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SERIES REVIEW: FTN reviews Supernatural Season 7

November 22nd, 2012 by Paddy Comments

Supernatural Season 7
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Mischa Collins.

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.

Three out of Five Nerds

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...