So I've been a bit lazy lately, for which I'm sorry, there has been a slump. A reason for that is that I’ve been watching what seems
like a thousand episodes of Supernatural lately. There is no top ten list this week, but there is a long rambling post about my love for Supernatural.
I know it isn’t actually 1000,
because there are only about 200 episodes in total. Probably less than 200.
Anyway. I used to watch Supernatural when it started. I really liked it, still
do, especially the first two to three seasons. It was really good, it’s like a
probable Buffy. Because that’s what you need really, serious, probable Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. Anyway. I watched season one through four and was sort of
progressively more annoyed. Because up to season four it was sort of vaguely
probable and cool. Two brothers hunting urban legends and that, one brother
sacrifices himself for the other, all kinds of weird stuff. Anyway season four,
angels. Yeah that’s a bit weird, isn’t it? It’s like they had no idea what to
do next, so they just made it bigger and more intense. We’ve run out of urban
legends and myths, you know what’s full of new weird stuff? Heaven, let’s go
for that. There’s god and angels, and fallen angels and all kinds of crap. Woo.
I think I actually watched
season five too, it’s the one where Sam falls into the pit? Yeah. So I watched
that. And then I gave up I think. I got annoyed with season six, for reasons
unknown. Might be because there was a lot of whimpering and wining. Anyway, I
just stopped. I think because they, the producers, or whoever else makes these
decisions, said there would only be five season, and that would be okay. Then
there was more and I just, in protest I think, stopped watching.
Then, and I don’t know why, I
started watching again. I started with season 6, because I hadn’t seen the
whole thing, so I just thought it’d be a good place to start. I don’t know why
I started watching it again, possibly because it was on Netflix. Probably why.
That seems like a valid reason to watch a TV-show. This is how I live my life:
“Ooh, it’s on Netflix, let’s watch five-hundred episodes of that.” Yeah. So
I’ve seen all of season six, all of season seven, working my way through season
eight, don’t know what to do with my life when I’m done with it. Yeah. I’ll
have to illegally find season nine. I’m not entirely sure where I was going
with this post, so I’ll just list things that annoy me about Supernatural.
Things I like, things I’ve learned, stuff like that. I’ll devote some time to
One thing I’ve learned from
Supernatural is that my fear of clowns is completely justified. Clowns are
terrifying, they kill you, they laugh in a very creepy way. Clowns have creepy
faces and being scared of them is natural and essential to your survival. There
is a really, fucking terrifying episode in season two, I think, where we are
first introduced to Sam’s fear of clowns and I had to cover my face every now
and again. I sort of hoped that it would be enough with that one episode, there
is a limit to how much terror you can get from clowns, you would think, or how
many urban legends or myths are based around clowns. Then in season seven there
is an episode based in a children’s restaurant. Where they can get tickets and
win prizes. Awesome. It’s named after a clown, and I wasn’t emotionally ready
for that, because the episode started with Sam running from clowns and I pretty
much panicked. Yeah. The rest of the episode was pretty much me alternating between
covering the screen or my eyes. I don’t know why I am scared of clowns. Well I
do, they are completely terrifying, I just don’t know the origins of this fear.
I don’t know where it comes from, I just find them horrifying, according to
Supernatural they are dangerous so it’s okay, and somehow scarier, even though
rationally I know most clowns aren’t actually killing people.
|Sam has stupid hair|
Something I’ve been focusing
quite a lot on when watching the show is how annoying I find Sam’s hair, and
his sideburns. The sideburns is because they are absolutely the worst sideburns
of all time, because it looks like he really wants sideburns, but he doesn’t
have what it takes.
I would argue they are worse than Wolverine’s sideburns.
I’m also annoyed with his hair. This seems to be a big debate in the fandom,
which makes me happy, we all have the right priorities. I was sort of thinking
that maybe the show can only afford one haircut a year and only Jensen is
allowed to cut his hair. Or they’ve made a hair helmet for Jensen so his hair
always looks the same. His hair has not changed for nine years. After some
googling it turns out Jensen lets his hair grow out between seasons and cuts it
when he comes back, which lends credence to my they-can-only-afford-one-haircut
theory. Castiel’s, or Misha’s hair, is not bad either, it changes a little, but
it’s sort of normal. Anyway. This is giving me quite a lot of thought. I don’t
focus on the pain and the hurt and all that carry-on, Sam’s hair.
So, things I like about
Supernatural: Cas. I like him, sounds a bit fangirl-y, but I like him. I like
the bizarre relationship he has with Dean, how he doesn’t see how weird he is.
I like him trying to cope with humanity. I like Misha as an actor, I think he
is good. He basically made the whole episode when the characters are
transferred to the set of Supernatural. I also like that Misha basically has
one outfit. He wore the suit and trench coat for a long time before he was
allowed anything else, and they quickly popped him back into it. I love
Crowley. In that I know he is absolutely evil and horrible, but the dude is
awesome. Mark Sheppard is amazing.
I love Bobby. In a similar vein I really
like Garth, who is a genius. Also, Felicia Day. Wow! I also like that the show
is quite funny. Not in a comedy way, but it’s still funny, jokes and that. I am
eloquent as all hell. I really liked the angel Balthasar. I like practicality
and pragmatism, I think that’s why I like him. Also he’s an arrogant asshole,
which helps. I like that they use the same Kansas song over and over again, it
makes me so happy.
Now to something that bugs me
about the show, which is more serious. The show is sort of weirdly
misogynistic. There are obviously things in the show that makes it easy to
excuse those things, but it really bugs me. There are very few strong women on
the show who last for a very long time. They are killed off, whether they are
hunters, or just regular people, Mary, Jess, Jo, Ellen, Gwen, Annie. They die,
or they’re evil. Some women last for a while, but are only ambivalently moral,
at best, like Ruby or Meg. The characters also quite often use derogatory
terms, like bitch. They shamed Bela, there are things that are really not good.
It’s not just me that have thought about this obviously. This is a thing
discussed often on the internets. And it does piss me off.
Another point is that there are
generally few important non-white characters. Rufus is the only example I can
think of right at this moment, and Kevin. Also Uriel and Raphael now that I’ve
turned my brain on. Still, few, far between and they’re either evil, or die. I
know that the cast is small and it’s hard to shove more people in for long
stretches, but some variation would be nice.
On another, but sort of related
note, I really like Dean and Jo’s relationship. They have this flirty, sweet
relationship, with some mutual crushes, but they seem very clear on where they
stand with each other and Jo is unwilling to bang Dean just because she might
die. I like that they gave her a certain amount of dignity, and she was her own
character, she wasn’t just this girl for the boys to protect/fight/bang. I’m
sounding more critical than I would like. I really liked Jo, I think she was
cool. I like people like Lisa and Amelia, they gave Sam and Dean a lifeline and
they sort of saved them when neither of them had anyone else. It’s sad that
Lisa had to go, even though it’s very understandable for how the story
progressed. I just, really? Let the ladies do stuff. That’s a proper call for
feminism: let the ladies do stuff. Maybe a better one would be don’t kill them
all? I don’t know.
|An awesome lady who has lasted a while|
There is something else that
sort of bugs me. The show has lasted for a long time, and it seems like they’ve
run out of normal episode plots. So they sort of one-up the show for every
episode, or at least season. It’s one sign it’s lasted too long.
Something that always impressed
me is the commitment of the guest stars. Even if they haven’t been involved in
the show for a long time, like the girl who plays Jess, who came back in season
5, three years after her last appearance, or the actress who played Sarah
Blake, who was in one episode in season one and one in season eight, commitment
dude. That is impressive.
It’s very annoying to become
more aware. It makes you realize that things you love are problematic. The good
thing is you realize you’re allowed to like them because you know they’re
problematic and you can like them despite that. Anyway, closing in on the last
episode of season eight, so much fun. Oh Supernatural, you weird, bizarre show.