The CW, 23 September
Cas becomes a wrathful God, Crowley accepts a deal, Lucifer returns and Dean raps with Death once more…
It’s business-as-usual as Supernatural embarks on its seventh season: unfortunately, that business is the same angels/war-in-heaven stuff of recent years (like very late period Xena) rather than the more fun monster-of-the-week stories of earlier years. Supernatural is grim viewing these days, and there seems little sign of that changing soon. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting the fun back.
When, late in the episode, Lucifer indicates to Sam that he may never have escaped the cage in Hell after all and all we’ve seen over the past few years might be wiped out, Bobby-in-the-shower Dallas-style, there was a glimmer of hope, but it seems the Devil was only yanking Sam (and the viewer’s) chain. Speaking of chains, the Hellraiser and Nightmare on Elm Street imagery featured here is positively old school as well: how about a few truly off-the-wall visuals?
The best things about this season opener were Mark Sheppard (always good value) and Death (who is also a welcome addition to any episode). The worst was the messing about with Castiel’s character—his wrathful attacks (although not all of his doing) were properly Old Testament and uncomfortable viewing. More to the point, it was all wasted as the episode ends in almost the exact same way it began, with Castiel possessed (this time by the Leviathans). What a waste of an hour of TV…
Verdict: Bring back the good times, before it is too late for this show.
Episode 1 ‘Meet the New Boss’: 6/10
Brian J. Robb