The Complete Seventh Season'
After series creator Eric Kripke finished the five-season arc he always intended for “Supernatural,” closed the door on its core mythology and left the show, The CW renewed the series about two brothers waging war with demons, reopening “Supernatural” under new management — showrunner Sera Gamble. With the fates of wiseguy siblings Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) seemingly settled in that fifth season finale, the sixth season of “Supernatural” had a hard time justifying itself and regaining its distinctive voice.
“Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season” offers some hope for fans of the long-running cult favorite thanks to an infusion of fresh seriocomic blood and the arrival of the Leviathans. Purgatorial, shape-shifting monsters that take over human bodies and feast on the living with their nasty, sharp teeth, Leviathans cannot be beaten by the Winchesters' standard arsenal of demon-killing bullets, holy water, salt and drawling incantations. New tools are in order. The result is a bloodbath — possibly the grossest season of “Supernatural” to date, and that is saying something. But more importantly, the show's signature cocktail of barbed dialogue and pulpy melodrama, an acquired taste but worth a multiweek Netflix marathon to develop, is flowing again, both in the stand-alone episodes (“Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” “The Slice Girls”) and the installments designed to extend the show's mythology.