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.


I think saying that Bobby is dead is premature. Things don't look good for him, but there was a small possibility left at the end of the last episode. Lord knows that this show is the one to figure out how to bring people back.
I still love Supernatural and I'm going to stick with it.


This season's ups and down are wearing me thin. I will always watch Supernatural but I agree with you about the Leviathans. Considering how truly terrifying they could be, it feels as if the writers are just not making use of their potential.


I have to agree with you on your choices.
I'm going to stick around, as I do love the show, but with the sloppy writing I am enduring and the cast dismissals, it's becoming harder and harder to enjoy. Hopefully it does turn around.


I agree with a lot of your analysis- the season needs more direction, which we'll hopefully get after the hiatus. But while you mentioned Bobby, Cas and Sam's storylines, I'm really surprised you didn't at least touch on what Dean is going through. I get so tired of him being ignored in these type of articles, or else just lumped together as "Sam and Dean." Sorry, it's a sore point for me, especially after season 6.


I love the Impala and want it back but I wont stop watching if they don't...Grimmm is nowhere near the show Supernatural has been!!! Been a watcher since it started and I will as long as it comes on, Jensen and Jared are the best.


@dewsterling i dissagree with you if you are a fan of the show u should stick with it trought ups and downs i find this to be yet another great season esspecily with ep four and jo's return and reuion with dean . While yes a im a fan of grimm it is noehere near supernatural satus . Repley if you want .


I agree with almost everything. I'd have to say that the worst episode of the season so far has been Season 7: Time for a Wedding! I absolutely HATED Becky in that, whereas before I just found her annoying. I found the whole episode uncomfortable and unecessary. Also, I'm hoping that now in the 2nd half of the season, they're going to go back to Sam's hallucinations. They finally showed in the last ep that he's still having problems, so I hope it's addressed. The premise started off so promising and then just kind of fell to the wayside. I'm also waiting for the Leviathan storyline to become something. Right now, they're really not doing anything for me. I'll stick with my show til the end though! Even not so great episodes of Supernatural are still loads better than most of the crap on TV today! :-)


I agree for the most part. However, i love this season compared to Season 6. I've tried watching the Season 6 boxed set a couple of times, and too many of the episodes are weak. By contrast, I have enjoyed most of this year's episodes. My least favorite? The one Jensen Ackles directed. The script was week and there were just too many brief flashbacks. Back and forth, back and forth. I got annoyed.
Oh, and I think Dick Roman is pretty creepy, by the way. It's the eyes.


I'd like to see some "better" writers focus on the relationship between Sam and Dean. The poorly written Amy conflict really divided the fans early in the season with no pay off.


Bored by and annoyed with the season. Took it off DVR to make room for Grimm and will pretend that the show ended at the close of S5. Supernatural is dead to me now.

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