A while back I did an article during one of my dour days, back when the site was nothing but a vanilla blog page and had ten followers. It asked the question, What are your Supernatural blue funk episodes?" Well, itâ€™s Tuesday and I have a laundry list of things that have me in the deep blue funk of futility today. So, Iâ€™m sitting on the couch, remote in hand, dogs curled up by my side, ready to go through five seasons of Supernatural to decide which episodes are going to pull me out of this. Considering the blue funk list I published back in November 2008 is terribly outdated, itâ€™s time to go through this fun exercise again. After all, tastes and desires change, right? Maybe not. Letâ€™s go through the list and find out.
As I did last time, Iâ€™ll just list the episodes by season and why I like them.
Season One: â€œPhantom Traveler,â€ â€œHome,â€ â€œNightmare,â€ â€œProvenance.â€
After re-watching season one again as it aired in syndication on TNT, I earned a new appreciation for season one. It really wasnâ€™t as inferior to the other seasons as I thought. Now granted I still list season one as the weakest of the four (season five canâ€™t be judged yet), but it set the tone and foundation for the major build up to come. Two episodes on this list remain from last time, â€œHomeâ€ and â€œNightmare.â€ I absolutely love those episodes and always will. However, going through the season again, I forgot how much I loved â€œPhantom Travelerâ€ and â€œProvenanceâ€ too. â€œPhantom Travelerâ€ is an emotional episode that sets many wonderful firsts in the series. â€œProvenanceâ€ is not only a long overdue look into Samâ€™s character, but the brotherly moments are especially strong and the creep factor of the ghost story is off the chart. It makes you remember this is a horror show.
Season Two: â€œIn My Time of Dying,â€ â€œThe Usual Suspects,â€ â€œNightshifter,â€ â€œBorn Under a Bad Sign,â€ â€œTall Tales,â€ â€œHeart,â€ and the first two thirds of â€œAll Hell Breaks Loose Part II.â€
You know, there isnâ€™t a bad episode in season two (except for maybe â€œNo Exitâ€). This season is easily the most consistent and each episode offers something to smile about. However, my list didnâ€™t change all that much. I still love â€œIn My Time of Dyingâ€ and nowadays, it reminds me that much more why I love Kim Manners. There are so many wonderful directing nuances to that episode that still blow me away today. â€œThe Usual Suspectsâ€ remains high on my personal favorites list for reasons unknown. â€œNightshifterâ€ is just one of those exciting â€œget lost in the out of control plotâ€ episodes thatâ€™s escapism at its finest. â€œBorn Under a Bad Signâ€ easily makes my personal top five best ever, and â€œTall Talesâ€ has always been a big favorite and I even got the kids into it recently. Youâ€™re going to find all the Trickster episodes are on here.
Where my sentiments start to change is the tail end of the season. I no longer desire â€œWhat Is and What Should Never Be,â€ like I used to. I keep finding myself pulling out the other emotionally heavy episodes like â€œHeartâ€ and â€œAll Hell Breaks Loose Part IIâ€ (until the not so great graveyard scene). Itâ€™s because the brotherly interaction is so much stronger in those episodes. That after all seems to be what breaks my wittle heart to pieces and keeps me obsessive about this show.
Season Three: â€œBad Day At Black Rock,â€ â€œBedtime Stories,â€ â€œA Very Supernatural Christmas,â€ â€œMystery Spot,â€ â€œNo Rest For The Wicked.â€
My sentiments for season three havenâ€™t changed one bit except Iâ€™m finding new appreciation for â€œBad Day at Black Rock.â€ Probably because now that Bela is dead and gone, she doesnâ€™t irritate as much. It really is quite a brilliant screwball comedy and when you think about it, Sam is the comic relief? Thatâ€™s a rare anomaly and a precious one too. â€œMystery Spotâ€ is still my all time favorite comfort episode. I also still love â€œBedtime Storiesâ€ for reasons unexplained. Probably because it was a Sam turning point. He got pretty cold hearted after that. With â€œNo Rest For The Wicked,â€ Iâ€™m still screaming â€œDean!â€ every time it comes on. What a gruesome and very emotional ending.
Season Four: â€œLazarus Rising,â€ â€œYellow Fever,â€ â€œWishful Thinking,â€ â€œSex and Violence,â€ â€œOn The Head of A Pin,â€ â€œThe Monster At The End of This Book,â€ â€œWhen The Levee Breaks.â€
Season four (and I know several of you disagree) is Supernaturalâ€™s best season. To me itâ€™s no contest. Sure, itâ€™s darker. Very dark. But talk about the baggage and layers for our boys. I could actually watch this season from beginning to end and be thrilled for weeks (minus â€œFamily Remainsâ€). However, I did have to pick the real blue funk ones.
â€œLazarus Risingâ€ is pure awesomeness. Dean pulls himself out of his own grave, Sam uses his powers after four freaking seasons and does it behind Deanâ€™s back (Iâ€™m glad they only dragged that out to episode four) and enter Castiel, the most bad ass angel entrance ever! This is not Roma Downey folks. Sheer perfection from beginning to end. â€œYellow Feverâ€ and â€œWishful Thinkingâ€ are brilliant comedic episodes with a very underlying dark message. Iâ€™m all about the dark humor though. Itâ€™s my British heritage. They trump any comedy previously done because they reveal some really complex layers in the brothers and are biting in their messages. They both create huge angst for the brothers. Itâ€™s all good.
As for â€œSex and Violence,â€ I just love this one personally. Brothers fighting, Sam getting laid with a spunky chick that I liked, and one very crafty villain that causes Sam and Dean to pound the living crap out of one another. Then Bobby saves the day! The scars run deep at the end and for some reason, I like that. I love watching this one over and over again. I know, Iâ€™m very alone. As for â€œOn The Head of a Pin,â€ Iâ€™m ready to list that as one of the best episodes ever. Sure it was an angel heavy story, but itâ€™s an awesome angel heavy story. I adore Mishaâ€™s chance to shine, and Jensen and Jared were no slouches either. This has Samâ€™s demon blood addiction reveal and itâ€™s great. Ditto for poor Dean and his devastation over finding out he broke the first seal. The reaction still haunts me when thinking about it.
â€œThe Monster At The End of This Bookâ€ is another top ten all time list entry. What can I say? Itâ€™s howlingly funny, introduces one of the coolest characters ever in the prophet Chuck, tests the brotherly relationship in a big way and Castiel is at his finest. Itâ€™s sharply written and amazingly executed given the meta concept. Itâ€™s one of those episodes the show will be remembered forever for. However, if I had to pick a personal favorite all season, it would be â€œWhen The Levee Breaks.â€ The show slowly built up to this inevitable fall out all season and when it happened, the results were every bit as explosive as they should have been. I was a mess for weeks. Thatâ€™s how you build up a story line! Plus the Sammy angst was off the charts. Thatâ€™s my thing.
Season Five â€“ â€œFree To Be You and Me,â€ â€œChanging Channels,â€ â€œMy Bloody Valentine.â€
Season five has been a mixed bag so far. Each individual episode has been good (except maybe â€œSwap Meatâ€) but as a whole the season isnâ€™t flowing together like season four did. Or three. Or two. Or one. However, thereâ€™s still plenty of comfort. For me, I love the separate stories told in â€œFree To Be You and Me.â€ Especially Samâ€™s sad story for things just keep getting worse for the poor boy. Dead girlfriend with the guilt trip was the kicker for me but you canâ€™t top a nighttime visit from Satan himself. Sam should have been rattled to the core. Dean and Castielâ€™s meeting with Raphael was really cool too and I just like the way that whole thing was shot. Sure, I fast forward through the entire brothel scene but Iâ€™ll manage that for the rest is so riveting to me.
â€œChanging Channelsâ€ no doubt is a series classic. Iâ€™m still debating its position on the top ten all time list, but itâ€™s up there. You wonder how such a concept can work on paper and boy does it. Of course it helps to bring the Trickster back and give him something to really sink his teeth into. This is a Jeremy Carver patented roller coaster thrill ride that has you laughing one second, stunned the next, and just plain emotionally crushed by the end. When Iâ€™m an emotionally exhausted wreck, the episode works.
â€œMy Bloody Valentineâ€ is season fiveâ€™s equivalent to â€œOn the Head of A Pin.â€ On the edge of your seat suspense (once you get done gagging) that finally lets Sam loose in a very troubling way with his full strength powers in front of Dean. Deanâ€™s crushed reaction is every bit as earth shattering as we could have imagined. Heck, it broke the poor boy. Iâ€™ve seen this episode a ridiculous amount of times already and will continue to do so Iâ€™m sure.
Okay, thereâ€™s my long-winded reasoning behind my choices. Whatâ€™s yours? Iâ€™m off to start watching now.