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Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season... Reviewed!

 I'd like to thank Warner Bros for supplying a copy of this show for review. My opinions are my own.

The Winchester's have been to hell and back, and now they've arrived for their fifteenth and final season of... Supernatural. This show has been running for well over a decade now... and now it's time to ride off into the sunset after one last hurrah.

Story: Supernatural is a show that has really stood the test of time. Not everyone is into horror, but they serve up enough action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and all that good stuff to keep things interesting... for the loyal fanbase. Supernatural has literally spawned several novels, comics, magazines, games, and an anime series! Talk about support, because if it were just the typical show... you can forget about all those extra. The support has given Supernatural the title of being the longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series.

The show was well received with the pilot's 5.69 million viewers, and according to sources... the creator was only going to create 3 seasons. Did you know that it took nearly a decade for the show to be picked up? So if you're working on pitching something that you believe in, continue developing it because an unsuccessful pitch doesn't always count you out. The creator actually concluded his run in season 5, and here we are in season 15 thanks to several other showrunners helping his show get as much love as the time he's put into developing it. It's that cool? I just wanted to give you a few extra tidbits as you prepare for the Winchester's final ride against... God.

If you aren't familiar with Supernatural, it's a story about the trials and tribulations of two monster-hunting brothers by the name of Sam and Dean Winchester. These brothers take on all sorts of otherworldly creatures, supernatural beings, and anything else that goes bump in the night... and day.

The Winchester's go from scenario to scenario at times as they tackle some pretty serious baddies, like all the souls released from hell in episode one of the season. The threat level remains high in the opening of the season and goes on for a number of episodes before serving up a bit of normalcy. The brothers obtain information under the guise of being FBI agents and track down the supernatural baddies by way of collecting clues. I like the way it's served up as far as the flow of the show goes, and since they aren't actual agents... the script isn't tied to a certain course of action. You get to see how they interact as siblings, and they're still holding down the fort at the Men of Letter's bunker which is the safest place on earth in the show.

So you aren't just getting goodbyes, you're being served up with enjoyable episodes that deliver what you know and love about the series. Atomic Monsters was probably the most enjoyable episode for me, it threw a little twist in there (maybe not as good as the one in Proverbs 17:3 but still good), special effects weren't really required and the acting was solid on all fronts (making it more believable). There are other solid episodes in the season, but that's the one that stood out for me initially and got me in the groove.

I don't want to give anything away, but (hmmm) I feel like "Inherit the Earth" would've been a much better ending. It was satisfying, and they could've left it there. It takes a much better route than "Carry On" took because the door remains open for more Supernatural action in the future. To be fair, it doesn't have to deliver more... but there could be a movie or something if it were left at "Inherit the Earth". I think there's enough creative juice left there to make a solid film every now and then, and they could use Jack to make it happen.

I didn't even like the way "Carry On" played out, it felt like an episode that was created in order to quickly throw something together for the sake of what occurs in the episode. It still had a bittersweet ending, but you know what I'd prefer to have. Technically they don't even have to follow the show's timeline to deliver Supernatural movies, because the episodes during their everyday missions didn't run along a specific timeline either (other than the visions Sam would have).


Visuals: Visually, Supernatural had a lot of your standard shots, and I was actually a bigger fan of the standard shots than the more ambitious angles. Certain angles wouldn't have been bad if they weren't accompanied by cheesy SFX's in some scenes. That's actually the reason certain scenes didn't deliver the intended feeling for me.


Visually you get a good mix of medium close-ups, medium shots (like the one seen here), and close-ups for the most part. They do the job, and I believe that certain effects would've done the job over CGI unless it's really good work.


Audio + Extras: Audio was enjoyable, the sound effects delivered on all of the shooting, gunfights, the growls of monsters, and otherworldly powers. I didn't use headphones in this review, I let it put the surround sound system to good use with  DTS-HD Master Audio in 5.1 surround sound. I remember Dean was either eating or tinkering around with something in an episode and it was as clear as day out of a particular speaker. Great audio is always a plus and I appreciated it from start to finish in this final season.


As far as extras go, you get:

Supernatural: The End Of The Road - A Behind The Scenes Look At The Journey To The Finale.

Supernatural: Family Don't End With Blood - This Documentary Examines The Importance Of Family Within The Series And Among The Cast, Crew, And Fans.

The Winchester Mythology: Midwestern Heroes - A Look At Same And Dean As Classic American Heroes

Supernatural: The Long Road Home - A Retrospective Of All 15 Seasons

Supernatural: 2019 Comic-Con Panel - The Emotional Final Event

Winning Baby: A Supernatural Giveaway - A Lucky Fan Wins A Replica Of The Iconic Impala

Gag Reel


Price:  Pricewise, you can get Supernatural: The Fifteenth And Final Season Basics on DVD for $44.98 SRP (5 Discs) & $49.99 SRP on Blu-ray (4 Discs). Save nearly $15 here!

If you want Supernatural: The Complete Series Basics... you can get it for $329.99 (86 Discs) SRP & $359.99 SRP (58 Discs). On DVD that's about $3.83 per disc and $6.20 per Blu-ray disc. Save nearly $90 here!



Story 4

Visuals 4

Audio + Extras 5

Price 5

4.5 out of 5 Cool Points
 
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