Supernatural Season Finale “Swan Song” Recap & Review

by on May 13, 2010

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL on The CW

The season finale of Supernatural came as expected, with few surprises and the inevitable happened. WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review, so proceed with caution.

Aside from a few glib and fun episodes, this 5th season of Supernatural was dark and only got darker as it moved on. We all knew where it was headed, but in the back of our minds, what could the Winchester Brothers do? Eric Kripke had a 5-year story to tell, and he told it. Not many showrunners get that opportunity and the fans were lucky enough to be a part of that.

In this season finale of Supernatural, it opened with a great recap of what happened up to now. We then watched the scribe, Chuck (Rob Benedict), writing about the Chevy Impala, calling it the most important object there is.

The team prepared as best they could for their confrontation and later, Sam (Jared Padelecki) asks Dean (Jensen Ackles) to not resurrect him if things go bad. Sam gave himself up to Lucifer and there were a few funny moments. Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) offered Sam “A fidel of gold against your soul,” meaning if Sam can win the mental war in his / their head, he’d relinquish the body back to him. While in Sam’s body, Lucifer was reviewing Sam’s life and muttered “So much anger young skywalker!”

Later on Michael, in Adam’s body (Jake Abel) and Lucifer face off. But Dean shows up cranking classic rock from a cassette tape in the Impala and interrupts the party. Castiel (Misha Collins) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) get smite by Luficer. Wow, with a snap of his fingers, the Devil vaporized Cas and broke Bobby’s neck. I thought for sure we were losing them from the show. When the Devil turns to Dean and starts beating him, visions of memories are sparked by the Impala, giving Sam the emotional strength to take control of his own body long enough and tosses himself in Lucifer’s cage. The Adam meat-sack / Michael tries to stop Sam, but they both fell in.

God brings back Cas who in turn heals Dean from his beating and brings Bobby back. No one knows why God brought Cas back, but who cares. We all like Misha! In the end, Dean keeps his promise and looks up his old flame Lisa (Cindy Sampson) and it looks like he’ll be trying to settle down.

As we pan back outside the dining room window, we see Sam standing outside, looking in. Watching. I have no clue if it’s Sam or Lucifer. I can only presume it’s Sam… or dare I venture a thought and suggest, at least it looks like Sam?

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Despite the massive build up throughout the entire season, the finale was everything we expected, and then less. The season’s plot momentum almost seemed stalled over the last few episodes, but the promise of the big ending kept them meaningful. Did we build this up too much as fans? I know one thing. I enjoyed Jared’s rendition of being a focused, evil entity and thought it was a nice break-out moment for his acting skills.

The confrontation between Michael and Lucifer looked promising. It had the potential of epic, no matter how short it could have been. But for Lucifer to beg Michael to not fight, that this confrontation didn’t have to happen… almost made it look like Lucifer really did get a bad rap. But no fight happened. The season finale of Supernatural went down almost exactly as it was expected and that was it. End game for Eric Kripke’s 5-year journey.

I think that “Swan Song” went down exactly as Eric planned it also. Then they added the final moment where we see Sam staring at Dean. That must have been dug up when Supernatural was renewed for a 6th season.

All in all, it was Supernatural and it was still better TV than most, but it wasn’t the big bang ending I thought would happen. But still, it was good, but it just wasn’t great. Now, with Eric Kripke stepping down, do we think that Sera Gamble will keep the 6th season of Supernatural afloat? Probably. She’s been with the show for almost the entire run

I’d be happy to hear what anyone else thought of the season finale of Supernatural who watched the show!

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