Guide to CW’s Supernatural Season 2 for newcomers

SUPERNATURAL -- "Simon Said" -- Photo: David Grey/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
SUPERNATURAL -- "Simon Said" -- Photo: David Grey/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

Those who watched Season 1 of Supernatural will no doubt want to watch further. This guide will tell you what Season 2 was all about and what to expect from it.

Since you’ve watched the first season of Supernatural by now, there’s no escaping the fact that you have the bug in you. Friend, it’s time to see this show till the end – although as of writing there’s no word as to when the end will be.

Some people tend to skip first seasons and jump to the second, these viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find out that you can watch the show from Season 2 as well. The story format is similar to the first season, and you could make out what went on before soon enough.

But if you’re looking to jump into Season 2 – this is for both new and returning viewers – then here’s what to expect from this season.

Supernatural — “Free To Be You And Me” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Free To Be You And Me” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

The story

Caution: There are minor spoilers in this section. If you don’t want them, drop to the “Heroes and supporting cast” section just below.

The format for this season follows the same one from before – Dean and Sam travel from city to city across the country looking for supernatural cases to solve. The brothers face new foes; enemies not even their famed father had encountered before.

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In Supernatural Season 2, Dean and Sam begin the story by losing their father, who makes a deal with Yellow Eyes to resurrect Dean after he almost passed away following injuries sustained in the Season 1 finale. The overarching plot again mainly centers around Sam as he locates several other “special children” like him who were also granted powers by Yellow Eyes.

Dean has an expanded storyline as well as we see more of his protective side to Sam; he feels he’s his brother’s true protector now that both his parents are gone, all the while having guilt over being the one who caused John’s demise.

The season plays out with Sam and Dean encountering new foes, and befriending new hunters along the way, while Yellow-Eyes carries on his mission of opening the gates of Hell. When the finale rolls around, all of the build up from the pilot episode comes to a head as the boys face off with Yellow-Eyes in a final battle.

Heroes and supporting characters

Sam and Dean remain the stars, and both have further characterization in Season 2. Sam lets go of the anger he had for his father and strives to help other special children like him learn to control their powers while struggling with the knowledge that he might be in for a sinister future of his own. Dean now completely falls into being Sam’s protector; he doesn’t take any chances when it comes to Sam’s safety and is willing to die if it means either saving Sam or living a life without him.

We get Bobby Singer filling the father-figure role after John’s departure. He starts out being a confidant for the brothers but soon becomes the father John never was. Bobby takes on a permanent recurring role, with his appearances arriving when Sam and Dean have no idea how to face their latest challenge.

Additional to Bobby, we had the show’s first attempt at adding some female blood – Jo and Ellen made recurring appearances. Ellen is the female counterpart to Bobby, while Jo is introduced as a potential love interest to Dean. Unlike Bobby’s case, these two females come across as rather forced and their novelty peters out, although they are in no way bad characters.

Supernatural — “Good God Y’All” — Photo: David Gray/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Good God Y’All” — Photo: David Gray/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

The best episodes

Supernatural could very well pass on for a fantasy comedy series if one were to only watch the light-hearted episodes, and at the top of these types of episodes lies “Hollywood Babylon”. The story here sees Sam and Dean visiting Hollywood (and a wink-wink nod to Gilmore Girls along the way) and come across a ghost who seeks to take out people starring in what’s meant to be a reference to cheesy horror films. The episode is filled with meta references to tropes found in Hollywood horrors and is played for laughs. The episode is a great relief from the usual heavy-handed stories in the season.

“All Hell Breaks Loose (Part 2)” deserves a spot here as the episode concludes the storyline that began from the first episode. We are first treated to a lovely display of love on Dean’s part as he shows the audience why he can’t live a life that doesn’t have Sam in it. Once Dean makes his heart-breaking decision, the episode then switches over to the confrontation with Yellow Eyes, and here is where we find just how far the brothers have come in their quest to stop this dastardly villain once and for all.

The baddies

Carrying forward his role from the previous season, Yellow Eyes again takes the role of the main antagonist. This time around, he starts out by causing the death of John Winchester, then orchestrating the events behind the special children’s powers acting up. Yellow Eyes once more terrifies in all his appearances as his mission becomes clearer the closer we get to the finale. This time around, Yellow Eyes is also more comedic than before, with more than a few lines quipped by him that make him hard to hate.

The secondary antagonist role is taken up by more than one character. First, we have Gordon Walker, a hunter slightly older than the Winchesters who is convinced Sam is the anti-Christ and takes it upon himself to rid the world of him. Next, we have the Crossroads Demon who makes deals with the people that summon her for their own gains. She takes up the antagonist role fully in the final episode, and it is due to her that Supernatural Season 3 comes into shape.

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