Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
After Sam and Dean's mess-up during the last season finale, we knew that things were going to change with Sam, but I never expected this.
I still can't believe they didn't close the gates of Hell after all that last year. I especially can't believe that Dean figured that Sam was going to be able to survive after stopping since how bad his health was before it. Although, Dean has always been the one to refuse the grim reality, so I guess it shouldn't have really surprised me as much as it did.
At least his refusal bore fruit in the form of both action and survival. The attack in the hospital was one of the best action scenes Supernatural has had in a very long time, which is hopefully just a taste of the badassery coming in later episodes. This series is always better when it is action-packed, which was sorely missing last season.
I don't understand how Ezekiel is able to heal Sam, though. Last year Castiel tried healing him and said that he was more than just damaged, so what's the difference? I can't see just putting the breaks on his task healing part of his injuries and yet still leaving him injured enough to kill him, so it just sounds like a lazy loophole the writers created to keep him alive. Maybe it was all a lie and he will just keep him alive, but never heal him. That would be completely believable.
I still would have preferred that they completed the ritual, closing the gates to hell, then season 9 starting with Dean trying to get Sam back again while dodging angelic wrath. Perhaps in another dimension...
When the creators and Jim Beaver announced that Bobby was returning, I had hoped that it was going to be more than just some hallucination. As great as it was to see his character back again, it was a huge letdown. Maybe this was just a taste of his full return later in the series. One can still hope, right?
Castiel's adventures as a human was much less funny than I expected. Normally writers add some comedy into these types of situations, but instead it was 100% serious. To make matters worse, the attire that we all have come to love is gone, too. I am really going to miss that trench coat.
So, "I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here" was yet another Supernatural season premiere that left me conflicted, which shouldn't be a surprise after 9 years. Is it really that hard to start a new story in this series while wrapping up some loose threads?