If you’re one of those sad sacks of meat flesh that never took the dive and started watching the CW’s “Supernatural”, then you probably missed out on one of the best season of genre TV ever. Season 5 of “Supernatural” was monumental for fans of the show, but it also ends show creator Eric Kripke’s 5-year plan for the Winchester boys, and marks his completely voluntary departure. (Rumor is, Kripke is the frontrunner to run the WBTV’s “The Sandman” TV series now in early phases of development.) Relive the Armageddon all over again when “Supernatural” Season Five arrives on DVD and Blu-ray September 7, 2010 from Warner Home Video.
Two brothers and one fallen angel — against all the might of Satan and his army! As the Apocalypse grows closer, threatening to turn Earth into a battlefield soaked with human blood, Sam, Dean and Castiel struggle against daunting odds. New foes arise, including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Old friends depart, consumed by the fearsome wrath of Hell. Through it all, the Winchesters are targeted by demons and angels alike, who warn that each brother has a special and terrible role to play in the coming devastation. Season Five follows Sam and Dean on their most terrifying journey yet, one that may lead them to the only ally strong enough to defeat the Devil: God.
Season 5 Review:
The Devil has risen, thanks to Sam and Dean Winchester, and it’s now up to the demon hunting brothers to put him back into his dark pit. Of course, that’s easier said than done. He is the Devil, after all, and the only person who managed to imprison him in the first place was God, and, well, God’s gone and disappeared on the world, having given humanity up for dead. Or so it appears.
Assisting Dean and Sam on their quest to stop the impending Armageddon (to do that, they’ll have to ice the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse first) are some familiar names and some new faces.
Mother-daughter hunters Ellen (Samantha Ferris) and Jo (Alona Tal) make their long-awaited return in a couple of episodes, capped off with the tragic “Abandon all Hope”. Renegade angel Castiel (Misha Collins) searches for God, while former renegade angel Anna (Julie McNiven) seems to have found her way, and seeks an end to the Armageddon in “The Song Remains the Same”. Meanwhile, other angels would rather the Devil get his due, led by Zachariah (Kurt Fuller), who insists he knows how the end of the world will come about and needs Sam and Dean to accept their roles in it. The Devil himself (Mark Pellegrino) proves not to be an altogether bad chap, that whole end of the world stuff notwithstanding.
Of course, this wouldn’t be “Supernatural” if it was all end-of-the-world this and end-of-the-world that. In-between the dark, there are some lighthearted episodes, but even those are tinged somewhat with an edge. The boys attend a “Supernatural” convention in “The Real Ghostbusters”, while a renegade Cupid causes mayhem in “My Bloody Valentine” (a tip of the hat to the horror movie of the same name that Jensen Ackles recently starred in).
Calling Season 5 of “Supernatural” epic would be doing it a disservice. The entire season kept me riveted for the entire year, and is truly one of the best season of genre TV I’ve ever seen. When you come right down to it, “Supernatural” is less about the demons and angels and about fate and destiny and brotherly bond. If you missed out, here’s your chance to catch up.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides: Bobby’s Exclusive Video Collection
A pretty long interactive featurette that gives you a tour of Bobby’s farm house and dives into the mythology behind the show’s storylines. Interesting if you’ve got a few hours to kill, but otherwise not entirely necessary.
Ghostfacers: The Web series
Ten episodes of the “Supernatural” spin-off web series “Ghostfacers”. They run anywhere from 3 to 4 minutes each. For those unfamiliar, the “Ghostfacers” are essentially parodies of the SyFy Channel’s “Ghosthunters” TV series.
10 mins. Ten full minutes of the cast and crew goofing off on set, flubbing lines, and making faces.
Producer/writer commentary on episode 4, The End
Unaired scene from episode 9, The Real Ghostbusters