Director: Eric Kripke
Screenplay: Eric Kripke
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
Running Time: 44 mins, 16 Episodes
BBFC Certificate: 15
Okay here we are with season three and what a extremely awesome season. First off I would like to point out why this season is just sixteen episodes. This would be because of the writers strike that ran through 2007 to 2008. Although it is shorter it does not waste a single opportunity to show off the supreme talents of their staff. That said, in my eyes there is one episode that seemed pointless to the plot line but I must admit I found to be quite enjoyable as a parody of modern ghost hunting programs. I will come back to that episode later though.
So let’s get on with the basic overview of this shortened season. After the horrific events at the end of season two we see Dean trying to keep a brave face whilst dealing with his own gruesome fate. We also have Sam coming to terms with the plans that the yellow eyed demon had laid out before him. Yet again my personal view on this season is that the writers used the short time they had to bring us a superb and tight story line. The character of Bobby (portrayed by Jim Beaver) plays a much heavier part in this season as their guide and at times even the brothers’ conscience. In this season the boys will face things from the seven deadly sins in person to ancient pagan gods with a penchant for killing people in exchange for mild weather.
The episode I would like to take on for analysis in this season as I said before is one that didn’t really tie into the storyline, with only one reference to the ongoing plot. The episode in question is the thirteenth episode of the season, Ghostfacers. In this episode we reunite with the two amateur ghost hunters from season one episode seventeen, who have now tried to start their own TV show, going to a house said to be violently haunted every leap year. Upon starting their investigation they discover that the Winchesters are also looking into this haunting. As the clock strikes midnight the house locks down so now they must survive till dawn with an angry ghost on the rampage. The reason this episode stood out most to me is because of the way it broke the fourth wall in the opening of it. The two ghost hunters start by talking directly to the audience even mentioning the writers on strike. This episode also parodies ghost hunting programs like Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted and even Ghost Adventures.
In my opinion this is one of those seasons that proves if you have a good team of staff behind you, you really can make a superb season with fewer episodes. This is a wonderful Season that is well worth watching and is truly enjoyable. I hope that you like this season as much as I did.