demons & possessions

[TV Review] Supernatural Season 6 (2010) ★★★★★

Death returning Sam's soul while Dean and Booby watch in Supernatural season 6

Supernatural takes a new turn on the highway to hell, purgatory and heaven. 


The sixth season of Supernatural takes a whole different turn after Sam and Dean have changed their epic destinies and have taken back control of their own lives. Now this epic storyline has come to an end, it paves the way for whole new storylines and more to come.

Old characters evolve, new characters join the series to give it a new fresh feel and now there’s a whole new universe wide open to explore, new monsters and nemesis to battle, and more family matters to solve. The road continues on an epic journey to an ever expanding monstrous universe. 

This sixth season consists of 22 episodes with each a duration of 44 minutes. It has a monster-of-the-week structure while a bigger story arc about Sam and Dean grows and other storylines evolve around defeating the nemesis of the season. 


Plot

After Sam possessed by Lucifer managed to stop the Apocalypse by jumping into the pit taking his half-brother Adam possessed by Michael with him, he left behind a devastated Dean. Although Bobby and Cass were killed in the process they were both miraculously brought back to life and Dean took Sam’s advice to heart and is building a new life with Lisa and Ben. 

But the final shot of the fifth season showed us an alive and well Sam spying on his brother. Now we learn that Sam was also brought back and wanted Dean to live a normal life, while Sam is hunting with his grandfather Samuel Campbell and his nieces and nephews. 

When Dean gets attacked by a Djinn, Sam comes to his rescue exposing himself and now has lots of questions to answer. Dean wants to pick up their family business, but soon notices something is wrong with both Samuel and Sam. 

Cass has his own problems now the Apocalypse has been stopped. A battle for power in Heaven has begun. Cass is the only one who can form a resistance to stop Raphael the only Archangel left in taking over heaven.  


Why you should watch it

This sixth season rings in a new phase of Sam and Dean’s story. They have successfully averted their doom-like fate, but now other problems are surfacing. There is no God and no King of Hell and the fight for power has only just begun.

Now the monsters are rising. Neither Sam nor Dean have ever asked themselves where the monsters came from or where they go when they are killed. They are just here making trouble, causing death and destruction.

There’s a new structure which leaves the bombastic epic feel behind but this feels fresh and new and takes a new turn that will expand the Supernatural Universe even more. But the struggle of being brothers and doing the right thing, saving each other constantly at the expense of the lives of others, and then fighting over it, stays an overall theme in the series. 

This season also dives deeper into the other side of the family, the real hunters family line. They find out more about Samuel and it’s not all good. He has some dark secrets, but so does Sam without even knowing it. Because there’s something wrong with him. His soul is still in the cage, left with Lucifer and Michael to play with. So that’s another problem they have to tackle. 

The third problem is Crowley who crowned himself new King of Hell. And he is redefining and redecorating Hell into a bureaucratic great system. But he also wants to find Purgatory, and therefore needs to find all the Alpha monsters to torture them for answers. Because he wants souls. Souls give power and that’s just what he needs to fight Heaven and build his empire. 

It’s also what Cass is after to make himself stronger to fight Raphael. So a little pact is made between Cass and Crowley to gather souls. Very tricky but it stirs things up a bit. 

Who also stirs things up a lot is Meg. She’s back and on the run from Crowley, so she joins Sam and Dean, helping them in exchange for some protection. This leads to all sorts of little deals, pacts, new and surprising alliances and new enemies and frenemies. 

Especially the bond between Cass and Crowley is very entertaining, but the strange love relationship between Cass and Meg is really funny and Megstiel is born. They even share a kiss, which makes Cass all the more awkward. 

Both Cass and Crowley are putting in some flavor to the storylines. While Crowley is deliciously sardonic, sarcastic and charming, Cass while becoming more familiar with being amongst humans gets more awkward in trying to be one. They both add so much to the series and bring in some humor and other views than just those of Sam and Dean. 

But let’s not forget that with this whole new order of alliances and enemies, there’s also a new big nemesis rising. The Mother of All, she who created the monsters, and is one of the oldest creations of God himself. She has to defend her offspring now the natural order of things has gone into disarray. She’s a dangerous and mostly concealed enemy but not to be underestimated, but she also brings in a whole new storyline that makes the Supernatural Universe even bigger. 

But before they have to face her, they have to fight some old and new monsters as well. In spite of all the chaos, or maybe because of it, there is a lot of room for humor and fun monster-of-the-week episodes. Also a lot of pop culture references are set loose, along with fun remarks and observations, dry humor and comical situations. The playfulness and fun really shows. And finally everything comes together at the end. 

These episodes are playful, new and fresh, due to new characters like Balthazar an old Angel friend of Cass, and old friends like Meg of course, and Bobby and Rufus. They have to fight new monsters like Jefferson Starships and Kahn Worms. Dragons, a Lamia, Lovecraft himself, they even have to take care of a shapeshifter baby. Dean has to be Death for a while to be learned a lesson, Excalibur shows up and also fairies. Enough to keep you entertained. 


My favorite part

The best episode is the meta-episode and Supernatural proves to become a specialist in these kind of stories. When Sam and Dean are in trouble they are transported to an alternate reality in which they are Jared and Jensen two actors who play Sam and Dean. They have to survive this world by acting which they of course suck at. 

It’s really fun and it takes us a bit behind the scenes as well. Even more so when Sam/Jared finds out he is married to Genevieve/Ruby who is in real life his actual wife. And Cass/Misha is a real douchebag. It’s really funny and hilarious and it’s a great example that this series doesn’t take itself too seriously but just has some real fun and wants to entertain its audience which they exceed in very well. 

But what also makes it a great season are the bigger parts reserved for Cass, Crowley, Bobby and Meg. They have become great assets to the series and they each are a great addition to the team. They cause friction, hilarious comical situations, some dry humor and some twists and turns switching from good guy to bad guy and back again. It does make the series more fun, gives is more body and as a whole can create more little storylines to keep things fresh and original. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Epic factor: ★★★★☆

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Originality 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), Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Rachel Miner (Meg), Rob Benedict (Chuck), Mitch Pileggi (Samuel Campbell), Sebastian Roché (Balthazar), Steven Williams (Rufus Turner) and Julian Richings (Death).

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.