DVD review: Supernatural 4.5

Fear and loathing in the pre-Apocalypse.

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It’s a well-known fact that we’re huge fans of Supernatural here at SciFiNow. The series has continued to impress us after a bit of a shaky start in season one through to the mature, developed form that it has today, focusing its controlled storytelling on its two main characters, brilliantly portrayed by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

In the second half of the fourth season the conflict between the forces of Heaven and Hell ramps up to devastating effect, while the continuing influence of Ruby on Sam strains the relationship between the Winchester Brothers further. Great plans are afoot, and not everyone who appears to be an ally really is.

The episodes are well paced, funny, and continue the Supernatural brand of being watchable even if you’re not fully engrossed in the overarching story, although as they progress towards the final chapters of the season, the main plot does take precedence, and we don’t recommend jumping in here if you haven’t been following the show already. What we found particularly refreshing, more than anything else, is the way in which the story comes full circle at the end, showing that it is possible to script a five-year plan with a proper degree of care. Indeed, after watching the finale, we highly recommend going back to the beginning of the series and watching it all in a new light; it really does work (unlike certain other recently-finished science-fiction franchises). As always, it’s the connection between Sam and Dean and the humour between them that add a great deal of personal connection to the series, and one that’s managed to capture the imagination of legions of fans along the way.

Supernatural has gone from strength to strength, culminating in a thrilling finale that leads expertly into the next season.


Picture 1Supernatural Season Four, Volume Two

Released: 21 September 2009
Price: £29.99
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Jim Beaver
Creator: Eric Kripke
Certificate: 15
Distributor: Warner Home Video