The latest installment of “Supernatural” showed the Winchester brothers finding out Sam came back from hell without his soul and their grandfather is under the employ of the demon Crowly who wants them to capture monsters that know the location of Purgatory, because Crowly, the recently appointed king of hell, wants to expand his territory. This all sounds somewhat like the angel/God driven story arc of the previous season, but this is only a minor detail that allows the boys to get back to what we love to see them do most, hunting and killing real monsters. The creators promised the show would get back to basic, back to the days of “killing evil sons of bitches and raising a little hell”, back before they only fought demons and angels. They finally delivered. It looks like this season is chalk-full of fan favourite monsters to fight like shapeshifters and vampires.
Welcome To The Cast, Robo-Sam
The latest addition to the cast is Robo-Sam, Sam without a soul. He lets his brother get turned into a vampire. He likes the prostitutes. He hates feelings (fallacy), and he has no instincts, so the new rule is he has to run everything by Dean to see if he is being incredibly evil. The only problem with this it seems like the set up to a bad buddy cop show, “Soulful and Soulless.” Dean has finally gotten back his old loner self now his family ditched him, but the show is still kind of humourless compared to before, especially Dean. It just takes away from the fun of the show. The soulless Sam premise is obviously a reason to put Dean in charge again now that Sam has no instincts.
What About Monster Over Kill
Getting back to fighting monsters is great, but maybe mystique of the mobsters is lost by filling episodes with monster fan favourites like skinwalkers and vampires. The demons got old fast and it is a refreshing turn to focus on monsters this season. The hope is they don’t tread on past mistakes by lingering on hunting one type. Viewers didn’t hate demons, they just don’t like all demons all the time. The same goes for monsters. When they said “Supernatural” was getting back to 1st season roots, the expectation was variety. Most episodes so far have focused on vampires, shapeshifters and the new skinwalkers (a less scary version of a shapeshifter) ; skinwalkers being the highlight of the upcoming episode. What is missing this season, with the explosion of the alpha monsters, is the air of fear associated with the show’s seminal creatures. Everyone must be excited to see the Winchesters hunting monsters again. The only thing is they might be taking away the mystique of the creatures by featuring them so heavily and making them seem a bit toothless, especially those that were feared the most in the series. They used to be frightening, even for the Winchesters, but they’ve become small game compared to the recently invented alpha monsters that are the focus of the 6th season.