Supernatural, Season 11 Episode 1: Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire

Supernatural Season 11
Supernatural Season 11 promotional poster. Source: Wikipedia.

SPOILERS AHEAD, so if you haven’t seen the first episode of Season 11 of Supernatural already or if you plan to watch it later, come back to this article after you’ve done so.

What I liked:

  • Crowley, although basically hitting the same note he has for the past few seasons, had an inventive return for a while
  • I like Castiel just as much as the next person, but it was nice to see that when he summoned his angel brothers, they weren’t the forgiving kind. Rowena cast a spell turning Castiel into a rabid killer in the season 10 finale, and he’s still a rabid killer, so it’ll be interesting to see if he ever manages to shake this spell.
  • Sam had to be infected with the Darkness because otherwise if it didn’t personally affect one of the brothers, it wouldn’t give the audience much of a reason to care.
  • Even Dean, with all the morally ambiguous things he’s done, would not willingly bring harm to a baby (even if it does have the Mark of Cain.) Speaking of which, that brings me to…

What I didn’t like:

  • I think it’s good to keep a balance between male and female villains so it was a good choice to personify The Darkness as a woman. So far she’s pretty underwhelming (as compared to Abbadon, who made far more of an impact) but the season is still young.
  • The name “The Darkness”–when your cast is poking fun at the name, you know you’ve got issues.
  • So basically, whoever the Darkness infects becomes a violent zombie. Yawn. Also, how is it that some of them seem to last a long time while others die so soon?
  • I’m glad Rowena was not in the season opener because she was one of the most irritating characters from last season, but she’s bound to return so I hope she’s more interesting this time around.
  • So far it seems like we’re in for a retread of the Supernatural season that I hated the most, the Leviathans.
  • Oh how cute, the baby who was rescued from the hospital has the Mark of Cain. Because that’s not gonna cause problems.

Overall, although I still like aspects of this show, I feel like the showrunners weren’t really sure what else to do after ten seasons, because they’ve already done so much and the show is starting to drag. They’ve repeated a lot of the same conflicts and the product is starting to get a bit stale.

It feels like they’re taking turns now where every season it alternates between Dean being the one to have the problem that must be solved (i.e. last season with the Mark of Cain) to this season where it’s Sam’s turn to have the big dilemma (infected with the Darkness).

Also, I’ve never been a fan of the split between the Big Bad of the season but then also Monster-of-the-Week mini conflicts that almost seem to minimize the impact of the Big Bad, but everyone has a different take and I know that many people are fans of the split, which is totally cool. To each his or her own.

For those who have watched the Season 11 opener, what did you think? Will you keep watching the rest of the season? Are you still riveted to find out what will happen to the Winchesters? Sound off below!

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