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Supernatural: The End (5.04) review
Sam (Jared Padalecki) tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) he wants to rejoin Dean in the battle of the Apocalypse, but Dean tells Sam that they are better off apart. Later, Dean awakens five years in the future in an abandoned city and is attacked by humans who have been infected with a demonic virus that turns humans into Zombies. Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) appears to Dean and explains that this is the world that exists as a result of Dean saying “no” to helping the angels fight Lucifer. Dean meets up with Future Dean, who tells him that the virus is the Devil’s endgame for destroying mankind.
This is not the first Supernatural time travel episode, but I would rate it as the worst. The whole episode revolved around the Angels trying to teach Dean that he should let the Archangel Michael posses his body to fight Lucifer; of course we know that Dean’s answer will be be “nah.” We know Dean will stick with Sam and seek another way to save the world.
The best parts of the episode were seeing Castiel as a “hippie” in the future living off drugs and sex orgies and Sam already possessed by the Devil. Sam (Lucifer) appears in 2014 and proceeds to kill (Future) Dean while the (Past) Dean watches; that is followed up by Dean having a conversation with Lucifer. That is just good writing among the rest of this episode’s slop. I give props to both actors for pulling off a tough and dramatic scene that ended up being the climax worth waiting for.
The “evil” virus and war-torn future was reminiscent of most Zombie Apocalypse movies, and I honestly found it boring to watch. The antics and conversation of Dean and (Future) Dean reminded me of that silly Van Damme move from the early 1990′s called Double Impact. I think it would have been far better to have Dean die in the future and see the aftermath of going it alone. Even his death at the hands of the Devil (Sam) was rather bland. The brothers get back together at the end of the episode, and their solo adventures end as quickly as they started.
I know the hype surrounding this season is a bit much, but episodes like “The End” cannot continue, and they do nothing overall for a show that so many have watched for four seasons. The reintroduction of the “colt” is a glimmer, at least for me, that the real end of this season might have some hope after all. I have vested quite a bit of my viewing time into Supernatural, and up to this point I have had few complaints. Let us hope this episode is “The End” of my current woes for the poor writing we have faced thus far.
The big news for next week is a guest appearance by Paris Hilton and what appears to be one strangely funny Supernatural episode to come.