Title: All Along The Watchtower
Director: Robert Singer
Writer: Andrew Dabb
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A Shepherd, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Beaver, Samantha Smith, Elizabeth Blackmore, Ruth Connel, Kim Rhodes, Adam Fergus, David Cisum, Courtney Ford, Kara Royster, Kendrick Sampson, Briana Buckmaster
Episode length: 42 mins
Network: The CW
Supernatural just completed another great season. Does season 12 mark the end for the series?
Supernatural the series about the brothers Winchester, Sam and Dean, just wrapped up its 12th season tonight and there was a lot to indicate this might be the end of the show with the death of some major characters and other things that said this might be the end. Rest your minds believers, calm down, the series has already been picked up for the 13th season which begins production in a month or two.
Supernatural is an extraordinary show for a number of reasons. The idea that it has lasted this long boggles the mind. Despite not being really big on horror or tales of the supernatural, I have been a fan, off and on (mostly on), since the show began.
The reason for the show’s long-lived success is no secret. The tale of the two brothers that spend their lives kicking ass, fighting evil, and saving the world has somehow managed to tap into the primordial themes of the human psyche, what Joseph Campbell referred to as ‘The Hero With A Thousand Faces’, and what Jung called the primal archetypes of story-telling. These are stories told since before recorded history that resonate within us and strike a chord at a place that is nearly universal in the human experience.
Or you could just say it works. It’s kind of oddly, and darkly fun and weird in an amusing and entertaining way. Of course, the two actors that portray the brothers on the small screen have a lot to do with it too. Sam (Jared Padalecki), and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have great chemistry on screen and the dynamic between them simply works. Likewise, the characters they portray have a winning dynamic too. They make a great team with Sam as the more reasonable brains of the outfit, and Dean as the muscle, passion, and attitude.
The show has an excellent record of reinventing itself at the right moment just as it seems to be getting stale and redundant. There have been several times when I was ready to drop it as a regular part of my weekly viewing when it up and does something that compels me to give it another chance, and it has been doing that for 12 seasons. That’s remarkable in any language. One of those times was just as they introduced Castiel (Misha Collins), who soon became one of my favorite things about the show and one of the main reasons I kept coming back for more at the time. It’s entirely possible the show’s creators are in league with forces beyond our understanding, or so it sometimes seems.
(*warning, spoilers follow*)
The twelfth season of Supernatural, an American fantasy, horror television series created by Eric Kripke, premiered on October 13, 2016, on The CW. The season consisted of 23 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm for the first 8 episodes before moving to 8:00 pm in January 2017. This is the first season with Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as show runners The season concluded on May 18, 2017.
As an example of the territory the show has explored in recent years, the brothers actually saved the universe at the end of last season by mending the sibling relationship between God and His sister, ‘the Darkness’,
I just watched the last three episodes of season 12, including the finale, and it was glorious fun and filled with the sorts of things I have come to expect from the series which somehow always finds a way to keep it from becoming a bore and being too predictable. It was an eventful three episodes, that wrapped up a lot of major recent and longer story arcs. First, they take care of their British counterparts, that less-than-noble organization, ‘The Men Of Letters’ The British organization, a recent addition to the series storyline, turned out to be pretty villainous and more troublesome than they were worth. They wiped them out in a surprise attack, a violent mini-reenactment of the American revolution that ended their condescending existence.
Next, the brothers have to rescue their mom, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), who The Brits did a Manchurian Candidate number on so that she would carry out the dirty task of killing her fellow American hunters for them.
Leading up to the finale Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) who made a convincing evil Lucifer, escapes from Crowley who has been tormenting him with long-winded, boring, verbal monologs designed to drive Lucifer crazy with annoyance. Lucifer escapes and after tormenting him, appears to kill Crowley, but Crowley survives.
With the birth of Lucifer’s son approaching, the Winchesters and Crowley, who survived Lucifer’s attempt on his life, search for Biblical omens pointing towards the Nephilim’s birth. Lucifer kills Rowena so he cannot be sent back to the Cage. At the same time, while taking care of Kelly (Courtney Ford), Castiel discovers that the baby’s power has opened a rift into an alternate post-apocalyptic reality resulting from the Winchesters having never been born. Upon his return, Castiel hides his discovery from Kelly.
The Winchesters are eventually able to locate Castiel and Kelly and while Mary tends to Kelly, Castiel takes Sam and Dean through the rift where they are greeted by an alternate reality Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver). Bobby is able to supply the Winchesters with a machine gun capable of killing angels to use against Lucifer while Crowley offers a way to seal Lucifer in an alternate reality. As Dean distracts Lucifer, Sam and Crowley perform a spell to seal the rift, a spell Crowley sacrifices his own life to complete. After all of his evil deeds, ironically Crowley dies a hero.
However, Lucifer is able to follow them back through and kills Castiel before the rift can close. Mary is able to send Lucifer back to an alternate reality, trapping him, but is trapped herself with him. As Dean mourns Castiel’s death, Sam discovers Lucifer’s son, born and having the appearance of a teenager. That’s the thing about this series, people die, but they don’t always stay that way, and I am hoping that is the case with Castiel, after, he is an angel
The show ends with the birth of Lucifer’s son, and Kelly’s death and Sam finds him cowering in the corner of a dark room , he has his father’s eyes and smile too. Menacing and creepy.
All in all the final three episodes made for a rousing send off for the season and certainly had enough intriguing elements to make even the most casual fan want to tune in next time for the beginning of season 13. It could prove to be the series last season, or maybe just bring it enough luck to go on for a few more.