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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Supernatural: Alpha And Omega


And to think season eleven of Supernatural started off with such promise and gusto.

Having had their asses soundly whupped by Amara, Team Winchester are licking their wounds when Rowena points out that the sun appears to be dying.

Chuck, who is also not in the best of health, finally relents on his desire to just see his sister caged again and agrees to help his colleagues actually kill her. He helps them concoct a scheme to create a "soul bomb" which will destroy her with the light of thousands of souls.

However, it requires Dean to act as its delivery system.

When he confronts Amara in a park, she explains to Dean that the dying sun isn't her doing, but is tied to the health of her brother. Her resolve to destroy everything has also been weakened after a really on-the-nose conversation about family issues with a batty old lady feeding the birds.

Meanwhile in a gratingly American vision of England, a British representative of the Men Of Letters, Lady Antonia Bevell (Australian actress Elizabeth Blackmore) - who appears to have been modelled on Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds - is 'activated' to go to the States and rein in the Winchesters.

I like that the Men of Letters are becoming more and more like The Watchers from Buffy, but I'm always going to have issues with American interpretations of my homeland that bear no resemblance whatsoever to  the reality of 21st Century Britain. And no disrespect to Ms Blackmore, but couldn't they have found a British actress for the role?

The episode itself ultimately found resolution in probably the only way it could, given the rod the show had created for its own back of introducing two opposing cosmic forces as players in the Supernatural sandbox.

There were some interesting ideas bandied about on the nature of 'cosmic balance', it's just a pity that Alpha And Omega eventually had to play out like a cheesy episode of Jeremy Kyle (or whatever the American equivalent is of those awful 'airing your dirty laundry in public' reality shows).

Although the 'connection' between Amara and Dean was never really explained, by the end of Alpha And Omega, the episode was more about setting up plots for the next season than selling me on the resolution of this season.

It's not that Alpha And Omega was a particularly weak episode, it was - for large parts - just so blah, building to climax that was a whisker away from the reach-for-the-sick-bucket "the world was saved by the power of love".

On a more positive note, we have - possibly for the first time in its run on UK television - finally caught up with the American airings of Supernatural. Who knows, maybe we'll get to see the twelfth season at (roughly) the same time as North America!

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