Reviewing “The Magnificent Seven” is weird since I’m going from something unbelievable like the finale last week to this episode, easily one of the worst of the season. Last week I marveled at the awesomeness of the Kripster for his flawless script in “No Rest For The Wicked”, and now I get to ask what the hell he was thinking for this season three premiere. I forgave him for this misstep a while ago though since nobody is perfect but still, it pains me to be so harsh. I suppose there are pitfalls to being a critic. Forgive me, Master Kripke.
Before I go on, I want to send a huge thank you to everyone that sent a “Damn You Kripke!” in honor of last week’s still jaw-dropping finale (Dean!). The response was far greater than I expected, and it just goes to show how great this fandom is. I love you guys!
Now, the review. This was the first time I got to watch this episode in HD. When it originally aired back in October, I was still plowing through the season one DVDs trying to catch up. I ended up buying this episode off iTunes when I was finally ready to watch it in late November. I watched this almost immediately after seeing the phenomenal two-part finale of “All Hell Breaks Loose”, so expectations were high. Bring on the demon war! Sam’s alive, Dean has a year to live, they’re ready to fight!
This episode I’m sure looked really great on paper. So I wonder what actually happened on the screen. I speculate the word “budget” came into it. I start by throwing in huge praise for this season’s opening montage, appropriately set to “Hell's Bells”. Who doesn’t have Back In Black in their collection? I remember when that album came out, the scores of junior high students wearing black t-shirts singing “You Shook Me All Night Along” with the AC/DC logo stenciled on their Trapper Keepers. Kripke is younger than I am, so he likely missed out on that sign of the apocalypse and found the album in a relative’s collection.