Supernatural: Season Six DVD Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
That sound of rushing air you may have heard at the end of the finale episode of season six of Supernatural came from its legion of fans breathing a sigh of relief that there would be a season seven…and that the series wasn’t going to end with the lackluster season six. The season began a year after the events in seasons five’s finale. Dean is leading a quiet suburban life with old flame Lisa and her son Ben. However his idyllic life is turned upside down when Sam shows up…alive and well, and free from Hell. Sam has been hunting with the family that the boys never knew they had…maternal grandfather Samuel (Mitch Pileggi) as well as their mother’s cousins.
Season six might be best described as unfocused, at least early on…A variety of sub-plots muddied up the first half of the season. Besides getting acquainted with new family members, the boys were caught in the middle of the civil war in Heaven between the angels. There’s also the sub-plot of Heaven’s artifacts like the Staff of Moses being stolen and used to wreak havoc on Earth. On top of all this, the boys learn of a new threat to the world, something called Eve, The Mother of All. Oh and let’s not forget another important sub-plot involving Sam himself…returned from Hell but missing something important…his very soul! With all this going on, Season Six did not get up to full speed until the middle of the season. The writers seemed to realize this as well as Samuel and the rest of the family were quickly killed off. The show gathered steam throughout the second half culminating with the cliffhanger ending, as Castiel became the new God.
Despite the early missteps, some of the best Season Six episodes were those that were self-contained stories. One of those, “Weekend at Bobby’s” puts Bobby in the spotlight for the entire episode as he assists Sam and Dean from home, helps out old pal Rufus, and finds a way to force Crowley to return his soul. Another good episode early on was “Live Free or Twi-Hard” their parody of the Twilight films as they take on vampires who are killing young girls who are fans of the films. The trademark Supernatual humor is on full display in “Frontierland” as the boys journey back in time to 1861 to recover the ashes of a phoenix. Dean is decked out in store-bought “authentic” western gear and promptly becomes the object of jokes from Sam and the townspeople. In “The French Mistake” the angel Balthazar sends Sam and Dean into an alternate reality where they are actors on a TV show called “Supernatural”.
Without a doubt the best episodes of Season Six were the ones that were mostly self-contained and infused with humor. Eve turned out to be little more than a cheap carbon copy of Lilith and even she was killed off three episodes before the season finale. You can understand the writer’s desire to devise plots that are bigger and more eventful but it seems like the last few seasons recycled the same basic plot…There’s a threat to the world, the boys have to stop it…Lilith…Lucifer…Eve…but this show is always at its strongest when it doesn’t try to do too much. Was Season Six horrible? Heck No! Supernatural is still better than 90% of the shows on TV, but it was perhaps the weakest in the shows history and thankfully Season Seven will provide an opportunity for the show to go out on a high note.
Supernatural’s DVD releases have never been packed with extras and Season Six in unfortunately no different. There is audio commentary on two episodes long with the following bonus material:
Jensen Ackles: A Director’s Journey (26:46) – A look at the “Weekend at Bobby’s” episode which was Jensen Ackles first turn at directing. He shares his thoughts on getting behind the camera rather than in front of it.
The French Mistake Alternate Takes and Outtakes – A look at one of the season’s best episodes which guest-starred Brian Doyle Murray as a TV Director
Supernatural: The Quest for the Soul (29:21) – This is a documentary-style extra as various professors, religious figures, as well as the show’s producers discuss their various opinions on what the soul is.
Gag Reel (11:00) Typical Supernatural gag-reel which is always funny.
Two episodes from the Supernatural: The Anime Series
Mania Grade: B-
DVD: Supernatural: Season Six DVD
Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padelecki, Jim Beaver, Mitch Pileggi
Written By: Various
Directed By: Various
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Original Year of Release: 2010-11
Extras: See Below