Supernatural Episode Recap: "Dark Side of the Moon" Season 5, Episode 16

Hunters murder Sam and Dean making it possible for the brothers to not only knock on heaven's door, but to go "behind the wall" where their mission impossible becomes finding Joshua, an angel that talks to God.

I'm going to preface this by saying "Dark Side of the Moon" is a stellar episode of Supernatural. Having said that, it's also one of the most difficult episodes of Supernatural I've ever watched and blogged. On a scale of 1 to 10 the show cranked up the angst to about a hundred and fifty. "DSotM" is one of the most devastating episodes of the demon-hunting series ever and that's saying a lot. This is a good thing because the Winchesters are in the midst of an apocalypse and an apocalypse ain't pretty. It's dark, it's depressing and there are multiple opportunities to lose faith. I really wish this one had followed "My Bloody Valentine" because Dean's descent into despair would have flowed even better in my opinion.

I love that Sam's the one keeping hope alive. After Dean and Cas leave the hotel room with their faith in God and everything seemingly shattered, Sam didn't. I feel like this is consistent with Supernatural because even though he's been through the wringer the last season and a half (and really even longer), the young man that admitted to Dean he prayed in "Houses of the Holy" can't completely shake his faith.

It's enjoyable to see some of our favorite alums come back. I was never quite sure it was really Ash lying there under the rubble of The Roadhouse. Now we've got confirmation. Even in heaven the man knows how to party like its 1999. It's great knowing in heaven Pamela can see and she's still very much Pamela. She mentions Sam's ass and this time around she takes the opportunity to kiss Dean. Pamela's isn't stupid. That's a moment I loved so much. Jensen and Tracy Dinwiddie have so much chemistry together; a different chemistry than he has with any other woman in the Supernatural universe. The original Mama Winchester's back and at first she's taking care of Dean and then Zachariah twists things and uses Mary as a tool to hurt her son. Samantha Smith gets to be sweet and sinful all in the same episode which is cool. Colin Ford's return as a young Sam was much appreciated. That boy is growing up so fast. Let me reiterate once again just how perfect the casting of Colin is; he is a mini-Jared.

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