Supernatural: Season 4
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"Years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers, teaching them about the paranormal evil that lives in dark corners and on the back roads of America. And he taught them how to kill it. This haunting series follows the Winchester brothers as they travel the lonely and mysterious back roads of the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. At the start of the fourth season, Dean has been freed from Hell, but he can't remember how or why, or what happened while he was there. It soon becomes clear that Sam has secrets of his own, including what happened in the four months Dean was gone. As the brothers answer these questions, they also face a dire threat. There are whispers that an evil demon will soon be freed from its prison.]]>
When a television series opens its new season with a lead character crawling out of his grave after escaping Hell itself, one cannot help but wonder: how will the rest of the episodes ever follow that? In the case of Supernatural's fourth season, the answer comes from above with the introduction of Misha Collins's Castiel, an angel dispatched to rescue Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) from infernal torment and reunite him with brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) for a very special mission. That quest--to stop the demonic Lilith from opening the 66 seals required to bring Lucifer to Earth and launch the Apocalypse--forms the backbone of the 22 episodes, which takes some fairly adventurous risks with the core of the show. Chief among these is the rift that deepens between Dean and Sam as they attempt to work together, despite their divergent destinies; also agreeable is the season's tonal shift away from its previous Monster of the Week format (though that's still intact for many episodes) and toward a single, more ambitious story and thematic arc. The sea change deepens the show's drama, intensifies the level of suspense and stakes in each episode, and pushes it several big steps away from its teen-friendly origins. Of course, there's still plenty of the show's trademark irreverence and humor to be found, especially in the clever "Monster Movie," which pits the brothers against a Shapeshifter that takes the form of classic movie fiends, and "The Monster at the End of This Book," where Sam and Dean discover a comic book with plot lines very similar to their own lives. By the time Supernatural's fourth season reaches its cliffhanger ending with "Lucifer Rising" (the title neatly sums up the plot), viewers should be fairly hungering for the next episode--a good sign that a veteran series is still hitting its stride.
Extras on the six-disc set include commentary for three episodes: "In the Beginning," with executive producer Eric Kripke and writer Jeremy Carver; "When the Levee Breaks," with director Robert Singer and writer Sara Gamble; and "Lucifer Rising" with Kripke. Extended scenes are also available for several episodes, and the features are rounded out by a trio of somewhat ponderous featurettes on the concepts of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, as depicted in scenes from the show and discussed by its writers, theologians, paranormal investigators, and the like. Clocking in between 10 and 25 minutes apiece, the docs feel padded and somewhat undernourished in the information department. However, they're unlikely to detract from one's enjoyment of this stellar season. --Paul Gaita
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I am a prophet of the lord. hear me Sand and dean winchester. heehhehe
----for many, O-B-V-I-O-U-S reasons and SHELF-SPACE----
since this excellent series s-h-o-u-l-d last at least as long as
THE SIMPSONS [And, OMG, there's NO comparison, there!]
This series, GRIMM, and THE WALKING DEAD are the only
reasons to watch broadcast-TV! Highly recommended... Oh!
And I think the actors ALL enjoy the characters they play... it shows on the screen.
Season 4 of 13... or MANY more!
Fine acting is also provided by Jim Beaver as the dependable and Johnny-on-the-spot Bobby Singer, Misha Collins as Castiel the angel, Genevieve Cortese as the "is-she-a-good-demon-or-a-bad-demon" Ruby, Robert Wisdom as Uriel, and Julie McNiven as Anna. The casting of "The X-Files" Mitch Pileggi as the Winchester boys' grandfather in "In the Beginning", as is the father-son team of John and Michael Rubenstein, along with character greats Barry Bostwick and Richard Libertini in "Criss Angel is a Douche Bag," another outstanding episode.
"After School Special" features younger versions of Sam and Dean, played convincingly by Colin Ford and Brock Kelly, respectively. The installment also makes a commentary on the cruelty of high school students against each other.
"Monster Movie" brilliantly pays homage to the classic horror films of the 30's and 40's, complete with period music, costuming, and black and white filming.
As a whole, the season features excellent writing, top-knotch direction, scoring, and some true thrills. Because of the intensity of the latter, the writers separate the chills with some comedic and satirical dialog, many delivered by sardonic bliss by Ackles.
The compilation features audio commentary on two episodes, deleted scenes, and a "gag" reel that's not very funny, just a chance to see the guys mug for the camera.