Well, the "Supernatural" season 9 premiere is behind us and the shell-shock hasn't completely released itself even after four viewing's. The CW had an excellent Tuesday night and so did "Supernatural" as 2.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the S9 premiere. The episode "I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here" which aired last night (Oct. 8) was the most watched and best-rated "Supernatural" premiere episode since 2010.
General episode synopsis with thoughts:
The episode was packed full of emotion and action which made for one heck of a ride. We were taken into the interior thoughts of a comatose Sam as he struggled with the decision of fighting for his life or letting go. Dean tried praying to Castiel but when a response didn't come he issued a blanket prayer to any angel with his 'ears on'. Of course, with numerous angels with the world's biggest chip on their shoulders headed your way isn't going to make for a nice afternoon. However, one angel Ezekiel shows up and is willing to honor Dean's request for help to heal Sam, but there's a complication, Sam is too weak, as is Ezekiel from the fall and time is running out for Dean's little brother. Now, anyone who has watched "Supernatural" from the jump knows that Dean doesn't do Sam in danger, hurt, sick or dying well and tough choices with big fallout pretty much always happen.
So, the final option is for Ezekiel to possess Sam to heal him from the inside, yet, it's a mutual benefit as Ezekiel explains that as he heals Sam he can work on healing himself. One problem though, Sam has to say 'yes' and Dean knows he'd never agree to being possessed, so Ezekiel points out that Sam would say 'yes' to Dean. The angel shows Dean how bad Sam is and allows him to see inside his brother's thoughts which show Sam talking to Death making sure he can't be brought back and that no one will ever get hurt because of him again. Now, Dean knows that Sam is ready to let go and make it impossible for him to be brought back, so he agrees to help make Sam say 'yes' and it works.
So, Ezekiel is inside Sam now and tells Dean there is a lot to be done and that Sam needs a lot of healing, but he has agreed that once Sam is healed he will leave his vessel. The angel thinks it best if Sam isn't told about the arrangement and at first Dean doesn't agree but in the end see's that for now it is the only way and has Sam's memory wiped of the hospital and what happened. When Sam does wake up in the passenger seat of the Impala he remembers the angels falling and feeling like "crap" but nothing beyond that. So, we're left with an angel possessed Sam and Dean keeping the secret for now from his brother.
Overall, it was a great episode that has given me a few reservations, yet, I'm filled with excitement for the potential of S9. So, it boils down to some likes and dislikes for the premiere episode: I give the episode an A -
I liked the new title sequence with the burning angel wings for the new season. It doesn't take a genius to know that when Sam finds out about the secret that the crap is going to hit the fan. We're left wondering when that other huge shoe is going to drop. What consequences might there be to being possessed by any angel. What changes could or will happen to Sam? I think for the most part Ezekiel seems like a straight shooter and I hope he leaves Sam when it is time to leave, but I'm thinking that exit may not be a smooth one especially if he decides he doesn't want to leave his new vessel. Castiel told Dean that Ezekiel was a "good soldier" which could be a good or bad thing. Have you ever experienced a "good soldier" that could keep his head down during a fight and not get involved. I can see Ezekiel coming out more often than Dean will like and most likely us, as well. I can't see him not getting involved when they're knee deep in it especially with demons or Abaddon for the matter. Of course, the brief preview for next week's episode may lend some credence to this thought about Ezekiel. Time will tell, I suppose.
I like Castiel but felt co-mingling his struggles and trying to adapt to being human were sort of lost in the shuffle of the boy's struggle back at the hospital. I like that he called Dean, but feel his other scenes might have been better served in another episode.
However, I do have my bones to pick, too, no episode is complete perfection. Let's start with this year's opening song, "Who Do You Love" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, it wasn't the best choice, it wasn't even the best 50th choice for songs. Maybe, the Rolling Stones song, "Paint it Black" or any number of other songs out there would have been a better fit. So, for lack of a better analysis for the opening song, I'd say it fell flat.
Not a fan of yet another secret to push a rift between the brothers looming over the season. Now, don't me wrong, I'm on both their sides, really, as I can see where Sam and Dean are coming from in this episode. Sam wasn't acting selfishly as some might say when he wanted to let go. Can you blame him? At least he was still thinking of his big brother when he wanted to make sure that there could be no way to undo his death, no deals to be made. He didn't want Dean to get hurt or put his life at risk yet again to save him. For Dean, I can understand that desperation is a nasty breeder of quick decisions that often come laden with heavy consequences. He loves his little brother and in the end the idea of him slipping away was too much to bear, so he helps Ezekiel to get the 'yes' that he needs to possess Sam.
The viewers have to already see this run away train hurling the tracks, this isn't going to go well once Sam knows what Dean did to save his life. Dean carries the burden of this secret, but I think as heavy as this cross is for him to bear, ultimately he knows this decision prevented his brother' s death back in the hospital when conventional medicine failed. I see, a mountain of potential problems rising from this 'mutual' benefit situation between Sam/Ezekiel, yet, I'm eager to see it play out.
I watch "Supernatural" for the same reason most do, the brother's and their journey. I'm with Sam and Dean for the high's and low's, the story arcs I may like or hate, because what I get from the show is so much more and I for one am excited for the colossal potential of season 9.
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