I apologize now for the late review of Season 4. I opened up my laptop yesterday, that was plugged in all night, and found it dead and not charging.
Eventually I went to Apple and bought a new cord, but that didn’t really fit into my schedule so I had to forgo posting yesterday unfortunately.
Season 4 sees Supernatural coming to an end of what was the original intended length, and the story clearly points to it.
Dean unknowingly broke open the first of 66 seals, and the boys and their new angel “allies” are working to prevent the other 65 from breaking and releasing Lucifer.
The brothers let some seals break and stop some from breaking. They work with these angels to stop the demons, but slowly we learn that more and more seals are being broken.
Dean is told that he will be the one to stop all of this, but Sam is the one that is actively working on his demon powers to get strong enough to stop Lilith, to the chagrin of all his allies and loved ones.
We get to meet Castiel for the first time this season (FINALLY!) and we also get Chuck near the end of it.
Overall the season is pretty good. I still prefer Season 3, but I would rank this one above Season 1 and 2.
This season was back to it’s full length of 22 ish episodes, and we get a nice variety again between main story enemies and random ones along the way.
Even some of the ones we thought were random turned out to be related to the overall story.
If you’re a fan of folklore and history like I am though, this show never seems to disappoint in terms of teaching you something. It’s fascinating to see the different culture’s ghosts and ghouls be brought to light in a more modern setting.
There are two interesting ideas that kept coming to mind whenever I would see Sam using his powers and Dean not liking a moment of it.
Family, and Responsibility.
Let’s get into the what I mean by responsibility.
Now Sam is a hunter, and we learn he has some pretty extraordinary powers–he is immune to the demon push thing and he can kill/exercise demons with his mind. Pretty sweet when your big enemy is a demon and they can’t touch you.
Unfortunately, Sam needs to drink demon blood to get stronger, and it slowly gets him addicted to it, and at the beck and call to Ruby.
I kept thinking back to the classic Spider-Man line: “With great power comes great responsibility,” and how it related to Sam.
Sam could defeat Lilith and potentially stop the war, but does he have to? Should he sacrifice his sanity and potentially his life just because he is maybe the only thing that could stop Lilith?
It would be possible to stop her without Sam’s powers. It wouldn’t be easy but it would be possible. Should Sam sacrifice himself for the greater good? It’s a problem heroes face all the time in storytelling.
Thinking logically, what if there was a bigger threat than Lilith and Sam could stop that one too. He could stop the enemy that would cause the more damage. But what if he sacrificed himself for Lilith instead, making him never able to sacrifice himself for what came next.
What do you think? Is Sam responsible to sacrifice himself for the threat at hand?
I also wanted to talk about what the word “family” means for a bit.
Sam and Dean are obviously blood brothers, and they feel responsible for each other’s actions.
Family is a big theme in Season 4, because Dean sees Sam slowly slip into darkness the more demon blood he consumes.
Eventually Dean can no longer handle it, and tries to give up on Sam. He tries to forget his responsibility to Sam because to him, Sam is hopeless. Sam can’t be saved any more.
But we all know Dean, and after a great line from Bobby “You think family is supposed to make you warm and happy? That’s why they’re family. They’re supposed to make you miserable,” Dean caves and reaches out to Sam.
Now to the question I wanted to ask.
Can and should you give up on family?
I know everyone will have a different idea on the matter, but I think its a worthwhile debate. Assume you’ve done all you can for your family. You’ve helped them out of scrape after scrape, yet they keep doing whatever they think is best, even though it’s so clearly wrong.
Dean gave up on his brother for a moment, and I’m sure he hates himself for it and won’t forget it till the day he dies, but that’s who Dean is.
I hope everyone enjoyed the review. Look out for Season 5, hopefully next Saturday because there won’t be any issues that come up (fingers crossed).