Heaven on Earth has been hell for the Winchester brothers.
Not only has angel warfare been waged, Castiel’s been human and Sam’s been possessed by an angel, but major consequences and death have led Sam and Dean to a heartbreaking rift in the team.
Let’s break the first half of Supernatural Season 9 down in our latest TV Fanatic Report Card…
Best Episode: Supernatural Season 9 Episode 9 provided a great twist and payoff to the Ezekiel/Sam possession (even if it felt like forever to get there), it shifted human Castiel on a new course with another angel's grace, the return of Metatron, angel warfare and the death of Kevin. This was a jam-packed episode that pushed the story forward with some entertaining moments and a heartbreaking ending. These are the type of episodes that make this series stand out and have viewers excited to see what's up next.
Worst Episode: There were a few episodes that felt lackluster, but Supernatural Season 9 Episode 5 was the Dr. Dolittle hour I could have done without. It was good for a few jokes and the actors did they best they could with the material, but it just turned into a gimmick that went on too long. Plus, the animal voices and villain felt straight from a cartoon rather than Supernatural.
Best Character: He may have been locked up and in the back room of the lair for the majority of his time on the first half of Supernatural Season 9, but Crowley never fails to entertain. He always brings a level of humor and charm with his quips and general demeanor, making him a bad guy you love to hate. Or love. Either way, Crowley continues to prove even when he's down, he's got another plan up his sleeve that will cause more problems for the Winchesters. He's such a great character.
Worst Character: April the reaper who possessed the human in Supernatural Season 9 Episode 3. The whole concept of reapers seemed to make no sense during this hour, and April (who provided a joke about taking Castiel's virginity) appeared more like an angel in her endeavors than anything. Why even reveal herself to Castiel? And to be defeated rather quickly? Was she just written in as a means to an end? Her character and the 'rogue reapers' was perhaps a cool concept, unfortunately, it had a lot poorer of an execution.
Best Dean Hook-Up: The sexual tension between Abaddon and Dean in Supernatural Season 9 Episode 2 was on fire ("Are we gonna fight or make out?"), but those two haven't gotten it on. Yet. But it was Dean's ultimate fantasy come true with a pornstar that got him laid (and later, captured) in Supernatural Season 9 Episode 8. This put one of the biggest smiles on his face and turned into an event for him that was muy caliente. Sometimes you just got to take a break from saving the world.
Hopes for the rest of Supernatural Season 9: I'd love to feel like the angels on Earth are bigger than just the few sects we've seen, as I'm hoping to see some clashes with Abaddon and the demons (just what has she been up to this whole time?) I'd be interested to see what Dean would be like with powers (and not dog talking ones).
I'm even hoping to see maybe a fight between angels (maybe Gadreel and Castiel?) that doesn't get cut short or is just a few flashes of light. Mostly, I'm just hoping that the most recent events provide the momentum to keep things entertaining, interesting and fresh, as well as get Sam and Dean back on the same team together. Big things are in store!
Overall Grade: B-
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.