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[TV Review] Supernatural Season 9 (2013) ★★★★★

Dean kills Abaddon in Supernatural season 9

Supernatural grows with biblical and mythical proportions.


The ninth season of Supernatural dives again deeper into biblical mythology expanding the Supernatural universe with more horror and with more humor. With the Supernatural family ever expanding there are also more villains and a variety of nemesis to fight. With a lot of action, great storylines, the typical Supernatural humor and an expanding mythology, Supernatural grows in multiple ways, making the series better every time. 

The ninth season consists of 23 episodes with each a duration of 44 minutes. The big story arc becomes more important than monster-of-the-week episodes which mostly all has to do with the multiple villains Sam, Dean and Cass have to battle. 


Plot

After Sam and Dean finished the three trials to close up hell forever, but failed, Sam falls into a coma. Meanwhile Metatron, God’s scribe manipulated Cass to close off heaven but instead all angels fell to earth which was Metatron’s plan in the first place. And he stole Cass’s grace making him vulnerable and nearly human. 

Dean prays to god and his prayers are answered by an angel Ezekiel who proposes to reside in Sam’s body to heal them both. Crowley, still nearly human is kept a prisoner in their trunk but they place him in a demon vault in the Bunker. Maybe he knows how to open the gates of heaven. 

But let’s not forget Abaddon, the last Knight of Hell is out for revenge. Dean, Sam, Crowley and Cass are forced to work together to defeat Abaddon. But first they have to find the First Blade the only weapon that can kill her. 

And  certainly let’s not forget Metatron who’s not about to give up and still wants to rule heaven.


Why you should watch it

It’s a very full season with a lot going on. New missions and storylines develop and new bonds are made, while Abaddon forms the big story arc. Bound to her story is the First Blade and that weapon takes us to Cain. Cain, the First Blade and the Mark of Cain is a brand new storyline in which Crowley plays an important and fun part.

The story of Cain, another Knight of Hell and brother of Abel is kind of like the story of Sam and Dean and that of Michael and Lucifer. It’s all about approval of their father who doesn’t even care for them as they do for him, which results in a fight between brothers. It’s a great way to connect all these biblical myths to the real life story of Sam and Dean, giving it a more deeper meaning. While it stays the same theme, brotherhood and everything that comes with it, it stays on a familiar path, but forged into a different storyline. 

That’s part of the allure and magic of Supernatural. Staying the same, relatable, addressing the same familiar themes, but always turning it into something new and fresh. Even the Men of Letters and their counterparts the Hunters are both a part of the same coin. 

But what’s also important are all the great characters, and the Supernatural family has grown into a powerful wonderful family. Of course Garth contributes with his own style. Only now he has become a werewolf, a peaceful one, within a peaceful werewolf family. Charlie also shows up and then we lose her too, to Dorothy. That Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and proves to be the real daughter of Frank L. Baum and of course Oz is real and so is the witch. So Charlie goes on her own adventure with her new lover Dorothy stirring things up in Oz. 

Luckily Jodie stays at their side with her own family. Alex a girl whom they rescued from a vampire nest is going to stay with her. Kevin is still the prophet of God and busy translating the Tablets, but he wants to find his mother Linda as well, creating a conflict between him and Sam and Dean. Although it seems nice to belong to the Winchester family it’s anything but safe and probably doesn’t end well except for Sam and Dean. 

While there’s a lot of focus on old friends and new enemies and dubious alliances, there’s not much room for the typical monster-of-the-week episodes. But the whole season has a lot of different episodes, due to the many different villains who each have a very different tone and storyline. Especially Metatron isn’t to be underestimated. He’s a smart and sneaky opponent, which is very different from what we are used to . This makes him a fresh villain with smart and fun episodes. 

Although it’s full with different storylines, it is anything but a chaos. It all fits nicely together, resulting in an enthralling great season.  


My favorite part

Crowley being almost human is great fun. We learn more about him, he has a son for instance and Crowley is even more charismatic and charming and sometimes even endearing. But Cass is a near human too. Can you imagine, two once powerful creatures acting as emotional humans. It’s so comical. Cass even gets a job in a supermarket, enjoys it very much and even tries to go out on a date. And now that Metatron has put all popculture in his head, he finally knows all the pop culture references, but still doesn’t get them. It’s so funny. You gotta love those guys. They really brighten up the series and are cause for a lot of hilarious situations and counterbalance all the serious business and horror drama, while being a part of it as well.  


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),Osric Chau (Kevin Tran), Tahmoh Penikett (Ezekiel), Curtis Armstrong (Metatron) and Alina Huffman (Abaddon).

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.


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