demons & possessions

[TV Review] Supernatural Season 2 (2006) ★★★★☆

Sam and Dean in the graveyard with shovels in Supernatural season 2

Supernatural continues on a fantasy horror road trip with great panache.


The second season of Supernatural promises some scary demons, vile creatures and eerie ghosts while the hunt for the yellow-eyed demon continues. The structure of the monster-of-the-week setup continues, bringing us new creatures, but the bigger storyline about Sam and the yellow-eyed demon deepens as well. The demon world, Sam’s visions and the ultimate sinister plan of the yellow-eyed demon are unraveling.  

Bobby becomes more important in the lives of Sam and Dean and they meet two other hunters Jo and Ellen who become a part of their lives as well. The Supernatural Universe gets bigger and more fleshed out, making it more fun and more scary while the stakes are getting higher.

This second season consists of 22 episodes with each a duration of 44 minutes. The series has a monster-of-the-week structure, while the big story arc about Sam and Dean continues and the big nemesis of the season must be fought. 


Plot

After Sam and Dean finally had found John, they were hit by a demon possessed truck driver. To save Dean’s life, John made a deal with the yellow-eyed demon. Now Sam and Dean have to go on without John but they get help from Bobby, Ellen and her daughter Jo.

They uncover more of John’s secrets, found out more about the demon world and more importantly they find out what the yellow-eyed demon did to baby Sam and that Sam was not the only one, resulting in a devilish sinister plan.


Why you should watch it

They way the big story arc develops is very well intertwined with the monster-of-the-week episodes, delivering a well-balanced and well-crafted series. Keeping the balance between horror, fantasy, drama, and humor is what makes this series so enthralling. 

The special and complex bond between Sam and Dean makes it interesting and the arrival of Jo and Ellen and their techie friend Ash stir things up even more. Dean is a practical hands-on man, and just wants to hunt and kill and protect Sam. While Sam wants to figure out more about himself and tries to understand what is happening to him and why he has visions. It sets him on a dangerous path. This causes some tension and friction. 

Sam not only has visions about people who are in danger, but also about others just like him and whose mothers were killed when they were still a baby. They also have special powers. Andy has mind-control abilities and Ava has premonitions just like Sam. They learn that the yellow-eyed demon is called Azazel and that he is building an army with these kids with super powers. 

But they also learn more from Bobby. How to perform exorcism rituals to send demons back to hell, or how to entrap them. 

This big story arc, contains drama and serious stuf, while some single episodes bring in some horror scares and fun. That way the serious tone is alternated with a more lighthearted tone, although some single episodes can be very harsh and gruesome. It keeps things interesting and fresh.  

The creatures and ghosts are great. They have to deal with an evil clown, while Sam has coulrophobia, which is very funny. They have to fight a shape-shifter, encounter peaceful vampires, walk into a possessed town, meet a Trickster and a Djinn. And they find themselves on a haunted movie set, and pass by the set of Gillmore Girls, in which Sam/Jared played a character called Dean. I really like this little fun inside jokes and nods. 

There are a lot of fun references and nods to other horror films, in episode tittles or within episodes, and even Linda Blair plays a part as a police detective. It doesn’t get intrusive, but are just fun playful jokes, nods and gimmicks for the horror fans to spot. 

Further more, Dean gets framed for murder. They learn the sinister role of crossroads demons. They save a mother and her daughter in a spooky hotel. They encounter a werewolf. They go to prison, and are caught up in a heist and Jo gets into trouble.

But they also have to take it up against an extreme hunter, Gordon Walker, which makes Dean doubt about all monsters being evil, especially after meeting peaceful vampires. But also the question that if demons are real, then angels and god must be real too, pops up. 


My favorite part

The expanding universe and bringing in more characters adds to the Supernatural universe making it more interesting and creates an opportunity for the characters, the storylines and big story arc to grow and develop. 

The episode with the Trickster is a very fun episode. Sam, Dean and Bobby are being played with in a very entertaining way, messing with their heads. It’s a really well-done episode and delivers something fresh and new. The Hollywood episode is a fun one too and adds a little parody meta-perspective to it. The Djinn episode is a good one, emotionally charged and lets us get to know Dean better, who is more private than Sam, and hides some terrible secrets from Sam, but only to protect him, showing that as an older brother Dean carries a heavy load. 

And the ending of course, that consists of two episodes is a great climax to the story of baby Sam and the other kids, bringing in some realistic horror and human evil. And a devastating ending.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Gruesome factor: ★★★☆☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

Supernatural is created by Erik Kripke. It stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John), Jim Beaver (Bobby) Samantha Ferris (Ellen), Alona Tal (Jo) and Chad Lindberg (Ash).

Music: Christopher Lennertz, Jay Gruska. Cinematography: Serge Ladouceur. Production company: Kripke Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Wonderland Sound and Vision, Supernatural Films. Original Network: The CW.