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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.
Supernatural: I Think Im Gonna Like it Here
The Season 9 Debut
By Tim Janson
October 11, 2013
Episode Review of 9.1
© The CW
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!