Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season [DVD Review]

Season seven of The CW series Supernatural is all about Dick. . . Roman that is.

Before his demise, Dick was the Donald Trump of the Supernatural world; the perfect vessel for a power hungry, hinged-mouth Leviathan interested in controlling the world.

On the upside, the Leviathans are all about curing cancer and creating more enticing junk food. On the downside, it’s all a scheme to make Americans even fattier and lazier so they won’t put up a fight when they end up on the plate. Talk about “To Serve Man!”

The only thing standing in the way of Dick’s grand plan? Sam and Dean Winchester, of course. Unfortunately, the boys aren’t in top form. Dean’s lying, Sam’s hallucinating, and they both hit bottom when they’re hit with a devastating loss. Oh yes, they’re also back on the FBI’s most wanted list thanks to a couple of lookalikes who go on a murder spree. In other words, it’s just another typical season of Supernatural.

I’ll be honest and say that this season wasn’t one of my favorites but it still had some stellar moments. “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” gave us a reunion with Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters and it was great to see D.J. Qualls back as Garth, the laid-back hunter with moments of brilliance.

This season’s homage episode was “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.” Felicia Day guest stars as a nerdy hacker who is a position to help the boys get the low down on Dick Roman. A boatload of pop culture references and an edgy film style makes this episode a real stand-out.

My favorite episode of the season has to be “Time After Time.” It’s not the best plot, and the boys are split up through most of it, but we get to see Dean in full 1940’s garb, hanging out with Eliot Ness! It doesn’t get cooler than that. The episode also has a terrific soundtrack, a rich color palette for the period sequences and a Back to the Future moment that pulls it all together. And let’s not forget the fan favorite guest stars, Jason Dohring (Moonlight) and Nicholas Lea (The X-Files.) Definitely, one of the best episodes of the season.

Special Bits

The DVD set has a smattering of special features. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki finally take up the mic again to do commentary on “Slash Fiction”. Then Jensen joins several of the show’s directors for a featurette about what it’s like helming this weekly can of madness. My favorite special feature is called “Washboards and Tommy Guns.” Supernatural’s two composer tell you all about the very unusual music they created for the 1940’s episode “Time After Time.”

The set also includes a gag reel, unaired scenes and a wild outtake of Jensen emoting his way through Air Supply’s “I’m All Out of Love.”

If you pick up the Blu-ray version of this season, you’ll also get the “Supernatural Creature Fest Drive-In” and a digital copy of the whole season. That’s a nice bonus.

Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season is available right now on Amazon — just click the link.

 

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