Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Supernatural, Season 5 (2009)
When Eric Kripke created Supernatural, he conceived of it as a discrete five year arc, culminating in the Winchester brothers taking on Lucifer himself. I guess he figured once you've had your protagonists throw down with Satan, there's not much left for them to do.
Given that the show is now in its twelfth season, I guess he was wrong, but this season is still configured in such a way that - if you ignore the final few seconds, at least - the story can be considered "over". Certainly Kripke himself was done with the show, moving on to new projects after this season and leaving the Winchesters in the hands of other show runners.
I also plan to leave Supernatural here, at least for the time being. I've enjoyed the show, but there are a lot of other films and programs that I'd like to check out before committing to another seven (or eight or ten or however many there are in the end) seasons of Sam and Dean brooding at each other while battling ever more extreme mythological threats.
So as a conclusion to the show, how does season five work? Well ... unevenly, frankly. The pacing is rather wonky, with far too much stuff jammed into the final five episodes, including a couple of plot twists that frankly don't bear too much thinking about. Jettisoning two or three of the weaker standalone episodes in the show would have helped a lot on the pacing. A little more writerly self control would have helped with the latter.
Despite my feeling that some elements of the season were fumbled, though, there are definitely plenty of good moments here, so the show's worth checking out if you're into supernatural shenanigans, brooding bad boys, or both.