It’s no surprise by now to my readers that I’m a big fan of horror movies, comics, books, TV shows, or pretty much anything in the genre. So I’m sure it comes as no surprise to my regular readers that I would be a fan of The CW’s Supernatural. I’ve loved the show from day one. I mean, what’s not to love? You’ve got two cool dudes driving around in a black muscle car battling ghosts, monsters, mythological creatures, and demons. That’s not to say that the first three seasons were perfect by any means. The show started out with an interesting back story that would thread the show together but wasn’t explored as deep at first as it would be in later seasons. For all intents and purposes, Supernatural had the typical formula of one-story with a beginning, middle, and end per episode.
Around the fourth season of the show, everything started to come together and it seemed like the writers and producers were going for a more “soap-like” feel. Each episode began to really tie to the next, demanding the viewer of the show to not miss a single episode if they wanted to keep up with whether or not the Winchester brothers would track down the yellow-eyed demon that had taken their parents and everyone they’d loved away from them. That leads us to where we are now – Season Five.
Season Five of Supernatural is the culmination of everything we’ve seen happen in the past seasons. It has all lead to the battle between good and evil, or as many people call it – the Apocalypse. The problem is that Sam and Dean Winchester are not the most agreeable tools or participants in such a battle. They just want to save people and live their lives. They really don’t want to participate in a universal battle between demons and angels – or in this case between demons and angels and angels and “self-serving” angels. That’s what I love about the show. It’s complicated like real life. It makes you think about who’s REALLY doing the right thing. In real life there’s a lot of gray areas and trying to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing.
Obviously, Season Five appeals to me for one major reason. It deals with Biblical characters and religious themes. That’s the whole mission behind my website. THIS show is really the best example of what my website The Spectral Realm is all about. It explores Christian and religious themes in popular culture through the use of the horror genre and makes it fun and frightening. It really interests me to see how different people translate and use Biblical characters and themes in modern stories and writing. Don’t get me wrong. I am by no means saying that I agree with every single “take” on Biblical themes and how the characters respond or how they believe.
Season Five revolves around “two brothers and one fallen angel [who are fighting] against all the might of Satan and his army! As the Apocalypse grows closer, threatening to turn Earth into a battlefield soaked with human blood, Sam, Dean and [fallen angel] Castiel struggle against daunting odds. New foes arise, including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Old friends depart, consumed by the fearsome wrath of Hell. Through it all, the Winchesters are targeted by demons and angels alike, who warn that each brother has a special and terrible role to play in the coming devastation. Sam and Dean [embark] on their most terrifying journey yet, one that may lead them to the only ally strong enough to defeat the Devil: God.”
The supporting characters this season are just excellent. All four of the Horsemen are both humorous and frightening. Matt Frewer as Pestilence is absolutely hilarious, driving around in a car filled with flies. Then walking around looking all snotty and sneezing all over everyone. Lucifer is painted perfectly as a liar and manipulator that is constantly jealous of mankind, his angelic brothers, and God in general. Rob Benedict as prophet and Supernatural book writer Chuck Shurley is also incredible in the episode “The Real Ghostbusters,” where the Winchester Brothers are tricked into going to the first Supernatural Convention. Shurley is a guest at the convention and uses his prophetic gift to gain celebrity, fortune, and a girlfriend.
There’s really nothing to complain about with Season Five. It’s action-packed, has some pretty good creepy points, and is intelligently written as usual. It also has the trademark macho sway and banter that the Winchester brothers have come to be known and loved for. The usual doses of humor and sarcasm are also there.
I’ll say again that my main reason for Season Five being my favorite is the religious themes and characters that run throughout. It’s interesting to see another person’s take on the Apocalypse and the age old battle of God vs. Satan. It’s also interesting to see the spiritual warfare between angels and demons for our souls come into the limelight and physically be manifested.
There are some pretty cool special features in this collection. You’ve got Bobby’s video collection of Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides. The entire Ghostfacers webseries is on here. There’s an unaired scene in the ninth episode, entitled “The Real Ghostfacers.” Producer / Writer commentary is provided on Episode 4, “The End.” You also get a gag reel. It probably doesn’t have as many special features as die-hard Supernatural fans would want, but it’s still pretty good.
The specifications of Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season include being presented in widescreen; English and Portuguese language; English 5.1 Surround for audio; and ESDH, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Thai subtitles. The series’ approximate running time is around 924 minutes with the special features running time clocking in at an extra 174 minutes. You get 22 episodes spread out across six discs.
It’s been released on DVD and Blu-ray. There are no special edition packages that I’m aware of.
Source: Supernatural Website