May 7, 2006

Finale Report: Supernatural - "Devil's Trap"

The season came to an end for the WB series this past Thursday. It is probably up in the air whether or not the series will return for a second season on the newly formed CW network that will feature some combination of shows from the WB and UPN which will both cease to exist as of September 2006.

The show centers on the ghost hunting brother duo of Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. The season started with Dean paying a late night visit to Sam, bringing with him the news that their father was missing. The catch was that they are a family of demon hunters. Sam was trying to get out of that line of work, he was going to college and had a loving girlfriend, and no desire to return to that life. Dean, on the other hand, had been out working on his own.

With their father missing, and presumably in a lot of trouble, Dean thinks the two of them should hit the road and track him down. Sam is reluctant to join him, but those thoughts changed as the families past has caught up to them. When they were children, a demon killed there mother. She was engulfed in flames after being dragged to the ceiling of baby Sam's room. The demon has returned to haunt them again, this time killing Sam's girlfriend, thereby cementing his return to the demon hunting business alongside his brother.

The season was split between one off episodes, and mythology building story arc episodes. The two traveled around the country tracking down whateven demons and spirits they could find, all while keeping their eyes open for any clue to the whereabouts of their father. The past few weeks worth of episodes have had them reuniting with their father and locating a mystical Colt that can kill demons with a single shot.

Shortly after this joyful reunion, they are contacted by a demon, in the guise of a cute blonde named Meg, who has appeared a few times during the season. She offers a trade, the gun for one of their father's friends, currently being held captive. At the same time, however, the demon that killed their mother reappears. This is their best chance at killing it, but the timing doesn't synch with the proposed trade. Daddy heads off to the drop, with a fake gun, while Sam and Dean stay behind to get the drop on the demon.

Everything falls apart, as Meg and her partner find the gun to be a fake, and the brothers are not able to stop the demon. Although, on the upside, they were able to save the targeted family. This leads directly into the finale, with Dad being held captive, and the brothers unsure of the next move. It would appear that this would be the endgame in their season long search for their father and this demon. Everyhthing is coming to a head in this final hour of the show.

"Devil's Trap" opens with the Dean getting the call about the capture of their father. Sam immediately wants to head off to the rescue, but that is not a smart choice and Dean takes control of the situation. They need to get out of town.

They are followed by Meg, who they are able to get the upper hand on her and get a little bit of info out of her. They are ready to kill her, only to learn that she is not a full demon, but a human being possessed. Now, going back a few episodes, Meg had been knocked out of a seven story window and shot, the only reason she is still alive, is because of that demon. Dean decides to go ahead anyway, knowing she will die.

Jumping ahead, the two find their father being held captive in an apartment building. There are plenty of humans to possess, making it nearly impossible to tell who is an enemy. They figure out a way to thin the crowd and get disguises, buy pulling the fire alarm. The battle their way past a couple of demons and save their father. After getting out of the building, Sam is jumped by another demon, another that has appeared working with Meg. Dean jumps to action shooting it with the mystic Colt, which was supposed to have been left behind. They get away, and just when they think they are safe, they discover their father is possessed by the very demon they have been hunting.

The demon reveals that Meg and the other guy that Dean had killed were its children. Now he wants to continue the blood feud. The demon is in the process of putting a major hurt on Dean, but Sam gets the Colt and is holding it on dear old Dad. The torment is there, can Sam kill his father? What is stronger, love of family, or hatred for evil? SPlit the difference, and Sam shoots Dad in the leg. Won't kill either, but it is enough to save Dad and cause the demon to flee.

Now they have to start all over again in their search. The finale ends with the trio driving down the road, Sam at the wheel, their injured father in the passenger seat, and the really hurt Dean in the backseat. As they are discussing their next move, they are blindsided by a tractor trailer, wrecking their car and pushing them off the road. The driver is revealed to be possessed, and we end with the trio unconcious in the car. Are they dead? Will the truck driver kill them all? What did the demon mean about havbing plans for kids like Sam? Will there be another season? Valid questions all.

I have enjoyed the series a lot more than I thought I was going to. It blends elements of shows like The X-Files and Nightstalker, and mixing in the sensibilities of fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The two leads do a good job at creating distinct peronalities for the brothers, demonstrating the love/hate relationship that helps fuel their search. The series is also shot in these washed out colors that work great for the subject matter. One of the best elements, albeit a minor one, is the presence of old-school rock and roll. I like hearing a soundtrack that isn't filled with current pop junk.

Hopefully, we will get a second season to find out what happened after the crash, and also how they further the search for the killer demon.


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