A few things about “Beginning’s End” that annoyed the crap out of me. Numero uno: They show the hounds of hell! Why? Why did they feel the need to show us the hounds of hell in their glory when the genius of the character was that we never saw what they looked like or their actual features? Does imagination mean nothing anymore? Numero dos: There’s nothing to be said here that hasn’t been said in the entire run of the series already. Sam is the one who is actually like John. Dean is just a guy trying to live up to his image of perfection and really is the outcast of the family. We knew that. “Beginning’s End” however is a solid mini-series to read.
Granted it’s not as exciting or funny as the series tends to be, but the mini-series works as a new take on the show with introductions in these characters relationships and an entrance in to the entire series. Rather than one really fluid arc, the entire mini-series works as a mini-season, one that acts as a prequel to season one. In it Sam, Dean, and John head in to New York City to find John Dee who may or may not know who killed the Mary Winchester in episode one. What they find there are assorted adventures that don’t really have anything to do with the television series beyond John’s central motivation. Sam argues with his dad and ends up meeting a homeless girl who lives in the sewers and he must figure out a way to save her and her family living in the tunnels from a Hex that makes everyone sick and eventually turns them in to zombies.
There Sam comes face to face with his worst enemy, meanwhile Dean and Sam investigate a series of beheadings going on in a museum. While the plot device involving heads that stay alive until re-attached to the body which allows for Dean to walk around with Sam’s talking head for a while, the sub-plot is pretty weak especially when we find out who is doing the beheadings. The confrontation with the villain of this sub-plot is pretty lame and lacking in any epic scale, but the back and forths between Dean and Sam’s head is pretty humorous, especially when they get the back story of the ancient axe from talking heads. Literally.
The central plot involves the Winchester’s communing with New York’s demon hunters, all of whom know John and have a hand in finding John Dee. Cox, the head hunter has some ulterior motives for the Winchesters, but what leads them in to his ultimate plan involves a sudden pregnancy, a journey in to a vampire night club, a lot of red herrings, and the capper to the mini-series that explains John ultimately discovered what would happen to Sam and Dean in the series and was forced to push Sam away to Stanford for his own good. Until Sam’s girlfriend was murdered, of course. “Beginning’s End” isn’t a perfect adaptation of the series, but for what it accomplishes, it’s a respectable branch of the “Supernatural” mythos steeped in creeps and scares, and some wicked art. I enjoyed it quite much in the end, I suggest giving it a shot.