Wow, the summer flew right by, didn't it? (Dodges flying objects). Okay, fine, the wait was excruciating. It's all better now, right? So here we are, at the season five premiere. Thanks to Kripke and his ADHD with this script, I'll just get started with this freaking long ass recap for "Sympathy for the Devil."
In tradition with the past two season openers there must be a montage of the previous season set to a rocking AC/DC tune. This year its "Thunderstruck," which in my mind is the best possible tune they could have picked that hadn't been used yet. The opener is as great as expected and gives an adequate summary of what happened. Sam started the apocalypse. Everyone's screwed.
Back to where we left off, the boys look in horror at the white light emerging from the floor of the convent. They get their wits about them and head for the door but oops, those doors again slam right on them. Those demon controlled entrances seem to bite them in the ass every time. They're trapped and overcome by a deafening sound before being engulfed in white light. While I would normally worry that they would be obliterated by the light much like Alastair in "Heaven and Hell," I know the two leads of the show aren't going to bite it in the season opener.
No time to figure that out (there's not much time for anything in this episode) for the pilot announces they're flying over Ilchester and coming up to Ellicott City before landing in Baltimore. I drive that way once or twice a year from Ohio to the s tate of Delaware so yes, they've got the geography exactly right for the path to the airport. Good research there guys.
Dean astutely observes that weren't they just in Ilchester? The pilot suddenly sees a white burst of light shooting out of the ground below and loses control of the plane, exclaiming "holy crap!" Oh, come on, he could have at least said "holy" and then the rest bleeped out. That would have been a more reaction. Everything starts shaking wildly and the oxygen masks come down. There's a shot of Dean with the oxygen mask on from the outside of the window freaking out by the white light outside and the plane going down. How sweet. It's Phantom Traveler all over again. This time though it likely did take an act of God to get him on that plane.
New title sequence! I like this one better than last year's, but that's because the birds got on my nerves quick. I hate birds. An explosion of red and black smoke swirling on top of a white background with the words "Supernatural" in a deep red. It's so...end of the world.
Next scene shows a nice modern car coming down the road with a rental tag, which I actually think is the brand new 2010 Ford Taurus (too dark to tell for sure though). If so, that is one sweet ride! I'm from a Ford family, so I know. I'm assuming the plane was able to land in Baltimore, considering the boys are now cruising in style. Sam turns on the spiffy digital radio where the display shows inside and outside temperatures in Celsius. So how warm is 16 (inside) and 24 (outside) degrees Celsius? Yes, I'm an ignorant American that forgot from school how to do the conversion. Anyone else notice the dual temperature control so the driver and passenger can have their own settings? Both brothers have theirs set the same. I guess that make s it convenient for the constant rooming together. No fights over the thermometer. Too bad, some our best family fights are over temperature.
Anyway, a news report on the radio mention s they doubt there would be a terrorist attack on an abandoned convent in Ilchester. No, things just explode randomly in white light all the time. Dean tells Sam to change the station. An unexpected hurricane hits Texas. Nuclear testing in North Korea. An earthquake and then swine flu. Oh, so that's a sign of the apocalypse. Doesn't surprise me at all since everyone i s treating it like the end of the world.
Sam turns off the radio in disgust and looks guilty while Dean looks pissed. Sam tries to apologize but Dean shuts him down, and that disturbs Sam a bit. Okay, a lot. Dean just wants to put their heads down and figure out what next. "First thing first, how did we end up on Soul Plane?" Hee, good one ! Sam speculates it's the angels. Dean dismisses it as the least of their worries. He has a better idea. They've got to find Cas.
Let's take a paragraph to follow the road map on this one. Quite a bit of territory is covered. They have to drive from Baltimore to Kripke's Hollow, Ohio, which is obviously fictional. So best case scenario Kripke's Hollow is in northeastern or eastern Ohio. That's a f ive to six hour drive. Trust me, I know. Then later they end up in Upstate New York near Buffalo, since the lockup is in Black Rock, NY, which is another 3 to 4 hours at least. Throw in Delaware, and there's some strange road covered in this story.
Back at Chuck's place and aside from the blood splattered everywhere it doesn't look all that different since it looked like a bomb exploded in there to begin with . Sam and Dean ar e in full investigation mode and hear a noise. Sam goes to check it out without a weapon or cover. Yeah Sam, it's not like something is waiting around the corner to strike you. So Chuck comes out from around the corner and hits Sam with a plunger. That's the best weapon he can find? Still, it's a pretty gnarly strike. Chuck is floored to see them. "You're okay!" Chuck exclaims. "Well, my head hurts," Sam replies, not forgetting about the plunger thing. You're lucky it was rubber object Sam.