I managed to finish Season 6 this morning, and there is a lot to say about it. This is the first season of the show after its original intended length, and the storyline does show it.
I wouldn’t say the story line is bad per se, just not the best. Basically we have Castiel and allies vs. Raphael and his allies for control of Heaven. Winner gets to determine the state of the freshly stopped apocalypse.
It makes sense in terms of the story. Now that Michael is gone, the control of heaven is left up for grabs.
My problem with it all though is that there is too much going on overall. There are too many mid tier story lines that seem like a big deal in this season that get resolved.
We’ve got the boys dealing with Eve, the mother of all monsters. We’ve got the Castiel vs. Raphael war, the Crowley monster hunting, the Castiel/Crowley Alliance, the Samuel and Sam monster hunting, the Campbell family. There’s just so much going on, and none of it feels properly fleshed out.
Some of the above story lines could have been stretched out for the entire season, or even longer, but instead they were all tied into a not so pretty bow.
Now don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a bad season at all. It’s still a good season. We get a lot of the witty and funny moments between the cast, we get to see some new monsters, and we get introduced to the realm of Purgatory, which is a somewhat important place in the next few seasons.
All of that, topped with the regular monster hunting episodes and it’s a good season, just not the best. It’s sort of one of the seasons that I classify in the lower end of the ranking. Not necessarily because it’s bad as a whole, just in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the best. Honestly if you had thrown some of the ideas into season 3 or 4, I think I would have enjoyed them much better.
It’s just because they were sort of in a content vacuum that they needed ideas for upcoming seasons, and they sort of missed the mark on this one.
What I will give Season 6 credit for though is how it sets up future seasons. The events in Season 6 directly cause the events in Season 7, and some of the indirect events in Season 8, which is really good. I guess Season 6 could be considered the stepping stone for better seasons, which I believe it is, it just kind of sucks that it had to be a bad stepping stone, and not one that you could watch again and enjoy.
There is one concept I want to touch on briefly though, and that is te e concept of bringing back the dead.
No we know this happens to Sam and Dean a lot. THey come back from dozens (or hudreds of deaths in Dean’s case) with basically no issue, but they are quick to stop others from bringing back the dead. Is that fair? SHould two people, who have come back to life so many times be the ones to properly judge if it is right to bring back your loved ones.? I think it is a tough call to make. I mean maybe tey know better than anyone what harm can become someone who raises the dead, or maybe they know it’s not all its chalked up to be.
My thinking is that Sam and Dean know that death is a form of peace, and bringing someone back from the dead is taking away their peace, causing them more suffering down the road. THey know that the two of them coming back time and time again is maybe good for the world voerall, but they have also caused a lot of deaths just being who they are.
Anywyas, I hope you ejoyed the review. As I write this I already have Season 7 underway, and will finish it with plenty of time to spare.
- My overall season ranking:
- Season 5
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Season 2
- Season 1
- Season 6