“Supernatural” Season 11 – Reminds Us Why We’re Here for the Characters and Chokes at the End

Supernatural Season 11

    Well, I came back to the show. I didn’t watch the non-myth arc episodes unless a friend recommended a certain one, but I came back…and the show got better! The ending still kind of sucked, but the overall story improved a lot! This was the season that payed off on the relationships that have been building up for so long and seeing how those relationships unfolded really lended power to the choices and consequences that happened leading up to the Finale.

      I wish the show had been canceled this season though, so much of what was bad about the Finale could have been avoided if they’d just tied the story together at the end as the Winchesters and their allies live on after their greatest battle..if only we’d been so lucky. Last season was terrible, and here are some of my thoughts on it:https://cameronmoviesandtv.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/supernatural-season-10-retrospect-terrible-writing-pointless-deaths-dropped-arcs-and-codependency-continues/

But this season managed to fix some of those things, and avoiding the “Monster of the Week” episodes made the overall experience better.

    The showrunner for this season was Jeremy Carver, and he actually managed to capture a lot of what made the Lucifer/Apocalypse Arc back during the first 5 seasons (after how bad last season was I wasn’t expecting this).

SPOILERS

    The story involves the Winchesters trying to stop The Darkness after they release into the world after last season when Dean killed Death and the Mark was destroyed. From here they will free Lucifer, find God and create an Alliance to stop the ending of everything.

The Pros: The World – The world of “Supernatural” is fascinating, and we actually get some questions answered as to the nature of the world in this season. Seriously, for a lot of this season it feels like it is trying to everything that went wrong last season.

Metatron – Metatron’s back and actually has a redemption arc! We see Cas about to kill when he’s filming people he’s killing to make money on the street, but when God finds him to write his Memoirs there is a turn around and we see Cas’s mercy actually helped him to grow. In the end he stands against the Darkness/Amara and dies for it.

“Safe House,” The Bobby Episode – More Bobby is great and I like that he was helping the boys through his journal not physically being there. It was tactfully done and showed the cost of being a hunter.

Team Free Will – Team Free Will is the best it has been and now Crowley and Rowina are kind of part of the Team too, as well as Chuck/God (yep, he’s God). They finally take these arcs somewhere interesting.

Castiel – Castiel is the sacrificial lamb this season and becomes Lucifer’s vessel to defeat the Darkness. He is an outsider from Heaven and is full ally of humanity at this point. Misha continues to own this role and his performance as Lucifer is fantastic.

Lucifer – Lucifer possesses Cas to defeat the Darkness and we get to see him try and kill the brothers and eventually resolve things with God as they both resolve how selfish and flawed they both are. He also keeps fighting the Darkness until she kicks him out of Cas and possibly killed him. Misha’s performance here is brilliant.

Dean  – Jensen Ackles continues to be the charisma of this show in regards to why the Winchestsers are still main characters. Here we see him become more of a mentor to countless characters and even help the Darkness and God resolve their issues. This is a character who is tough with a lot of empathy and this season really illustrates that.

Sam – Jared Padalecki does alright. He still doesn’t feel all that different from all his past seasons…but at least he’s given more to do this season. Sam feels like his role has been taken over by Cas and the only way to counter that is to have Cas possessed by Lucifer, so props to the writers for getting that right. He isn’t memorable per usual, but I liked that he at least didn’t bring the show down.

Allies – Rowina and the Witches and Crowley and his demons become allies at one point! This I thought was handled pretty well as we see Crowley getting human blood really did change him a lot and Rowina’s motivation for helping makes sense. The treading water with these folks last season actually goes somewhere.

Rowina – Rowina like Crowley allies with Lucifer and is nearly killed…allies with the Darkness…same thing and finally gets that she needs people who care about her a little and resolves things with Crowley and even makes friends with God in relating to being a parent.

Crowley – Mark Sheppard is one of my favorite actors and he owns the role of the King of Hell. In this he loses it when Lucifer comes back but escapes and later becomes an official part of Team Free Will when he realizes his minions don’t respect him for his humanity and that he is the outsider, just like them. He is Neutral at this point, with leanings to good and it lends power to his role. He ends up embracing that when he can’t win on his terms as the Darkness doesn’t owe him anything and he values having something whether it is respect for relationship. Crowely continues to be one of the best part of this show.

Chuck/God – Chuck is God and how they do it is really cool…what if God were humanesque but alien? The show tackles that as he learns to see the details in the big picture and his overall good intent is explored to the fullest as he seeks out to resolve thing with Amara/The Darkness after she tries to kill him. This reveal was handled amazingly and I like that they made this writing choice.

The Darkness/Amara – I’m glad that the Darkness has a personality. This is a character who I expected to hate after last season but whose performance manages to actually matter thanks to Emily Swallow. You get why she hates what God did, given he imprisoned her forever…Her arc is resolving this as we see at the end of the day she is in everyone, not just Dean which there is romantic tension due to him having the Mark. I got her choices and changes and really , this is where the show had ended. There is nowhere to go after this that doesn’t feel like a cheap encore.

Okay/Con: The Ending – Everything with Amara, Rowina and Crowley, the brothers, Castiel, Heaven and Lucifer…and Chuck is great…but it keeps pulling away from that to set up next season with the London Chapter of the Men of Letters. 

The Cons: The London Chapter of “The Men of Letters”  –  These guys ruin the drama going on between Rowina, Crowley, Lucifer, Castiel, Chuck/God, The Darkness/Amara and the brothers. This only exists because they got renewed and just hurts the plot that I would have at least put at an 8 if not for this crap.

Happy Ending When Show Isn’t Done – The show should have been done…you defeat the thing that was around before God and make it care about what God made. This could have been much more emotionally powerful if it had just been the end, but it wasn’t. London Chapter comes out of nowhere to prosecute the boys and shoot Sam and Dean finds Sam and Dean’s mom…What the hell?

  As you can see there are a lot more pros this season than last season, which felt like it was largely treading water. I think that they were getting ready to end the show but when they were green lit for another season they knew they needed something to keep the cash coming, and it cost them good story in the process, and gave us a Finale that was good when it wasn’t setting up next season.

Final Score: 7 / 10

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