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Supernatural Episode: "Lazarus Rising"

Season 4, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the fourth-season opener, Dean has been freed from hell and reunites with Sam and Bobby, but the three don't know how he returned. Bobby: Jim Beaver.
Original Air Date: Sep 18, 2008
Guest Cast Jim Beaver: Bobby Genevieve Cortese
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Season 4, Episode 1
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Length: 42:42
Aired: 9/18/2008
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"Lazarus Rising" Season 4, Episode 1

"Why'd you do it?" "Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you." That exchange between Dean and Castiel ended the premiere of Supernatural's fourth season. The episode, entitled "Lazarus Rising," signaled the show going in a more biblical direction. After Dean dug his way out of the pine box that was his grave, he was reunited with Bobby and then Sam. The big news: We learned Sam started utilizing his powers and Dean was saved by an angel named Castiel. I just couldn't believe the show went there. It went there! God ordered this "Angel of the Lord" to pull Dean out of hell, because there was work to be done. Wow. Now I can tell you about the "object" that the Warner Bros. publicists sent out with the first two episodes of Supernatural's Season 4. It was a copy of the Bible. Seeing that gave me the first inclination as to where this season was going. And after I watched the episode for the first time, it all made sense. I do have to say that I'm so glad I hadn't really paid attention to many of the spoilers out there, because I never saw the whole Castiel and his "job offer" coming. And as for Sammy, well, he's had a very busy four months, hasn't he? He freakin' exorcised a demon with his mind, no Latin or holy water necessary. That was also a really huge development in this Supernatural universe. I've been hoping the show would allow him to tap into his powers. They were dormant for so long, I thought maybe they were gone forever. There certainly haven't been any visions in forever. The only time he really ever moved anything with his mind was to save his brother in Season One's "Nightmare." But after Dean sold his soul to bring Sam back, he never really seemed to come back 100 percent. Now that I've seen what he's capable of, his powers just seemed to be brewing underneath for all of Season Three. Now he's accepted them. Again, wow. The Resurrection We saw flashes of hell and then we saw darkness. All of a sudden we heard Dean breathe back into existence. He was conveniently (too conveniently) buried with a lighter. I guess Sammy was thinking ahead. And Dean quickly dug his way out of the pine box Sam and Bobby buried him in after he died. I was worried about how Buffy Dean's resurrection and then his escape from his grave was going to get. Any fan of the vampire slayer knows Buffy was pulled out of what we later learned was some heaven-like place. But her escape was pretty brutal as she clawed her way out of her grave. As for Dean, other than his raspy voice and some smudges on his face and arms, he really wasn't that bad off; a fact which was scary in its own right, since we know the guy was in hell for four months probably being continuously tortured. At the gas station, Dean gathered supplies and wondered why he didn't have any scars from those vicious hellhounds that tore him apart. However, he did have a mysterious hand print on his arm. The Reunions How great was Dean's reunion with Bobby? I have always loved any scene we get that involves those two - they're unexpectedly emotional. When Bobby finally realized he wasn't talking to a Dean shapeshifter or revenant, that this was the real deal, it was just awesome. Bobby dousing Dean with the holy water was cool too. But as great as this reunion was, I was waiting for the one between Sam and Dean. After Sam got over his doubts about who turned up at his hotel room door in Pontiac, Illinois, the two brothers hugged. My top three Sam and Dean moments during "Lazarus Rising" were: 1) The hug. Duh. 2) Sam gave Dean his amulet back. 3) Sam and Dean ogled Pamela Barnes (the psychic) together. I liked this scene because Sam and Dean both appreciated Pamela's "assets." Sam wasn't just about the case; it was a lighthearted moment between the brothers. The Brothers' Relationship Even though Sam and Dean shared some touching moments, all was not right in their world. They've always kept a secret or two from each other. After all, Dean still hasn't found out about Mary recognizing the demon that killed her. But what transpired in this episode has really set the brothers on two different paths. Sam told Dean that Ruby was dead. We know that she never died. She just switched bodies (more on that in a little bit). Sam was pretty vague about what he did during his four months without Dean. And he certainly lied about using his powers. Dean told Sam he couldn't remember anything about hell. We know he's been getting some flashes (not much, but it was still something). He also lied about going to summon the thing that pulled him out of hell. We've got lies, half-truths, omissions and differing agendas threatening to separate the Winchesters. Plus, Sam has been working with a demon (Ruby) and tapping into the dark side in order to do some good: saving people and ridding the world of demons. Dean, on the other hand, may end up working for an angel who has proven to be more than just a halo and fluffy wings. In this episode, he was fierce but also destructive. Just ask Pamela. In the past I've always been wary about anything that splits up the brothers. I haven't changed my opinion on that subject, but I have to say I don't mind the brothers keeping secrets from each other this season. Other thoughts: The classic rock recap was back: AC/DC's "Shook Me All Night Long" started Season 4 off with a bang. Loved Dean at the empty gas station. He quickly went for candy, water and a copy of his favorite porn mag. By the way, I loved the continuity with the Busty Asian Beauties magazine and Dean paying for the pie later in the diner. Those were both references that started in Season Two (I think). Wedge Antilles is a Star Wars reference. Sam drove the Impala! The new Ruby: the jury's out for me. To me, she felt like a whole new character. Katie Cassidy's Ruby was as sarcastic as Dean, could give as good as she got, and was pretty questionable morally even if she was doing something good. While I watched and liked Genevieve Cortese on ABC Family's Wildfire, her Ruby seemed pretty tame. She also seemed too nice. Ruby offered to step back, although I do think it has something to do with who pulled Dean out of hell. But it was weird to hear her say she didn't want to come between the brothers. So I've decided to reserve my judgment, because who knows what will happen in the future with this character. Castiel: I liked this guy immediately. Misha Collins is definitely a keeper. And mighty sexy too. Sorry, I just had to go there. But I can't wait to see how things develop between Castiel and Dean in the future. I loved that shot of Castiel's wings, by the way. Pamela Barnes: Shades of Ellen, that girl is. I loved the job Traci Dinwiddie did. Her scenes with Bobby, Sam and Dean were great. Hope we get to see her again. Dean couldn't see Castiel in his pure form. I wonder if we'll ever meet anyone who has the power to see him. Sam's turned into a much better liar. Remember Season Three's "The Kids Are Alright?" Dean finding the Impala equipped with an iPod dock and playing Sam's emo music was classic. What was that song anyway? Loved when he threw the iPod in the back seat. Final Thought on "Lazarus Rising" It felt like we've been building up to everything that happened in this episode for years. A lot of the dialogue had its roots in seasons past. Castiel calling Dean out on not having any faith, not feeling deserving of being saved; our first inkling of that happened during Season One in "Faith." And since the beginning we've seen Sam evolve from this kid who just wanted to be normal to a guy who wanted to avenge his girlfriend's death and then get out of the fight; to a man who has accepted his fate. He's gone from abhorring his psychic ability and for better or worse has now accepted them to fight the good fight. I'm definitely interested in how long Sam and Dean will be able to exist together when there are so many obstacles that could tear them apart. Yes, it's good to have Supernatural back on the air. Questions What did you guys like or not like about the episode? What do you think about the show bringing God and angels into the mythology? What did you think about the new characters? How did this rank with you among Supernatural's other season premieres? Does anyone have any intel on Castiel? What were your favorite lines and moments? (A bunch of my favorite lines are in the first post) For more Supernatural goodness check out our Online Guide. show less
Whyd you do it Because God commanded it Because we have work for youThat exchange between Dean and Castiel ended the premiere of Supernaturals fourth season The episode entitled Lazarus Rising signaled the show going in a more biblical direction After Dean dug his way out of the pine box that was his grave he was reunited with Bobby and then Sam The big news We learned Sam started utilizing his powers and Dean was saved by an angel named CastielI just couldnt believe the show went there It went there God ordered this Angel of the Lord to pull Dean out of hell because there was work to be done Wow Now I can tell you about the object that the Warner Bros publicists sent out with the first two episodes of Supernaturals Season 4 It was a copy of the Bible Seeing that gave me the first inclination as to where this season was going And after I watched the episode for the first time it all made sense I do have to say th read more

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