Stop being so melodramatic Sam, this season isn't THAT bad

There are some  spoilers in this post.

I have been a loyal viewer of Supernatural since the beginning. In six seasons I have only missed two first run episodes (one of those because I was at the con).  I remember getting super amped about the show when I saw the promo with the brothers’ having an exchange in a darkened corner that went like this:  Sam: “When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45!” Dean: “Well, what was he supposed to do?” Sam: “I was nine years old. He was supposed to say ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark.'” Dean: “Don’t be afraid of the dark? What are you, kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark. You know what’s out there!”   I was in.

Supernatural premiered its first episode on The WB and honestly, I was slightly disappointed.  It did not live up to the hype I created in my mind.  But dang it, the Impala was cool, the boys were hot and classic rock never sounded so good.  I knew the show had promise.  But it finally hit it’s stride for me with  “Bloody Mary.”  That episode kept the promise. I laughed, I was sitting on the edge of my couch cushion and covering my eyes. It it a nerve. I have never stood in front of  a mirror to tempt superstition and said “Bloody Mary” and I don’t think I ever will after that episode.   Now I was in til the end (which could have been just one season knowing The WB).  Supernatural became my little secret.  But I realized I had to share it with Proffitt and luckily she appreciated it too and a new chapter in our friendship began.

She's a little bit Grudge, a little bit Candyman

Seasons two and three each outdid the previous season.  There was tension between the brothers which always makes for good entertainment.  There was lots of comedy and lots of heartwrenching scenes . The seasons were coherent, flowed into one another nicely and created a well thought out story arc over  the first five seasons.  Characters they decided didn’t work were cleverly and usefully written out of the show (Bella’s demise tied in effortlessly with the arc, contributed to the mythology and furthered the story).  Sure the soul selling got old but then we realized it was part of the bigger picture (Dean was needed in hell to break the first seal their dad didn’t).  And of course each season was peppered with a few episodes of the fun variety that poked fun of the show or the actors but still worked within the plot-lines. Those episodes have some fans polarized. Some love them and think they are extra special, and others think they are unnecessary cheezy fluff.  I love them. I think Proffitt does too.  We need to laugh in between the pain we feel for what the Winchester brothers are suffering through.

I must admit thought, I have had some major concerns with the current season. I love this series, I love the journey the characters are on and I really have no idea how they will end this show because it’s been made clear hunters don’t meet happy endings and they all meet an ending sooner rather than later. But I am finding  my thoughts drifting during the episodes and even wondering later “What was that episode about I watched last week?”  Eric Kripke left full time control of the show to one of the head writers, Sera Gamble, so he could work on other projects (rumor has it a possible Sandman series). Kripke had intended the show to go on for five years so I don’t know if his handing over the reigns is the cause of the disappointing season or if it’s the fact they are having to start a new storyline.  Whatever the reason, they need to get it together.

Proffitt and I loved how Kripke paid tribute to his creative heroes like Neil Gaiman without copying them.  Kripke definitely has his own voice but I think that voice has been lacking this season, in spite of joking comments that say he’s still involved moreso than Sera Gamble and the other writers would like. I don’t buy that.

The episodes feel empty, like nothing of import is happening.  Proffitt said she feels like this season is fan fiction.  I think I know what she means.  There doesn’t seem to be a strong voice in the season, like they are on a road to nowhere and each episode is not really tied to the ones before it. I am envisioning a table full of writers who each have their own idea of where they want the boys to go and they  are just alternating each week who gets to play god with the Winchesterverse.  There is no feeling of consistency for me, no flow.    The season started out with promise but  went downhill fast.  There have been only the teeniest of breadcrumbs thrown in too sporadically to be of any interest- purgatory, Sam’s soul and who let him out of the cage anyway, what was Crowley’s plan, Eve, what Castiel is doing, why was Grandpa Campbell brought back.  There is too much going on this season but no real exposition except for this past week’s episdoe “Mommy Dearest” but it’s almost too little too late. And the appearance of Mary Winchester seemed a very cheap ploy to just get the viewers excited.  She wasn’t really a necessary visual.  My other issues are that the Campbell clan were dispatched with rather abruptly and seemingly without furthering the plot- it had the obvious air of “What are we doing with these characters? They aren’t working. Buh-bye.”  There’s just too many threads and no real focus on any of them which takes the fun out of guessing and discussing what’s going on in the show and what it is leading up to. Maybe the last two episodes of season six will be a revelation and tie everything in a neat, unexpectedly amazing bow, but I think I’m past caring.  The high points of this season were the wacky episodes-“Fight the fairies!” I will remember that line forever. And Eve being played as the big bad of the season when maybe she wasn’t-with such little exposition or face time with her character, it didn’t pack a punch when we were let in on her plan.  Lilith and Lucifer were shown in memorable scenes, they were amped up, talked about, they had reputations.  Eve was..well, what?  It is almost is as if they are using the Lilith mythology again but we’ve seen her already, done that.

Now can the intrigue of what Castiel is doing keep the momentum going for me? It will because I want to love this show again.

The CW just announced it renewed Supernatural for a seventh season.  I am happy about that. But I hope the writers get it together because I think this show can be amazing again and not the disjointed mess it has been this season.  I want Sam and Dean (Bobby and Castiel too)  to go out on their best game, leaving me wanting more instead of sad that I just don’t care anymore.

14 Responses to Not So Super Anymore Supernatural

  1. Proffitt says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head, saying that each episode feels like an attempt at something cool that then gets discarded quickly. I remember thinking, “Hell yes, Sera Gamble!” when we first found out about Sam’s soul. It was a smart way to deal with the tension between brothers (which I think we all were getting a bit tired of, but which couldn’t just disappear overnight). This way, there was a potential end point to a lot of that tension. Fight for Sam’s soul, get it back by mid-season, then have the brothers united to fight whatever this seasons big bad turned out to be.
    Yet, it felt like a missed opportunity when they somehow sucked all the suspense out of the plot point.
    I actually liked the ending of Eve, since they set it up to imply that there has been something going on all along that is not what it appeared to be (re: Crowely especially). Also, dear lord was that actress miscast. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl, but a big bad, she is not.
    Long story short – I have…hopes for the rest of the season. Maybe not high hopes, but hopes. I also think season 7 may come back with a vengence. They must know it’s time for some major changes if they want to save the show from becoming average Friday night CW fare.

  2. Mandy says:

    Oh thank you, I thought it was just me! I am a loyal viewer, and sadly, will keep watching no matter how bad it gets (pathetic, huh?), but every episode this season has felt empty. One thing I’ve noticed is the lack of the classic rock music. The beginning of each episode (where they do the recap of “the road so far..”) used to be awesome, with great music and great editing. Not anymore, though. And part of what I loved about Dean was how he would sing along with those classic, very macho, songs. I think not only has the music died on the show, but the general feel of it has died,too. The whole season has just had a weird vibe. I’ll keep watching, but I sincerely hope they fix what isn’t working.

    • Proffitt says:

      I’m pretty sure I’ll keep watching even if it continues to go downhill too. I stuck with the X-Files until the bitter end, after all. I DO think there is potential for a decent end to 6 and a sort of “reset” for season 7, if they play their cards right. It’s good to know there are a few of us out there feeling this way.

  3. Bex says:

    Thanks for reminding me about the missing music! I’ve felt its absence too. It added a certain level of kick-ass to some moments. Like when the Impala was put all back together -cue AC/DC “Back in Black.” I know their budget got cut but we all know we don’t watch the show for its special effects; cut more of those and give us our classic rock back!

  4. Lana says:

    I have felt this way also. Now the season finale was interesting. I’m sure everyone saw it by now, but I won’t leave spoilers regeardless. I miss the old Dean, before he went to Hell and the old, innocent Sammy. During this season I’ve found myself watching seasons 1 &2 over and over again. I just found this wonderful blogsite and I will be visting it all the time! It’s so nice to “neet” fellow geekgirls. lol
    My Husband and I are going to our first Salute to Supernatural convention this weekend in Nashville. I can’t remember ever being more excited about anything in my life!

  5. Proffitt says:

    Aw, I miss old Dean and Sam too. I know the writers can’t just pretend like none of the trauma of the last two seasons has happened, but I do think they have written themselves into a corner in which the brothers just don’t seem to connect. I think they started to get themselves out of that by the end of this season, and I agree that the last episode showed some promise. It also kind of scared me, though. I’ll give a little spoiler alert here just in case someone hasn’t seen it yet. SPOILER ALERT. Between us, I am TIRED of all the heaven stuff, including the possibility of Cass being a god-gone-wrong, but maybe they can pull it off.
    I just want them to fight monsters under the bed again. Is that so wrong?

  6. bex says:

    I know. I love Mischa Collins and Castiel is awesome- but the real charm of that character is the fact it was in small doses and unexpected. Reading he won’t be a regular cast member next season is kind of sad but hopeful that we’ll get past the heaven/God/Angel things. But keep the demons.
    We must do a post/discussion on how our hearts want the show to end vs. how we think the show really should end.

  7. bex says:

    And let me add- JEALOUS over the Nashville con- isn’t Jensen Ackles doing a jam session there with one of the musicians?

  8. Lana says:

    Yes! Jensen is doing a jam session and I missed out on the tickets! I am getting a photo with him though, so that’ll have to suffice. Love the pics from the con you guys went to!

  9. bex says:

    Tip for the pictures- the guys will do funny shots and a lot of those turned out better than the serious ones so don’t be afraid to ask for a fun one. I kind of regret we didn’t go that route – For example there was a picture of a guy/girl with Jared and Mischa and they had Jared and Mischa swooning all over the guy while the girl looked onward “What the?!” Mischa did a few awkward middle school dance poses with girls, etc. Also we noticed that the first part of the line seemed to be rushed but everyone loosened up a bit as the line went moving.

  10. Kat says:

    I haven’t actually watched Season Six of Supernatural yet, so I only read what you think of the earlier seasons so I don’t get spoilers :P. It’s bizarre that I haven’t seen it all already ’cause I’m a huge fan and know EVERYTHING about the first 5 seasons. But I digress…

    It is because I am a huge fan (and such a geek) I have to point out your mistake. “The second episode, “Bloody Mary” kept the promise.” Bloody Mary wasn’t the second episode of Season One. Wendigo was. I think Bloody Mary was the fifth episode.

    Just thought I would let you know. And from what I have heard about Season Six, it just isn’t as good as the previous. Kripke had always wanted it to end after five seasons and I personally think that it would have been a good way to end Supernatural all together (if Sam hadn’t reappeared at the end.)

  11. Bex says:

    *Gasp!* Thanks Kat. I can’t believe I did that. I went in and edited the post to fix my glaring mistake. I should just have my Sam and Dean card revoked.

  12. Heart says:

    So last night I had this whole diatribe written when I accidentally pressed the “back” button on my keyboard and it all disappeared. *sigh* In any case, I will try to re-write my original thoughts as best I can.

    I agree with what you are all saying about season 6 and it’s lack of luster. I started re-watching from the beginning of season one, the same night the season 6 finale was shown, and my first thoughts were the same as Proffitt’s: “I miss the fun of the Winchesters chasing those monsters under the bed/in the closet/outside my window”.

    I’m just starting the 3rd episode of season 6 today and from the beginning of the season there was a totally different feel. Whether that was intentional as a set up for *SPOILER ALERT* Sam losing his soul, I’m not sure, but it sure felt like it from the first episode. Jared plays it well, but it definitely feels strange and maybe that’s what the writers wanted for the audience. I almost felt like I was in Dean’s shoes thinking “what the hell? No seriously – what the hell?” lol!

    I have to say that even though I would love the show to go on forever, I think they had an amazing ending for season 5 and wouldn’t have been disappointed if it ended that way (though I’m sure Sam fans will disagree with me).

  13. Bex says:

    “I have to say that even though I would love the show to go on forever, I think they had an amazing ending for season 5 and wouldn’t have been disappointed if it ended that way.” I know, right!

    I only half paid attention to the season finale 2 part episode and I haven’t gone back to rewatch it thoroughly,I am that under enthused. Up until this season I always went back over the weekend and rewatched the last episode.

    We can only hope they thought about what worked and what didn’t this season and come back with a vengeance. Also- move away from the angel storyline. I love Castiel/Misha but come on already. Perhaps Misha not being a season regular anymore is a good sign.

    I love a good Supernatural diatribe!

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