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[TV Review] Supernatural Season 7 (2011) ★★★★★

Cass opens the gate to Purgatory in Supernatural season 7

Supernatural cooks up new enemies and a new fresh storyline to expand the epic universe.


The seventh season of Supernatural introduces new enemies, new friends, and a devastating goodbye. Worst of all, Cass has become a dangerous enemy after he took all of the human souls inside himself to open Purgatory to win his fight with Raphael. While Crowley is the laughing third. This will bring a whole new kind of enemy which Sam and Dean and Bobby have to face and now they are battling on human terms. 

The seventh season is very different from the previous seasons. Mainly due to the Leviathans, the new big bad, but it also seems to be searching for a new meaning and goal for the series. It’s a somewhat odd season that feels like it’s divided into two different storylines. The first storyline being all right but the other one really finds a new voice for the series. 

This seventh season consists of 23 episodes with each a duration of 44 minutes. This season seems to be comprised of two different parts, which can feel a bit incoherent but comes together in the end. 


Plot

Cass took all of the souls inside his body to open Purgatory, but also the souls of the Leviathan, old creations of Eve, Mother of All, who were locked up in Purgatory. Now they break free and Cass seems to have disappeared. Meanwhile Sam is losing it and hallucinates Lucifer.

The Leviathan are even older than the Angels so Dean, Sam and Bobby are practically flying blind. This is a whole new enemy that knows humans and wants to defeat them at their own territories and weaknesses. 

Luckily they get help from Jody Mills, another hunter Garth and a hacker called Charlie Bradshaw. But even a great team like this cannot prevent the terrible doom that awaits them. 


Why you should watch it

This seventh season of Supernatural seems divided into two different parts. The first part deals with the Leviathan, who are a totally new league. But also a bit tedious. With this new enemy Supernatural strays from the biblical epic storylines and dives into new territory. While the overconsumption, fast food and consumerism are parodied and criticized. But this also means that Sam, Dean and Bobby are practically fighting blind, are hunted down by the Leviathan who know how to beat them at their own turf and this is a whole new kind of danger all together. Even worse, they manage to kill Bobby, with a simple bullet. It’s an unworthy way to go for Bobby and he deserved much more. 

Asides from the Leviathan and the always charismatic frenemy Crowley, there are a lot of new monsters and ghosts to defeat. A Kitsune brings back old memories and causes conflict between Sam and Dean. James Marsden (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) play a witch couple that fights all the time. Becky, Sam biggest fan kidnaps him and puts a spell on him making him love her. 

But they also encounter Osiris the Egyptian God, the mythical creature of the Pine Barrens, a Shojo a Japanse spirit. Dean hooks up unknowingly with an Amazone and becomes an instant father. At a pizza paradise children are hunted by their worst fears and Sam has to face his fear of clowns again. And Dean travels through time and ends up in 1944 due to Chronos. 

The other storyline is a lot better. There’s more of the old Supernatural humor, and an interesting storyline that involves Crowley and Meg the last one now definitely being part of the team and who takes care of Cass once he suddenly appears out of nowhere acting as a god not knowing who he is. 

We meet Kevin who is a prophet of God and he is the only one who can read a Word of God. Stone tablets written by Metatron, God’s scriber. Now the biblical epic picks up and fast with plenty new storylines, new characters, new uncertainties and a Crowley who’s after the Angel tablet and the Demon tablet. 

The new assets, Garth and Charlie are great. Charlie is a fun, awkward nerdy badass and the little sister Dean never had. Garth is even weirder and a cuddly hunter who seems quirky but in fact is badass and a lot smarter than you might think. Jody’s part gets more important and she is a dependable person who always got their backs. Bobby might be dead but he has some unfinished business and as a ghost he even helps Sam and Dean with a ghost case. 

This seventh season is a bit of an oddball. It has a devastating unworthy goodbye. Brilliant new friends. An okay first storyline with okay unconventional enemies. But a great second one that brings new life to the series, cooking up a whole new territory to be explored. 


My favorite part

Although we don’t get to see much of Crowley and Cass this season, when they do show up it’s always a great time. With Crowley you never know on which side he’s on and Cass has an interesting darker side to him we finally got to know. But luckily he returned and Meg is looking after him, pretending to be his nurse in the psychiatric hospital. I really do love that quirky couple. 

I also love Charlie. She’s marvelous. Smart, awkwardly funny, nerdy, scared but brave and a fresh new face that brings new life to the story, which Sam and Dean can definitely use right now. Garth is great too, such an unlikely hunter, but he’s the best. He’s so nice, and quirky but do not underestimate him. Luckily we see much more of Jody, an outstanding woman who is strong and stable and just what they need. And finally Kevin, the really smart student whose life is suddenly turned upside down. 

These new characters bring fresh perspectives to the series and counterbalance Sam and Dean’s principles that sometimes are becoming more and more strict, with their eyes too fixed on themselves and their own goals. That is becoming more and more of an issue. Which Crowley will address. Everybody around Sam and Dean seems to be disposable, not intentionally, but nothing is more important than saving a brother. With Bobby as the first important casualty in a never ending war between good and evil.


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), Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills), Felicia Day (Charlie Bradshaw), Dj Qualls (Garth) and Osric Chau (Kevin Tran). 

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.