Hit: Benny the Vampire
It was time for a new friend to enter the fold, and a controversial one at that. Benny was delicious. He was a fighter, he helped Dean exactly when he needed it and it was a friendship built purely on mercantile motives. Benny had a great history, offered a good storyline and didn’t outdo his welcome.
Speaking of overstaying welcomes….Amelia was one of those characters whose name I never needed to learn. She was irritated from the jump and never endeared herself in any capacity. Nothing about Amelia was likeable – she was angry and rude, and despite her circumstances, not in a forgivable manner. Even her relationship with Sam didn’t feel organic in light of his other companions. Sorry Amelia, you won’t be missed.
What’s to say? We saw Heaven, we saw Hell – it was time to see the in-between. And it was perfectly executed on a visual level. Great concept. Great adventure.
*Nitpick alert!* Naomi was kind of annoying on a –blah- level after a while. I was just glad to see her gone!
Hit: Hunteri Heroici
Cartoon effects in Supernatural? Sounds ridiculous but somehow, this show manages to make the ridiculous work without losing itself.
Miss: Not Looking for Kevin**Nitpick Alert** I actually like how this played out – Kevin is a great character and learned to be very self-sufficient. But it doesn’t exactly jive that Sam wouldn’t track him down for that year.
Hit: The Men of Letters
Wonderful addition to the mythology and a base of operations for the boys – finally. What more can I say that hasn’t already been said. It’s perfect!
Miss: Bobby in Hell**Nitpick Alert** This is fussy, but it just felt like an unnecessary element to make a plot device wedge into the story. Bobby doesn’t belong in Hell, plain and simple.
Hit: Henry Winchester
Is there somebody who didn’t like meeting Grandpa Winchester? It was great to learn about the Winchester genealogy; especially after knowing all we do now about Mary and the Campbells. Plus, it is plain to see how this character, with this attitude (polite though he was) was grandfather to boys like Sam and Dean. Wit like that, it's in the blood.
Miss: Sam v Benny
Sam was so against Benny from the jump – why?
So there we have it - Part One of the season eight hits and misses; what do you think?