Let’s continue with July’s Sunday Seven Couch Critic theme with a list of episodes from my other favorite television show, Supernatural.
Supernatural‘s season 8 was one of its best. Here’s a list of my favorite episodes from this past season—although I had a hard time narrowing it down to seven.
Seven Favorite Supernatural Season 8 Episodes
- What’s Up, Tiger Mommy (802). Kevin Tran, the teenage prophet who can interpret the mysterious tablet introduced in season 7, wants to see his mother. When we meet Mrs. Tran, she proves to be totally hip and ready to join the fight. The second episode of the season included an auction of supernatural artifacts, Thor’s hammer, heaven’s most adorable angel, and a falling out between Kevin and the Winchesters.
- Hunteri Heroici (808). Cartoon physics come to the real world; well, the “real” world of Supernatural. Painted black holes become tunnels, falling anvils crush humans, birthday cakes explode, Castiel interrogates a cat who calls the angel a “dumb ass.” Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicut of M*A*S*H) guest stars as Fred, an old Winchester friend with psychokinetic powers. Although I hate the show’s extreme ageist mentality, I love the humorous episodes, especially with guest stars I recognize and remember fondly.
- As Time Goes By (812). The best Supernatural episodes are often the ones involving family, and this is one of them. Henry Winchester, Sam and Dean’s grandfather, falls out of a closet into the 21 century, searching for John Winchester. Instead of being the deadbeat dad John thought he was, Henry turns out to be an earnest young man who teaches the brothers there’s more to the supernatural world than just “saving people, hunting things.”
- Trial and Error (814). Kevin has translated the first of three trials needed to close the gates of hell. The first trial leads the Winchesters to the ranch of a dysfunctional family in Idaho. Dean is adamant that he perform the trial alone in order to keep Sam safe. But things go awry and Sam ends up completing the deed. In addition to numerous twists and turns, and some delightful characters, we got not one, but two patented heartfelt Winchester brotherly pep talks.
- Pac Man Fever (820). Computer whiz/hacker extraordinaire Charlie Bradbury shows up in Kansas (home of the fabulous Men of Letters bunker the boys now call home), and serves as Dean’s FBI partner while Sam recuperates from the second trial. Although there’s a monster-of-the-week, the episode is really about Charlie, her back-story and psyche, and her fear of letting her mother die. It’s funny, touching, and heartbreaking.
- The Great Escapist (821). Castiel is captured by Naomi and tortured for the whereabouts of the angel tablet; then by Crowley, who knows where it is. Sam and Dean head off to Colorado in search of Metatron, the scribe of God—the angel who wrote the tablets. And Kevin outwits Crowley, although it takes an angel to save him from Crowley’s wrath. All three stories are intense and showcase some of the best characteristics of characters we’ve come to love.
- Sacrifice (823). Although Sam has been given the trial to complete, it’s Dean who makes the ultimate decision. Detractors (aka Dean/Jensen Ackles fans) complained that all the “mytharc” stories go to Sam, relegating Dean to nursemaid status. But Dean had the final say in this one, and if that’s not mytharc-related, what is? Jared Padalecki was superb, we have a great set up for season 9, and the Men of Letter abode was not destroyed. (Phew!)
It bears repeating: Thank you, Jeremy Carver, for an excellent season!