Season Six – Hits & Misses: Part One
Season six – what a year it was. So much was left to clean up, emotionally and plotwise after Swan Song it was impossible to know what direction the sixth year of our beloved saga would take us. And on reflection, it’s still kind of interesting to see exactly how Supernatural fell down the season six rabbit hole such as it did. Never the less, while it certainly had some lows – it also brought us some incredible moments of joy. So let’s look back at that oh, so second-look worthy, season six.
Miss: Generalized Overcomplicating & Lacking of Flow with Attention to Detail *Major Nitpick Alert*
Coming down from the phenomenal rush of season four and five, and trying a new direction and new elements, a bit of an adrenaline rush crash was to be expected. Even on its worst day, Supernatural is still an incredible show with great writing and exceptional acting, to say the least. The problem with season six (to generalize) is that it was too complicated when it didn’t need to be (for example – Samuel and the Campbell’s collecting Alphas – unneeded extras who played no role). The story juggled too many plotlines and tried hard to tie them together in a tangled web.
Hit: Lovely Lisa
We knew she was destined to end sadly, but the character was well-rounded, understanding without being a pushover and wanted desperately to give Dean a family. Lisa Braeden was a classy chick from start to finish, even when she didn’t know who Dean was anymore – she sent him off with forgiveness and a smile.
Miss: The Phoenix
Granted, this may be a nit-pick, but I wanted the Phoenix to be a little more….something. He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t phenomenal enough for all the hype.
Hit: Sam vs. Sam vs. Sam
Jared does incredible work, no doubt. In particular, season six demonstrated his powerful abilities when three versions of Sam showdown in Sam’s mind. Each version is so distinct and the process of bringing the Broken Sam, the Regular Sam and the Soulless Sam back together is portrayed remarkably.
Miss: Samuel Campbell
As season six went on, Samuel became too obsessively single-minded to develop into a well-rounded character. And since his mission didn’t feel legitimate or developed enough either – bringing Mary back from the dead after all these years? There were too many holes – what would Mary have thought after all these years? What would her reaction have been to her father sacrificing her children? And so on. SC was more a caricature than anything else by the end.
Hit: Dean the Vampire
Sure, there were issues overall here, but as far as executing this transformation and the struggles – not to mention the witness of our typically Black-and-White hero on the other side of bloodlust for a change – No doubt this was a favourite of mine for the season.
Miss: Brotherly Reunion
I don’t know about everyone else, but this felt shortchanged, since it wasn’t really Sam and then Sam was injured by his returning soul, etc. Bottom line, it wasn’t quite as powerful as the season four reunion.
Hit: Replacing Death
A new perspective on the natural order is always a trip – it was a hard-learned lesson, full of tragedy, questions and heartache. And, hurt though it did, it was well delivered and beautifully illustrated by all parties.
Miss: Soulless Sam Storyline
Simply put: too many gaps and it went on too long: what was SS motivation to hunt? To stay with the Campbells? To leave Dean be the way he did for as long as he did? This wasn’t as smoothly handled as it could have been, though it was very well acted.
Hit: Death Rides to the Rescue
Few characters can match Death for the chill of his presence or the unsettling feeling he leaves behind, no matter how calm, even and demure he appears. And I can’t help loving it, especially the calm way he presses Sam’s soul back into Soulless Sam, ignore the screams and telling him not to “scratch” – brilliant.
And there we have it – the first look back at a mix bag of emotions, characters and plotlines that season six brought us. Thoughts so far? Stay tuned for part two!