Luficer Rising – SuperNatural Season 4

Luficer Rising – and is coming to the next season of SuperNatural.

SuperNatural Season 4 rocked all the way to the season finale and the stage is now set for the Apocalypse in Season 5. Can’t wait to see how it plays out. The series has followed a true story progression for the last two seasons. Sam and Dean have grown and changed permanently. A welcome relief for a TV series in a medium where resets and pullbacks are the norm.

One episode of special delight was the one entitled – The Monster At The End of this Book in which the brothers find a series of books which is an exact recounting of their adventures. Turns out the writer, Chuck, is a prophet chosen to chronicle the Winchester brother’s lifes. The episode is a real hoot as it riffs on fans, forums, and fanfic. Including a reference to slash fiction much to Dean’s disgust.’Dude, they do know we are brothers, right?’ Hilarious.

There is a talk of a Season 6 even though the series was originally envisioned as a 5 year arc. Cannot say I am thrilled with that news as the brothers are heading down paths that leave no room for future engagements in my mind. The writers of this show have shown themselves to be very clever so an open mind will be kept until they get to that point. For now, Season 5 is going to be killer.

SuperNatural Season 4 Soars

Wow! Just wow!

Cut to Season 4 Spoilers

TV Series On Different Trajectories – SuperNatural & Burn Notice

Follow Through

It is intriguing to watch 2 very different shows, both established, set themselves up to move to a new level, and achieve widely different results.

SuperNatural S4 has brought Armageddon to the table. This escalation is a logical extension of the show’s mythology. The expansion of the world from the Winchester family’s personal viewpoint to a global one is a bold move. Based on the first half dozen episodes this move has been brilliantly executed.

Burn Notice S3 took a risky step too and removed Michael Weston’s safety net. The blanket protection by the higher ups who have shielded him from the intelligence community and the authorities at home is gone. Michael is on his own and vulnerable. An exciting setup for the season, no? Well, one would think so but so far the show has really not stepped up to the plate and delivered on the potential of this new premise.

For the first 3 episodes Michael was being ‘hounded’ by a local cop. Problem was she only showed up at the beginning and end of each episode. Rarely did she walk into the middle of mission and raise new dramatic situations for Michael to deal with. By the third episode, Michael helped solve a case for her which then had her step back and stop bird dogging him. Oh-kay. That played like out like a wet fart.

The next episode had Michael captured by a Russian mercenary looking for revenge but the trained merecenaries came off no better than any of the previous thugs Michael has bested.

Back to SuperNatural – the world expansion that now includes appearances by the other ‘team.’  In the first three seasons all the unnatural appearance where from the bad side;  demons, vampires, ghosts, tricksters, and shapeshifters. Now the other side has decided to enter the frey in a more visible way.   ArchAngels are deftly interwoven into the Winchester’s personal dilemmas. Dean has been retrieved from hell by an angel for a higher purpose while Sam wrestles with not using his psychic abilities because they are fueled by the demon blood fed to him as a baby. Here we see the dynamics of the Armageddon theme pushing the characters to new areas.

Quite a contrast with Burn Notice, which is really treading the same water it has the previous seasons.

In Burn Notice’s favour the stories themselves are as tightly written and scripted as before with the requisite amount of humour. And who could help but laugh out loud at Michael’s mother, played to perfection by Sharon Gless, being the one to ‘torture’ the information out of the bad guy when Fie and Sam failed?

It comes down to follow through. SuperNatural is moving to new heights and/or depths out of the gate while Burn Notice seems to be sticking to previously explored ground.

Sad Summer, SuperNatural Season 2, & Harry Potter 7

Well into summer now and one can count the number of dry and plus 70F days here in Ontario on one hand.  Last summer was a soaker.  Climate change seems to be a major bust for folks in our area.

It is one of those things that slipped through my fingers as I never got around to reading the last Harry Potter book.  The impending release of the next movie gave me the nudge to do so.  Weird how that happens.  The movies have left me nonplussed but I have certainly enjoyed JK Rowlings wonderful turn at out churning out a charming series.  It can be easily deduced while reading this book that it is the last in the series as major story points, revelations, and conflicts are coming fast and furious right from the get go.  The pacing is pretty relentless right from the first page.

Quiet week on the TV front – no episodes of Burn Notice and True Blood aired this week. 

Continue to steam roll through SuperNatural as a result.  The first season ended on a cliffhanger so it was great to be able to jump into the next season without any down time.  Much like a story builds after the introductory chapters, a TV show with a clear course charted ahead often gains momentum in the second season.  The actors are more comfortable with their characters, the writers can tailor the scripts to take better advantage of the actors, and so on throughout the creative process.  The meat of the story can be addressed now and new stakes are raised that increase viewer interest. 

The first few episodes of Season 2 are real humdingers as family sacrifices are made between a father and his children.  There is victory but at a terrible cost with continuing repercussions including themes of guilt.  Seeds for the future are laid and the dynamics between the Winchester brothers continue to grow, evolve, and become more complex.  As with Season 1, the eighth episode lays out new issues that further complicate matters.  The show has a great sense of humour too with older brother Dean getting the majority of hilarious one liners.

Another nice touch is the expansion of the world to include other `Hunters` who are out about in the world doing the same work as the Winchester brothers ie hunting down and killing vengeful spirits, demons and other unworldy denizens.  Through it all are portents that things have changed.  A storm is brewing.  A coming war is on the way.  Very heady stuff.

SuperNatural S1 – Perserverance Pays Off

Well it took a second run through but I am now hooked on SuperNatural.  Having heard many great things about the series – especially the third and fourth seasons I decided to give the series another shot.   I was starting to waver with S1, again, because the episodes were becoming predictabily repetitive ie Sam & Dean Winchester discover weird goings on, they travel there bickering along the way, find monster/spirit/demon etc, and kill said entity.  There was backstory ie their mother and Sam’s girlfriend were killed under the same set of supernatural circumstances. Those circumstances are what have consumed Sam and his father.  Papa Winchester has left the boy’s a journal.  The journal is a wikipedia/log of strange goings on and reference materials.

All of this was referenced only tangentially in each episode until episode 8 when Dean and Sam return home because similar events are occurring again that happened with their mother’s death.  Boom!  This call back brings all the ethereal emotional subtext to the forefront and now I became emotionally engaged in the plight of the Winchester family.  Whether by design or not, this is the moment when the conceit of the show became more than the monster hunt of the week.

Breezed through Season 1 and am so glad I did not have to suffer through the season ending cliffhanger as I could jump into S2 right away.  The Winchester family has a Horn of Plenty in regards to emotional currents running through each other and their relationships with one another.  A storm is brewing and the Winchesters are caught in its path.