€™s return â€“ paying off what we learned in “Sin City” and adding a â€˜ticking clockâ€™ to the overall season. Episode 3 finally pays off Maryâ€™s â€œIâ€™m sorryâ€ in “Home” as well as her â€œItâ€™s youâ€ in “All Hell Breaks Loose I”; Mary was a hunter from a long line of hunters; it was John who was the innocent carefree one (and how I love that character development.) ”Metamorphosis” builds upon what we saw in the season opener, Sam is working with Ruby and while “Monster Movie” gives us a break from the overall mytharc it is such an enjoyable outing and pays homage to the â€˜greatâ€™ horror flicks of the past that it is a keeper in every way.
Episodes 6 through 8 reveal the return of Deanâ€™s hell memories and Sam finding that he â€˜mustâ€™ use his powers to save a seal â€“ at least try to. Episodes 9 through 15 move the story forward by revealing what Sam did (mostly) in those four months that Dean was in Hell as well as show the continuing struggle both brothers have with Samâ€™s newly activated abilities. A major foe comes to the forefront (Alistair) revealing just why Dean had to go to hell and what the demons achieved by it, plus we â€˜seeâ€™ what Dean endured as well as what he did in hell. Deception among angels is revealed (Uriel) and choices are made, with fatal consequences; a new â€˜allyâ€™ (Zach) comes forward to show one brother who has lost hope that he is able to take on the trial that faces him; a major player (Chuck) in all that has transpired from the beginning comes forward to take his rightful place, albeit with great fear; and the epic showdown that we all saw coming from long ago between the brothers takes place leaving us at first gasping for breath and then hanging on with hope as we are treated to the conclusion of Season 4 with both brothers clinging to each other, having slain the manipulative Ruby but brought about the rising of Lucifer.
For a season that slowly, steadily â€“ with a few occasional wobbles â€“ builds episode upon episode to a conclusion, Season 4 is my favorite season.
However, there are times, when things become so big and complex, I find myself retreating to simpler things; if that were the case, then Season 2 would be my favorite season. Season 2 opens with the all but destroyed Impala cradling â€˜her menâ€™ and we are treated to Deanâ€™s struggle between life and death played out against Johnâ€™s struggle to save his son while Sam moves between both trying to save Dean and figure out Johnâ€™s motives. The death of John is shocking and the ramifications of his actions continue to play out in the present; however, at the time they plunge Dean into deep grief and despair as he learns John is dead because of him and this thread weaves in and out of the season ending with Dean inexorably following in Johnâ€™s footsteps and making a slightly better deal but a deal nonetheless, ah, the legacy of the Campbell/Winchesters. Johnâ€™s death catapults Sam into full-on hunter as he no longer looks for a way out of â€˜the lifeâ€™ but rather tries to embrace it, all the while being pushed by his powers and the discovery of more â€˜special kidsâ€™ just like him.
Season 2 introduces Ellen and Jo, Gordon and Henrickson, Bobby steps forward into a more meaningful role as he not only shows his willingness to protect the boys from vengeful hunters (“Born Under A Bad Sign”) but comes quickly when they need him to assist in untangling the Tricksterâ€™s antics. Season 2 gives us such memorable moments as found in “Tall Tales” and “Born Under a Bad Sign” to Eric Kripkeâ€™s debut as a director in “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Along the way there are crossroads to overcome, banks to rob â€“ or not â€“ Back in Black, Renegade, new allies in Baltimore and Little Rock, Sam finds some love, Hollywoodâ€™s horror movies get the â€œEdlund treatmentâ€, Johnâ€™s secret is revealed, a new demonic disease emerges and talk of angels emerges again just like from Season 1â€™s “Faith”; and a newer, deeper understanding of Deanâ€™s distrust of them is revealed.
Season 2 is packed with funny moments, sorrowful moments, the last â€˜bitch/jerkâ€™ moment occurs here, we meet new friends that weave in and out for the next few seasons, some die here too and at the end of the season â€˜yellow eyesâ€™ is dispatched via the Colt and all bets are off for where things go from here. For simpler times, before the apocalypse, before the weight of the world descended on our brothersâ€™ shoulders, for time spent with Ellen, Jo and Ash and for the last season when the budget still allowed for ample time with classic rock, Season 2 is my favorite season.
So, you now have a little insight into how, why and when one season is my â€˜favoriteâ€™ over another. How do you pick a favorite?
As always, thanks for reading, Elle2