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The little show that came back from the dead

The little show that came back from the dead Cult favorite CW show Supernatural was only supposed to have five seasons, ending with Lucifer and the archangel Michael in an Apocalypse smackdown. But it came back for a sixth season coda. Here's why you should be watching. Spoilers!

Last Friday, Supernatural's mid-season finale "Appointment in Samarra" was a perfect example of what this show has done to expand its scope while still following through on a many-season plot arc that's hard to forget - the Apocalypse and its consequences. That episode delivers the gallows humor that has made Supernatural a fan favorite, while also opening a window onto some of the refreshingly complicated metaphysical questions raised in a story where God has gone missing, the angels are at war in a post-Apocalypse heaven, and our monster-hunting protagonists Sam and Dean Winchester are struggling to reunite Sam with his tormented soul.

Most shows in this genre would leave unquestioned the idea that having a soul is a Good Thing. Not Supernatural. Sam's soul was ripped out of him after Lucifer turned the poor guy's body into a meatsack, picked a fight with archangel Michael's meatsack, and subsequently got chucked into Hell's cage when Heaven won the war for Earth. Basically, the two ex-angels have had nothing to alleviate their boredom except playing Doom with Sam's soul. Would having such a wounded, tortured soul really be better than "being all Replicant" the way Soulless Sam is now?

Judeo-Christian-Islamic beliefs are just another set of entertaining myths

Then again, most shows dealing with Judeo-Christian-Islamic themes wouldn't overtly treat these religious traditions as myths whose importance is roughly equal to myths about faeries and shape-shifters. Indeed, the point of Friday's episode was that the powers of Heaven and Hell pale in comparison to Death, a terrifying creature who transcends time, existed long before "God" and "Lucifer," and loves junk food. Supernatural is sly enough to tweak the self-importance of what you might call the "Big Three" religions. But it's gutsy enough to actually deal earnestly with the big questions these religions ask about the meaning of life.

Though this half-season has been dealing a lot with what happened to the Winchesters in the post-Apocalypse, it's also been about what's going on in all the significant parts of the supernatural world that really don't give a crap about the Big Three. There are huge groups of monsters whose lives and deaths are untouched by God and Heaven. One of the season's big mysteries is what motivates these monsters. Do they have an ethical system? Are they evil? Where do they go when they die? The new "king of Hell," Crowley, spent several episodes trying to track down Purgatory - AKA the monster afterlife zone - because he thought it was great "Hell-adjacent real estate."

Monsters of the week, in Supernatural season 6, are never just that. They're also a reminder that the Big Three religions are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to cosmology.

Death takes a holiday

Now that we've brought the Big Three down a peg, Friday night's episode gave us a peek at one of those cosmological powers far greater than anything God or Lucifer could ever conceive. Desperate to make Sam whole again, Dean has himself temporarily killed so that he can talk Death himself into retreiving Sam's soul. Robert Englund cameos as the doctor who helps Hunters from the less-than-sanitary rooms behind a butcher shop.

And Death is willing to bargain. He'll rescue Sam's broken soul - and even create a wall around the damaged parts of it - if Dean will just wear Death's ring for 24 hours. That means Dean has to kill everybody on Death's list, and (usually) answer a few confused, tearful questions from their about-to-be-reaped souls. Things start easy - he kills a guy who was threatening a kid with a gun, then gives a typically rock-n-roll explanation of life's meaning to a cholesterol-snarfing guy he killed with a heart attack.

   


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