With the summer hiatus in full swing, it’s time to review my favorite Supernatural episodes from past seasons. We finished with season 5 in March and it’s time to pick things back up with season 6. The first season after Eric Kripke’s reign (and his five-season story arc) was inspired by film noir (I read that somewhere), with more emphasis on inner demons than external monsters. It wasn’t one of my favorite seasons.
Per TV Fanatic, TV.com, and IMDB, the favorite season 6 episodes are:
(3-way tie): Weekend at Bobby’s (603, and Jensen Ackles’s directorial debut), You Can’t Handle the Truth (606), and Appointment in Samarra (611)
The French Mistake (615)
(tie) Caged Heat (610) and Frontierland (618)
(Incidentally, this list differs from my previous post of the Best of Supernatural Season 6 episodes, probably because I used a different metric back in 2013.)
This has been an incredibly hard review to write. No wonder season 6 was so unmemorable; it was a jumbled mess. Or maybe it’s a mess because I didn’t watch these episodes in order. Sometimes that can really screw with your head.
Grumpy middle-aged men.
Even so, the buildup to Sam’s soullessness was well done. Although his behavior was a bit “off” from the beginning, we knew something was wrong in “Live Free or TwiHard,” when he let Dean get turned into a vampire. In “You Can’t Handle the Truth,” he was immune to the truth spell. When we finally learned what the problem was in “Family Matters,” the saga continued but with a different focus until mid-season.
Many will disagree, but Dean was insufferable. When he wasn’t whining to Bobby about something being wrong with his brother, he was trying to run Sam’s life. Can you imagine how Dean would react if Sam tried to make every decision for him? In that respect, the show really does have the older/younger brother relationship down pat.
The thing that really irks me about Supernatural is its blatant agism. The writers constantly make unsavory jokes about the elderly. It’s like they think they’re immune to the aging process. They’re not. Everyone ages. And it’s a blessing to do so. After all, consider the alternative.
That agism is rampant in two of this week’s three episodes, and is alluded to several times in the third. (With that little mini-rant out of the way, let’s explore this week’s regularly scheduled reviews before we enter the blitzkrieg.)
Red Sky at Morning (306)
Considered one of Supernatural‘s worst episodes, most people blame the “ghost ship” as a lame spectral enemy. The ship and its associated spirit weren’t the problem. That honor goes to Bela Talbot, one of the worst conceived television characters ever.