Supernatural Season Seven: Hits and Misses – A Second Look
It’s been a few years now since I began the "Hits and Misses" reflections pieces. They’re always a fun way to look back at the last ten years of adventures, emotional moments and character arcs of our favourite brothers. The season seven list holds a unique distinction since in fact it was during the mid-season finale of season seven that I first did a "Hits and Misses" article, looking at what the season in progress had been successful at so far, what it had utterly struck out on and where it may have possibilities for course-correcting in the second half of season seven.
So here we are years later, and the opportunity for a full "Hits and Misses" reflection cannot be ignored. For those interested, here is the link to the original piece: Supernatural Hits and Misses of Season Seven. In that article, I reflected on how well the show fulfilled my hopes back in 2012. In this Second Look, I'll reflect on what I still consider a hit or miss and what needs to be added to the original list having seen how the season finally concluded.
(As always, no particular order to these items)
Hit: Broment – Stone OneThis may have not been resolved very well and it may have become incredibly gimmicky throughout the season, with the visual of Sam doing the now infamous “palm press” to ward off Lucifer hallucinations and the like. With that said, when Dean initially pulled Sam back from the edge and the two connected after the “wall” was shattered was still a strong moment. This is the kind of connection we like to see between these two – and it’s this same connection that years later would have Sam break through the MoC's hold over his brother to stop him from killing Sam. So, regardless of how the storyline would later play out, in the beginning it was a great moment and a hit.
Miss: Benching Baby
This was on my original list and really needs little explanation. What I will say is that the Impala did have some badassery and style in her comeback at the end of the season when she finally returned, so some redemption I suppose.
As above, this was on the original list and it remains a hit. It’s always fun to watch Jared and Jensen play alternate versions of Sam and Dean, especially as bad guys – and the Leviathan interpretations were as witty and clever as always. In addition, the plot revealed the borax weakness – something we’d been needing for a long while. It was a good episode overall.
Miss: Amy, Amy, Amy
Also an original list feature and one that’s been discussed to death so let’s not address it in depth again. It’s a miss because it became a redundancy of drawn out, unneeded tension and contrived, improperly addressed issues that were so unneeded it was incredible. If there was ever a flashing arrow in season seven that said “FAILED PLOT DEVICE”, it pointed straight at the Amy story, no question.
Hit: Storming Sucracorp
This was fun, dramatic and strategic. One advantage of big, corporate bad guys – you need a military maneuver style plan and a whole different way to go about getting to the head of the snake.
Miss: Dean the Drunkard
This also comes from the original list and is apropos after season ten in many ways. Season seven failed at showing Dean struggle with his may-or-may-not-exist issues, largely because it seemed they just couldn’t commit to the plot point or the motivations. Season ten demonstrated much better the descent into and struggle against internal demons and the reactions of those around him. Yes, wholly different story elements – but a smoother way to go, in my opinion. And regardless of how you may feel about season ten, season seven missed on this drinking Dean, fully and completely.
Hit: The Fabulous Mind of Bobby Singer
Don’t need to say much here: terribly sad circumstances warranted an incredible ride. It was visually outstanding and emotionally overwhelming at every step: and that’s why it’s made the list twice!
Season seven brought incredible new, powerful villains of the likes we’d never seen before. Leviathan became a common enemy to demons and humans alike and a threat to so many other supernatural beings in existence. We of course saw the demon storyline play out and a tease of the vampires too; but what about everybody else? Witches, werecreatures, psychics, demigods – where was everybody? It seems more people (creatures) might have been interested in attempting to stop the Leviathan or even seeking out the Winchesters based on their reputations to offer a truce, solution, anything...even attempting something within their own clans. Yet – nothing. Missed chance for great drama somewhere in there.
Hit: Hello Charlie!
As we well know by now, Charlie Bradbury was an excellent, semi-regular addition to the Supernatural family. She was clever, nerdy in the best way, brave and a female character with no romantic overtones whatsoever who just enhanced our characters' lives even as she grew from uncertain to kickass. From her opening montage, it was clear this red-head hacker was going to bring fun and wit to the Winchesters, and she certainly didn’t disappoint.
Miss: Goodbye Bobby
Actually, I’m a little mixed on this one. Bobby’s death was a tribute well done. And the grieving of the brothers was, for the most part displayed in very real ways. Ultimately, even the recognition on Ghost-Bobby’s part of what he was becoming and his decision to go, made on his own, was alright. It’s the fact that there was a ghost who had a decision to make in the first place that leaves me mixed. Of course, keeping Bobby around as often as possible is wonderful, but in some ways, I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to make the first goodbye scene, the final goodbye on that front. So, really, this isn’t a miss per se, but a wonder. Season seven had some of those moments that teetered on the edge of incredible but were pushed too far and ended up in overdone and/or lackluster territory – maybe to ghost storyline hovered nearby.
So there we have it, part 1 in retrospect. Do you agree with my choices? Stay tuned for part 2 - coming soon!