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DVD Review of Supernatural Season 3

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  • DVD: Supernatural (Season 3)
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
  • Written By: Various
  • Directed By: Various
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2008
  • Extras: Episode introductions by writer/director, three featurettes. Gag Reel

DVD Review of Supernatural Season 3

Dean's life is on the clock

By Tim Janson     September 22, 2008

Two major plotlines shape season three of Supernatural. First, Dean has sold his soul to the Crossroads Demon to save Sam’s life and has one year to live before the demon collects on the bargain. Second, the Winchesters open up a Devil’s Gate and release hundreds of demons into the world. Season three runs at a breakneck pace, largely to Dean’s impending doom. His deal is referenced in nearly every episode and you get the sense of being on a trail speeding headlong into the unknown. 
Two new recurring characters are introduced in season three, both of them female. First there is the demon Ruby (Cassidy) who becomes Sam’s guardian angel (so to speak) looking after him for her own reasons. Bela Talbot (Lauren Cohan), sometimes ally but usually foe, appears in six episodes. Bela deals in stolen magical talismans and the like but is hiding her own dark secret.
Season three is the darkest and grimmest season so far. As time ticks away, the Winchesters become more desperate and careless to find a way to free Dean from his deal. With hundreds of demons on the loose you might think that the season would become one-dimensional but that is not the case. The writers did a good job of sprinkling in side stories into the writer’s strike-shortened, 16-episode season. 
Among those shows that separated themselves from the main plotline were “Bedtime Stories” where a comatose girl brings the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales to life and the wonderfully amusing (and gory) “A Very Supernatural Christmas” in which the boys encounter a pair of Pagan Gods disguised as average suburbanites, who are feasting (literally) on their neighbors.
Among the best episodes of the season (in addition to A Very Supernatural Christmas) are “Jus in Bello” as the Winchesters are captured by the FBI and are jailed in a small town Colorado jail until they can be moved. The show is inspired by Fort Apache: The Bronx as dozens of demons converge upon the jail intent on killing everyone inside. For the first time we hear about the demon’s new leader, Lilith.
In “Fresh Blood”, the Winchester-hating Gordon, also a hunter, escapes from prison and begins hunting the boys down again but has a fatal encounter with a vampire, turning him into a creature of the night.
People are receiving calls from the dead loved ones in “Long Distance Call”. While the people are overjoyed to hear from their deceased family members, the Winchesters do not believe whatever is calling them are benevolent spirits.
The season and Dean’s fate concludes with “No Rest for the Wicked” as the clock strikes midnight on the last night of Dean’s deal. While it was a solid season finale, it felt very rushed. The last episode would have been better served as a two-hour finale but that probably was not possible due to the strike. 
One of the major developments of season three was Sam’s development as a stronger character. When Dean tells Sam that they have to kill Gordon before he kills them, he surprises Dean by agreeing. Sam becomes more forceful and takes the lead on several occasions as Dean tries to prepare him for life as a solo hunter. The only disappointment about season three is that Cassidy will not be back for season four as Ruby, as her contract was just for one season. She is replaced in season four by Genevieve Cortese.
While the five-disc set does not feature any audio commentaries like the first two seasons did, it does come with episode introductions by the various directors or writers. Other extras include three featurettes on special effects, Dean’s Impala, and the “Ghostfacers episode” along with a gag reel.


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MaLarrya 9/22/2008 1:43:13 PM
Spectacular Show! I totally agree Season 3 was quite a rollercoaster ride. I really like the psycho ghost episodes that are sprinkled in here and there, the vampire episodes are thankfully very few and far between, but most of the demons are just not that scary and may have run it's course. Don't get me wrong, hot and sassy girls scare me stiff but not in the way a Krueger/Voorhees/Deadite demon does. Hell, the flat-top 80s MTV <A class=iAs style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal! important; FONT-SIZE: 100%! important; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1px! important; COLOR: darkgreen! important; BORDER-BOTTOM: darkgreen 0.07em solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent! important; TEXT-DECORATION: underline! important" href="#" target=_blank itxtdid="6870697">video</A> skank Gozer from Ghostbusters is scarier than some of these Supernatural demons. The Lilith demon who kept possessing little girls was pretty intense and I like the way the final Season 3 episode mimicked an old Twilight Zone episode – It’s a Good Life, but Ruby (and the new Ruby here in Season 4) are just plain smokin'. I know there needs to be an underlying theme to keep the show from becoming stale so really I am all for the Demonology stuff, but maybe let the Demons be more horrifying anarchists recruiting followers and laying waste to entire towns rather than simply pissy, busty beauties starting a Desperate Housewitch club. Supernatural, however, is an absolute A .
karas1 9/23/2008 4:40:49 AM
Freddy Kruger may be scary, but he can't blend in with the native population very well. I think the point is, you can't tell who is a demon and who isn't. They posess regular folks and someone you know well, a friend, coworker or family member could be posessed and work evil on you before you realized the person had changed. That's a different brand of scary than serial killers with masks and meat cleavers. And one that's more effective to me (your milage may vary).


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