Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Supernatural 9.08 Review: Back to Basics

For all those that have yet to watch last night’s episode of Supernatural, entitled ‘Rock and a Hard Place’, now would be a good time to go and do that. This is not a spoiler free blog. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! Proceed at your own discretion.
This season is definitely making up for the crap that was the combined seasons six, seven, and eight. Honestly, this season is just amazing. They’re finally getting this series back to the basics of hunting down monsters and facing foes in different cities. It’s not just all about angels and demons anymore (Thank God!), although they are still included, they’re just not as heavily involved as they were before. This season is just making me so utterly happy, it’s hard to believe. The only thing that would make this season better is if Sam would cut his unbelievably ridiculously long hair.
It’s been a while since this series has done an episode where the brothers haven’t figured out who the villain of the piece was before the halfway mark. It took until the last quarter of the episode for them – more like recurring character Jody Mills – to figure out that it was the goddess Vesta going after born-again virgins that broke their pledge. And in order for the boys to figure this out, they had to become – of all, laughable things – born-again virgins themselves so that they could infiltrate the purity group the missing people had been apart of. And while I’m not too keen on bringing Greek and Roman gods into the mix of this series, it was still a much more interesting breath of fresh air compared to the crap known as angels, as well as the seasons past villains Leviathons (ugh, so glad they’re dead). This is what I liked from the show I’ve loved for five years.
Honestly, this series is managing to get back into the days of Kripke greatness, and, while I don’t think it can legitimately go on much longer than a season or two more, I am much happier with the material they’re generating. They even managed to get back to his womanizing ways – something that hasn’t happened for the viewers’ eyes in a very long time. This season is definitely making me feel like the last three didn’t happen at all, to which I am utterly grateful to the showrunner for managing to do that. Thank you.
My rating: 8 out of 10.

Best Lines:
“Dragons? Those are a thing?” – Jody Mills asks. “Yeah, too many things are things.” – Sam responds.
“I’m calling the cops.” – the poetry reading virgin exclaims. “I am the cops.” – Mills retorts.
“Because of that hippie from Bethlehem.” – the goddess Vesta sums up her lack of worship in a nutshell.
“What’d I miss?” – Dean mutters after popping up out of the ground.

In conclusion, this series needs more Jody Mills from those lines right there.

Alright, folks, I’m going to call it quits for the night. I may watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight, but I won’t be reviewing. Also, sorry for the break between reviews, I was getting my Christmas on by wrapping a couple of my roommate’s gifts – because I have none of my own to wrap yet – and watching Home Alone. But here this is, and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night after midnight for my reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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