*Checks to see when I posted Part One of this series.*
Two weeks ago, huh? That’s not bad, I finished Season 2 much faster than Season 1. Let’s see what Twitter has to say about this.
Poor @Brian_OConor518 (cc: @KayMcFarland @EmmieMears )
— Shauna Granger (@dyingechoes)
That’s fine, I didn’t expect to get caught up to Shauna, but…
@Brian_OConor518 @dyingechoes @KayMcFarland @EmmieMears *cough* I’m on S5 *cough* — Jessica Negrón (@loladeee)
Well I’m still proud of myself for watching this season much faster than the last one. And reason is not that I had more free time, but that Season 2 was much better, in my option, than Season 1.
This season really did start off with a bang – Dean almost dying and then WinDad sacrificing his own soul to to save his son. Wowzers, quite a shocker. I really expected WinDad to stick around for a while after the end of last season. Tons of props to the guy who played the Yellow Eyed Man – he did a great job of being smug and sinister all at the same time.
There were still a bunch of Monster of the Week episodes this season, but there seemed to be more of the overarching story built into each episode, whether it be the WinBros dealing with their father’s death, the inclusion of the Harvelles or the introduction of more kids with psychic abilities, everything seemed much tighter knit to the main narrative.
Last time I complained about how I thought the WinBros needed more supporting characters to bounce off of, and I’m happy to see the writers did just that. I absolutely loved the inclusion of the Harvelles’ – especially Jo. The banter between her and Dean is wonderful, she’s a great foil for him, with the sarcastic attitude and snappy comebacks to match his. They’ve done a good job ratcheting the romantic tension between them, and then laying on even more drama with the revelation that WinDad was responsible for the death of Jo’s father. Plus she’s super badass:
I loved the episode where they went after the Sludgy Ghost of HH Holmes and she proved to the WinBros that she just as much a Hunter as both of them.
The inclusion of Gordon as a recurring rival to the Winbros was also welcome. I’ve always liked the idea of an evil version of the main characters as a recurring villain in fiction, much as I enjoyed Faith as an adversary to Buffy (and am still mortified that Shauna didn’t like her ). I found Gordon very akin to Faith actually, as someone who was unafraid to go the extra mile Dean and Sam would not.
More comedy added to the show also helped me enjoy this season more too. The Trickster and Hollywood Babylon had me laughing out loud. I mean look at this:
I had flashbacks of that classic X-Files episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” watching that scene. Slow Dancing Alien was amazing, but the true highlight of the season was this:
THE RETURN OF MONSTER TRUCK!!!!! I was literally in tears when they flashed that ‘From the Producers of Monster Truck’ bit. The Missus looked at me like I was having some kind of mental breakdown. I couldn’t adequately explain to her the true majesty of Monster Truck.
So I guess I should talk about Sam and Dean a little bit too. I love how they’ve gone full nerd with Dean. Him making the SFF references in every episode and then having a total horror film geek out during the aforementioned Hollywood Babylon episode was great. He’s definitely been solidified as the Number One WinBro for me. Sam – I’m not really a huge fan so far. I understand he’s been through a whole lot of trauma with the death of his dad and the possibility that he might turn into a Tetsuo-esque telekinetic maniac, but it’s a little too much with his drama in every episode.
So in closing – more comedy good, tighter narrative also good, and Dean = Best WinBro.
You get down with your bad self Mean Dean.