Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pre-finale fun - Supernatural's bad plan and 2 guys I miss

More leading-up-to-finale fun, with spoilers! It's time for an apocalyptic look at Supernatural...

Supernatural - Does anyone else think Sam's plan to say yes to Lucifer and then jump into a fiery pit of hell to be forever trapped is a good one? Yikes! Now even Dean is saying, "Whatever you want, Sammy." Seriously? What's Sam's exit strategy?

While I agree one life (along with a soul) vs. the entire human race... well, even I can do that math. There's no doubt this season is coming to a head in probably the only way it really could have. There have been some great surprises along the way and I love the addition of the demon Crowley (really somebody needs to give Mark Sheppard, who has done wonderful guest spots on just about every genre series, his own show).

And Dean's sharing pizza with Death was inspired, but I'm beginning to think we're not going to meet God this season, which would be a huge let down. Just like God telling the boys to back off. Really what was that about.

So I'm feeling a little mixed on this one. Especially since creator Eric Kripke is leaving the show as the showrunner (not that Sera Gamble isn't very worthy to succeed him).

What I really miss are the good old days of Supernatural. In my first interview with Kripke about Supernatural way back in the summer of 2005, here's what he had to say:

“The guys can go anywhere and kill anything... We have such freedom because these guys are always on the road. We can tell any story we want to tell. We can have them meet anyone we want to meet, any guest cast who we love and think is terrific, we can bring back in again or not. And it gives us nothing but options. It gives us this endless story engine that just as long as the guys stay on the road and remain dedicated to killing as many evil, supernatural sons of bitches as they possibly can. There’s always a story to tell.”

Of course at that time they were searching for their father "and hopefully every so often we’ll uncover a clue about where Dad is and what he’s doing.”

His mandate was that the creatures Sam and Dean ran into had to be "google-worthy." And forget serialization. No, that had become a bad word when it came to TV shows, especially since no one knew ABC's Lost was a sci-fi show yet.

“It’s a return to self-enclosed storytelling," said Kripke once upon a time. "We’re hoping the audience will connect to just committed, good, red-blooded, rollicking storytelling that every week is a satisfying story. We’ll track the mythology, but every week we just want to scare the hell out of you with a different horror movie that has a beginning, a middle and an end."

No, I don't suppose I'd want to give up Cas (or the fantastic Misha Collins) or even the journey we've been on with the brothers for oh so long, but still...

“We have what we think are Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo cruising the country and killing monsters, and what’s not to love about that,” said Kripke.

Ah, the good old days. I miss that Sam and Dean... Don't you?

Anyway, here's the official logline for the fifth season finale, "Swan Song."
The entire season has been leading up to this showdown between good and evil. With the Apocalypse looming, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever. A beloved character is killed. Steve Boyum directed the episode with teleplay by Eric Kripke and story by Eric Gewitz.

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