[Note: This week’s post was all set and ready to go, so this weekend’s big (and happy) news will have to wait until next week.]
Season 7: a wedding (ugh), Leviathans (blech), Bobby’s death (boo!), and Castiel’s redemption (sort of). Oh, and Sam got his head fixed. (More on that in a moment.) According to IMDB, TV.com, and TV Fanatic, the top 5 episodes for the season are:
- Time After Time (712)
- Meet the New Boss (701)
- (tie) Death’s Door (710) and The Born Again Identity (717)
- The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo (720)
How close did these episodes come to my favorites? Pretty darned close, although it wasn’t an exact match.
You know what would make a terrific Supernatural spin-off? Way better than that cross-monster thing the CW tried to pawn on us a couple years ago? A series set in the 1940s featuring supernatural hunter Elliot Ness! But only if Ness is played by Nicholas Lea. He was perfect in that role! I’ve seen him in other Vancouver-based shows (Continuum, Arrow, and Once Upon a Time), but this is the role he was made to play.
I just read Vivisecting Supernatural—Don’t Make Me Use My Mom Voice a few days ago, so when Jody Mills said this to Sam, it made me smile. Sam and Dean are separated by nearly seven decades and yet manage to work together. Plus, we had a lovely homage to Bobby and Rufus, and Jensen Ackles in natty 1940’s fashion.
The Born Again Identity
I’m surprised I haven’t written anything about this episode. I love it! It may be on my all-time favorites list. (I’ve never stopped to compile such a list. Maybe I should.) Sam has been unable to block out Lucifer in his head, and it’s reached an intolerable threshold. While Sam’s hospitalized, Dean desperately searches for help, finding it in a faith healer named Emanuel—who turns out to be Castiel. Even with Misha Collins listed in the opening credits, I was surprised to see him.
Sera Gamble wrote this episode, and she did a nice job of redeeming Castiel. I might even forgive her for what she did to Cass in season 6. (I won’t forgive her for impounding the Impala! As I recall, neither did Jensen Ackles. 😉 )
Even near the end of his sanity, being bombarded by megaphone and firecrackers, Sam still manages to perform a hunt, putting a ghost to rest. Dean and Castiel’s conversation in the car is poignant. And Christopher Lennerz’s haunting score transverses scenes from Sam to Dean, tying their mutual despair together. Hell, I even like Rachel Miner’s Meg here.
Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie (714)
Why do I love this episode more than, say “Meet the New Boss” or “Death’s Door”? Easy! Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are perfect. They hit every single comedic note with amazing accuracy. “Shark week,” “ball washer,” and Sam’s clown phobia couldn’t be played better. And then there’s death by land shark in a ball pit, and Seabiscuit the impaler (complete with a rainbow coming out of its ass). Lion suit kid trying to open the door with his paws has me rolling on the floor every time. How can you not love this?
Yes, there is. Honorable mention goes to:
Hello Cruel World (702)
Mostly for the brotherly exchange toward the end of the episode, where Dean shows Sam what’s real by squeezing his hand.
Slash Fiction (706)
Are you surprised this is on my favorites list? It shouldn’t be, since it’s the episode in which we lose the Impala. But we do meet Frank Deveroux, although his stint on the show was remarkably short. What I enjoy is the opportunity to see Sam and Dean as… well, not!Sam and not!Dean, complaining about cheeseburgers and psychotic minds.
The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo
I unabashedly love Charlie.
What about you? Agree? Disagree? Which episodes from season 7 did you enjoy most?