The start of the tenth season of Supernatural is just a few weeks away and I can hardly believe it. It seems like only yesterday, Dean was fighting Sam in his small, campus apartment. When the boys popped up, face-to-face, totally in silhouette, I was hooked.
The WB might have thought they were making a show for teenage girls, but director David Nutter made it clear in that moment that the show wasn’t going to rely on good looks. Not that Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles weren’t (and aren’t still) easy on the eyes, but the show wouldn’t have lasted if they’d gone with beauty over brains.
In that first hour, Supernatural proved that they were smart and clever and they knew how to scare you just enough to leave you wanting more.
Back then, the show could have been called, “A Road Trip with My Brother”. These days, the road trip has given way to an extended battle between the demons, the angels and the humans. Frankly, I miss the days of Bloody Mary and the Hookman. The other day, I was flipping channels and found “Croatoan” on TNT. Watching that episode, I remembered why I fell in love with the show in the first place.
The Ninth Season of Supernatural was an uneven one for me. Of all the seasons, it felt like the one that relied the most on the over-reaching seasonal arc. I adore Misha Collins as Castiel, but I’m not fond of the whole “angels on Earth” plot line and Abaddon didn’t live up to her role as the ninth season “big bad”. The fact that the boys defeated her prior to the season finale says a lot.
About now, you’re probably wondering why I bother watching anymore and I’ll tell you why;
- Because Jensen Ackles never ceased to amaze me with his ability to be both insanely funny and heartwrenchingly dramatic
- Because the producers are okay with ideas that had to sound crazy in the writer’s room – what if Dean can hear what dogs are thinking?
- Because when they do something wild, like bring Dorothy over from Oz, they go all the way.
- Because even though his size should make him intimidating, Jared Padalecki always manages to make Sam seem approachable and soft-hearted.
- Because Mark Sheppard is Mark Sheppard no matter what show he’s on or what part he’s playing.
- Because the lighting guys and the set decorators and art department constantly surprise us with a small touch here and a beautiful moment there.
I’m a loyal, Supernatural fan but that doesn’t mean that I have to like every episode or every season. And no matter how I felt about last year’s storylines, I’m still looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Sam and Dean in season 10.
While I wait, I’m going to relive my favorite moments with Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season. If you have a blu-ray player, go for it. It’s only a few dollars more than the DVD on Amazon and it’s worth it.
The Special Features include an interactive walk-through of the Men of Letters bunker – fabulous if you’re a production junkie like me.
You also get the full 2013 Comic-Con Panel with the cast and crew, audio commentary on three episodes (sadly, no Jensen or Jared), deleted scenes and the gag reel.
This box set also contains a wonderful surprise; a behind-the-scenes look at the show from a fan’s perspective. I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it turned out to be one of my all-time, favorite Supernatural bonus features. You don’t want to miss it. Click right now and order your copy of Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season from Amazon and you’ll have plenty of time to review Nine before Season Ten starts on Tuesday, October 7th.