Like many other fans, I settled on the couch Thursday evening eager for the harrowing drama that this week’s Supernatural promo hinted was coming. I got my wish right away, for the first shot is Dean in a suit, running in the dark of night with full blown terror, the howling of hellhounds on his trail. Oh no, what happened, Dean? After warning a hobo of the danger that lurks, Dean’s eyes widen in terror as the creature catches up with him. The camera pans down, and the identity of the treacherous beast is revealed.
A Yorkie? With a cute pink bow? Dean runs, and the wide shot shows the little critter’s long scatter across the frame after him. I pause the TiVo to work in my fit of hysterical laughter, because comedy involving cute animals works with me and the joke is on me. They’ve pulled a prank and it’s a good one. A screwball comedy is coming, and what happens next is anyone’s guess.
That seems to be the mantra of season four — leave fans guessing. The first three seasons' stories, formulas, and overall construction followed a consistency that was entertaining, yet often predictable. None of that in season four. Each one of the six episodes aired so far has been structured and executed perfectly, managing to work in enough twists and heightened drama that has us a jittery mess until next week. Each episode supplies enough breadcrumbs for the trail to the next episode, and with the potential path fresh in our minds, it twists in another direction we didn’t anticipate. Best start to a season ever.
This Is Episode Six?
Even the traditional throwaway episode six, which from the last two seasons were the really bad “No Exit” and “Red Sky At Morning”, turned out to be a wild ride that had fans buzzing with delight until the end. Throw in a wacky ending montage, no thanks to Jensen and his study of old Survivor videos, and fans get a rare glimpse of the goofy fun that’s usually reserved for the crew during long days of filming. In other words, a major bonus for us.