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Supernatural Midseason Report Card: B-

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Ho, ho, ho? More like hi, hi, hi-atus!

With almost every primetime program taking a few weeks off, TV Fanatic staff members are using the break to assess the first halves of various seasons. From Private Practice to The Vampire Diaries, we've already handed out a slew of midseason grades. Up next, courtesy of its lead critic, Sean McKenna, Supernatural...

Best Episode: "Meet the New Boss." While the most recent episode involving Bobby's death was another series high, I have to give it to the premiere episode. Not only was the idea of Castiel as the new God scary, but when he transformed into the psychotic Leviathan, I had no idea how the brothers would handle the problem. Even Sam dealing with Lucifer mind games upped the ante on a great start to the season.

Worst Episode: "How To Win Friends and Influence Monsters." As much as I'm a fan of writer Ben Edlund, this episode didn't stick with me. I recognized the jokes from getting high to eating turducken, but really, that's the grand Leviathan plan? And Dick Roman as the leader wasn't cutting it in terms of scary. Overall, the episode felt all over the place and lacked in the tense and creepy factor normally attached to the show.

Best Character: Bobby Singer. I know it's normally a toss up between choosing Sam and Dean, but Bobby has had far more to do in terms of depth and exploration of character this season. He really stepped up as that father figure and more recently viewers got to see a little of his past. If anything, his death was a fitting ending (even though I still don't want it) to a great character that will truly be missed.

Worst Character: Dick Roman. Or maybe the Leviathan in general. I think Dick's smarminess and politically corrupt agenda would be better suited for a show like The Good Wife. He doesn't come across as supernatural scary or threatening. In fact, the whole of the Leviathan are lacking in that department and maybe it's because we still don't know what their primary goal is. For creatures that are supposed to be worse than all the other big bads that Sam and Dean have faced, they sure don't feel like it.

What worked: I love the return to hunting monsters of the week again. I've missed dealing with urban legends and ghosts, so its been a real treat to see the brother's back to their original work. Even the idea that Sam and Dean are left to face everything on their own is an intriguing concept. Plus, although it's felt more absent in the later episodes, Sam dealing with Lucifer as a hallucination was a fun and thought provoking idea. Is Sam really still in the cage?

What didn't work: Aside from running away from the Leviathan, there's been a lack of direction for Sam and Dean. I have no idea the end goal other than the typical save the world, and I have no idea what the Leviathan want besides eating people. In general, the Leviathan have felt like wasted potential, especially with the set up of the menacing creatures played by Misha Collins in the premiere episode.

Hopes for 2012: Don't get me wrong, I love Supernatural, the brotherly relationship, and fighting off demons, ghosts, etc. But I'm really hoping that the second half of the season gets an adrenaline kick to bring back the scary, the tension, the jaw dropping cliffhangers, and a bad guy worth fearing. Maybe it's been a slow lead up, but it would be nice to see a grand scheme finally revealed to give the brothers something to do on the larger story arc.

Perhaps returns from Misha Collins and Mark Shepherd as well? I recognize that after six seasons, its going to become harder and harder to top the last one, but no matter what complaints or dislikes I might have, it's safe to say that the show pretty much always delivers in the end. I look forward to seeing Sam and Dean dealing with truly being alone and facing that long road ahead of them. And please bring back that Impala!

Overall Grade: B-

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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i need to make a wtliresng figure stop motion so it has to join vids and you can replace the soundtrack

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I think now that the show has come back from the break, the writers finally know where they want to take it in terms of the Leviathan... whatever the plan is for them I think we might finally be going somewhere with them eg. The field that Dick Roman has in 7.11. Let's hope the rest of the season is good...

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I give the season an A- so far. I like it. After the season opener, I thought the leviathans would really be something,,,but so far they are a dud. Like the guys going back to sometimes hunting monsters. I hope we see more of Crowley, and I have a strong hunch we will be seeing a lot more of Lucifer. I don't think it's all in Sams head. Maybe Lucifer found a way to break out of the cage?

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I have enjoyed S7 way more than S6, that's for sure! I suspect there are major surprises in store for the second half (and remember, we get a bonus 13th episode this year), and I'm waiting for us to get some pulse-pounding, incredible shows in 2012. I've thoroughly enjoyed every ep so far, and even Becky and the wedding show had some great moments. The last we saw was nothing short of brilliant, but I don't know if I can handle Bobby really being dead. I have adored this show from day one and will stick with it until the end. As for that, either the Winchester brothers must both live or both die, but whether they end up on earth, in heaven, hell, or purgatory, they must end up as soulmates, together. Love, Robin, columnist for Winchester Family Business and Moogi.com

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I agree with your assessment. I started to watch Grimm after they killed off Castiel. Now that Bobby may be dead, too. I will switch. I will only watch the episodes with Misha Collins in it. With the way things are going, I am surprised that it is not canceled yet. This is setting up to be the series finale.

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One thing about this season is that its the first without Kripke's name in the credits and the fact that its felt so uneven naturally begs the question. Even if EK's involvment had gradually diminished over time, apparantly a complete lack of such is apparantly devastating to the show. The thing that has consistently impressed me is the show's ability to keep finding ways of upping the ante and making it work. Each season had been an outgrowth of what came before it. It seemed to be a natural progression. Cass as God was a really nice story but the Levithan have me seriously underwhelmed and the show seems to be lacking any and all direction. Liked certain eps but this series is lacking cohesion. Really hoping it turns around.

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I think you are pretty right on most of the stuff in your article. I do want to know the end game with the Leviathans. Something that can't be killed is scary, but I keep thinking that the witch and wizard could handle them. Dean going through all this again, with his 'carrying the world on his shoulder' is worth it. Sam has a new, better storyline with Lucifer playing in his head. I want Sam to go off the deep end with this storyline. And see Dean pulling him out of it.. and perhaps Dean can have a fuller part in it with his trip to hell? But, Misha Collins dying (or exiting) like he did was a disservice to this long running, much beloved character. Shame on the writer and Sera... I think under her direction the show has lost a lot of its soul. Can't anyone stop this woman? Where is Kripke? Bobby's Death eposide was the best... really showed the boys and their feelings (acting). Bobby (Jim Beaver) did a great job, he always has with his grumpy, smartass approach. I too think he shouldn't die at the end of that eposide. I believe that half of his brain may be dead and he will be in a coma or rehab. fighting back to regain his hunter instinct. I think he told the reaper to buzz off... after all it's Bobby. If he can open his eyes, write a number on Sam's palm, then call them idzits... well heck, what's a little bullet in the head? I just don't want the boys all alone... they have been in the past. But we don't need to see them helpless again. They need BOBBY! I don't want to see this show destroyed by killing all the characters. Heck, next thing you know they will kill Dean like they did with Sam in Season 5. Not fun, and that is no way to go out and piss off your viewers.

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I love this show. I'd give this season a B+/A- and the only reason it wasn't higher was that I think the wedding episode would have been much improved had Becky been less silly a character. The rest of them I've enjoyed. The show is mostly hampered by being 42 minutes long; it's got to be hard to open, tell, and close a story in such a short time and have every aspect of it be effective. Viewers want plot, action, character development, etc. in every episode, and by and large, we get it.

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I hated Season Seven Time for a Wedding, so that is my worst episode. I do hope they get back to Sam's issues this season. I just can't buy that he is just hunky dory fine right now. I am enjoying this season and I look forward to where they go from here.

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There biggest mistake was writing off Misha Collins. He was great as the Leviathan and having the Big Bad wearing the Winchester's best friend would have added menace, pathos and personal stakes to this year's mytharc without having to kill off the last recurring character on the show. Right now it is a toss for me which season is worse, this one or the last one.

Supernatural Quotes

You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture's been tortured with torture like the torture you'll be tortured with.

Crowley

Castiel: It's very complex. If the pizza man truly loves this babysitter, why does he keep slapping her rear? Perhaps she has done something wrong.
Dean: Are you watching porn? Why?
Castiel: It was there.
Dean: You don't watch porn in a room full of dudes. And you don't talk about it. Just turn it off. Well now he's got a boner.

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