"Supernatural": The Complete Eighth Season is available on DVD, and we have the low-down on the bonus features you can expect on the DVD/Blu-ray.
It's back to angels and demons as soon as the Leviathan threat ends. How so? Well, when Dean (Jensen Ackles) miraculously escapes purgatory with a vampire named Benny, he reunites with his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) who lives in quite different circumstances. In the time that Dean has been gone, Sam has been trying to find some sort of semblance of a normal life and love. As the brothers struggle with trying to figure out how this could change their ways, an opportunity to give evil a huge blow arises in the form of a tablet that reveals a way to close the gates of hell forever. A great adventure for these hunters comes at a high cost that one of the brothers has to bear. In order to fulfill this quest, one must endure trials to secure the fate they seek. Dean attempts to take this role so Sam could move on, but in true "Supernatural" fashion, Sam ends up inadvertently assuming the position of hero, which might cost him his life. With the help of the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) and the prophet Kevin (Osric Chau), the Winchester brothers charge into a season that ups the ante and brings on the apocalypse.
A number of fun features are packed into this release that are sure to please the fandom needs. Along with three episode commentaries, which are like hilarious hangouts with the crew, there are two really cool featurettes and a gag reel.
For the Defense of Mankind - The Tablets Revealed: In this special feature, we get insight on why the idea of a sort of Indiana Jones-esque quest was in order for this season of the show. The creative team discusses the topic of religious artifacts and how humanity has sought a higher purpose through them. Essentially, incorporating this concept of objects being the key to answers became a way to mirror very real questions about the purpose of life in a world where evil entities abound. It is very interesting to hear the creative team talk about the various ways they incorporate timeless archetypes into the season and see how they were able to build a relatable modern journey through the brothers and their friends.
Angel Warrior - The Story of Castiel: This is the total fan service feature that focuses on Misha Collins' character. It's definitely delightful to see why this character was created. The creators discussed his creation as a way to help Dean early on when they decided to incorporate religious themes. There was hesitancy from Ackles and Padalecki to go in that direction until Collins made quite an impact on the show dynamic. With the naivety of someone uncertain about how to be human, Castiel resonated with audiences and ushered the show into a direction that assured the team they made a right choice. It’s fantastic to see the evolution of the character in this feature, and there are tons of “Destiel” moments that are sure to please the fandom….especially in the gag reel.