While there are some seasons on TV this fall that were more or less a part of a consistent arc, we are not exactly sure that we can say the same thing about “Supernatural.”
Instead, what we had for the CW series through the first half of season 10 were some very great episodes and some fun moments, but also not at times a very cohesive story. Demon Dean was the original focus, and from there, we went on to see more of Rowena, the Mark of Cain, and some recurring favorites before having the dark side of Dean come out again by the time we rolled around to the end of the fall season.
What worked – Major props to the writers / producers for the 200th episode, which may be overall the show’s strongest episode of the past couple years. It was pure joy, and a fantastic love letter to the fans.
Also, Jensen Ackles was the MVP of the fall much in the way that Jared Padalecki was the year before. It was difficult to see Dean literally battle his inner demons, and much of the reason for that is because we have grown to have such a deep affection for this character over time.
What didn’t – The biggest setback for the first half of the season was just that we spent a whole lot of time bouncing around, and for much of it, characters were all of doing their own thing. We like Castiel and Crowley more when they are directly interacting with the Winchesters, and that did not always happen through the first nine episodes.
Also, we wonder whether or not we should start to introduce some new recurring characters to the show at this point. We really found ourselves missing such folks as Bobby and Kevin at times through these episodes.
Overall – A solid season for “Supernatural” so far, but other than the premiere and the 200th episode, we’re not sure we’d put any in our top 50 episodes ever so far. There were no clunkers, but not enough bright spots, either. Grade: B.
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