Supernatural is one of those shows that is in that awkward position of having completed its intended arc some while ago, but yet it is still going despite merely covering the same old ground in new ways.
The first half of Season 7 is almost excruciating to watch. In an attempt to shake things up the Winchester brothers have been stripped off their car as well as old favourites Bobby and Castiel.
Obviously the plan is to strip them down to the basics and give us a more gritty and raw series than in recent years.
But when you’ve taken the characters to hell and back, quite literally in this case, there’s an inevitable downside when proceedings are slowed down afterwards.
Thankfully though, as the season progresses the more familiar tropes return and we are given a second half of the season that feels, well, much more like it.
Main villain Dick Roman is a welcome addition as the leader of the Leviathans who are determined to enslave humanity after being unwittingly released from purgatory.
James Patrick Stuart is fantastic as the suave but deadly Roman, there’s more than a hint of Christian Bale in his performance, and he is surely going to be a familiar face to genre fans in no time.
The cliffhanger, a Supernatural tradition at this stage, is one of the best yet and sets up season eight very nicely as well.
Overall the good completely outweighs the bad, as you expect from Supernatural, and if you can forgive the treading of water in the early episodes you’ll find an enjoyable genre watch that never takes itself too seriously.
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