Supernatural returns tonight on the CW for its eighth season. I approach it with trepidation. Why you ask? Because seasons six and seven were trainwrecks, that’s why.
While the first season was admittedly rocky, seasons two through five made for spectacular television week after week. Then Eric Kripke went away leaving his baby in the hands of Robert Singer and Sera Gamble. While there were some really terrific episodes sprinkled throughout, the series suffered overall from a lack of cohesion and absolutely no character progression. In fact, in many ways, the characters under Singer and Gamble’s stewardship seemed to regress.
Hopefully with Gamble’s departure and the addition of Jeremy Carver as co-showrunner we’ll see some new life breathed into the series. It deserves it. Even at its worst, Supernatural has been one of the better shows on television, with some terrific acting coming from Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Jim Beaver.
Here’s to hoping that Supernatural returns to form and we can put the ugliness of the past two seasons behind us.