I am in shock that this series has lasted five seasons (and counting). It is not that I think it is a bad show, not by a long shot, but it is the kind of show that I like to see hit the airwaves, last a few episodes, and then get unceremoniously dropped from the airwaves. I guess we should be thankful it got its start on The WB before it turned into the CW. You see, it is something of a lesser network and that brings lower expectations. At least that is how I read it. When it comes right down to it, be thankful it did not start on FOX. In any case the show has enjoyed five seasons with a sixth on the way.
Supernatural is a series that is easiest to describe as a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files. That still holds true but it is more useful as shorthand to describe the show to the uninitiated. The truth of the matter is that the series may owe a lot to those landmark series but it has taken those influences and created its own flavor of genre television. Five seasons have seen the show build its own mythology, rules, and supporting cast. On top of that, the characters have grown and changed over the years, becoming welcome guests in our home week after week.
I must admit that I have not been watching religiously like I should. Actually, I was sure I missed almost all of this season until I started watching the DVD. As it turns out, I did see about half of the season and I really have no idea how I managed to do that! Still, I did miss a lot of the arc episodes and all of the build-up to the finale and for that I am sorry. However, something was revealed to me — it is very enjoyable watching these episodes fresh and in such rapid succession without having to wait a week between installments.
Season five picks up after Sam (Jared Padalecki) killed Ruby. This turns out to have been a big mistake as she was the final lock that released the Devil upon the world and now the Winchester brothers need to track him down and stop him unleashing the full force of the Apocalypse upon the world.