demons & possessions

[TV Review] Supernatural Season 3 (2007) ★★★★☆

Sam and Dean Winchester in jail in Supernatural season 3

Supernatural lets demons loose while hell is calling, conjuring up new fun and substantial trials. 


The third season of Supernatural is short but sweet. New enemies surface but also new friends and new frenemies. The lighthearted episodes are alternated with some grave episodes balancing the season out and evolving into a bigger epic storyline. This season Sam and Dean encounter a lot of ghosts, creatures and demons, but the biggest enemy is the deal Dean made to save Sam. 

This third season consists of 16 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 the other kids were tested by Azazel and Sam died, Dean made a pact with a crossroads demon to save Sam’s life. Now Dean has one year to live before the Hellhounds are going to drag him to hell, but Sam doesn’t know. But when he finds out he wants to do everything to get Dean out of this devilish deal. While Dean has accepted his faith some new developments and encounters change his mind.

Although they managed to kill Azazel, a new enemy slowly is invading their lives and after opening the Gates of Hell, loads of demons have escaped and roam the land.

They are backed up by Bobby, but they also get unexpected help from a demon called Ruby who gives them a special demon killing knife and she even helps them restoring the Colt. Another mysterious woman called Bela Talbot crosses their path, helping them, but also conning them. 

Meanwhile they meet Rufus Turner, Bobby’s former hunting partner and a good man and just as grumpy. But Gordon Walker the extreme hunter also walks free, and is out for revenge. 


Why you should watch it

This third season still has a monster-of-the-week structure with each episode a new monster or enemy Sam and Dean have to hunt. But the overall story arc gets bigger and bigger. The storyline evolving around Sam and his powers isn’t exactly over now Azazel is defeated, in fact it is just starting. 

The bigger epic storyline about Sam and Dean Winchester is fully in development this season and creates an enthralling and interesting story. The more so while the relationship between Sam and Dean stays very complicated.  And trying to save each other, plays a big part in it. Because while doing so, it stands in the way of their real mission: hunting things and saving people. 

The episodes are very well balanced out, alternating humor with horror, and the supernatural monsters, demons with fun creative episodes. We meet old and new friends, old and new enemies while the Supernatural universe is expanding. 

Dean meets an old love Lisa and her son, who could have been his and that makes him think that there might be more to life than just hunting. Meanwhile Sam is still hunted by Gordon Walker who has made an even more extremist friend. A few fairytales come to life, but don’t have a happy end and instead result in murder. They witness a Ghost Ship docking in the harbor with ghost pirates (like John Carpenter’s The Fog). Sam and Dean are having a very happy killing Christmas with two crazy old people who prove to be pagan gods and the Anti-Claus. They have to deal with desperate housewitches. And we learn more about Bobby. 

There’s a creepy kid, an evil rabbit’s foot, creepy nightmares, a Crocotta and a Dr. Frankenstein. They experience a very strange spot in a town and Dean dies over and over again (like an evil Groundhog Day), resulting in the most hilarious inventive deaths, which has something to do with The Trickster, who wasn’t killed the last time. Sam and Dean get arrested again and now are assaulted on the precinct (John Carpenter again) by a new enemy demon called Lilith and her army of demons. They go ghost hunting in a haunted house with the Ghostfacers, Ed and Harry. And finally they have to take it up with Lilith. 

It is a very diverse season, while the story arc becomes more important and builds up to something even bigger. The new characters bring in some fresh friction or fun and make Sam and Dean’s world bigger. 


My favorite part

I really loved ‘Mystery Spot’ it is such a fun episode, well-made and hilarious and Dean gets totally messed up. He steals the show, by being the cartoonish comic relief instead of the serious big brother who carries the weight of responsibility on his shoulders. Also the fact that the Trickster is still alive, promises lots more of these mind jumbling episodes, that bring in the fun. But the Christmas episode is a lot of fun as well, being captured by an odd old couple, and at the same time it reveals something important about Sam and Dean’s past.

That is the strength of the series. Connecting the monster and demon episodes with their personal problems and their history to amplify the meaning of what is happening and give it more power. This is done in fun ways as well in quite serious ways, intertwining the Winchesters with the whole bigger story and single events. 


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), Jim Beaver (Bobby), Katie Cassidy (Ruby) Lauren Cohan (Bela Talbot), and Steven Williams (Rufus Turner).

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.