The boys (ah, those Winchesters) are back and I've gotta tell you, Supernatural is in fine form (and I'm not just talking about the boys). It's interesting, because some shows are already starting to decline by their 4th season. One show that comes to mind is Supernatural's very own Thursday night companion show, Smallville (this statement might get me hate comments, but I truly believe Smallville was never better than in its first 2 seasons). Not Supernatural though. The show has been on a steady rise in quality since its premiere and it's clear that it won't be stopping now.
Last season ended with an interesting pickle; Lillith made good on Dean's contract, landing him in Hell as promised. We obviously knew that Jensen Ackles was not leaving the show, nor did we imagine season 4 would be taking place in Hell. So, the burning question (pun intended) became...how would he get out?
I loved the start of this episode because for the first 10 minutes, it wasn't entirely clear whether Dean was still in Hell or not. While the scenery obviously looked a little less fiery than we imagined Hell would be (after those first initial flashes), the surroundings still seemed pretty Hellish. Dean was entirely alone and wandering what looked like a post-apocalyptic Earth. Turns out it was just Illinois. Psych!
We go through the motions of Dean first hunting down Bobby Singer, followed by Sam, and both of them giving the necessary "This can't be Dean; Dean's in Hell" response.
The rest of the episode focuses on the boys figuring out how Dean got out of Hell and why he has that mysterious handprint scar on his shoulder. This all leads up to the potentially series-changing conclusion of Dean learning that it was the Angel Castiel that pulled him out. Why? Because God commanded it and has plans for them.
Normally I would scoff at a show going all religious, but for Supernatural, I think that it totally works! If the boys are fighting all kinds of Hellish evil, why shouldn't there be stuff from the other side too? I'm referring to Heaven, obviously. Of course, Castiel accuses Dean of lacking faith, and I too will remain suspicious (for now). Either way, I think it's an interesting direction to take.
Can't wait to see how this season develops. Some final thoughts:
Dean's Best Lines
-From the title, my favorite: "I asked you to take care of her, not douche her up." - Dean's response to the iPod jack Sam installed in his car.
-"I know. I should look like a 'Thriller' video reject."
-"And what visage are you in now? Holy tax accountant? - to Castiel
-The psychic gets her eyes burned out. Ouch! (and nice empty sockets there)
-Sam seems to have moved past guns and salt in his demon fighting. He just uses his magic powers now...
I'm so confused
Firstly, I was under the impression that the show was ditching the character of Ruby entirely. Not exactly. Just Katie Cassidy, it seems. Instead we've got a new Ruby. Fine. I can understand why she would need a new body.
However, what was most confusing to me was Ruby's initial reaction when Dean and Bobby showed up at Sam's hotel door. Am I sure that this was Ruby here? I am positive, as I checked the credits and Genevieve Cortese (Wildfire) was credited as Ruby/Kristy. Why would she pretend to not know who Dean was (she asked, "So are you two, like, together?") and why would Sam pretend to not know her name? Even if they didn't want Dean to know that this was Ruby...the fact that they were both playing along seemed very fishy to me since there was no visible communication between the two to do so (and it shouldn't have been pre-planned since they obviously didn't know that Dean would rise from Hell). Did this confuse others as well?
Discuss your reactions to the premiere and any lingering questions you may have in comments!