Before I start discussing all the other scifi showsout there, I suppose I should weigh in the Supernatural‘s 100th episode, “Point of No Return,” as well as a couple other related items.
The Supernatural March Madness tournament is finally over. It ran awfully long this year due to my crazy-awful busy work schedule. But most folks stuck with it to the end. For the third year in a row, the winner was “In My Time of Dying.” And since the tournament has run for only 3 years, it’s the only champion we’ve ever had. Interestingly, it’s been up against a different episode every year, and yet it prevails. Although last year “Lazarus Rising” gave it a run—even more so than this year’s “What Is and What Should Never Be.” “In My Time of Dying” should be showing on TNT in the next couple weeks. If you’ve never seen it, you should check it out. It was directed by the late, great Kim Manners, and is damn near perfect.
Now, on to the 100th episode. TV Guide had a write-up about the episode last week—but creator Eric Kripke was never mentioned! That is all kinds of wrong! Instead, the interviews went to Sera Gamble (whom I understand is taking the helm in season 6. (More on that some other time.)
As for the episode itself, it’s gotten mixed reviews. I suppose it helps if you forgot (like I did) that it was a “special” episode. Truthfully, in recent weeks, the show has been so heavy on the overarching story that the show has been incredibly depressing. (But then, we are talking about the apocalypse!) While I haven’t “dreaded” watching new episodes, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic either. Last Thursday was no exception.
My thoughts really didn’t change as the story unfolded; although it was nice to see some recurring characters and the surprise (for me) return of the Winchesters’ dead half-brother. But there was some delightful goodness, most notably “nerd-angel” Castiel’s beat-down of Dean Winchester. (Not to mention giving us the term of “nerd-angel.”) The episode alluded to “Wincest” (once again), saying the Winchester brothers were, among other things, “erotically” dependent on each other. (I’m not even sure what that means.) And there was a nod to the Dean/Castiel community. (If there is a term for that pairing, I don’t know what it is.) There was homage to many who sacrificed their lives (although my favorite, Pamela Barnes [played by the beautiful Traci Dinwiddie] was not mentioned). And the smarmy, angel you love-to-hate, Zachariah, met his demise At Dean’s hand, no less.
But even with all that goodness, the episode still would have been just “ok” if not for the ending. Dean, who had lost all hope and faith, looked into the eyes of his younger brother, and realized what he would have been throwing away. It was a surprise ending, and it totally warmed my heart and gave me hope.
Thank you Supernatural writers, for serving up the unexpected. You do that so often, I shouldn’t be surprised any more. But I always am.