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They’ve been fighting evil for four years now – but Sam and Dean Winchester have never faced a battle like this! Lucifer now walks free and the Apocalypse is near. With the ultimate battle at hand, the brothers must somehow avert the End of Days!
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Jared PadaleckiJensen AcklesMisha Collins
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  1. 1. Sympathy for the Devil
    September 9, 2009
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    Dean (JENSEN ACKLES) and Sam (JARED PADALECKI) watch as the Devil (MARK PELLEGRINO) emerges from Hell and, together with Bobby (JIM BEAVER), must deal with the aftermath.
  2. 2. Good God, Y'all!
    September 16, 2009
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    While Castiel goes in search of God in the fight against Lucifer, Sam and Dean help an old hunter friend of Bobby’s, who’s panicked that his town is being attacked by demons.
  3. 3. Free to be You and Me
    September 23, 2009
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    Not sure he trusts himself anymore, Sam decides to give up hunting. Meanwhile, Dean teams up with Castiel to find the Archangel Raphael – to track down God.
  4. 4. The End
    September 30, 2009
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    Dean gets a glimpse of the future in which humans have been infected with a demonic virus that turns them into zombies. The Future Dean confirms that this is the Devil’s endgame.
  5. 5. Fallen Idols
    October 7, 2009
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    Sam and Dean reunite to investigate a small town whose inhabitants are being killed by famous dead icons like Abraham Lincoln, James Dean’s car and PARIS HILTON (as herself).
  6. 6. I Believe the Children Are Our Future
    October 14, 2009
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    Investigating a series of odd murders that resemble fairytales and urban legends, Sam and Dean track down a dangerous boy named Jesse whose beliefs are coming true.
  7. 7. The Curious Case of Dean Winchester
    October 28, 2009
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    Sam and Dean play a high-stakes poker game with a witch where the currency is life years – not money. After Dean loses his youth, it’s up to Sam to play for his survival.
  8. 8. Changing Channels
    November 4, 2009
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    Sam and Dean get stuck in TV Hell, when The Trickster (RICHARD SPEIGHT JR.) imprisons them in an alternate universe where they are characters in different television series.
  9. 9. The Real Ghostbusters
    November 11, 2009
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    Sam and Dean attend a “Supernatural” fan convention – complete with fans dressed up as Sam and Dean. But things quickly turn scary after a real ghost appears on the scene.
  10. 10. Abandon all Hope
    November 18, 2009
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    It’s a hunter’s reunion when Sam and Dean face off against Lucifer with the help of Castiel, Bobby, Ellen and Jo in what could be their last night on earth.
  11. 11. Sam, Interrupted
    January 20, 2010
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    Sam and Dean check into a mental hospital to investigate a mysterious monster attacking the patients, but their incarceration pushes both to the breaking point.
  12. 12. Swap Meat
    January 27, 2010
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    A teenage nerd conjures up a body-switching spell and changes bodies with Sam. While he takes advantage of the new situation, Sam is stuck with intrusive parents and high school.
  13. 13. Back to the Future II
    February 3, 2010
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    The angels go back in time to kill John and Mary Winchester before they can conceive Sam – knowing that if Sam was never born, then Lucifer won’t be able to use him as his vessel.
  14. 14. My Bloody Valentine
    February 10, 2010
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    Castiel helps Sam and Dean hunt down Cupid on Valentine’s Day after people begin killing each other for love. But someone far more dangerous is to blame!
  15. 15. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
    March 24, 2010
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    The dead are rising from their graves and happily reuniting with their families in Bobby’s hometown. But when Bobby’s wife makes an appearance, he refuses to let her go!
  16. 16. Dark Side of the Moon
    March 31, 2010
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    Ambushed by angry hunters, Sam and Dean are shot and killed and sent to Heaven! Castiel warns Dean that Zachariah is looking for them in Heaven so they need to lay low!
  17. 17. 99 Problems
    April 7, 2010
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    Outnumbered by demons, Sam and Dean are saved at the last minute by a hunter and his very religious townspeople – all of them aware of the Apocalypse and trained to kill demons!
  18. 18. Point of No Return
    April 14, 2010
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    The 100th Episode: When Dean learns that the angels have decided don’t need him anymore, he joins with Sam and Castiel to take on Zachariah and prevent an all out war on Earth!
  19. 19. Hammer of the Gods
    April 21, 2010
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    Sam and Dean are held hostage by a group of gods who want to use them as bargaining chips to stop the Apocalypse. Gabriel shows up and warns them against dealing with Lucifer.
  20. 20. The Devil You Know
    April 28, 2010
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    The demon Crowley offers to help Sam and Dean them find the remaining Horsemen by leading them leads them to the Handler for Pestilence and Death.
  21. 21. Two Minutes to Midnight
    May 5, 2010
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    Bobby sells his soul to the demon Crowley in exchange for the location of the Fourth Horseman, while Dean goes head to head with Death to stop the Apocalypse.
  22. 22. Swan Song
    May 12, 2010
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    With the Apocalypse looming in a showdown between good and evil, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heartbreaking decisions that will change their lives forever.

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Robert SingerPhilip SgricciaJohn F. ShowalterThomas J. WrightKim MannersCharles BeesonGuy Norman BeeRichard Speight Jr.Mike RohlSteve Boyum
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Michele BradleyReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent series
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This season is the best season yet.Warning,if your a regilious person then try to remember this is just an act. This season has alot to deal with heaven & hell, demons vs angels. The show is very entertaining,both jensen and jared are good actors,along with other cast members that contribute to this production.
Episode list:
Sympathy for the Devil#1
Lucifer's prison has been opened by Sam's successful attempt to kill Lilith. As the gate to Hell fully opens, the Winchester brothers are rescued by an unknown force and teleported into a plane, watching in horror the start of the Apocalypse. In an encounter with the prophet Chuck it is revealed that Castiel was blown to pieces by an archangel. When they try to figure out what to do next, they are attacked by their old enemy Meg and a possessed Bobby. The brothers learn that there is a weapon strong enough to defeat the Devil--Michael's Sword. They set off to find it, but instead burst upon Zachariah, who reveals that Dean is in fact Michael's Sword, the human vessel of the Archangel Michael. However, he refuses to provide his mind and body for the angels' plans even when Zachariah threatens to kill Sam and Bobby. As Zachariah begins to torture Sam and Dean, Castiel, miraculously revived, appears and tells him to leave. Meanwhile, Lucifer is trying to convince his own vessel, a man whose family has been slaughtered by a killer, to let him take over his body so he can face God and seek justice.
Good God, Y'All!#2
Bobby is still in the hospital and quite bitter about being in a wheelchair. When Castiel arrives, Bobby orders him to heal him, but Castiel says he's been cut off from Heaven. He tells Dean that he wants to find God, the only one who can defeat Lucifer. Castiel borrows Dean's pendant, which has the ability to indicate God's presence by glowing brightly. Suddenly, Bobby receives a frantic call from Bobby's hunter friend Rufus, who is in a town swarming with demons. Sam and Dean go to the town and can't find Rufus, but instead find Ellen Harvelle. She and Jo have been hunting together and Jo has disappeared like Rufus. When they do find Jo and Rufus, they appear to be possessed by demons--and strangely, they seem to think Sam, Dean and the others are also possessed. In fact, the demons are no demons at all, but hallucinations brought about by War, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Sam and Dean hunt him down and cut off his ring finger, because his ring controls the hallucinations. In the end, Sam tells Dean he thinks that they should go their separate ways, and so they part.
Free to Be You and Me#3
Not sure he trusts himself anymore, Sam decides to give up hunting and live a "normal" life. At night, his dead girlfriend Jessica visits him and tells him that people can never change despite their efforts. Dean, intending on stopping the Apocalypse, continues hunting on his own and teams up with Castiel to find the Archangel Raphael, as Castiel believes Raphael knows God's location. They find Raphael's vessel and lure him out, but are no closer to finding God's location. Raphael even claims that God is dead. After fighting off fellow hunters who wanted Sam to drink demon blood in order to exorcise some demons, he gets another late-night visit from Jessica, who turns out to be Lucifer disguising himself as Sam's deceased girlfriend all along. He says that Nick's body was just Plan B, and that his true vessel is supposed to be Sam. He is convinced that eventually, without any trickery or lies, Sam will agree to be his vessel, although Sam adamantly disagrees.
The End#4
Sam calls Dean late at night and says that he wants to rejoin Dean in the battle of the Apocalypse, but Dean tells Sam that they're 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 disease, the Croatoan virus. After Dean has escaped the assault, Zachariah appears to him and explains that this world is the result of Dean saying no to being Michael's vessel. He then discovers a group of survivors led by his Future self. When he sneaks into the camp, he is captured by his Future self, who explains that the virus is Lucifer's endgame for destroying mankind. Supposedly, Sam did not survive the showdown. Later it is revealed that Sam didn't die, but did in fact say yes to Lucifer, thus letting him in. After having acquired the Colt from demons, Future Dean plans on killing Lucifer and ending the Apocalypse. Walking straight into a trap, Future Dean is killed by Lucifer. Lucifer reveals that, whatever choices Dean will make, he will always end up in the same situation. Lucifer leaves and Zachariah appears, teleporting Dean back to the year 2009. When Dean refuses to be Michael's vessel, even after he's seen what his decision might result in, Zachariah attempts to persuade him with force. Castiel saves Dean from Zachariah's wrath just in time. Ultimately, Dean and Sam reconcile and decide to begin hunting together again.
Fallen Idols#5
Sam and Dean are reunited and on the hunt again. They reach a small town and investgate a string of very strange murders. A man who has found James Dean's car "Little Bastard" is found dead as if he has been involved in a major car crash. Another man is murdered by someone who looks just like Abraham Lincoln. Suspecting that the murders are the work of famous ghosts, the boys do research at the local wax museum where Sam is attacked by what seems to be the ghost of Mahatma Gandhi. Shortly afterwards, two girls report to the police that their friend was kidnapped by Paris Hilton, which leaves the brothers speechless. After finding peculiar seeds in the victims' stomachs, they break into the museum's construction area where they do find Paris Hilton--who is in fact a pagan god in disguise, trying to settle down after its old home, a deep forest in Eastern Europe, has been cut down. By touching their possessions, the god can turn itself into famous people and kill their fans in order to feed on their blood. While fighting the Leshi, Dean references Padalecki's and Hilton's role in House of Wax, saying he has never seen it. In the end, Sam kills "Paris Hilton" with an iron axe. Before leaving town, Dean tells Sam that starting the Apocalypse isn't his fault alone as he himself has broken the first seal and that they shouldn't think about the whole vessel thing too much but instead fight together.
I Believe the Children Are Our Future#6
In Alliance, Nebraska, people are being killed by practical joke devices such as itching powder and joybuzzers. On top of that, a very odd looking Tooth Fairy extracts a man's teeth. It turns out that an eleven-year-old boy named Jesse is the reason for all of this. Everything he believes becomes reality. After searching his birth records, Sam and Dean find out that the boy was adopted, so they visit his biological mother, who lives across the state. She tells the brothers that she was impregnated by a demon possessing her and gave up her child for adoption after giving birth to him. Castiel informs the Winchesters that Jesse is an Antichrist, a being half human, half demon, imbued with essentially unlimited powers. Therefore, an Antichrist would be Lucifer's special weapon in the war against Heaven and, as a serious threat, needs to be eliminated. However, Sam and Dean believe that Jesse would not turn evil if he is taken somewhere safe. When they try to convince Jesse to come with them, the demon which conceived him interferes and pins them to the wall. It is again possessing Jesse's biological mother. After listening to the demon, Jesse renders it unable to speak in order to hear what Sam has to say. Sam tells Jesse that he has a choice and that it will haunt him forever if he makes the wrong decision. After that, Jesse exorcises the demon from his mother. Pretending he wants to say goodbye to his foster parents, he goes upstairs and vanishes into thin air, protected by his powers, which makes it impossible to track him down.
The Curious Case of Dean Winchester#7
Mysterious deaths caused by inexplicable aging lead Sam, Dean and Bobby to a warlock named Patrick, who gambles for high stakes. He challenges people to a poker game in which they don't play for money, but for life years represented by magical poker chips. Bobby sees this game as an opportunity to escape his wheelchair and accepts Patrick's challenge. Losing the game, he begins to age rapidly. Dean wants to save Bobby and challenges the warlock to win back Bobby's lost years to prevent him from dying. He bets 50 years, of which he uses 25 to reverse Bobby's aging process. However, Dean can't keep up with the warlock's poker skills and loses, which causes him to age. Together, the Winchester brothers and Bobby try to find a way to save Dean. They get unexpected help from Patrick's accomplice, who thinks that living forever is not natural and causes too much pain. She gives them a spell, one which can reverse the effects of Patrick's magic. Sam challenges the warlock to a poker game while Bobby and Dean perform the ritual. One ingredient of the spell is a trace of Patrick's DNA, so they use a toothpick supposedly used by him. The spell turns out to be ineffective since the toothpick was not really used by Patrick. When frantically searching for another object with the warlock's DNA on it, Dean suffers a heart attack, but Sam wins the game just in time to save Dean.
Changing Channels#8
While investigating a homicide apparently executed by the Incredible Hulk, Sam and Dean are trapped inside TV land. They suspect the Trickster is the reason for it, and attempt to track him down. Sam suggests they ask the Trickster for help fighting the Apocalypse, and Dean reluctantly agrees. They encounter him several times, but are unable to trap him until Dean remembers a warning from Castiel about the Trickster, which leads the brothers to believe the Trickster is in fact a far more powerful creature than a simple demi-god. They manage to lure him and trap him in a burning circle of holy oil. Since the Trickster is unable to escape, it confirms their suspicions that he is actually an angel. He applauds them and admits he's actually the Archangel Gabriel, who voluntarily fell from Grace several years before as he grew tired of watching his brothers fight each other. He trapped Sam and Dean because he wants them to agree to be Lucifer's and Michael's vessels, respectively, in order to end the Apocalypse. Gabriel also states that the lives of Sam and Dean mirror the lives of Lucifer and Michael, since Sam rebelled against his father while Dean remained obedient. Dean still refuses to say yes to becoming a vessel, but before they leave, he frees Gabriel from his trap and accuses him of simply being too afraid to stand up against his own family.
That's just a taste of what it's like. Don't want to spoil any more.
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Gabriela PerezReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
So much excellence here. . . .
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I like this show a lot, generally speaking. I deliberately avoided it when it first came out because it just seemed so. . .well, teenybopper-ish. I'd roll my eyes and say to myself that the subject matter and the actors belonged on some station that marketed only to teens and young adults, and in a sense, this show did begin that way. Much of its fan base is still in those age groups, and the number of online discussions about how hot the two main actors are can mislead you into thinking this is a throwaway show wherein two hunks basically kill time from episode to episode. Not so. This is a rare situation--one where a show that may have begun with one target audience has blossomed into a show that draws all sorts of viewers who are impressed by its overall excellence.

This is the show's fifth season, and each year has seen the acting get even better, the plotlines come together with incredible consistency and intrigue, and I have to say that I look forward to each week's new episode because I know I will find myself impressed by the way the characters continue to be developed, the story fleshed out. The next week's episode is always something I'm plotzing to see.

In this episode, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) are killed by hunters who want to get rid of the guy (Sam) who got the Apocalypse rolling. Both Dean and Sam end up in heaven (an outcome that takes both brothers by surprise), and what Heaven is, according to the show, is a place where we get to relive our best memories. That sounds simple enough, yes?

Heh. Here's one of the reasons I like this show so much. That simple reason leads to some complex and touching scenes and character development.

Sam and Dean have had, from the start, an odd family relationship. Sam never got to know his mother, who died before the timeline of the show started, and Dean became Sam's surrogate father, became the one who took care of him whenever their father took off to hunt demons and otherwise follow his own path to finding the demon who killed his wife, his kids' mom. When the first season begins, Sam is in college, having walked away (in a rough, "I don't need you in my life" kind of way) from his father and brother to start a life not defined by the hunt for malevolent supernatural beings. In that first episode, Sam joins Dean once more in the hunt, and from that point to now, the brothers have rarely been separated for any major length of time. They travel the nation together in a wonderful '67 Impala, and they pretty much are each other's support system, their own family unit of two. Even when their father shows up again in season one, it's clear that Dean and Sam have a closeness that far surpasses anything their own father has built with them. In fact, it far surpasses any intimacy they develop with anyone else. Most of the tension in this show comes from conflict between the two of them, from the differences in their personalities and their approaches to life.

The heart of this show is their relationship, but that relationship's foundation is in need of major attention and perhaps a lot of rebuilding. It might even be wise to start over and build a new one.

I won't tell you about the God-related aspects of this episode except to say that Dean is disappointed in the outcome of his search for God's help. The way in which that plays out--well, you'll have to see it for yourself. I don't want to spoil that aspect of things for you. I hope that the info to follow in this review doesn't spoil anything for you, either.

In this particular episode, we find out what each main character values most. For Dean, the most important memories have to do with his little brother, with his mother (whom he comforts and supports just as he has done for his brother), with the family that is meaningful to him. All along, he has put one family member or another in top priority place, above even himself and his own well-being, and his memories reflect that. He is the one who provides emotional support to the people he loves, even when he was a child and should have been able to count on them for that support. Dean has never truly been a child; he's been the parent to most of his family, even his father, whom he admired and tried to emulate, something that I still find touching and sad when it crops up in a scene or episode. Everything that means anything to Dean is contained in a tight little circle of people he loves. For them, he would willingly sacrifice himself (in fact, he has done so already in the course of the show), and for them, he would continue to wake up each morning ready to fight again in spite of his own deep depression and uncertainty. He is, emotionally speaking, in a terrible place when this episode opens, drinking heavily and hoping desperately that God will help him find a way to make the right decision, to help him prevent the horrible bloodshed he sees coming hard and fast towards him and the rest of humanity. (To make matters even harder for him, he not only has the weight of his family on his shoulders; he bears responsibility for saving the entirety of humanity, and in true Dean fashion, he accepts that weight and does his best to bear it even as it threatens to bore him into the ground and bury him alive.)

What we find in this episode is that Dean's great memories and Sam's don't match. Sam's best memories are all about separation from his father and from Dean, although to be fair, it was mostly his father he tried to get away from. He has never looked at his actions as separating him emotionally from Dean. When Dean sees which memories are special to Sam, he begins to see in a clearer way how disparate their viewpoints about family really are, and it wounds him to his core. His father is already gone, dead because of a deal he made to save Dean's life, and his brother has grown increasingly distant from him, at a time when Dean needs him most and needs to know in his heart that he can count on him. All the times that Dean protected Sam, tried to be a father to him, provided the things that his actual father wouldn't provide because he was off hunting--those all seem to have meant little to Sam. (I think they in fact meant a lot to Sam, but he hasn't put in proper perspective what Dean has sacrificed until now. In this episode, he discovers just how much Dean had to handle in order to keep his family as balanced and safe as possible, and it looks like the first time that Sam realized just how many messes Dean actually had to "clean up.")

What's impressive about all this, at least to me, is how the show has built to this moment. From the start, the characters' emotions and motivations have been consistent, and all the dialogue and plot action has helped to further develop them, to round them out and make them "whole." From season one to now, the "road" has led in a consistent and meaningful way to this episode: Dean is very nearly at a point where life is no longer worth much to him, where all that once was meaningful now seems to have been part of some illusion he created in his mind and heart. Sam's character, too, has progressed in a logical and consistent way to this point. I love that about this show; one of my pet peeves is when characters suddenly become someone else entirely, when a show loses sight of the person it put out there at the start. "Supernatural" hasn't done that in five seasons, and I really enjoy that. In season one, in an episode late in the season where Sam is angry that Dean did not let him risk his life to kill the demon who killed their mother, the two brothers fight, and the pain is so clear on Dean's face as he tells Sam that he (Sam) and their father are all he has, that Dean basically can't go on without them.

The plot line also has progressed in a logical and consistent way. Whoever's doing continuity in that sense has done a superlative job. I've rarely felt as though an episode took me outside the world the show had established, and that, too, is unusual for a TV show.

The acting has always been superb, and it continues to be so. This episode builds on the excellent foundation that Ackles and Padalecki have established over the course of five seasons; both young men approach their roles with what seems to be complete concentration. They have good chemistry on-screen and off, and it's clear from blooper reels and special features on DVD sets that they can have fun as themselves but them become complete professionals on set. I hope that at some point Mr. Ackles will receive the recognition he deserves for crafting as fine a character as can be crafted on a TV show.
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BrandiReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
I will probably love the Winchesters no matter what...
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As many other reviewers, I have been a long time fan of this show. I remember watching the very first episode on the WB (originally because I was a Jared Padalecki fan and would have watched anything he starred in) but then I found a new love for this show. I loved the ideas, the characters, Jensen Ackles, and the overall message of family. I have followed this show ever since and it is by far my favorite! This season I thought though, lost a little bit of it's essence... I did think there were plot holes and many times that the characters acted out of character.
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My biggest issue overall with season 5 was that for this entire time, and entire series why did the brothers start hunting? For their dad. Why did they continue hunting? For their dad. And they looked up to him, at least Dean did, and Sam finally accepted that the whole reason that his dad did what he did and raised them how he did was to protect them and that he did the best that he could. Now it seemed like this mentality was kept through all of the seasons, a sense of utter love and respect for their father... even through part of season 5, when Sam and Dean travel back to the past to prevent Anna from harming them, Sam tells John (even though John doesn't know Sam is his son) he understands why his dad did everything he did and that he did the best he could.
But then when Castiel has given up hope in God towards the end of the season, Dean continuously says he knows what Castiel is going through because he knows all about "dead beat dads"... he lost all sense of respect in his voice and I'm not sure why. Maybe I missed something going through the seasons but there is no reason that Dean should have turned like that.
I thought it was very out of character. Also it was a hard season to get through because in all the other seasons, no matter what Sam and Dean go through, they go through it together and they suffer and they succeed, together. But this season their relationship was extremely strained until the last few minutes of "Swan Song" it was like they were brothers that loved each other again. It was a hard season to get through without the reassurance of family like all the others had. Sam couldn't do anything right, and Dean didn't have a problem letting him know it.
Plot holes- now many other reviews have specifics in the plot holes they found, but I just found that the storyline was really jumbled. And I know that everyone has mentioned the idea of anti-climactic ending which I will agree with, but was I still moved by the ending? Yes. But I also know that the show was supposed to end with that season (or I had previously heard they were planning for only four seasons) and though I adore the show, I think if the ending would have been done right and there were no limits (aka killing off one or both of the boys permanently) that it may have done the show justice. Though I hate to say that, and being an English major and fiction writer has taught me that killing off a character is a cop-out ending, if a show is doing an apocalypse plot, there is bound to be one or more main character death. It's just frustrating to see how easily the characters get brought back to life, why kill them in the first place?
That being said, I still didn't feel cheated out of anything really, I still love the show and I still appreciate the actors' dedication to the show.
Also can I just say I love every episode the Trickster (aka Gabriel) is in?!?! They are my all time favorite. From the "Dean we don't have time for any of your blah blah blah blah..."
to "Sam Winchester wears makeup. Sam Winchester cries his way through sex... Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by his bed and every morning he... okay enough!"
I think the best quotes come from those episodes, and the one this season was just as funny. I try to keep a lighthearted attitude when watching, and I try not to judge too hard because there are millions of loose ends and overall it's still the same show we all know and love. I think this season has had a lot of issues, but like I said I don't regret getting it and it still remains my favorite television show ever.
I think as long as you don't watch it trying to find little mistakes and trying to pick apart everything, if you still love the boys then you will still enjoy this season.
S. ChristensenReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hating to hate this season...
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SOME SPOILERS

Going into Season 5 of Supernatural all the pieces so painstakingly gathered over the course of the first four seasons are finally--and enticingly--set in place. Sam is addicted to demon blood and has fulfilled Azazel's every hope for him by siding with Ruby over Dean and killing Lilith and, by that, unwittingly releasing Lucifer into the world for an Armageddon-like smackdown engineered by angels and demons alike. Dean, for his part, broke the first seal leading to the Apocalypse when he broke in Hell and has been told by the angels that he's now the only one who can stop it. The tension couldn't be greater. The foundations of the boys' relationship have been razed. Sam has a demon-blood addiction to fight and is apparently the vessel of choice for Lucifer himself, while Dean has angels breathing down his neck insisting that he step up and become the vessel of the archangel Michael, whatever that might mean for him and Sam. Once more, this time above all, Dean may yet have to save or kill Sam. The Devil is roaming free, ready to party. And the Earth and the lives of all the billions on it are now in the hands of the two guys whose mistakes started it all...

Season 5 has its moments, but I think it ultimately threw away nearly all of the potential it started with. The Apocalypse itself seemed distant, a looming threat that never really gained much immediacy. Worse, the series finale--the end of a story arc developed over 5 seasons--was sadly anticlimactic. Let's just say you have to completely shut off your brain to find the canon solution to the problem remotely believable, especially when at least three other potential strategies with far more promise for defeating Lucifer are presented earlier in the season but dropped. I didn't go in with any great expectations, but I found myself cringing and laughing in disbelief at the the dialogue and absurdities of it all. Yet the episode was even in a meta moment smugly dismissive of any fan who was dissatisfied with what Kripke gave them. Lucifer seemed content to do nothing truly significant through nearly the whole season. There were far too many comic episodes that not only weren't particularly funny, but didn't contribute a whit to the overall storyline. The angels were every bit as corrupt and conniving and heedless of humanity as the demons, and if I'd hoped the archangels would be more interesting than the rank and file I was sorely disappointed because they were even more whiny, with daddy issues. Even Heaven was treated as a Stepford parody of anything that would actually merit the name. (If there are no good guys, and heaven is just a bunch of memories that's really hardly any better than Hell, why does it matter anyway if Lucifer wins?)

Then there are the glaring plot holes and inconsistencies and the ridiculous way certain points were retconned. It was as if the writers honestly gave up trying to give the story any coherency whatsoever with prior seasons. While in prior seasons unnecessary collateral damage (especially to possessed innocents) and Sam's demon blood addiction and ends-justifies-means morality were treated as BAD things, S5 pretty much threw out any such nice scruples. John and Mary Winchester weren't necessarily in love; they were forced together by cupids just to produce their sons. The Trickster that plagued Sam especially was--surprise, surprise!--the archangel Gabriel, incognito. Hellhounds can suddenly be sent after anyone, whether or not they've made a deal. (If demons could set hellhounds on people at their leisure, why don't they?) Dean's amulet, given to him by Sam so many years ago, is actually a God detector, except that the prophet Chuck is evidently God, so the God detector is evidently broken around the one it's supposed to detect and the storyline of Castiel's search for God is dropped like a hot potato.

Most importantly, storyline after storyline about the brothers themselves was dropped or mangled. Sam's addiction storyline petered out and was finally abandoned. He doesn't seem, in the end, to have truly overcome any of the flaws or hangups that got him into this mess to begin with, and though the season gives lip service to Dean's depression and loss of faith in Sam, all of that is somehow suddenly all better with a little trust from Sam and comes to nothing; the status quo is restored and Dean's big lesson is that Sam is a big boy so Dean shouldn't get in his way. Dean was somehow an overbearing bully to Sam all of those years and forced Sam into Ruby's arms, though through the first four seasons we never saw anybody stop Sam from doing something Sam really put his mind to and we saw Dean deferring to Sam plenty of times. Not to mention that Sam's most critical choices regarding Ruby were made while Dean wasn't there to harass Sam about them in the first place. Dean was supposedly the only one who could stop the Apocalypse and, by saying yes to Michael, save the world from Lucifer, but suddenly he's told by Death that he's no longer part of the story and replaced as Michael's vessel by a bit character at the critical moment with absolutely no trouble. Sam totally ignores Dean when their plan goes south and Dean tries to convince him not to say Yes to Lucifer after all. In fact, even getting beat up by Lucifer in Sam's body makes no difference. Dean's ultimate contribution to stopping the Apocalypse is driving up the Impala so that Sam can see a little toy soldier stuck in the ashtray that somehow allows Sam to take control of an archangel...though Sam earlier in the series was powerless when possessed by small-timer like Meg and there is absolutely no precedent in canon for overcoming angelic possession, much less possession by the Devil himself. When Dean tries to interfere, neither of two archangels, both of which want to fight and have to see him as a nuisance, get rid of him or send him off to Timbuktu or simply set up some kind of force field to keep him out of the way?

There are some good moments...mostly Dean ones. I really think this season cheated Sam in particular in the characterization department, but it did a number on Bobby and Castiel too. My suggestion? Enjoy it for what it's worth, but don't invest much in it.
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MelissaReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Naturally Super Fun
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I've only been watching Supernatural for five months. I brought season one in April 2010 and fell in love with the series and Sam and Dean Winchester. "Savin' People, hunting things, the family business." I believe Supernatural has done a great job with supernatural enities, family, faith, hope, loss, love, sibling rivalry, religion? (mythology?) I won't go on with that point, sacrifice,survival,addiction, and the road to redemption. I went from season one to season four. Season four proved my favorite. Seasons two and three came next. Season three and four were hilarious! I've never laughed so hard at a tv show. Never liked two tv siblings as much before Sam and Dean Winchester. My only complaint with this series is why they feel the need to kill the female characters. I loved them. Honestly, Season five had its problems. The "Changing Channels" episode was LOL FUN. Certain parts were just stupid in my opinon and the Sam herpeas ad was hard to watch. Maybe I'd rate "Fallen Idols" as the worst. I hate Paris Hilton. I get that its paying to Jared's time in "House of Wax" and the episode "My Bloody Valentine" to Jensen's time in the 2009 version of the same title. Okay, to my most favorite moments. THE ULTIMATE SAM WINCHESTER episode "Point of No Return" was the fan girl dream eppy. Sam grew up big time. Also in "Dark Side of The Moon" we get more "wee-chesters" moments and Sam comptiplates why he's in heaven. In "The Song Remains The Same" Sam finally gets to time travel and he saw his parents essentially for the first time. For someone who grew up without a mother and alienated from his father, this glimpse affected him in a way that Dean will never understand. He got his chance for peace with John even though it was with a John before he was even born. He was even willing to split John and Mary up, thus saving them from conciving him or Dean and ending the family curse. God, gotta love this show. "Swan Song" to me personally did move very slow and I felt I was watching soap opera. But this episode was grand. Oh but the power of love (brotherly love). Sam couldn't fight Lucifer. He couldn't stop Lucifer from killing Castiel and Bobby, hurting Dean badly. Sam took control because of the memories shared by Sam and Dean through the years triggered by the toy army soldier in the ash tray of the Impala was all it took. How poetic! I however, do miss the brotherly bond from seasons one-three. Seasons four and five did have too much sibling rivalry. I'm tired of the fighting. They had to go through it though and they have, god, they have. Here's hoping a more better, understanding relationship between the boys and more, more laughs and pranks. Oh the good old days.
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CallygirlReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great series with a few flawed episodes
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It pains me to give my favorite television show 4 out of 5. By being a favorite it almost by default should be 5 right. And episodes like The End, Free to Be you and me, Point of no Return, My bloody Valentine and even it's finale Swan Song are up there are as some really great moments in SN history. I could rewatch all of those I mentioned and still be entertained. Ben Edlund is a dark comic genius. And the Devil was expertly written and played throughout leaving each episode he was in wanting more. Don't get me wrong this is a MUST for anyone who likes Horror with a side of comedy.

I won't say more about those episode mentioned above, just enjoy them and now comes the critique. "Fallen Idol" -ack Paris Hilton, really? "Children are our future" -great another all powerful kid out there who can squash everything with his mind, oh and it was so close to being a good episode, "Dead men Don't wear plaids"- all the characters totally acting out of character and a waste of Zombies! BUT WORST OF ALL "MEAT SWAP". That last one was painful to watch and I want to scratch it off the DVD. Just don't watch it if you love the Winchesters, really.

Now about the DVD extras.... I have watched my DVR episodes several time while I waited for the DVD to come out, hoping to get a little more insight into the season. Especially the last season with Eric Kripke at the helm and we get ONE audio Commentary???? And a few less then encompassing featurettes. I love the commentaries and was so hoping for one for "Point of No return" "Free to be You and Me" or Swan Song. Now "the End" was great but really guys, would it kill you to take another hour or two and give us a few more. That is why we love the box sets, faithful fans want to know what you were thinking when you do major challenges to our characters. Hear about the obstacles and cool things you had to do to make the episodes. Just so disappointing to be shorted on that. I would have even loved if the DP or Special effects person did one if the writers and producers were too busy. Ah well, opportunity lost.

In short get this set, it is worth it. But it does contain some of the worst episodes in the series.
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Reginald D. GarrardReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
What is wrong with those Emmy folks???
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While the previous four seasons of the series were outstanding, the fifth season really "raised the bar" with the storyline about the Apocalypse with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles, along with the assistance of Castiel the angel (Misha Collins) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) taking on the minions of Lucifer, an assorted armada of angels, and the assorted regular crew of "things that go bump in the night."

This season sees some inspired casting with guest appearances that include former TV heartthrob Chad Everest as an older version of Dean, Paris Hilton as a demonic version of herself, and former Stargate SG-1 alumnus Michael Shanks as one in a town filled with religious-demon-fighting zealots. In addition to these memorable special acting turns, the season also features outstanding performances from actors in recurring roles, chief among these are Kurt Fuller as "Zachariah," Mark Pellegrino as "Lucifer," Richard Speight as "The Trickster/Gabriel" and Mark Sheppard as "Crowley."

Episodes of note include "Fallen Idols," with Hilton; "I Believe Children Are Our Future"; the award-worthy "Changing Channels, parodying shows from "Grey's Anatomy" to 70's laugh-track-laden sitcoms; "Swap Meat," a great tale wherein Sam unknowingly exhanges bodies with a teen-aged aspiring warlock and acting kudos to guest star Sarah Drew as "Nora"; "99 Problems"; and "Hammer of the Gods," a wonderful foray exploring "gods" of world myth.

The special features include all web-isodes of "The Ghost Facers" and "Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides," fascinating documentaries culled from other sources, including PBS. The "gag reel" included is light on the heavy laughs but nonetheless is entertaining.

Of course the reason for watching the show is the near-perfection pairing of Padelecki and Ackles in their respective roles. Both young actors deliver in each installment and why they have yet to receive Emmy nominations is as much a mystery as are the things that the Winchester boys investigate.

Perhaps, before the show ends its run, the two will receive their due.
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A.MarteReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shockingly Excellent....NOT!!! It is not so shocking that it was awesome.
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I knew from the end of season 4 that this season would be awesome. In fact I might dare say it was the best one.

The majority of the first three seasons focused on one particular demon and different lore/mythological monsters. I enjoyed watching the writers take on wendingos, jinns, gollums, vampires etc. It was good having stories with a plot within the plot; the main plot being the Winchesters family. Last season ended with Lucifier being set free and the whole time I was on pins and needles. I did not watch this season each week because I did that in season 4 and I almost gave myself a coronary from anticipated excitement, lol.

This season starts with boys trying to stop the impending apocalypse. There was some great episodes on this season, far too many to name. Usually I have at least one episode a season that I just cannot get into(ghostfacers) but I loved every one. I want to give extra kudos to the writers for incorporating Odin, my favorite of the Gods in the storyline. That is one of the reason supernatural is so great: it opens up your mind to different culture, provides you with knowledge, and is so freaking entertaining.

Once again I loved Micha's Castiel and how he interacted with Dean. The only thing that I truly hated was that both Ellen and Jo had to die. I like seeing "all business in the front, party in the back" Ash coming back in, as well as how the writers dealt with the Winchester's half brother. Another great thing about supernatural and its writers is they get a lot of things right, the writers do their homework. I will not give much away but this was a really great season. Although I love supernatural, I really do not want to see it go, but I think they should just stop here. Let Dean have "some" happy ending; he deserves it.
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