It had highs, it had lows - overall it was a full, jam-packed year of ups and downs, unlike that which we've encountered before or since. Take a look and sound off below - anything not on these lists you think should have been? Let's hear it! (As always - no particular order to these):
Hit: Dick Roman
Suave. Calm. Collected. Smooth. Arrogant. The list goes on. As villains go, there are so many ways to approach the bad-ass bad-guy character and we’ve had quite the parade of the them throughout Supernatural history. What makes a truly memorable baddie is someone with distinct style, and Roman definitely had that. He was witty (which we love in our villains) and enjoyed playing with our boys in a way that was tantalizingly familiar (YED, Lucifer) but distinct in the lack of subtly and the Saturday-morning Rule-the-World kind of way. Whatever else may have gone wrong in season seven, Dick Roman was kind of fun and awesome.
Interesting premise I suppose, the idea of Cas “transferring” Sam’s damage to himself but in practice it had so many issues. Frankly, it was just one more thing in the mix and never addressed, truly, the damage to Sam by his time in Hell. The whole concept and plot was a mess ultimately.
Hit: Meet Frank
If we had to lose Bobby down the road, then Frank was an acceptable addition and further to that, stood totally as his own character. He was a paranoid curmudgeon with new tech talents the boys desperately needed. Frank was a fantastic new character. In fact, season seven was ripe with rich character additions and he was one of the many pleasures.
Miss: Dead Cas
Yes, this was on the original list and yes, a few things on this half of the list touch on Castiel. It did strike a nerve that Castiel died with minor fanfare and was barely mentioned again until he was rediscovered. In retrospect the lack of a grief plot was due to Castiel’s resurrection later; nevertheless it still feels like his death would have had a stronger response one way or another.
On the heels of the aforementioned Miss, this may seem out of place – but this remains as one of my favourite Supernatural sequences: Cas as God. It was brief, but awesome. Castiel lost his mind to the Leviathan, the souls and the power therein, visiting churches and recasting his trenched image in stained glass and other ridiculous things all the while looking terrifyingly insane. It was clever writing, great acting and an interesting red-herring as to who the villain of season seven might be.
Miss: The Trial of Dean Winchester
Rehash from the original list, so let’s be quick: it was a disappointment to say the least. The trial was underwhelming in every respect from the witnesses to the way Sam played lawyer to Osiris’ weak portrayal. Missed opportunities all around.
Hit: Old Friends
Faces we know and love (or love to hate) back again – how could I not include this again?
Miss: Fall of the Wall
Again, from the original list so to keep it short and sweet: too much build up and far, far too little pay off.
Hit: Prophet Kevin
Remember those great characters we mentioned being introduced in season seven? Kevin is definitely among the best of the best. Some of the most entertaining characters are the supernatural virgins plunged into the world of vamps and demons and Kevin was as squarely pure as they come before Sam and Dean. Plus he brought mom along for the ride – what’s not to love?
Miss: Diabolical Grand Villain – Corporate America
While Dick Roman was a great lead villain – the actual “bad guy” was, in theory, Corporate America, taking over the world by infiltrating those everyday businesses and infecting one burger at a time. It’s a fun commentary on the state of North American society, yes, but makes for a bit of a slow plot at times too. It wasn’t a major miss, I guess it’s more a nitpick comment because I didn’t mind it either.
So there we have, the flaws and wins of season seven. Thoughts?
If you'd like to judge the accuracy of my first impressions, compare my new choices against my original Season 7 Hit and Miss review!