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.
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.
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