Supernatural: Season 10 Overview

I loved this season and I felt really positive about the finale. I know that sounds really weird but I’ll explain. The brothers chose each other once again, neither of them are dead and because of their bone-headed stubbornness, they have an all new, even bigger problem to solve next season.

(At least a part of this optimism, has to do with not being immersed in the fandom, the way I used to be. Not having to navigate my way through other people’s opinions about how they feel or about how I should feel has been very freeing. I no longer have this insane need to argue with people about their  interpretations of the show..and how they are all exceptionally and indubitably WRONG. I can just tell people what I think, and they have no choice but to accept my opinion or start their own blog. 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆!!! (BWHA HA HA HA HA!!!)

But really, all gloating aside, this was a very good season and here’s why: my bar is pretty low when it comes to most TV shows. All I require is that they be entertaining, and  mentally and visually stimulating. When I get more than that, I get giddy.

Like now:

Black/Reichenbach/Soul Survivor:

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I consider the first three episodes of the season to be a three-parter. For my views on these three episodes see: On Deanmon and Demonic Performance at:    https://wordpress.com/post/76570149/192/  where I address some of the issues that came up while watching them.

These are really some of my favorite episodes of the season. I know there were some fans who wanted to see more Demon!Dean, but I feel like a little bit of that went a long way and, apparently, there were some other points the writers were trying to make this season, that precluded much focus on Dean behaving badly. I also found Soul Survivor to be very suspenseful, with the hunt through the Bunker and the red herring of fratricide as one of the sub themes this season. See the above link to understand why I feel this was a ruse on the part of the writers.

You’re back! Great!

I think the writers wanted to get back to the first five season arc and the emotional focus on family issues and I think they succeeded. The focus is not just on the brothers, but all the families they came into contact with. For the rest of the season, the brothers meet various dysfunctional people and attempt to fix them, while working to strengthen their own relationship.

As a result, we get some fairly light-hearted, touching, and snarky moments with the brothers, throughout the season, and I enjoyed that. I don’t particularly care for those seasons where they seem to hate each other and there’s little humor between them but I will tolerate that for the purposes of storytelling.

All the families had some commentary on the brothers current relationship, especially the fourth episode of the season titled, Paper Moon. I did not like this episode but it is an acceptable story. The idea of Dean killing Sam is reinforced  and the entire episode is a direct commentary on where the brothers are in their relationship.

Fan Fiction:

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If the previous episodes are a commentary on where the brothers are and where they might be headed then this episode is a chronicle of the brother’s past. I was not really on board with the idea of it being a musical but the writers managed to pull this off very well, without insulting the fans. This is now one of my favorites for the season. The theme song, as sung in the play, is one of the stand out moments of the entire season.

I feel this episode was also a love letter to the fans, as well.

Hibbing 911:

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One of the things the writers got right this season was the depiction of women. In Paper Moon, Fan Fiction, Ask Jeeves, Girls,Girls, Girls,The Things We Left Behind, The Hunter Games, Halt and Catch Fire, Paint It Black and Angel Heart, there are decent depictions of women, who have agency, make choices that affect the plot, usually have more than one woman in them and  these women make efforts to reach out to each other and interact with each other intelligently.

Mostly.

The women depicted in these episodes are all characters in their own right, with motivations and backstories beyond being just girlfriends, wives and mothers. Yes, they are supporting characters (when it comes to the Winchesters, everyone is a supporting character) but their support “just happens” to be in line with what the brothers are trying to accomplish in each episode. Supporting the Winchesters isn’t their only reason for existing. And what often happened, was that the brothers would show up in the middle of a story, where the women were already involved.

And this brings us to Hibbing 911. I love the writers for introducing me to the show I didn’t  know I wanted, called the Donna and Jodi Power Hour. These two are an awesome team and I hope we get to see them again next season. Everything about the relationship between these two older, professional women was just lovely. From Jodi’s initial reluctance to get close to Donna, to her full (and physical) support when Donna gets bullied by her ex-boyfriend, to their conversations about their families, this is an example of what women talk about when men are (or sometimes aren’t) around, guys.

About a Boy:

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I found the idea of Dean reduced to his childhood again very ticklish. I also enjoyed the mythology of Hansel and Gretel, most of which is in line with what I learned in mythology books, but given a modern twist. It also answers the idea of the witch being able to procure lots of children. She’s a lot less likely to get caught, and its a much more elegant solution. It’s a lot easier to  transform adults into kids rather than stealing  lots of actual kids.

Executioner’s Song:

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The return of Cain was much anticipated. Yeah, sure theres every kind of plot hole but I don’t care because its always fun to watch Tim Omundson go to work.

All season long, the writers have been setting up the idea that Dean will kill Sam but I was only half buying it because every time there’s some set up or prophecy for what the brothers MUST do, they mostly seem to break it, defy it, or do some kind of end run around it. They almost always choose each other and I mostly expected that here. I prepared for Dean to kill Sam but I never really believed one of them would die.

Inside Man:

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Is largely notable for the return of Bobby Singer. It was nice to see him again and he was not ill used. I also enjoyed seeing Metatron turned  human. I totally didn’t see that coming. The following episode was notable for watching Castiel get his groove back. That was pretty awesome, but somewhat mitigated by Boogertron’s escape.

The Prisoner/Brother’s Keeper:

I mostly viewed these two as one long episode. They were notable for the introduction of the Frankenstein Family, their destruction at the hands of BAMF!Dean, now fully in thrall to the MoC, and for finally getting to see Crowley’s red-eyed demon face. We often forget Crowley is a demon because he’s so likable but yeah!  demon!

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Sam’s tearful pleading with Dean, that he was a good man and that he should choose him, really got to me. Hell, it still does. I haven’t been so emotionally affected since Crowley’s plea to be loved. Sam so desperately needed to save his Dean, (and himself) that it was truly heartbreaking to watch. It was not elegant or eloquent or articulate at all. He had only pure, raw anguish at his disposal and he used it to powerful effect.

He was cast in the role Dean occupied during season nine, only his role was much, more difficult than Dean’s. Sam couldn’t rely on trickery, demons or Angels to save either of them. He had to rely entirely on his own emotions, words and actions to convince Dean to choose life for them both. I thought, last season, he might have to eat the words he said to Dean, about not doing the same for Dean. I remember saying, “No, he won’t  do the same thing. He is going to do brand  NEW, shitty things instead”, and I was right.

While Dean’s condemnation of Sam’s words, from that time,  was entirely appropriate, his condemnation of Sam’s actions felt a little false. I didn’t get the feeling he was very upset about the things Sam did to try to save him, until they argued about The Book of The Damned and its destruction. That felt more genuine.

I mentioned before that this season was very enjoyable for me. The writers kept their shit on point, this season, with every episode hammering home the idea of family, duty, and sacrifice. Sometimes a little too heavy but that’s to be expected. This is really their first try at this sort of deeply focused storytelling.  The writers were on their game with the subplots and sub themes as well. There were many layers this season. A lot of depth. I have to give the writers the ” Golden Shizznickle” for effort.

We were introduced to several new characters and will be seeing more of them next season, although we lost Charlie. Dont get me wrong, I  loved Charlie. I loved her from the  moment she started dancing in that elevator, to what is now, one of my favorite songs,  “Walkin’ on Sunshine”, (when I’m having an especially good day, this is often the song floating through my head),  but I knew she’d die eventually and I knew when it happened it would not be pretty.

None of the Winchesters family or friends ever dies pretty. Hunters, as a general law, do not die in bed. The moment Charlie decided to become a Hunter, that was her death sentence.

I knew Charlie would have a brutal death, so I was not shocked by that. It was inevitable and just like Bobby, Rufus, Meg, Kevin and numerous others, it would be largely unexpected, meaningless and in service to the Winchester’s story.

Every guest on Supernatural gets “fridged”. One day it will be Jodi’s turn or Donna’s. One day Cas will stay dead.

If you think about it, for the brothers, it must be like living in a little slice of Hell. Everybody dies but them. Everyone who gets close to them goes away and they are only ever left with each other. They can’t ever be released from the torment of watching all they love, get carried away from them, and their only companions are pain, suffering and the demons and Angels who cause it.

This show has been a ten-year long paean to loss and mourning.

I can’t say I liked any of the Angel themes this season. I was mostly bored with Castiel’s story line but Hanna’s defection back to Heaven was a surprise. Really! It was a complete surprise. It came out of nowhere. I really could have used a little more foreshadowing on that.

Crowley’s story..well, that deserves its own post, so stay tuned. Crowley and Rowena was a very rich story line and we are going to examine that one in more detail, at a later date, in order to do it justice..

Still, over all, a very likable season. I don’t normally like to assign numbers but I’d give it four out of five stars.

Favorite episode was really, really hard to choose, but I’m going to go with a tie of Executioner’s Song and Fan Fiction.

What did you think about the season? Let me know in the comments?

Yeah, okay! You can argue with me, too.

See:

https://tvgeekingout.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/supernatural-the-road-so-far/

https://tvgeekingout.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/supernatural-on-deanmon-and-demonic-performance/#comments

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50 thoughts on “Supernatural: Season 10 Overview

  1. I loved season 10. It had Demon Dean, a big focus on brother bond, Tim Omundson and his glorious hair/beard, amazing episodes like Reichenbach, Soul Survivor, the Executioner’s Song, The Werther Project, the boys blowing up the world for each other, likable characters like Hannah, my demon lover Crowley and the fantastic Rowena. I was one happy girl.

    How wonderful to find someone else who enjoys human Metatron!!! I’ve been feeling alone on my island lol.

    “Sam so desperately needed to save his Dean, (and himself) that it was truly heartbreaking to watch. It was not elegant or eloquent or articulate at all. He had only pure, raw anguish at his disposal and he used it to powerful effect.”
    Yes, Sam’s part is my favorite part of Brother’s Keeper. Dean was stoic and detached already because of the effects of the Mark and Sam carried the emotional load beautifully.

    “One day Cas will stay dead.”
    Do you really believe that?

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    1. Nope! I’m so used to him being part of the show, that it would be sol much less with him gone. Although I do think that one day, he’s going to get heaven in order and maybe even get to actually be God. For real this time, though. I’d like that for Cas story.

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    2. Barb

      ““One day Cas will stay dead.”
      Do you really believe that?”

      I don’t think they will kill him off till the end and maybe not even then. I hope when all is over TFW will still be alive.

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  2. I don’t think Cas will die from the spell. Surely he won’t survive three apocalypses, Sam’s Hell trauma, being ripped apart from the inside by leviathan, partial spontaneous combustion, actual spontaneous combustion (twice), Metatron, psycho reaper lady and the freakin’ Winchesters just to die from an attack dog spell.

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      1. Yeah, same. Also it confused me- are reapers angels? Or was Tessa just, you know, hanging out with them? She was such a CONSTANT in the show. And they killed her. I’m okay with Charlie’s death (though it broke my heart into little bits), but Tessa? NO.

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      2. I guess in Faith they were referred to as angels of death so I suppose it makes sense. But reapers seemed so SEPERATE. Like, all the other angels were dicks, and then the reapers were really calm and just so over it all.

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  3. I agree that his was a strong season- my personal favourite since Season Six. I enjoyed the return of Sam’s POV, after it largely vanished in Season Nine. Many people seem to dislike the finale, but I personally found it satisfying- I’ve written myself about its parallels with Swan Song and Sacrifice- and I loved the whole Demon Dean arc. We’ve never seen anything quite like that for a season opener.
    The Werther Project was a personal favourite for me, as was Fan Fiction. I hope they bring back Donna along with Jody, and I’d be interested to see more of Cole (even if I did think he was an asshole at first).
    Also, this season was visually a lot darker than Supernatural has been since… what… season two? I liked that. Kind of a lot.

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    1. barb

      I finally could like Sam again this season. I think he redeemed himself for his Purge speech (I SO hated that) although he is the worst lying-liar-that-lies LOL If he were my brother I would have figured out he was lying way sooner than Dean.

      I just watched Werther for the 4th time. It really is a great episode. Its tied with Fan Fiction for my favourite. Soul Survivor was really good-glad to have human Dean back even though he still had the mark. I loved the whole story of Dean trying his best to live with the MOC and I think he succeeded. If he was an evil person he would have succumbed so much sooner.

      Inside Man is one of my faves too. Kickass Cas and Sam!

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      1. I know right? I didn’t like Cas’s arc over the end of s9 and start of s10 so much but I wholeheartedly welcomed the return of BAMF Cas. And he got his wings back! I miss him teleporting.
        I love The Werther Project, Fan Fiction and Inside Man. Pretty sure those three- along with the whole Demon Dean arc- will go down as SPN classics. Am in total agreement about Dean living with the MOC. It’s so touching how much they’ve been through and yet they’re still trying to do the right thing.

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  4. barb

    So glad you enjoyed the season-I did too. I think my favorites are the same as yours but I add Inside man and The Werther Project. The Werther Project actually had me on the edge of my seat-it was like an old episode of SPN. I really loved it. Soul Survivor was excellent too-Jensen did a great directing job.

    I had enough Demon Dean too. Not my favorite plot. (I like my heroes human). I enjoyed the MOC storyline much better.

    I wish I had the willpower not to read anything about what people felt because (on IMDB) they like NOTHING LOL

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    1. Yeah. I think I got the gist of that from Bella. It’s why I never visit there. I know they don’t like anything on IMDB.

      I dont mind critical watching. What I do is critical watching up to a point. Beyond that it just becomes negative whinging and I can’t get into that.

      I prefer to enjoy things whenever possible.

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      1. barb

        It gets me so mad. Poor Bella usually can’t see an episode till after its aired and after she reads all the negative posts. I think it colors her opinion. I try to get to her before they do LOL Also seriously, if you they hate the show so much why do they watch and talk about it all day!

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    2. It’s the same on Tumblr. That place is toxic. Sites like this are much better because everyone actually discusses things reasonably. Like reasonable people. In a reasonable fashion. And if opinions vary, people are cool with it.

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      1. Lol, maybe I just got into a dodgy corner. I never even got round to making an account because I got so annoyed by everything I saw. But hey, if it works for some.

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      2. barb

        Make your own account and surround yourself with people whose blogs you like. I pretty much am following anything about SPN and that’s about it! So when I go to my dashboard that’s all I see-Dean glorious Dean and some Sam and Cas lol

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      3. Oh God, I know. He has such a punchable face. Fantastic character, fantastic villain, and I HATE him. He’s slimy and repugnant and awful.
        Love Cas- I especially liked his arcs over seasons five, six and eight- and Crowley is obviously fabulous. Didn’t like Kevin at first but he really grew on me. I was horrified when he died. And not entirely surprised.

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      4. I know. That scene in The Great Escapist when Crowley kicks the door in and Kevin’s just there casually eating toast and just SMIRKS at him. And Crowley’s just like, ‘am I seeing this?’

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      5. Oh, Kevin, you gem. That was right up there with the scene in The Great Escapist when Crowley kicked in the door of the houseboat and Kevin was just there eating and casually smirking at him.

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      6. barb

        “So this is me being nosy, but are you the same Barb who comments on Sheila O’Malley’s blog?”

        You can ask me anything..except how much I weigh LOL

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    3. I loved season 10! The Werther Project is one of the best episode of the season and Soul Survivor was fantastic.

      Hey! It’s not true that IMDb likes nothing. I’m always on there and I like plenty of things.
      You’re right though. I spent a lot of time defending S10 and the finale. I don’t mind. I love representing the staunch brother enthusiast POV everywhere I go. It’s what I’m about ;D

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      1. Barb

        “Hey! It’s not true that IMDb likes nothing. I’m always on there and I like plenty of things”

        I will reword that! The MAJORITY of IMDB always has complaints 🙂

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