[TV Review] Supernatural Season 14 (2018) ★★★★★

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Supernatural braces itself to prepare for an epic end. 

The fourteenth season of Supernatural is the penultimate season of this amazing series and is clearly preparing for an epic ending. This season the villains are stronger than ever before, but are also being vanquished keeping the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester on the path to free humankind of all kinds of monsters, demons, and angels on a road to destroy the supernatural and to be finally free themselves. But before that even can remotely happen, there are some sturdy bumps on the road. 

This fourteenth season consists of 20 episodes with each a duration of 42 minutes. It has several story arcs and monster-of-the-week episodes that are intertwined with the overall big storylines. 

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After Dean agreed to let Michael from the other dimension in to kill Lucifer, Michael decided to stay and to destroy our world to get back at god. Now that god has created multiple worlds and abandoned them after he got bored, Michael isn’t the only one who is outraged and disillusioned. But before Sam and Dean come to that conclusion themselves they have to deal with Michael first and now that Jack has lost his grace, he feels lost without his powers and even worse, he’s dying because his body is shutting down. 

This first half of the season is all about Michael possessing Dean, fighting Michael and trying to save Jack. And surprisingly Lucifer might be dead and banished to The Empty, but it left Nick alive and well physically but mentally unstable. While searching for his family’s killer, Nick more and more behaves like a demon himself even wanting Lucifer back in his body. The second half it’s all about Jack and the sinister scheme god himself is playing.

Why you should watch it

This fourteenth season of Supernatural feels a bit different. The tone is different, as well as the music, there’s less humor and the fights are more raw and harsh and the stakes are higher than ever, but it’s also focused more on Sam, Dean, Cass, Jack and Mary. While the villains like Michael might be powerful, the feeling that they will solve this with yet other new consequences, feels very familiar. Also some new characters are thrown in, like the Dark Kaia from another dimension with her spear, but she is as easily forgotten. The Empty, a place where slain angels go, becomes an important element, that feels like a buildup towards the last season. We also see familiar faces like Jody Mills and Donatello and Charlie and Bobby from the other world, but they only play minor roles. Only Rowena is more visible, but only when Sam and Dean need her and she’s not a part of their inner circle all the time. 

This season feels very much like an in between season where some loose ends have to be taken care of before we can get to the end, the ultimate epic battle: defeating god. Therefore some characters sadly have to go, to fully focus on Sam, Dean, Cass and Jack. Causing more friction between them, or creating darker paths to flesh out the characters and to enhance the plot in a devastating way. 

The overall theme of this series is very consistent and again it’s all about family. Now Jack is the new addition to the Supernatural family and considered a son to Sam, Dean and Cass with all the worries that come with it. But also Dean’s and Sam’s own family is shorty reunited by a spell so that Mary and John can reunite in a heartbreaking and heartwarming episode. Even Nick’s family and wanting revenge plays a major part, as does Michael who wants to get back at his father. 

There are three main story arcs. About Michael wanting to destroy all god’s toys, like Lucifer wanted for all the previous seasons, meanwhile possession Dean. It’s about Nick who wants revenge and who wants Lucifer back. The story arc about Michael is very supernatural and feels very familiar, while the story arc of Nick is very different. It’s raw and violent and gruesome. 

And finally it’s all about Jack. He’s not only the most powerful being, asides from god himself, but he also struggles with a lot of problems. First with losing his grace, then by falling ill and dying and finally getting his grace back but losing his soul. All that while he is only just around for two years and is easily manipulated. His character is important to Sam, Dean and Cass who are like fathers to him, but he is also important to the plot. Jack is a welcome addition to the series. He still feels like a young Cass with his facial expressions, what he says, the way he sees the world in a very naive and open-minded way, but very curious nonetheless. And just like Cass used to, he is struggling with himself, feeling that doesn’t belong, but wants to belong and to fit in, doing the right things that ‘his fathers’ would approve of, while powerful and being different isn’t all that easy and easily taken advantage of by others. 

The family business is now most continued by the other-world hunters who went with them to our world. This also means that Sam and Dean only go sporadically on hunts and the monster-of-the-week episodes are therefore less prominent. There’s a fun Halloween episode where Dean’s favorite horror character comes to life. They have to deal with a demigod with the help of Rowena, who proves once again that she is both fierce and powerful and very witty and smart. Dean falls victim to a Stepford husband’s spell. But mostly the episodes all focus on the different story arcs, taking the Winchesters a step closer to a devastating conclusion and their epic battle to come.

My favorite part

I always love Rowena. Every time she shows up in an episode the dynamics change into a  more witty playful scene. She is bubbly and sparkly and fierce and she brightens up the scene with her comments and actions. It’s a nice contrast to the more moody and dark vibe that surround Sam, Dean and Cass. However what I’ve missed the most in this season is that there’s no bad guy who helps them for his own benefits while making sarcastic remarks, spicing and stirring things up a bit, like Crowley and Gabriel mainly used to do.


Rating: ★★★★★

Epic factor: ★★★★★

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★

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Cast and crew

Supernatural is created by Erik Kripke. It stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), Alexander Calvert (Jack), Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills), Briana Buckmaster (Donna Hanscum), Ruth Connell (Rowena McLeod), Samantha Smith (Mary), Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer), Mark Pellegrino (Nick) and Rob Benedict (Chuck).

Music: Christopher Lennertz, Jay Gruska. Cinematography: Serge Ladouceur. Production company: Kripke Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Wonderland Sound and Vision, Supernatural Films. Original Network: The CW.

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