It's about six weeks since the events at the end of season nine and Demonised Dean is off with his new BFF, Crowley, living a hedonistic life of alcohol, casual sex, bar fights and bad karaoke.
Although he'd left a note at The Bunker asking Sam not to follow him, unsurprisingly the younger Winchester is doing his best to track down his errant brother.
Unfortunately, as the episode unfolds, it becomes clear that Sam isn't the only hunter looking for Dean, when a hardcase ex-marine, Cole Trenton (Travis Aaron Wade), takes Sam hostage as a futile attempt to draw Dean out.
Meanwhile an ailing Cas (his 'stolen Grace' is fading) is enlisted by fellow angel Hannah (Erica Carroll) to round-up a couple of rebels who still haven't answered the call to return to Heaven.
Unsurprisingly, that doesn't go well.
Black was quite a tentative opening episode for Supernatural's tenth season, clearly setting wheels in motion for sub-plots that will continue through the rest of the year, but without any truly great revelations or twists.
As Crowley points out to Sam by this point in the show's run every one of the central characters has been a demon of some kind, so presumably Dean isn't being set up to be the Season 10's Big Bad.
Therefore, it would be nice to see some suggestion that this season isn't simply going to be dedicated to Sam's attempts to 'save' Dean.
Of course, it's great to have the show back, even if we are still a 12 months behind the States, but while Black was full of the great character touches (both tragic and humourous) we've come to expect from Supernatural, it didn't exactly grab me as I'd hoped it would.