I hear/see the same complaints about Supernatural all of the time. Now I’m not talking about complaints from fans who like to engage in discussion about what they like or dislike about the show overall. Because those are FANS, people who love the show but still like to engage in critiques, which is awesome and part of the reason anyone watches shows and participates in fandom. What I’m talking about are the EX-FANS, who now claim to hate the show now, particularly the ones who hate on people who still are fans. It is likely none of those people will even see this, but I still have to vent. Now, it’s fine if these are complaints that you have expressed, or if they are the reasons why you have stopped watching the show, because everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, I am also entitled to mine, and if you’re a dick head about me still liking the show, I feel like I have a right to explain why the things that bother YOU don’t bother ME.
- “They Killed Off ______” : I understand that the death of a character you really like would be upsetting enough to stop watching a show, really I do. However, I watch the show for Sam & Dean and seeing as they are the two main characters, that seems pretty fair doesn’t it? I’ve heard this mostly about Bobby, lately. That Bobby’s death was the final straw for some people. In particular my significant other really loved Bobby (and John for that matter) and missed the boys having that father figure. Now, I love Bobby. I cried for days when he died. HOWEVER … to me the boys don’t need a “father figure” anymore. They’re not boys. They’re in their thirties, and the show has been really great about illustrating the transition they’re going through from needing a mentor to BEING mentors (Sam worrying about Kevin, Dean acting as big brother to Charlie, their involvement with Krissy and the other hunter kids). So though I miss Bobby, to me, the death served purpose in the character development, and took away a potential crutch. Also, for people who have stopped watching the show because they kill off too many people in general, this has never bothered me. 1.) I’m realistic enough to understand that a lot of deaths have more to do with the fact that we’re getting too dependant on characters that can’t realistically be in the show all the time and 2.) They killed Mary in the first 2 minutes. I’ve been prepared for ANYTHING from that point on. So though I get really upset when a character I like dies, it’s never been a deal breaker for me.
- “I miss ‘monster-of-the-week’ episodes/There are too many ‘monster-of-the-week’ episodes”: This one I will never understand. Some people feel like the later seasons have too much story arc and not enough hunting, even though almost every other week is just a random hunting episode, and they seem to forget that even though they were smaller scale, there have always been larger over arcing storylines laced through out the season. Whether it’s been “Where’s Dad?” or “How do we kill Dick Roman?” they’ve always been there. Then the other half of people seem to think there isn’t enough focus on these overlying story arcs, and that later seasons have somehow lost focus. Which I find fascinating because even during season 5 when we were dealing with THE APOCALYPSE, we had time for a killer wax museum, a poker playing witch taking people’s youth, an episode about conventions, swapping bodies with a teenager, and a stay at an insane asylum. I don’t know if it’s just rose colored glasses people are seeing the old seasons through or what, but the show has pretty much always been 1/2 stand alone episodes and 1/2 bigger picture.
- “The brothers are too close/too codependent” : I’ve heard this a lot in the past week, after the finale. Yes, how DARE Dean stop Sam from killing himself AGAIN. If you don’t like how close the brothers are or how much they sacrifice for each other, that’s fine. By all mean, stop watching. But again… the show has ALWAYS been this way. ALWAYS. So I’m really confused why some people seem SHOCKED that something like this would happen. Whether it’s been selling their souls for each other, or the power of their love stopping the apocolypse (yes people. this really happened. don’t fucking pretend like it didn’t.) this kind of thing happens on the regular. So I think Dean telling Sam how important he is to him and convincing him not to kill himself seems pretty fucking in character.
So again, if you don’t like Supernatural anymore, that is fine. But I DO still like Supernatural, and that is also fine. And before you get on a high horse and try to convince fans of the show that they’re wrong for still liking it, maybe loosen your nostalgia goggles just a smidge and maybe you’ll notice that to some of us, Supernatural is the exact same show that it’s always been. Just once I’d love to hear someone say “I don’t watch Supernatural anymore because it didn’t turn into the show I wanted/expected it to be.” Because THAT is what has happened for you and THAT is a valid argument. It simply did not turn into the show you wanted it to be. Because it’s not that Supernatural has changed, because it hasn’t really. It still is and always will be about saving people and hunting things. And in the words of Eric Kripke, it will always just be “The Epic Love Story of Sam and Dean.”
i don’t understand how people stop watching shows because something happens that they don’t like or they don’t like how it’s going
if i start a show i’m in it until the end
in sickness and in health
till death or discontinuation do us part
man, i 1000% understand where you’re coming from
oh yeah fuck glee