The CW’s “Supernatural” is back for its tenth and final season with the season premiere “Black” which aired Tuesday at 9 p.m. Fair warning, bit of spoilers for the season nine finale coming.
The episode had a lot to work with given that the finale ended with Dean (played by Jensen Ackles) awakening as a demon, Castiel (played by Misha Collins) dying, and Metatron imprisoned (halleluja!), leaving Heaven to recuperate. Consequently, I expected an intense and twisted premiere.
Unfortunately I received a premiere that was mild, irritating and unengaging. Instead of picking up where the finale left off, it started sometime afterwards with Dean abandoning Sam (played by Jared Padalecki), and Sam of course desperately trying to find him.
This jarring new situation was disappointing, especially since I was expecting an emotional confrontation between newly made demon Dean and Sam, or at least glimpsing the immediate adjustments of Dean being a demon. Instead, we’re treated to the worst karaoke I’ve ever heard, which admittedly was hilarious, but drunken/tortured Dean is a little old hat seeing as how we had that for like how many seasons?
Although this new Dean isn’t so much tortured as just being callous and lecherous, it just didn’t really sell me on this whole new soullessness. I feel when it comes to good characters turning evil, Ackles is going to have a hard time topping Padalecki’s soulless Sam from season six.
On the other side of the “Supernatural” ring, we see a sad and dying Castiel trying to help Hannah with some rebel angels. Wow, real new. It’s not like the entire season nine was kind of about the angels fighting each other, and the ideas of humanity.
I think this lackluster plot is just one of the signs that the show is finally nearing it’s end. But the episode was certainly sprinkled with brilliance and entertainment.
Mark Sheppard’s Crowley was completely on point with his performance. His character’s mysterious motives and wonderful humor kept the show lively. His interactions with Dean were especially humorous. I’m looking forward to seeing his plans for this season, particularly with Abbadon supporters still around.
Crowley wasn’t alone in stirring up the show. The new and enigmatic hunter Cole, played by Travis Aaron Wade, definitely added a little spice and I’m interested in seeing his story explored.
Despite the overall blandness of the premiere, there is a lot of promise for this season and I’m certainly looking forward to it, particularly the musical episode. If you want demons, deadly monsters and plaid, I suggest you watch “Supernatural” on the CW at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.