Anyway. There are many wonderful episodes in this season, and now we need to pick the one we like to rewatch the most. (Note that this doesn’t mean your favorite episode. Some people, for example, love Swan Song but can’t bear to rewatch it.)
And the finalists are…
The End. Normally, an episode with so little Sam in it wouldn’t be one of my favorites. But this one, God. The three leads do such an wonderful job playing characters other than their normal selves. Sarcastic, irreverent Future!Cas (it’s probably just Misha playing himself but it’s a joy to watch). Jensen playing both Present!Dean and Future!Dean so distinctively. And, of course, Jared’s completely amazing Samifer. This is one of those episodes that has scenes I’ll watch over and over again (like Future!Dean telling Present!Dean that Sam said yes and “And we’ve got to kill him, Dean,” or Samifer saying “I win, so… I win.”) as well as watching the entire episode.
Changing Channels. A classic crack episode with a big reveal and emotional punch at the end. The “we’re characters trapped in a TV show” trope may be a cliché but it’s done SO well. I think my favorite is the Herpexia ad. Or is it the Japanese game show? Or the goofy credits for the sitcom? Or is it ALL OF THE ABOVE?
Dark Side of the Moon. This one is magical and heartbreaking. Dean watching Sam get killed. The fireworks. “Condolences.” Dean wanting just a little more time with his mom. “In Heaven, I have six wings and four faces, one of whom is a lion!” Sam’s face when Dean throws the Samulet away. DEAN THROWS THE SAMULET AWAY. Gaaaah.
Swan Song. I just started watching Supernatural last year, so I watched Two Minutes to Midnight and then watched Swan Song immediately after (and I can’t imagine having to wait a week!), and I just sat there for a few minutes and thought “this is the second-best ending to a series that I have ever seen” (the first being Six Feet Under). And you know, maybe it should have ended there. Maybe it should have ended there, no Sam under the streetlight, just all of us sitting there heartbroken. (And I couldn’t stand it so I watched 6.01 next, and went to bed angry and confused instead of heartbroken.) Anyway. This entire episode is just a giant kick in the gut, from Dean telling Sam he’s okay with the plan, to Sam pointing out he’s not coming back, to Sam’s goodbye to Bobby and Cas, to Dean’s reaction when Sam can’t overpower Lucifer and he disappears, to EVERYTHING AT THE CEMETERY. NONE OF THIS IS OKAY. But it’s all wonderful.
So, now that I’ve written this, I realize this may be another poll I can’t bring myself to vote in, because I’m not sure I can decide. That means it’s up to you guys! Please try to vote by midnight (your time) on Saturday, July 26.
(Also, this is completely unrelated, but I heard “Head of the Moment” on the radio this morning and said “Oh, yeah, it’s Tuesday.” I love it when that happens.)
What is the most rewatchable episode of Supernatural season 5?