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Season 5 - Volume Two


Starring: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Warner Home Video
RRP: £29.99
Certificate: 15
Available 06 September 2010

After their mother was heinously murdered by a mysterious demonic force twenty-three years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester were raised by their father as soldiers, joining him in his war against the evil forces that lie stealth in the backstreets of America. Since learning from their father how to track and slay these supernatural threats, the reluctant heroes have spent their lives patrolling the highways in their 1967 Chevy Impala searching for revenge...

Supernatural: Season 5 - Volume Two contains the remaining 11 episodes from the show's fifth season. As the show's creator Eric Kripke had always envisaged the fifth season to be the show's last, everything is neatly wrapped up by the conclusion of this box set.

However, the show has been renewed for a sixth season, which should be interesting as the writers have written themselves into a bit of a corner. Let's just hope Dean doesn't wake up in Pamela Ewing's shower.

The ongoing story arc sees the boys hunting down the four horsemen of the apocalypse in order to trap Lucifer and put him back in his box. As the season continues the boys face an itinerary of terror, clearing up the blood spills left by a teenage nerd and his body-switching spells in Swap Meat (which sees Sam switching bodies with a teenager); townspeople who mysteriously start killing for love in My Bloody Valentine; and even trouble closer to home when Sam and Dean’s close friend Bobby is reunited with his dead wife and refuses to let go in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

Notable guest stars include Michael Shanks (who pops in and out without really making any sort of impression on the episode), Matt Frewer (who is well cast as Pestilence) and Lost's Mark Pellegrino appears and offers an interesting take on Lucifer. As you'd expect this collection has the usual trademark balance of drama and humour.

I was also really impressed with the final Armageddon setting. I was expecting something a little cliched and well worn, but the writers really did something a little different here.

The only extra is a Gag Reel for season 5 (9 min, 54 sec).

So, the fifth season wraps things up pretty neatly. The final episode is particularly well handled - I loved the way the Impala was woven into the main story.


Darren Rea

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