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Supernatural Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"

Season 5, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The fifth season begins with Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) being set free from hell and appearing on Earth, and Sam and Dean learning that Castiel was killed by the archangels.
Original Air Date: Sep 10, 2009
Guest Cast Rachel Miner Rob Benedict: Chuck the Prophet Jim Beaver: Bobby Mark Pellegrino: Lucifer
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Season 5, Episode 1
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Length: 42:17
Aired: 9/10/2009
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Sympathy for the Devil" Season 5, Episode 1

The apocalypse is starting; Lucifer is rising; the world is experiencing disasters of epic proportions. What are Sam and Dean doing? Well, they are dealing with the fallout from last year. Find something to hold onto because from the looks of it, Season 5 is going to be a bumpy ride. Bumpy in the best way possible, of course.

First I want to welcome any new readers to this Supernatural blog. And I want to welcome back those who waited out the hiatus and are once again ready to analyze our favorite show. This premiere rocked, didn't it? And I'm not just talking about AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," the song that accompanied the Season 4 recap at the beginning of the episode. To me, "Sympathy for the Devil" is a great set-up to what I'm betting will be an amazing saga. It's also awesome to see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki doing a great job with the troubled relationship that is the Winchester brothers. It has to be troubled after what went on last season. Sam trusting Ruby over Dean isn't something Dean's just going to forget. Sam losing himself to what turned out to be an addiction is going to mean a lot of struggle, introspection, and hopefully a lot of growth for the younger brother. I'm looking forward to seeing how all of that is going to play out and I hope you guys are too.

Dean and Sam's parking lot conversation
You can tell Sam's feeling massive amounts of guilt. And as usual, Dean's doing his best to avoid really delving into everything that's happened between the boys lately. Dean not telling Bobby about Sam's role in this apocalypse right away was very telling. I think he just instinctively tries to protect his little brother. And I really do think he was just trying to act like everything was normal. Even though last season Sam was keeping tons of secrets, I think normally it's in his nature to try to talk things out. Things worked out the way they usually do. Dean avoids and avoids until he can avoid no more. Then Sam gets his way. He wants Dean to unload his feelings and at the end of the episode he finally does:

"I tried, Sammy. Man, I really tried. But I can't keep pretending everything's alright. Because it's not and it's never going to be. You chose a demon over your own brother and look what happened."

"I would give anything, anything to take it all back."

"I know you would. And I know how sorry you are, I do. But man, you were the one I depended on the most. And you let me down in ways I can't even...I'm just...I'm having a hard time forgiving and forgetting here, you know?

"What can I do?"

"Honestly? Nothing. I just don't think we can ever be what we were, you know? I just don't think I can trust you."

That was such a powerful moment between the brothers. I don't think it hit Sam how much Dean was hurting until that last line about not trusting Sam. This conversation is definitely something I hoped to see this season so thank you, Eric Kripke for providing it. I'm really looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops as the season progresses.

Bobby
Can we talk Bobby for a second? So I did guess he was possessed — it was pretty obvious. The things he was saying to Sam were beyond OOC (out of character). Something had to be wrong. I did find myself wondering why Dean wasn't stepping in to defend his brother because Bobby telling Sam to lose his number after all was said and done was so cruel. And so not Bobby. I know I'm going to be writing this about a million times this season, but can I just express how much I love Bobby? The man gets possessed and he finds the strength within himself to find a way to not kill Dean. He sacrificed his legs in the process. Bobby's paralyzed!!!!! I swear people need to watch themselves around Sam and Dean. They'll either end up dead, blind, paralyzed or in Hell. I just did not see this coming. I'm really interested to see what kind of role Bobby will take now that his life has changed. The guy's a spitfire, however, and it probably won't change him much. Dean going all cheerleader for him in the hospital and then reverting to pure pessimism in the parking lot was kind of heartbreaking. It's episode 1 and Dean already looks tired. How great of Bobby to tell Sam the crap he was spewing during his OOC moment was pure demon. Loved Sam's smile after he realized Bobby was still on his side. 

The introduction of Lucifer
I do watch ABC's Lost so Mark Pellegrino is familiar to me. The whole Lucifer finding his meat suit business was creepy especially all the blood in the bed and the sheets and then again pouring out of the crib. Nick's story is a sad one; I can see how Lucifer could sort of prey on his vulnerabilities and get him to choose to take him on as a vessel. The angel brought up some good points. In the name of justice, he and Lucifer are going after God. Wow. The God stuff already started in the premiere. Pellegrino did a good job being this broken man who lost his family and then finding that point within him where he says "yes" to Lucifer. Why is Nick special? Those angels are real sticklers for having someone make the choice to be used as a vessel as we learn again when Dean's "asked" to make the same choice.

Badass Cas
Castiel finally shows he has game! In the beginning of the hour, Chuck tells us Cas is dead and gone. Just when Sam and Dean need him the most, he pops in at Big Daddy Winchester's (BDW) storage unit in upstate New York and kicks some angel butt. That was an awesome display to behold and it was about time. As you guys know, Castiel's skills were almost non-existent last season. He did get some help but I don't care. Cas is back. So I'm known to guess wrong a lot, but I'm thinking it was God that helped get Sam and Dean out of that convent on that plane and then to safety. That means God may have left the building but he is still somewhere. If this show touches on Lucifer and demons and angels and archangels, it also has to deal with God. What do you guys think? Did God help out? Or was it someone/something else? Can't wait to see how that develops as the season goes on. How cool was it that with one touch he was able to carve Enochian sigils onto Sam and Dean's ribs? Wow. So happy Castiel (and Misha Collins) will be around all season long.

Dean's the sword of Michael
After watching last season's finale, it's not surprising to learn Dean has something to do with Michael. We saw those paintings in the angel waiting room. And now we learn he's the one chosen to become Michael's weapon; his vessel. But will Dean ever give up control? Somehow I don't think so. Zachariah did his best to persuade Dean. He put the brothers through a world of hurt and offered to heal Bobby's paralysis. But Dean stayed strong and Cas showed up to help the brothers out. Because of this awesome development, I think everyone's going to be out to get Dean: demons and angels. Meg already said demons were going to be after him since he's an important V.I.P.

Guest-Stars
We already know the wonders of Jensen, Jared, Jim and Misha. Now we're getting to know Kurt Fuller and Rob Benedict. I'm loving both those guys as Zachariah and Chuck, respectively. We saw a bit of them last year, but here's hoping we're going to get a lot more of them this season. Kurt's Zachariah can go toe to toe with Dean like no other. And Rob's Chuck the Prophet is such a quirky character that has turned into a wonderful ally for the boys. And I'm going on record to say that I like Rachel Miner's Meg. I'm still partial to Nicki Aycox, but while she's living large on Dark Blue (Don't know if the show is coming back for a second season), I'm hoping they'll bring back Macaulay Culkin's ex to play the demon bitch who hates Dean with every fiber of her evil being.

Other Thoughts
Nice touch with the Yosemite Sam meets the devil cartoon on the plane.

Did anyone else think of "Phantom Traveler" when Dean was on the plane?

Love the Rolling Stones song that is the title of this episode: "Sympathy for the Devil." Other Rolling Stones songs I wish they would use as episode titles:
-"19th Nervous Breakdown:" this one's for Sam. I have a feeling he may have a lot of them to deal with the fact he started the apocalypse.
-"You Can't Always Get What You Want:" this one's about Dean. He values family over everything and right now his only family is someone he's not able to trust.
-"As Tears Go By:" Should be for an episode featuring one or both of the boys being brought to tears.
-"Anybody Seen My Baby:" This is for an episode where Dean's looking for his stolen or misplaced Impala. Clearly.

The new title page: it's bloody, appropriately apocalyptic and wonderful. One of the things I anticipate with the start of every new season is the show's new title page.

The plane was flying over Ilchester and Ellicott City, MD. As soon as I heard "Ellicott" I thought of Season 1's "Asylum" episode and Dr. Ellicott.

Dean using Castiel's angel trick to get away from Zachariah and his buddies was awesome. Equally awesome was this Dean line: "I learned that from my friend Cas, you son of a bitch!"

Sam reluctantly revealing to Dean he learned to make those hex bags from Ruby was sad.

Fangirl Becky was hilarious. I think Eric Kripke should just keep on poking fun at fans. This time around he delved more into the fan fiction of a certain kind that shall remain nameless. He had Becky at the computer reading her words aloud as she typed. It was over the top and so incredibly funny. And she was a total Samgirl which was beyond hysterical as well. When she finally met the boys she couldn't stop touching Sam's chest. Telling Dean he wasn't what she expected was great too. But not as great as how quickly she was made to believe that Sam and Dean were real. I don't think we Supernatural fans would ever do anything of the sort. Never. That's the story I'm sticking to anyway.

I thought it was interesting how Sam isn't going through the shakes and the withdrawals. I have to admit I'm glad the show is skipping that portion of Sam's addiction. Just give me a healthy dose of Sam's emotional turmoil and angst please. We got a lot of the physical effects of his addiction in last season's "When the Levee Breaks."

Is it just me or was it funny seeing Katie Cassidy (ex-Ruby) in a Melrose Place ad then cutting to the next act of Supernatural?

Dean had to make an executive decision and go after the sword instead of stay at the hospital to see how Bobby was doing. They got to Bobby's side eventually, but I thought it was interesting that he's already having to make some tough choices.

Have I said how much I love it when Dean calls Castiel "Cas?"

So glad BDW's storage unit came back to play. I always wondered if it ever would again.

I love that demon killing knife. Looks like the Colt may make a comeback.

Favorite Lines
"How did we end up on Soul Plane?"
"You're ok?" "Well, my head hurts?"
"He like exploded. Like a water-balloon with chunky soup."
"Do I have a molar in my hair? This has been a really stressful day."
"You want to kill the devil, we want you to kill the devil. It's synergy." "And I'm just supposed to trust you? Cram it with walnuts, ugly."
"This sucks ass."
"Supernatural methadone."
"We just gotta find...the devil."
"You got my letters and my marzipan." "Yeah. Yeah. Uh. Yummy."
"You're Sam Winchester. And you're...not what I pictured."
"Angels. Nice change up to the mythology, by the way. The demon stuff was getting kind of old."
"I memorized every word for you."
"Can you quit touching me?" "No."
"That's Michael. Toughest son of a bitch they've got."
"You kidding me? Tough? Guy looks like Cate Blanchett."
"We really owe your brother a fruit basket."
"Oh thank God, the angels are here."
"It's you, chucklehead."
"Now put these boys back together and go. I won't ask twice"
"You two need to be more careful."

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The apocalypse is starting; Lucifer is rising; the world is experiencing disasters of epic proportions. What are Sam and Dean doing? Well, they are dealing with the fallout from last year. Find something to hold onto because from the looks of it, Season 5 is going to be a bumpy ride. Bumpy in the best way possible, of course.

First I want to welcome any new readers to this Supernatural blog. And I want to welcome back those who waited out the hiatus and are once again ready to analyze our favorite show. This premiere rocked, didn't it? And I'm not just talking about AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," the song that accompanied the Season 4 recap at the beginning of the episode. To me, "Sympathy for the Devil" is a great set-up to what I'm betting will be an amazing saga. It's also awesome to see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki doing a great job with the troubled relationship that is the Winchester brothers. It has to be troubled after what went on last season. Sam trusting Ruby over Dean isn't something Dean's just going to forget. Sam losing himself to what turned out to be an addiction is going to mean a lot of struggle, introspection, and hopefully a lot of growth for the younger brother. I'm looking forward to seeing how all of that is going to play out and I hope you guys are too.

Sound off on the new season and tell us what you think after you watch the premiere.

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