A year after the Winchester brothers averted the Apocalypse, Dean (Jensen Ackles) is settling down to his “normal” life with Lisa & her son Ben. Normal, that is, apart from the defences Dean has erected around the house to protect them from the horrors Dean knows only too well are lurking in the darkness outside.
But it’s the arrival of Dean’s brother Sam (Jared Padalecki), who Dean last saw plunging into the pit of Hell while possessed by Lucifer himself, that sets Dean back one the road with his brother, as a new & unexpected evil is rising in the backwoods of America & Sam needs Dean by his side.
Can the brothers once again save the world from evil, or is this something that even the Winchesters are powerless to stop? And just what did rescue Sam from the Pit? These, and other, revelations, await the brothers as they travel the lonely roads of America.
If ever there was a perfect ending to a TV show, the finale of Supernatural Season 5 was it. The Winchesters saved the world, but at a terrible cost, and at least one of them could now leave the life of a hunter & have a normal existence. Sure, it was sad, but at the same time it seemed fitting & was a truly exceptional piece of TV. And I really didn’t think that they could bring the show back, or improve upon what already was one of the best shows on TV.
But I couldn’t have been any more wrong. The first episode of the 6th Season not only presents us with a fitting coda to the end of the 5th Season, where we see what Dean has been doing this past year, but also thrusts us straight back into the humour & horror of the Winchesters world – and also shows that the rules have changed somewhat this time around.
And it’s not just the rules that have changed, but also they dynamic between the brothers takes a slightly different turn in this first half of the season. Dean is slightly “softer” and more parental from his year with Ben & Lisa while Sam, who was always the more compassionate of the brothers, is certainly much more hard edged and cold. This is displayed in no uncertain terms during the “Live Free Or TwiHard” episode, and Padalecki & Ackles play off of these changes superbly.
As is always the case with Supernatural, we get a mixture of stories during these first 13 episodes, with monsters ranging from vampires to shapeshifters & fairies (in what is possibly one of the funniest episodes I’ve seen) and they all get their very own Supernatural spin, which generally means improvement!
Once again, though, this is a story of two brothers more than anything else, and within this first half of the season we get to see even more of what makes them tick, which is helped amazingly by the fact that Padalecki & Ackles have obviously grown very close throughout making the show – as have the actors who play the other main characters, like Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (who really gets a chance to shine in some of these episodes) and Misha Collins as Castiel.
To be honest, if you’re a fan of the previous seasons of this show I honestly don’t know how you could not enjoy these 13 episodes. Even when Supernatural has a slightly duff episode, it’s still usually much better than most TV and it’s a show that I can sit down & watch happily for hours.
Which means, realistically, if you’re a fan then this will already be on your “must get” list. If you’re not a fan, then you’re missing out on one of the funniest, goriest, most superb pieces of modern TV. And if you’re a fan of horror (or even shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer) then get Supernatural on DVD now. You have just enough time to work through the first five seasons before the release of this – and trust me, you’ll appreciate doing so.