demons & possessions

[TV Review] Supernatural Season 11 (2015) ★★★★★

Cass, Rowena, Sam, Crowley and Dean facing God in Supernatural

Supernatural is getting to the crux of it all and it’s going to be epic as heaven.


The eleventh season of Supernatural is going back to the very beginning where all the sibling love and rivalry first started. We finally get to meet God and that means that this season is going to be the most epic season with the ultimate battle between Go(o)d and (D)evil. 

Every demon, Archangel, Knight of Hell or monster is nothing compared to what Sam and Dean are up against this time. But with new allies/frenemies and old friends they have to face the Darkness and this battle isn’t fought with violence but with compassion. This season is the most meta-story Supernatural has ever told.

This eleventh season consists of 23 episodes with each a duration of 42 minutes. It has a big story arc that will be the most epic story ever told in Supernatural.


Plot

Now Dean has killed Death and has got rid of the Mark of Cain, these acts aren’t without severe consequences. The Mark was a key and now whatever was kept in a ‘box’ is freed. They have unwillingly unleashed pure Darkness on earth. This Darkness appears as a woman to Dean and tells him they are destined for each other. Burdened with this riddle they set out to do their jobs, saving people and hunting this, but the new evils they encounter are not of this world. 

Meanwhile baby Amara is born and the Darkness possesses her, to grow into the most powerful woman or being Sam and Dean have to fight. 


Why you should watch it

The whole story about Sam and Dean and the family business, saving people and hunting things, can be first traced back to the brotherly rivalry between Archangels Michael and Lucifer who both wanted the love and attention of their father, but in different ways. Just like Sam and Dean wanted. Their destinies were to fulfill their existence as vessels for both Archangels to fight the ultimate battle and to unleash the Apocalypse. This story is also related to Cain and Abel, but it goes back much further to the beginning of the earth and even before that. So the story of Sam and Dean becomes the most meta-story of the series and results in the most epic battle they ever had to fight.

It’s a whole new ballgame and Sam and Dean are in over their heads. They are not dealing with monsters, or demons or superdemons anymore but with the biggest force of christianity, God himself. It not only poses philosophical and existential questions, but it also questions Sam’s and Dean’s actions throughout the years. Their acts weren’t aways pure altruistic, but most of the time selfish, being more concerned about each other than other people or the fate of the world itself, elevating themselves above others. 

That makes this season a self-reflecting one, holding a mirror up to both brothers and of what good or evil actually really means. The themes are bigger than ever, but also more connected to Sam and Dean and earthly human at the same time. Everything clicks this season, expanding the universe of Supernatural, raising important questions, and creating important answers. This season reaches deep into the core of the series and Sam and Dean, directing all themes to the ultimate heart and meaning of the series. 

Although this seems more heavy than previous seasons, it is brought with humor, action, charm and great storylines that are compelling and exciting. 

There’s a big role for Crowley, who again is on the wrong side, taking baby Amara in to raise as his own and to make advantage of her. But she isn’t fooled and isn’t just a strong force anyone can use. But Crowley isn’t the only bad guy, Lucifer is back as well and freed by none other than Sam and Dean with the help of Rowena who think he can stop Amara. They also get help from Metatron, who has been summoned by God to write his autobiography. And God proves to be no stranger. Of course Cass is always on their side, and they even gained a new prophet Donatello. 

This season has many reveals, conclusions and a great ending, that rounds things up from the past couple of years. Enemies, frenemies and old friends have to work together to prevent the world from ending, again, and that results in the most extraordinary team ever in this series. 

Even with such an epic theme and storyline, this season also has some fantastic monster-of-the-week episodes. Jody and her daughters Claire and Alex get their own episode. We also see Bobby and Rufus working on the same case as Sam and Dean by means of flashbacks. Donna is back as well! They encounter a Nachtzeher, a vampire from German lore, the legend of Lizzie Borden, Zana creatures that act as imaginary friends. They encounter a Banshee, a Quareen, the Thule, a Bisaan and much more. This season is also a little bit more diverse, with more gay and lesbian couples and a real deaf actress, who’s a hunter. To be a hunter you don’t need to be a white tough male. 

But the best episode is about the Impala, Baby. Shot completely from her perspective, we take a look at how Baby is mangled, gets dirty and has to listen to all the jibber-jabber and semi “emotional crap” and arguing of Sam and Dean. It’s a brilliant episode and such fun. Baby really does come to life thanks to the perfect editing and brilliant shots and angles. 

This season is all about family. Complex relationships, love and hate and in any form they can come, chosen or destined. And all sorts of families show up during this season. It makes this season the most human ever but at the same time with the most mythical beings, which is wonderfully done. 


My favorite part

This whole season was perfect. How all the themes, and all the epic adventures are connected with each other by God and Amara is superb. This season is what Supernatural is all about. It combined everything Supernatural stands for and what is created so far. The best part was the epic climax that was eventually a big surprise. No battle has ever ended without killing. But this time it’s a conversation, an insight, forgiveness and remembering love that saves the world. If that isn’t epic, nothing is. 

Rowena is getting more sassy and likable every time and she proves that she’s a great addition to Sam and Dean albeit somewhat unreliable, and to the series. Her knowledge and powers as a centuries-old witch is just what they and the series needs to resolve things in a fun way, without losing the eye on the things that matter. Her relationship with Crowley is getting feistier and they are evenly matched. 

Unfortunately we don’t get to enjoy Cass as much. His body is being used as a vessel for Lucifer and we miss out on some of his dry humor. Still Crowley does his best to charm us with his sarcastic comments and Rowena has some moves and remarks of her own too. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Epic factor: ★★★★★

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


Cast and crew

Supernatural is created by Erik Kripke. It stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Ruth Connell (Rowena McLeod), Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills), Curtis Armstrong (Metatron), Briana Buckmaster (Donna Hanscum), Keith Szarabajka (Donatello Redfield), Emily Swallow (Amara) and Rob Benedict (Chuck).

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.