68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2010
I was hesitant to say the least when I started watching this season. I did not believe the writers could possibly continue to create as well as they had in season 4. I am proud to say that I was mistaken. Not only did the writing make me wish the next episode was right at my fingertips, but the way they crafted the story to touch previous episodes from every seasons was impressive. I found myself re-tracing the steps of various characters in seasons 1-4 to find out their real intentions. I do not know if I would recommend this for anyone who hasn't seen the first 4 seasons. The writing is great and interesting, but if you have seen the entire story-arch, you will understand character's motives and the intentions of the writers much more. I must also add a note about the final episode, Swan Song. The creator Eric Kripke wrote this as his last episode (he will not be the person in charge of the series next year). From watching it, I can tell he intended this to be his masterpiece, and he did not disappoint. Kudos to Kripke and good luck to Ms. Gamble who is taking over next year!
162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2010
I am a psychology grad student and what you could pick up from this show is incredible! The writers didn't just piece together plots out of nowhere when they had nothing better to do. The characters are all well developed and driven by the content over the years. Nothing is lost, everything, even characters that you have seen before are interwoven brilliantly from the beginning of the series up through the present, the sign of excellent writing! The best part about the production of this show is no film is wasted. You know how you watch 2nd rate shows or movies and there's absolutely no reason to have shown a scene, or they cut in the same useless scene later as if they don't have enough screenplay to make a typically-timed movie/show; that doesn't happen here! When there is a focus on a face the emotions are expertly carried by the characters from Sam & Dean to Jim & Cass. Even when they throw in a comical highlight or two it fits the characters perfectly. Now the music, hey I did my sentence of high school with most of the songs they use, which impresses me just as much as the lovely creaks, moans and groans of Dean's "Baby". This show is simply excellent and deserves so much more recognition than it gets, but most horror type genres are ignored as serious acting vehicles. Everyone should take a good or second-third-50th look at this series! -BB
86 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
Jake Johnson, Washington Coastal Salish. I am a writer of fiction, poetry, and screenplay. I must say Eric Kripke is the man for putting this show out there for us to watch and be a part of. Supernatural is the best thing to happen to television since Rod Serling widened our mental state of being with The Twilight Zone. The Winchester family is the most intruguing in the history of fictisious hero families. The team of writers, directors, producers on down to the actors must have a love and dedecation to the show, it seems that way. I have seasons 1-4 on DVD and not one episode is a disapointment. This show rocks. As a writer who is picky with what he is entertained by, Supernatural is a sure winner, and should stand the test of time along side X Files, Star Trek, Twin Peaks and all the other shows from the depths of darkness. I advise, ney dare anyone to enter the world of Sam and dean Winchester. Check out this product, Eric Kripke is a sure talent, a name that will be remembered.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I like this show a lot, generally speaking. I deliberately avoided it when it first came out because it just seemed so. . .well, teenybopper-ish. I'd roll my eyes and say to myself that the subject matter and the actors belonged on some station that marketed only to teens and young adults, and in a sense, this show did begin that way. Much of its fan base is still in those age groups, and the number of online discussions about how hot the two main actors are can mislead you into thinking this is a throwaway show wherein two hunks basically kill time from episode to episode. Not so. This is a rare situation--one where a show that may have begun with one target audience has blossomed into a show that draws all sorts of viewers who are impressed by its overall excellence.
This is the show's fifth season, and each year has seen the acting get even better, the plotlines come together with incredible consistency and intrigue, and I have to say that I look forward to each week's new episode because I know I will find myself impressed by the way the characters continue to be developed, the story fleshed out. The next week's episode is always something I'm plotzing to see.
In this episode, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) are killed by hunters who want to get rid of the guy (Sam) who got the Apocalypse rolling. Both Dean and Sam end up in heaven (an outcome that takes both brothers by surprise), and what Heaven is, according to the show, is a place where we get to relive our best memories. That sounds simple enough, yes?
Heh. Here's one of the reasons I like this show so much. That simple reason leads to some complex and touching scenes and character development.
Sam and Dean have had, from the start, an odd family relationship. Sam never got to know his mother, who died before the timeline of the show started, and Dean became Sam's surrogate father, became the one who took care of him whenever their father took off to hunt demons and otherwise follow his own path to finding the demon who killed his wife, his kids' mom. When the first season begins, Sam is in college, having walked away (in a rough, "I don't need you in my life" kind of way) from his father and brother to start a life not defined by the hunt for malevolent supernatural beings. In that first episode, Sam joins Dean once more in the hunt, and from that point to now, the brothers have rarely been separated for any major length of time. They travel the nation together in a wonderful '67 Impala, and they pretty much are each other's support system, their own family unit of two. Even when their father shows up again in season one, it's clear that Dean and Sam have a closeness that far surpasses anything their own father has built with them. In fact, it far surpasses any intimacy they develop with anyone else. Most of the tension in this show comes from conflict between the two of them, from the differences in their personalities and their approaches to life.
The heart of this show is their relationship, but that relationship's foundation is in need of major attention and perhaps a lot of rebuilding. It might even be wise to start over and build a new one.
I won't tell you about the God-related aspects of this episode except to say that Dean is disappointed in the outcome of his search for God's help. The way in which that plays out--well, you'll have to see it for yourself. I don't want to spoil that aspect of things for you. I hope that the info to follow in this review doesn't spoil anything for you, either.
In this particular episode, we find out what each main character values most. For Dean, the most important memories have to do with his little brother, with his mother (whom he comforts and supports just as he has done for his brother), with the family that is meaningful to him. All along, he has put one family member or another in top priority place, above even himself and his own well-being, and his memories reflect that. He is the one who provides emotional support to the people he loves, even when he was a child and should have been able to count on them for that support. Dean has never truly been a child; he's been the parent to most of his family, even his father, whom he admired and tried to emulate, something that I still find touching and sad when it crops up in a scene or episode. Everything that means anything to Dean is contained in a tight little circle of people he loves. For them, he would willingly sacrifice himself (in fact, he has done so already in the course of the show), and for them, he would continue to wake up each morning ready to fight again in spite of his own deep depression and uncertainty. He is, emotionally speaking, in a terrible place when this episode opens, drinking heavily and hoping desperately that God will help him find a way to make the right decision, to help him prevent the horrible bloodshed he sees coming hard and fast towards him and the rest of humanity. (To make matters even harder for him, he not only has the weight of his family on his shoulders; he bears responsibility for saving the entirety of humanity, and in true Dean fashion, he accepts that weight and does his best to bear it even as it threatens to bore him into the ground and bury him alive.)
What we find in this episode is that Dean's great memories and Sam's don't match. Sam's best memories are all about separation from his father and from Dean, although to be fair, it was mostly his father he tried to get away from. He has never looked at his actions as separating him emotionally from Dean. When Dean sees which memories are special to Sam, he begins to see in a clearer way how disparate their viewpoints about family really are, and it wounds him to his core. His father is already gone, dead because of a deal he made to save Dean's life, and his brother has grown increasingly distant from him, at a time when Dean needs him most and needs to know in his heart that he can count on him. All the times that Dean protected Sam, tried to be a father to him, provided the things that his actual father wouldn't provide because he was off hunting--those all seem to have meant little to Sam. (I think they in fact meant a lot to Sam, but he hasn't put in proper perspective what Dean has sacrificed until now. In this episode, he discovers just how much Dean had to handle in order to keep his family as balanced and safe as possible, and it looks like the first time that Sam realized just how many messes Dean actually had to "clean up.")
What's impressive about all this, at least to me, is how the show has built to this moment. From the start, the characters' emotions and motivations have been consistent, and all the dialogue and plot action has helped to further develop them, to round them out and make them "whole." From season one to now, the "road" has led in a consistent and meaningful way to this episode: Dean is very nearly at a point where life is no longer worth much to him, where all that once was meaningful now seems to have been part of some illusion he created in his mind and heart. Sam's character, too, has progressed in a logical and consistent way to this point. I love that about this show; one of my pet peeves is when characters suddenly become someone else entirely, when a show loses sight of the person it put out there at the start. "Supernatural" hasn't done that in five seasons, and I really enjoy that. In season one, in an episode late in the season where Sam is angry that Dean did not let him risk his life to kill the demon who killed their mother, the two brothers fight, and the pain is so clear on Dean's face as he tells Sam that he (Sam) and their father are all he has, that Dean basically can't go on without them.
The plot line also has progressed in a logical and consistent way. Whoever's doing continuity in that sense has done a superlative job. I've rarely felt as though an episode took me outside the world the show had established, and that, too, is unusual for a TV show.
The acting has always been superb, and it continues to be so. This episode builds on the excellent foundation that Ackles and Padalecki have established over the course of five seasons; both young men approach their roles with what seems to be complete concentration. They have good chemistry on-screen and off, and it's clear from blooper reels and special features on DVD sets that they can have fun as themselves but them become complete professionals on set. I hope that at some point Mr. Ackles will receive the recognition he deserves for crafting as fine a character as can be crafted on a TV show.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2010
A great season and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD!!! I jumped, laughed, and cried my way through every episode of Season 5.
As a latecomer to the Supernatural fan base, I wonder how I could have missed this incredible series for so many years. I discovered it more than midway thru Season 5 when I happened to catch a re-run from Season 1 on TNT and had to see more. Love that Amazon had the first four Seasons at a great price and I purchased all four at once. Watched it from the very beginning and I have loved every episode. Thanks to the internet, I was able to see all that I had missed of Season 5 and catch up to the episodes that were currently airing. As a fan of the XFiles and older series like Twilight Zone and Nightstalker (in reruns), this was heaven for me. I am also a huge fan of Stephen King and this series seems to follow his pattern of making you love the characters and then killing them off (and sometimes bringing them back). But I guess you have to expect that from the Apocalypse. Monsters of the week, angels and demons, Lucifer walking the Earth, family and heartache, and so much more that make for thought provoking entertainment. I am more than thrilled there will be a Season 6 and hopefully many more. It makes me want to take a road trip a la Dean and Sam!!! :)
As for the cast - Jensen Ackles is a subtly impressive actor and truly easy on the eyes - I hope his talent is recognized and appreciated and that we see him for years to come. Jared Padalecki, Jim Beaver, and Misha Collins round out a great cast that never fails to please. I never tire of re-watching past episodes over and over and over. :) I would recommend this series highly!!! And not just for the sci-fi fans - I think its appeal reaches much further.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2010
WOW! How is it possible that this show can continue to improve this much? I will admit, for awhile there, the show had its stumbling points. "Fallen Idols," "Sam, Interrupted," and "Swap Meat." But those were completely overshadowed by "The End," "Abandon all Hope," "The Song Remains the Same," "Changing Channels," and "Swan Song."
These episodes were the best out of the entire show! I have never experienced emotions towards characters like I have in this show. The writers have a gift in creating an aura and a feeling about the story that is genius.
In this season, we finally saw Dean come to terms with Sam's blood issues and "dark side."
We also saw some very risky character deaths,(I won't spoil who it was) And as much as I hated to see them go, what it did to the story was profound.
I give major props to Kripke and Gamble for their risky decisions in this year's story arc. For it totally paid off. I can't wait to see what happens in season six. I am so pumped.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2010
I started watching Supernatural during the 2nd season. For the most part, I have really enjoyed it. Although some of the episodes were a bit silly. Near the end of Season 4 and for all of Season 5, this show rose to a level rarely seen in television. It was extremely well written, directed and acted. A rare combination you just can't beat. I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2010
Yet again, the writers/directors have exceeded awesomeness. They never disappoint!
I actually pre-ordered season5 but ran out of patience for its arrival and had to see this episode.
Ackles and Padelecki provide yet another brilliant performance--and Mark Pellegrino, whom I must say was a genius choice for this role, does an awesome portrayal as Lucifer.
This is the finest perspective I've seen; something I've always personally believed myself... Sympathy for the Devil shows us Lucifer's heart; yes he has one and it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
Future episodes continue into this storyline and keeps us going back for more. I love this show and cannot get enough! 5 stars, all the way!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
With the fifth season of "Supernatural" Lucifer broke through to our world and the angels hope of a final battle between Heaven and Hell came one step closer. Sam and Dean Winchester had their plates full as they battled the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse in an effort to try and prevent the end of the world. As always the show was entertaining with a number of strong episodes and while season five didn't quite deliver in the way that season four did, it was still a very good season with a number of clever episodes. Highlights include "Changing Channels" where Dean and Sam get plopped into "TV Land" as Dean calls it and "Hammer of the Gods" where all the OTHER gods not mentioned in the Christian Bible meet up because they are ticked off that it's the end of the world and want to do something about it...that something includes kidnapping Dean and Sam.
"Supernatural" has always stood apart from other series like it because of its ironic touch in both the writing and directing, as well as the strong performances from series regulars Jard Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver and the marvelous Misha Collins (who became a regular with the fourth season as the angel Castiel).
The Blu-ray for "Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season" looks quite nice with deep, rich blacks and a nice representation of the washed out colors that are a hallmark of the series. I would imagine that the DVD looks quite nice as well since Warner has always done a nice job of presenting the series in that format as well.
The option to skip the opening "Then" recap didn't make it to the menu this time why they forgot to include this as part of the authoring of the disc, I'm not sure of--perhaps they just forgot. A minor flaw but considering that most of the other Blu-rays or DVDs had this option (I'm not sure about the season five DVD), it is a bit annoying but not a deal breaker.
Although the studio isn't quite as generous with the extras this time around (there's only one commentary track on the fourth episode "The End" and only a series of deleted scenes for the episode "The Real Ghostbusters") we do get sort of an interactive series of short featurettes all under the title of " Supernatural Apocalypse Survival Guide: Bobby's Exclusive Video Collection" and the "Ghostfacers: The Web Series" as extras here.
The fifth season of the show suffered from padding especially when compared to the previous one (for example "99 Problems" where a militia group battling demons discovers that they have evil among them has an interesting premise that receives pedestrian execution all around) with a couple of episodes not quite living up to their potential and a sense that the story arc from season four was dragging on a bit too long. Still, the writers/producers Eric Kripke (also the creator of the show), Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble still delivered a series of terrific episodes that were highlights for season five.
There were also some fans who were a bit disappointed that the season finale wasn't bigger and bolder but given that the series was working on a TV budget and not a feature film budget along with the fact that the show has always focused on the characters more than the visual effects, I found it satisfying for the most part.
Overall the fifth season of "Supernatural" (which was originally to be the last season which explains why some characters that we've learned to love over the course of the series were killed)continued to explore a series of strong, suspenseful, amusing and insightful stories. While there were a few filler episodes during the season or some that were a bit ordinary in execution, overall the fifth season was extremely good and quite strong.
The changes for the fifth season including the elimination of some characters does allow for a clean slate for the sixth season allowing for an entirely new season long story arc that will reverse the dynamics of the first season--i.e., Dean doesn't want to be a hunter as he has settled into a family life for the first time and Sam wants Dean to continue--which will prove interesting)continues to deliver chills, thrills and spills with plenty of humor. The best episodes of season five are as good (and a couple are among the best the series produced)as the best from previous seasons although one gets the sense that this season would have benefited from a smaller number of episodes.
Fans will be pleased with the set and I can highly recommend this season as it brings the five year story arc to a satisfying close tying all of the elements established in the first episodes of season one together very nicely.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2010
The CW series "Supernatural" just keeps going and growing and growing. Season 5 was originally planned to be the final season for the series, but things, thankfully, changed. I have been a fan of this show from the very first episode. The series has continued to develop and deepen with each passing season. I certainly have my favorites, but there is no denying the richness and depth that each new year contains. That being said, season 5 would come in fifth place for me if I was to rank my favorite seasons. But first things first....
At the end of the wonderful season 4(which many believe to be the show's best season), the devil, Lucifer, was set free. The season 5 season premiere, "Lucifer Rising", picks up where we left off. Sam and Dean(Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) prepare for the devil, learn shocking news about Castiel(Misha Collins), and Lucifer finds himself a host body. From here on out, the 22 episode season has the boys trying to find a way to stop Lucifer from bringing about the apocalypse. Those apocalypses are always pains! Like seasons past, there are fun, more stand alone episodes. "Fallen Idols" have certain objects of the past(like the car James Dean was killed in)killing people of the present. It's a fun idea, and it features a brief cameo by Paris Hilton. Yes, I said Paris Hilton. It's not as bad as you think. If you loathe Ms.Hilton, you should still be happy. Elsewhere, there is the absolutely hysterical "Changing Channels". Sam and Dean find themselves trapped in different kinds of TV shows - sitcom, hospital drama, CSI-type show, etc. It's a fun episode playing on the cliches of these shows, and gets a chance to take some digs on the overwhelming abundance of procedural and medical shows. It put a huge smile on my face. "The Real Ghostbusters" was a lot of fun as well. The boys go to a Supernatural convention, where people are dressed up like them, when they encounter a very real haunting. Another hysterical episode. After that, it's not a lot of fun and games. We are in Lucifer/Apocalypse territory, and it is the core focus of the season, even though you don't see a whole lot of Lucifer. "Abandon All Hope" is a massive episode that features a shocking demise; "My Bloody Valentine" is a pretty cool episode about a murderous Cupid; "The Song Remains The Same" is a sequel to season 4's "In The Beginning", when the boys travel back to the 70s to see their young parents. The finale, "Swan Song", is a little subdued and understated given we are dealing with the apocalypse. Still, the last several minutes had me on the edge of my seat contemplating the future of several characters.
Even though there is a lot of good in season 5, it is my least favorite. The whole storyline didn't seem to be as big as it should of been(probably thanks to budgetary reasons), and the second half of the season focused heavily on it and a number of the episodes all kind of ran together. This was the first season of the show where it was hard for me to differentiate some episodes. That being said, Ackles and Padalecki continue to do great work, and the direction of the show remains top notch. There was just a 'spark' that was missing from this season, that was apparent in all past seasons. A certain sense of fun just wasn't quite there. Maybe it was deliberate, given the dour situation of season 5's story arc, but it was a little hard going and boring in many places.
In the end, season 5 of "Supernatural", given it's shortcomings to me, still remained good TV, and will most definitley find it's way on my shelf next to the last 4 seasons, despite it not being quite as satisfying. However, the very end of the season finale sets up some very interesting questions for season 6. From what I have heard, season 6 will be a return to form. I am excited.