As the show's gone on, there have been more than a few moments when I've wondered if it should stop before it's too late. I want it to go out on a high note instead of lingering past its prime - way too many series do that these days (cough How I Met Your Mother cough). They're still hanging in, but I want nothing less than a well-written and played ending for Dean and Sam. They deserve it.
Anyway, I keep getting pulled back in because the writing and acting and characters and all of it just keeps delivering. Sure, it stutters sometimes, but we're in a better place in season nine than I thought we possibly could be. So, I want to walk down Winchester memory lane and share my five favorite episodes. These aren't in any particular order. Oh, and beware spoilers through season six.
When I saw this episode for the first time, I just remember being completely enchanted by the conversation between Dean and Death. It was smart, wonderfully acted, and just a great intimate scene in the midst of the world being on the brink of destruction. Just such a creative way to set up the encounter and I dug the unexpected move of Death basically handing over the ring (with a price, of course).
This is the only post-season 5 episode to make it on my list because well, Bobby. Jim Beaver has made the character so damn lovable over the years. He becomes attached to your heart in a different way than the Winchesters or Castiel or anyone else on the series. Seeing a few days from the perspective of the gruff and intelligent Bobby made me ecstatic. And just because I have to say it: balls.
Ah, Smith and Wesson. On the surface, it's an amusing episode where Dean becomes a preppy salesman and Sam sits in a tech support cubicle. They do all sorts of out of character things and it's funny. But it's more. Even though Zachariah is trying to show them a normal apple-pie life, they find their way back to hunting and to their destiny. The episode's got a lot going for it and Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are hilarious.
Devil's Trap, season 1
This one gets included just for the emotional punch to the gut that happens in the last few seconds. The Winchesters are reunited, you get a Creedence Clearwater Song, and bam. Right in the face. Also, this episode marks the first appearance of Bobby Singer. Win.
Finally an episode centering on an important member of the Winchester family: the Impala. And it's not ridiculous (which it really should be given the premise). Now, it's not all about the car but I appreciate them touching on how it's a character of its own. The bigger arc of the episode is the fight between Lucifer and Michael, and I can't think of anything I would have changed except to just stop the series there.
Almost on the list: Hammer of the Gods, season 5. Can you tell I enjoyed season five? In fact, I recall liking every single episode. I love many of them. It's rare to come across a season of any TV series where you don't find clunkers, but I don't remember encountering any in season five. I'm happy we still have our Winchesters but man, season 5 would have been a perfect place to end. Perfect.
Do you watch Supernatural? What are your favorite episodes, quotes, or moments?