Look at that. Supernatural is back, and Kripke and the team are not messing around. This was easily the most anticipated premiere of the new season for me, so I had some pretty lofty expectations. And it was even better than I’d hoped. It’s the payoff for the big gamble that the writers took when they headed down this path. Angels? Lucifer? Armageddon? It really could have gone sideways. But wow … it didn’t. The stage is now set for an epic battle to play itself out over the course of season five. I fear this episode has ruined the next few weeks of premieres for me. Can any other show actually measure up to this?
The big deal is, of course, the coming war. Angels, demons, Sam and Dean…. It’s complicated. But we’ll get to all of that as we get a little more of the season under our belts. For me, the real meat of this episode was in what we saw with the family relationships. First, with Bobby and Sam. Did you get suckered in? I did. Totally bought his little speech to Sam. “You’re sorry you started Armageddon? This kind of thing don’t get forgiven, boy. If by some miracle we pull this off, I want you to lose my number.”
Now, I didn’t think it was really curtains for the Bobby and Sam relationship, but I did believe he could say those things. Perhaps it’s all the things we’ve learned about Bobby over the years, or maybe it’s just Jim Beaver’s acting (he’s awesome). I assumed it was a break that would later be settled as the family came back together. So his change, and the appearance of Meg (Rachel Miner) were a complete surprise. Fun stuff.
The bigger family issue — and by issue I mean ISSUE — was still to come. Sam and Dean are united in their goal, but the events of last season are still having repercussions. In an episode that was filled with great scenes, the highlight for me was Dean laying it all out there. “I tried. I really tried. But I just can’t keep pretending that everything’s all right. Because it’s not, and it’s never going to be. You chose a demon over your own brother.” Damn. Never going to be? Do you buy that? Color me optimistic, but I still see a reunion in the Winchester boys’ future. Even if it is looking to be a rather bumpy ride getting there.
Other great bits from the premiere:
loved every single second of it!
Me too! I agree with Brett, it exceeded expectations. It had everything a good SPN episode needs and I’m even more excited for the rest of the season than I was for the premiere, and that’s saying a lot.
About the Bobby thing — I fell for it too, though the first thing out of my mouth after he let Sam have it was, “That’s not Bobby.” I didn’t realize I was speaking literally! It will be interesting to see if he ends up in a wheelchair (Oracle-style), but I gotta think that Castiel could heal him for the big battle or something. I guess we’ll see.
Definitely sets the standard for premiers this season. Dean had some great lines as usual (“Oh yeah, life as an Angel condom”), as did Chuck (“This sucks ass”).
And they also didn’t dissapoint with The Road So Far. I was already pumped for the episode, and “Thunderstruck” was the icing on the cake of anticipation.
Totally agree. The opening was excellent. It would have been cool if they had released that video as a promo for the premiere.
Another great Dean quote, after Meg kisses him. “What is that? Peanut butter?”
I agree that this season premier ruined all the rest of them. What an awesome hour of TV that was. I kept hitting the info button on my DVR hoping there was still a lot of time left. Some of the lines in this episode were great.
I also fell for the Bobby/Sam thing….
Absolutely loved every minute of it and yes I fell for the Bobby/Sam bit as well.
The Becky stuff was great for some humour before the darker moments, and I loved Castiel standing up to Zachariah!
The Becky stuff worked really well. She played it so perfectly. I loved the bit with her rubbing Sam’s chest. “Can you stop touching me?” “No.”
I fell for the Bobby stuff too. Becky. Awesome. I really hope they keep Rachel Miner as Meg too. Awesome actress & I loved her portrayal of Meg.
What a kick ass episode!
I wonder if Meg will get a real name, because I’m pretty sure that Meg Masters (Nicki Aycox) was the host’s name. Kinda splitting hairs, I know, but just a thought
Anna hasn’t gotten one, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
awesome season premiere!!! i really LOL when becky looked Dean and said, “not what i was expecting” or something like that :).
I totally eat up the bobby stuff too, and really love how he through out the doctor in the hospital.
These season looks epic, and i will be enjoying all the way, more so if these is the last one… (hope that will not be the case!!!)