So, during the summer hiatus I came to the conclusion that Supernatural no longer warrants the kind of energy and commitment that goes into my episode reviews, and so I decided to just let it go and switch to casual viewing. However, I seem to have underestimated the difficulty of breaking an eight year long habit. I guess it is fair to say that, as long as I am watching the show, I am going to have thoughts
about it, so I might as well write them down. Still, I intend to make some changes. Generally, my reviews will be less extensive, and I will not address Castiel, Crowley or the angels in any significant capacity – sorry, angels and demons bore me to tears nowadays – unless their story is in some way relevant to Sam and Dean’s. It is entirely possible, though, that my motivation to write reviews fizzles out at some point, just like it did at the end of last season, but I guess we will just have to wait and see. Now, onto the review!
As one would expect from a season opener, Jeremy Carver’s I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
looks at the aftermath of the S8 finale and sets the stage for the main plotlines of the first half of the season. My emotions while watching the episode ranged from being genuinely moved (Sam) to boredom (Castiel and Hael) to intrigue (Dean and Ezekiel) to angry disbelief (Dean’s choice), so at the very least I can say that the premiere did not leave me indifferent. In fact, if it was not for the unexpected last-minute turn of events, I would have said the season opener surprised me positively, mainly because it continues the exploration of Sam’s emotional state. Insight into Sam’s inner workings is always a plus in my book. However, the disturbing resolution to Sam’s dilemma casts a very dark shadow over the episode, and my acceptance of that resolution will largely depend on how the writers will handle the long-term consequences of it.( What you call dying, I call leaving a legacy. )
Okay, this turned out longer than I expected. I guess I still have to work on the whole 'keeping it short' thing. But well, reviews for season premieres (and finales) tend to be more extensive anyway.