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Dean Winchester lost his battle with power-mad angel scribe Metatron, only to be resurrected by the power of the First Blade and now transformed into a demon, cursed with the Mark of Cain and riding shotgun with the King of Hell, Crowley.  The road to recovering wayward Dean takes brother Sam down sinister paths himself, with consequences that will shake the boys to their core.  The Winchesters’ angelic comrade-in-arms, Castiel, must pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron’s campaign to overtake Heaven.  With his grace failing and rogue angels still loose, Cass faces the ticking clock of his own mortality while all-new and ages-old threats again push our heroes to their human and otherworldly limits. (From CW’s official synopsis)

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
Just look at that synopsis!  After reading such a set-up, you automatically know whether or not you are onboard for what this series still has to offer.   Supernatural, through its ups and downs over the years, is still one of my favorite television shows.  The initial five seasons were wonderful overall, particularly Season 3 thru 5.  Many think the series should have ended after Season 5, when creator Eric Kripke managed to tie up most arcs and loose ends in the show’s mythology in a wildly successful manner.  Threads were left should the series continue, but both Kripke and fans alike were satisfied at the culmination that the show had achieved.  Obviously it did continue, however, and the show’s run has since doubled from what Kripke had originally intended.  I’m currently reviewing the 10th season of Supernatural and the 11th will start up in a few weeks time.

It’s been a long road for the cast, crew, and fans over the years.  Some detours were more fruitful than others and the series’ rebirth with Season 6 (and to a lesser degree, 7) was a bit of a rough one.  It many ways, the show started anew and was stumbling narratively once again, just as it had done when the show first began in 2005.  Perhaps it should have ended in 2010, but the characters and concept were enough to carry it on.  I love these characters and I always have since Day One.  I love the supporting cast as well, from the ones who have left us (John, Bobby, etc.) to the ones who are still around (Castiel, Crowley, etc.).  They are the lifeblood of the series and even when the show hits a bad arc or a subpar episode, they make it worthwhile.

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
Season 10 continued the upswing in recent seasons, both in its main arcs (Demon Dean, The Mark of Cain) and in its smaller monster-of-the-week ones, bridging it all with some wonderful character beats and some of the show’s best episodes (“Fan Fiction”, “About a Boy”, etc.).  There are a few stinkers here and there, but that comes with the territory.  Such is the nature of show and networks that continue to push 22-23 episode seasons.  The law of averages (as well as budgets) dictates that a few each season will land with a thud, even on the best shows.

While I’ve long since moved past thinking that it should have stopped after Season 5, since I love the characters too much to give up the past five seasons, I’m not entirely sure continuing beyond Season 10 is the best idea.  I mean that in the broadest sense, both for the series and for its leads, particularly Jensen Ackles.  Still, they all seem to know what they are doing and I’ll happily be in the saddle again soon as the 11th run begins.  I don’t know when Supernatural will end or morph (since they are still mulling over spin-off ideas), but for now I’m happy to remain on board for the foreseeable future.  As long as the ride is a pleasant one in terms of quality, they have my sword.

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
Like with previous seasons’ home video release, Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season looks rather fantastic in high definition.  There’s nary an issue to be found and what few arise have more to do with the occasional hazard of a TV budget, be it a dodgy effect here or some faulty camerawork there.  On the whole, it’s a great presentation and absolutely in line with previous releases for the series.  If you are happy with those, you’ll be happy with this one.

Once again, a top of the line presentation.  The mix is well-balance across all channels and is not front-loaded like some TV shows tend to be (particularly sitcoms).  From the dialogue to the effects to the show’s music (be it the score or its wonderful taste in classic rock & metal tunes), everything works well in conjunction with one another to give an immersive experience.  It sounds like Supernatural and that’s what matters most.

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
A stacked released, perhaps the most stocked to date, comprised with the usual combination of standard features, interviews, and some fun special features for the fans…

  • A Very Special Supernatural Special
  • Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode
  • The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade
  • Supernatural Fans
  • Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014
  • 3 Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital Copies

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
If you’re still on board the Supernatural train, you will enjoy this season.  As always, it has ups and downs, but it continues the upswing in quality that the past couple seasons have blessed us with.  If you’ve fallen off the wagon, this might bring you back on, although you might want to catch up on what you’ve missed.  As is usual, this is a fine home video release and a more than welcome addition to your (I’m assuming) ever-growing Supernatural collection.

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
* Note: The above images are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.