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Tough Love for 'Supernatural' (Plus a Few Thoughts on the Show's 'Buffy' Reunion)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Each week, I post a 'Supernatural' review that generally focuses on the hour that just aired, and occasionally I delve into big-picture matters. This time, I'm going to flip that ratio. Most of this post will be devoted to a "state of 'Supernatural'" essay.

Below, I offer a few thoughts on the appearances of 'Buffy' veterans James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter in 'Shut Up, Dr. Phil,' Friday's outing. But I spent that night hanging out and talking about the show with Alice Jester of the Winchester Family Business and academics and 'Supernatural' chroniclers Lynn Zubernis and Kathy Larsen, all of whom are among my favorite 'Supernatural' writers. Though we didn't always agree on everything, we were all of the opinion that there are number of things that aren't working or could be working better on the show these days.

Why is the word "love" in the title? Because we've been devoted to the show for a long time and we know how very good it can be. We're still fans, but, as is the case with a number of readers, our patience has been tested by various aspects of seasons 6 and 7. Hence the tough advice (and you're welcome to offer your own in comments, as long as you keep things civil.)

So, first things first: 'Shut Up, Dr. Phil' was an acceptable hour of television. I don't mean to damn it with faint praise -- honestly, it was fine, if you basically block out any big-picture things going on with the brothers (and I'll get to all that in the Tough Love section below).

But if you're one of those people who thinks I've been way too hard on the show in recent weeks, it may cheer you up to know that I don't have anything majorly negative to say about Friday's episode. It wasn't the show at its best, but 'Dr. Phil' was adequate and competent and it was nice to see Carpenter and Marsters working their magic on TV together. It was a little odd that Marsters wasn't playing a snarky character like Spike or some of his other TV alter egos, but his Don was believable, and Carpenter doesn't exactly have a huge range but Maggie fell right in the middle of it. They were good together.

I've never been one to get into the straight-up horror aspects of the show, but there were some memorable and effective gross-outs in the hour -- the brain fry at the hair salon was disturbing, as was the death-by-nail-gun (the eyes! Uggggh!). But the cupcakes with the beating hearts were probably the items that had me squirming the most. Is it possible that I may have to give up cupcakes for a while? Perish the thought!

(However, Lynn and I wondered -- if Jenny threw up that much blood, why was she physically OK moments later? It looked to me like she was vomiting parts of her esophagus or something. But we didn't really sweat that detail. One detail I didn't quite buy was when the head of Maggie's friend was sliced off with a serving tray -- I didn't quite believe that a tray with a 1-inch lip around the edge would cut her head off that cleanly, but never mind.)

As episodes go, it wasn't a full-on "funny" hour, though there were some humorous moments ("Restless leg syndrome!"), and it did have something of an old-school vibe, with the boys hunting plain old witches -- very old, by the sounds of it. If it felt a little bit flat overall, that's because when the show is firing on all cylinders, the lighter episodes tend to functions as breaks from the emotional intensity and suspense that has been building during a particular season.

But this season has been especially rocky on those fronts, and the only thing it's managed to build, for me anyway, is a fear that the show doesn't really have a consistently competent grasp on the fundamentals and isn't really sure of how best to make the brothers' emotional journeys compelling. So 'Dr. Phil' was a bit like having a palate-cleansing sorbet between sub-par courses.

The simplistic final scenes of the episode lead quite nicely into the discussion of 'Supernatural's' big-picture problems, so here goes.

Tough Love for 'Supernatural': Unsolicited Advice From a Few Fans

1. Find new places to take the brotherly relationship or new variations on the sibling themes. When we got to the end of 'Dr. Phil,' Kathy shook her head and said, "I feel like I'm stuck in an endless loop." It was yet another instance of the boys having a conversation by the car, with one brother telling his sibling that asking for help was OK, and one brother keeping a secret. Haven't we been here before? About 100 times?

Nobody disputes that it must be tough to find new and compelling material in the seventh season of a show, but that's the nature of the television beast -- a program must evolve or die. The sense that I get from reading comments on this site and others and from talking to my fellow fans is that nobody is particularly impressed with what's going on with the brothers and that the contrived conflicts between them just feel tired. The Winchesters are obviously the heart and the soul of the show, but the depth and complexity of what they're going through is what drew me deeply into the show's orbit. When it makes me feel like I'm watching repeats from a few seasons ago, I begin to mentally check out.

2. Give the brothers goals that they care about. My fellow 'Supernatural' writers and I talked for a long time about how other seasons have shown the brothers working toward goals that meant something to them -- saving Dean from Hell, saving the world, etc. What's the goal now? There doesn't appear to be one, aside from catching the so-far boring Leviathans, and what's personal about that?

If the point is that they are so psychologically and emotionally lost that they're unable to think of goals to care about or even reasons to live (at least in Dean's case), make those mental states emotionally gripping. My fellow bloggers and I talked a lot about how 'Supernatural' seems to be mistaking negativity for darkness these days. As Kathy said, to take a character on a dark journey, you have to give that character context -- there have to be both good and bad impulses that the person is struggling with.

Right now, there's just way too much nihilism and pessimism, which, as I've written before, is quite frequently dramatically inert. Where's the suspense in nothing to work toward and nothing to care about? Suspense comes from our fear that the characters will lose something or someone close to them. If they have no goals or people or things that matter to them, a show's ability to create suspense are reduced considerably.

3. Make the audience invest in the brothers' goals. As Alice said, "I want to be made to care. I miss the heart."

The Winchesters don't seem particularly emotionally invested in the quest to get the Leviathans, though (fingers crossed) that might change. But if they're just trudging through a world in which they have nothing but each other (and Bobby on occasion), well, that world is simply less interesting. The journeys that the brothers have gone on in the past to save each other or to save the world illuminated their characters and made us, as viewers, root for them. We wanted them to want something and we wanted them to get at least some of what they wanted.

Right now, there's really not a lot for us to root for, unless you count rooting for Dean's very overtaxed liver to hang in there a little longer.

4. Make the characters complicated again. I can summarize so much of what's going on in 'Supernatural' very simply -- too simply. "Dean feels guilty about stuff, so he drinks." "Sam doesn't feel guilty any more." "Dean is keeping a secret from Sam." Really, after seven seasons, that's where we're at? Things are less interesting than they were in the very early seasons? It's as if the show is painting in primary colors these days, instead of the full range of oil paints.

Can someone please explain to me why we were told for a very long time that the wall falling in Sam's head would be very, very, very bad -- and yet the Sam we saw in 'Dr. Phil' was perfectly fine? Sure, he had a wee problem with hallucinations for a while, but that seems to have cleared right up. Why? Because, I'm guessing, the show was just tired of the idea that Sam was damaged by the wall falling, so goodbye to that.

And the character development for Dean has largely consisted of putting a bottle in his hand. As for him killing Amy, again, that is symptomatic of what the show has done wrong; it's the tip of a big iceberg. It's the duty of the show to make me understand -- in that hour and in general -- why Dean felt it was necessary to do that. Done right, my heart should have broken for him in that moment, as my heart has broken for the Sam and Dean so many times in the past. As it was, that moment felt extremely abrupt and poorly set up, and it's endemic of the rather messy, all-over-the-map development of the characters these days. (As Zack Handlen points out in his AV Club review of 'Dr. Phil,' why were Don and Maggie allowed to live, despite murdering people, yet, in Dean's mind, Amy had to die? I hadn't even thought of that, but it just points up the lack of consistency in matters big and small.)

5. Repopulate the world. In my view, one of the biggest mistakes the show has consistently made is killing off recurring characters. Yes, I know, it has to happen sometimes, but the killing spree in recent seasons has been particularly brutal (and the exit of Cas? Almost a non-event. That's just sad.). Here's what I don't get: Why do the powers that be at 'Supernatural' think that the only way that the brothers can learn to value their relationship is to take everyone else away from them? If you killed off everyone I know, would that make me love my husband more? Possibly, but at what cost?

Why must the boys pay that cost? No one has ever explained that adequately to me. The life they live is hard enough, must they be deprived of friendship and companionship and even fun enemies, for the most part? Having a number of recurring characters stick around wouldn't exactly take the focus away from the brothers. In any case, the show feels like something of a wasteland these days. So many good characters are gone, and I don't think the payoffs we've had have nearly matched what the show lost. Damn it, I even miss Bobby's house (the loss of which, again, barely rated a mention.)

Isolating the boys so much has never made sense to me, especially from a creative standpoint. Characters are illuminated through their interactions with others, and if most of the people who've known the boys long-term are gone, the potential complexity of those interactions is drastically reduced. The world the boys move through these days feels especially airless and joyless, in part because it's just them.

Alice dug up a quote from Ben Edlund at Comic-Con in which he talked about the show's alleged "noir" tone last season. "I think it's a pretty depressing show," Ben said. And when Alice asked in a joking way if he was depressed, he answered, "I'm melancholy, I'm not depressed."

But I would argue that, for too much of this season and last, 'Supernatural' has been just depressing, and that's partly because the boys have so little left in their personal lives. As Kathy said, "The idea of being melancholy depends on the fact that happiness is possible," and the possibility of happiness, or even contentment, seems to be long gone.

I spent part of Friday night at the Chicago 'Supernatural' convention, at the karaoke event that Matt Cohen and Richard Speight Jr. throw at these affairs. Watching Rick Worthy, Amy Gumenick, Sebastian Roche, Chad Lindberg (and even Jared Padalecki at times) whoop it up and crowd-surf and generally have a fantastic time reminded me of the strong bond between the fans and the actors, and part of the reason those bonds exist is because the show has done a good job of creating kick-ass supporting characters. I wish there was a hope that more of them could come back on a regular basis, or that cool new characters would arrive in the Winchesters' universe.

6. Restore the sense of continuity. "I miss the sense of progression more than anything," Lynn said. In past seasons, "it was like, 'Look how these pieces fit together and make sense.'" These days, not so much.

Season 6 started out promisingly, and I thought it was bold to put the boys in the center of a bunch of different story lines rather than have them track one Big Bad. I thought the season 6 story lines would all tie together toward the end of the season, but that's not what happened. Things were abruptly jettisoned left and right and the potential of the Campbell storyline was just one aspect of the season that never went anywhere worthwhile.

If people are nostalgic for Castiel, I think that's for a few reasons. First, he was a great character, and his relationships with the boys shed light on who they are and even changed them. Second, the manner of his leaving was perfunctory (and he won't be back any time soon, according to this very recent interview with executive producer Sera Gamble).

But I think the Cas sadness and wistfulness may be tied to nostalgia for one of the show's finest hours -- season 4. What was great about that season was that every single episode built on the previous one, and there was a sense of exciting progression. You felt as though it was going somewhere.

And show was working on a bigger canvas as well. Spiritual, theological and moral themes all reinforced each other and led to bigger and bigger dilemmas for the brothers, and the elaborate construction of the season wasn't structure for the sake of structure -- it was about creating exciting stakes and satisfying emotional payoffs.

I'm not saying every season has to be season 4 or season 2, but boy, does the world feel limited and unambitious these days. Perhaps more complexity will develop as season 7 progresses. But, as has been the case in recent seasons, will promising story lines just be thrown overboard at random? I hope not.

7. Show, don't tell. Too frequently these days, we're just told that something is the case -- we're not shown why. There's a superficial quality to the storytelling that makes me trust it less. It's hard for me to get invested in stakes that the show just tells me don't matter any more, as was the case with Sam's wall. The progress of the brothers and of the season feels herky-jerky, as was the case in the second half of last season, and the show having the characters make statements about where things stand isn't really a great substitute for taking us, step by step, through well-earned character development and storytelling.

And when it comes to telling, try not to be so obvious. Everything to do with the final scene between Don and Maggie was so on-the-nose. They weren't talking and the boys need to talk, get it? In case you didn't get it, Sam reminded us again of the parallels in the closing scene of the episode. This isn't the season for you if you're allergic to anvils.

8. We like angst, but pessimism is not angst; negativity is not darkness. Give us compelling and twisted emotional dilemmas, but jeez, lighten up. As Lynn said, "You can't have the same pitch all the time. There have to be variations" in the tone.

One question I put to Lynn and Kathy: Do the Ghostfacers even fit in this world anymore? Tonally speaking, they fit into the world of previous season because, though the brothers faced many setbacks, they weren't hopeless. Things weren't always awful. They had goals, they occasionally goofed around, they got to win sometimes and those wins got to mean something. But the pervasive gloom that has settled over 'Supernatural' makes it hard for me to even picture a 'Ghostfacers' episode in the midst of all this (not that one is coming, as far as I know). Isn't that weird? Isn't that maybe indicative of where things have gone wrong?

As I've said about a million times, I like dark drama. 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'The Shield,' 'The Wire,' 'Breaking Bad' and so many shows like that -- I'm addicted to them. But I was entranced by those shows because the characters, even when they weren't admirable or even likable, had goals and ideas and traits that were compelling on the screen. There were things those characters wanted and cared about. They existed in worlds full of fraught but sometimes fulfilling relationships. Even at the darkest times, they had hope that something better -- some contentment or relief -- might be around the corner.

"People wouldn't have been watching all this time if it was depressing," Kathy said. I agree.

It's hard to come up with fresh new complications for the boys and new angles on their pain, their world, their motivations. I get it. But longtime fans know what 'Supernatural' is capable of, and it's better than what we've gotten the last few weeks and in various chunks of the previous season.

We haven't abandoned all hope, not by a long stretch, but speaking for myself only, I had to say all this because I care. Thanks for listening.

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sarah tinklefish

"And show was working on a bigger canvas as well. Spiritual, theological and moral themes all reinforced each other and led to bigger and bigger dilemmas for the brothers, and the elaborate construction of the season wasn't structure for the sake of structure -- it was about creating exciting stakes and satisfying emotional payoffs."

I'm not one to frequently post comments on anything, but as a long time Supernatural fan, I feel so compelled to share my dissatisfaction with season 7 as often as I can. The above remark summarizes my exact sentiments regarding the regression of S7. Yes, regression. I feel like S7 is so empty and shallow and the present Sam and Dean are placeholders for what once was a great duo, and hope one day they can fill their own shoes again.

All that I have the energy to say is that this season alone, for the first time since I started watching the series in January 2006, makes me embarrassed to be a fan and simultaneously embarrassed for the cast and crew who have been subjected to milking Supernatural dry. It physically pains me to say that I'm no longer emotionally invested, I don't care for the brothers Winchester, considering the amount of laughs, tears, and screams I've let out for the greater part of my life span as a fan.

Though I can see traces of what some fans are calling a sort of "ode to season 1" with back to back filler episodes, however, I urge those fans to rewatch the series and understand that majority of those haphazard episode had traces of the over arching story arch and, as Mo points out, are thematic and structurally sound. From there, I guarantee you will see why this season is an utter disgrace.

November 19 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't agree with you about S7. Many of us have been saying for a while now that we'd like to see the guys get back to the heart of the show: driving around killing monsters. It's actually been a relief to not have something huge (besides the Leviathan) hanging over their heads or leading to one mythos ep after another. I, for one, am appreciating the increase of one-shot eps. And it's just plain not true that a show has to evolve or die. Some smart shows find a recipe that works and stick with it (Monk). Others feel they have to change for change's sake, and usually end up changing exactly what the audience fell in love with (House, Hawaii 5-0, Big Bang Theory...). What's wrong with just enjoying the Winchesters solving cases and messing with each other?
Maybe it doesn't make for as much "drama," but it sure can be entertaining.

November 09 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Shoot, didn't finish my first sentence. Sera can shove this stupid Amy storyline if we don't get growth for BOTH brothers that they're allowed to KEEP! this time. I want off the lop-sided, dysfunctional CO-dependent relationship that holds Dean back far more than it does Sam. The dysfunction is not enjoyable to me any more, and hasn't been since S4.

October 28 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Late to this party, so I'll keep it short. If they fix the brother bond in a more balanced and equitable way than they attempted to do it in S5, then this stupid Amy storyline will be worth it to me. If not, and it just turns out to be another wash, rinse, and repeat of Dean having to "let" Sam grow up again, or "let Sam go" again, or that he's too "over-protective and controlling" again while Sam skates away as never realizing that Dean has done this for him many time over already, but guess what?-Sam STILL winds up needing Dean more than ever down the road, at some point. And it sure would be nice if Sam finally acknowledged that he couldn't have overcome Lucifer and saved the world w/o his brother's help. But I'm not getting my hopes up for any of this-not with the showrunners that this show has. Ackles is still worth my tuning in, though. The darkness of the show doesn't bother me as much as it does others and I fully expect the brothers to die at the end. They are affronts to the natural order as Death told Dean. Sadness and chaos will follow them around for all of their lives, as per that terrific episode, and the only way to set things right is for both of them to die since they never should have been born in the first place(Mary's deal started everything). That being said, I REALLY want Dean who enjoys the hunt back because he was the laughter and the light and the love and the relief to the darkness of their lives while they're still on this earth fighting evil. Give him back to us, writers, in all his ass-kicking glory!

October 28 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

MishelM, could you clarify your use of "abuse" to describe Sam and Dean's relationship? Why are you interested in still commenting on the show if you really hate the guys' relationship that much? The actors and the characters aren't going anywhere for the time being. And I'm getting really tired of all the chatter about ratings. Yes, the ratings are way lower than they used to be, but the show has really been dropping viewers steadily since the fifth season. And, yes, while one could argue that the WB network and being shown on Tuesdays helped, season one is still the highest rated season and still has the highest rated episode, despite all the supposed popularity of the fourth season, which I strongly feel became the beginning of the end for this show. I know of a lot of people who started leaving and becoming less invested because of the changes in the characters and storytelling. And not everyone who is a fan of Dean loves Castiel. Shocking, but it's true.

October 27 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Lisa Nowak Spataro

I will be watching "Grimm" this Friday. I need to watch a show and enjoy myself again. Hopefully "Supernatural" will get DVR'd and I'll watch it on the weekend, but I'm already tired of the Leviathans (which is strange since I'm still looking forward to seeing one of the shows surviving demons yet again) and I'm tired of the relationship between the brothers since its just reheated leftovers of seasons gone by.

My daughter and I miss Cas terribly and thought the way he left was not fitting. Sorry J Fost, but making Cas more human was fantastic - that a powerful being, like an angel, could come to care about his human charges, that was great. It fit the feeling of intimacy that was SPN. I'll admit that Cas was overused as a comic foil, but his moments with Dean were often electric and this show is seriously lacking any spark. I would go on to say that killing Cas may have finally killed this show.

October 27 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Correction to my last post. *Totally NOT befitting a character like Cas. Sorry.

October 27 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Not losing hope? Speak for yourself. I remember when I couldn't WAIT for the new Supernatural episode to come every Thursday (then Friday) night. I mean...literally. You should have seen me if I had to work that night. I'd record it on the DVR and MADE SURE no one messed with my DVR schedule. That shows a complete contrast to how it was this last episode. I left "Dr. Phil" on my DVR for...well, since this morning. It's Wensday morning, by the way. I just plain old didn't feel like watching the episode. I'm not excited for Supernatural anymore. There's no cohesive factor to the show, it's getting super depressing, AND they killed off the only character that kept me watching last season. Not against Cas dying...but that was totally befitting a character like him. Sure, they can mention him in a brief dream sequence once or twice, but lets face it. The new writers didn't see an obvious and easily attainable use for him, so they just threw the character away like trash. I think every character should meet their end sooner or later, because sometimes you just need to move on, but honestly, the way they disposed of Cas was taking the "killing off supporting characters too much" to a whole new level. I know the show has new writers and everything, and that sometimes that takes some adjusting to, but I think the adjustment period should have ended with season six, if not by the middle of season six. (You're right. Six started off great...but then just fizzled off into ALMOST pure random nothing-fun). I'm not saying any of this to be mean, because, obviously, I still love Supernatural. If I wouldn't, I'd have stopped watching when the sixth season started to suck. That's sort of a double edged sword now, though, because I feel like I'm watching Supernatural these days simply because I loved how well put together and how endearing the characters were before. In a way, that's just a big fat reminder of how little of what made the show awesome is left in it now.

October 27 2011 at 12:12 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
J Fost

Nice article, Mo. I agree with some of it. Here's my take: Supernatural has lost its direction. I loved Seasons 1 and 2, thought there were some good episodes in Season 3, and I think the middle of Season 4 began a terrible downslide.

Where I think Supernatural needs tough love:

Go back to the personal, intimate feel. That's impossible to get while literally looking for God and trying to save the whole world from the Apocalypse and flying to Scotland. Dead in the Water was such a fantastic episode. It's been a long time since the writers made me care, through Dean and Sam caring, about what happened to one little boy. Comparing that to watching a bunch of gods feasting on human heads is IMPOSSIBLE.

This was supposed to be a story about two brothers, searching for the demon that killed their mother. Along the way, they lost their father to that demon. While I loved Dean's kill shot of Azazel, I really think they ended that storyline too soon. That quest was so personal to them, and they helped others along the way, along the back roads of Americana, dealing with urban legends.

The third brother was a slap in the face to the relationship of the Winchester brothers, and that relationship is why I watch.

The show made a HUGE mistake when it became self-aware, when meta took over, when Kripke addressed his displeasure with fan criticisms directly within the context of the show. Bad, bad, bad.

I'm tired of the teenage-boy-level humor Edlund thinks is so cute. The whoopee cushion bit in the middle of a very dramatic scene was a travesty. I don't like the dark erotica (IKWYDLS) that Sera likes to write.

I would personally like to see the gore dialed back to an early season level. I think now they use it gratuitously.

I agree that they've killed off (with a tad too much glee at their power to do it) too many recurring characters. I'm also tired of their constant bringing back of dead characters as ghosts or part of an AU situation. Unsatisfying. While Mystery Spot had its sense of dark humor, the show has gone overboard with actually killing Sam, Dean, Bobby, and even Castiel, only to bring them back. "What's dead should stay dead." That's been Dean's mantra from the beginning.

Castiel was good in his first episode but not after he became a comedic foil. I don't miss him.

Bring back the classic rock. Missouri. The gritty lighting. The Impala roaring down the road. The suspense. Or how about adding in a female hunter who turns out to be the daughter of hunter Wandell. She's hunting her father's killer. Doesn't know it's Sam. That might be interesting.

October 26 2011 at 2:51 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Spirale Rouge

There's so many points of view about this show !!
Your opinion is different from mine. For example you say : "Go back to the personal, intimate feel. That's impossible to get while literally looking for God and trying to save the whole world... ".

But Supernatural is the story of two brothers who try to save the world...all the time. This show is not and had never been a soap. Personally I like "watching a bunch of gods feasting on human heads". I like the gore and the horrible monsters there are in every episodes. I also like when they keep the "emo" at an acceptable level because Sam and Dean have feelings, moods and emotions, not doubt about that, but they are not two 12 years old little girls either, they are hardened warriors for God sake !!

October 26 2011 at 4:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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J Fost

Yes, Sam and Dean save the world, but they do it one case at a time, saving people we have a chance to get to know, whom they get to know. Like Lucas, like Haley and her brothers. They save each other, they love each other, they mourn over each other, the way they did in Season 2's finale. When Dean was holding Sam in his arms while Sam's blood dripped through Dean's fingers over Sam's back, I FELT that; I felt Dean's anguish and terror and hopelessness and frantic desire to DO something. But the scene between them in Season 4 where Sam leaps on an already down Dean, his BROTHER, and tries to choke him to death with his bare hands -- what the hell??

And how are they saving the world when they spend precious episode time and dialogue time having Dean Winchester take the supernatural being, an ANGEL of the LORD, to a whorehouse for a supposed deflowering? Ridiculous. Castiel is an ancient supernatural creature with vast power. He's an angel. Not a buddy buddy. Not a nervous virgin acting like a 14-year-old boy about to get his first look at boobies. The question of sex for Castiel is moot. He's inhabiting Jimmy's body, who was a family man. He had all Jimmy's memories, and as an angel, knew about humans. Their attempt to play the "fish out of water isn't it hilarious that Castiel doesn't understand cell phones" type character belongs on the Beverly Hillbillies.

As for monsters, we've gone from a truly scary Wendigo that inspires a primal fear of being eaten alive in the dark by a creature so fast we can hardly see him, to a "mother of all" who looks and acts like a Gossip Girl.

And how about some originality? If I want to see controlling worm monsters crawl out of someone's ear, don't I simply have to put my Star Trek II DVD in and hit play?

But as for the show not being a soap: well it didn't use to be. But I can tell you that if we're going to get a whole season of Dean feeling guilty because he didn't save someone, they can rename him Adrian Monk and have him see a psychiatrist every week. I DO want a hardened warrior, but the Dean I see falling apart isn't it.

October 26 2011 at 10:33 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

Below is a link to an excellent article about the state of Supernatural's 7th season. It's worth a look.


October 26 2011 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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