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  • Episode: I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here (Season 9, Episode 1)
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver
  • Written By: Jeremy Carver
  • Directed By: John Showalter
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
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Supernatural: I Think Im Gonna Like it Here

The Season 9 Debut

By Tim Janson     October 11, 2013

Episode Review of 9.1
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A highlight of every new season premiere of Supernatural is the recap of the previous season.  As you will recall, Season 8 ended when the Angel Metatron stole Castiel’s grace as the last ingredient in a powerful spell which evicted all of the angels from Heaven, sending them plummeting to Earth.  Sam’s attempt to complete the various trials has left him near death and in a coma.  He hallucinates riding in the Impala debating with Dean and Bobby if he should live or die in a wonderfully enjoyable scene with dialog that simply sparkles between the three actors.

In real life, Sam lies in a hospital bed on life support.  Dean goes to hospital chapter to say a prayer to Castiel for aid.  When Castiel does not appear, he sends essentially an all-points bulletin prayer to any angel listening for aid in return for Dean’s obedience. This sends several angels on a collision course to the hospital with varying motives.  Meanwhile, Castiel finds himself wandering the roads and finding that his loss of grace has made him human.  He can now bleed and has to eat.  Misha Collins, always a joy as Castiel steals the show as he debates in his head whether to use the few dollars he has to wash his blood soaked clothes or buy something to eat and drink out of the vending machine.

He meets a pretty young angel named Hael, who is seemingly looking for guidance. But Hael kidnaps Castiel and announces that she plans to possess him in order to become stronger.  At the hospital Dean has to battle a pair of angels who want him to reveal Castiel’s whereabouts but he is aided by a third angel, Ezekiel, who is loyal to Castiel.  In Sam’s head, he meets with Death (Julian Richings) and relates that he is ready to die as long as it is permanent.  But Dean and Ezekiel have a last resort plan to save him…allow the angel to possess Sam’s body until it heals.

This was one of the best Supernatural season premieres ever.  We’ve see the angel vs. angel rivalries played out numerous times over the course of the previous several years but it was spun in a new direction as every angel (except Metatron) is now stranded on Earth and having to decide on their own loyalties.  Julian Richings is once again calm yet creepy as the personification of Death, neither good nor evil.  

Yes we’ve seen poor Sam have demons blood inside him, have Lucifer banging inside of his head, and have to have Death put up mental barriers so he cannot recall his torture in Hell…the poor guy just never gets a break.  Despite this it will be interesting to see how Sam’s sharing a body with Ezekiel will play out.  Will Ezekiel willing leave once Sam is ok?  Will Sam realize he is being possessed and eject the angel which could kill him?  But the biggest question is how to they reverse Metatron’s spell and return the angels to Heaven?  Oh yes…and the boys are driving around with a de-powered Crowley in their trunk!  Marvelous episode!  

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SarcasticCaveman 10/11/2013 9:34:41 AM

 I think you enjoyed it a bit more than I did, but it was a very good season premiere, I'll give you that.  It was nice to see the actor from "Dollhouse" playing Ezekiel...he was one of the few things I liked about that show.  When did it say that Crowley was de-powered though?  I don't recall that.  I remember Sam was close to curing him and killing himself in the process, and Crowley started getting all touchy-feely, and Abbadon attacking, but I just assumed Crowley was captive in their trunk thanks to the devil's trap they have painted on the inside.  Anyway, good start to the season...can't wait for next week.

invisioner 10/11/2013 12:56:34 PM

it still feels tired to me, and not a big fan of yet again, a brother lies to a brother to get their way. I think the writers could have had more opportunity for creative writing if this time, Sam accepts knowing full well he shares with an angel, and enduring the process for however long it will last this season. that would have been more interesting, not whether he'll find out and what will he do when it does. We've bloody done that already!

SarcasticCaveman 10/12/2013 2:04:09 AM

 invisioner, I feel your pain...truly I do...BUT, if they INSIST on carrying on after the Biblical apocalypse from season 5, I think they're doing a hell of a job.  But yeah, the storylines are pretty old, I'll give you that.

samson 10/12/2013 7:42:28 PM

 Certain aspects of this show are tired. But, for the most part, it's still a good show most of the time. Although, the whole "Sam having something wrong with him that he can not know about or else" thing has been done before, there's enough there to keep me interested.

SarcasticCaveman 10/13/2013 5:03:55 PM

 Hear ya there, samson...I'm just glad it turned out that Sam was in a coma.  At first when they're in the Impalla, and Dean is saying there's something wrong, tells Sam it's him, I was about to roll my eyes with the "Are they REALLY doing this bullshit angst of 'how can I trust you?' crap again?!" while it is tired, I'm glad they went with the "we can't tell Sam" route over the

TheSilentKiller 10/14/2013 8:01:32 AM

 We gonna get a review of the Tomorrow People?



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