Billie Bowtrunckle (bowtrunckle) wrote,
Billie Bowtrunckle

SPN 10x1?

Usually if I find something irritating or unsavory or annoying in fandom I don't comment unless it's personal.  I generally subscribe to the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" blah blah, although I don't consider critique or constructive criticism to be negativity or a complaint just for the sake of complaining.  HOWEVER.  This past episode of SPN was dismal.  DISMAL as in unconvincing, insulting, and, worst of all, boring.  Just.  Wow.  I'm impressed at how many times I rolled my eyes and yet kept watching (albeit it took me over 2 days to just get through the episode).

I don't know about any of you, but I feel like I can look past most of the sexism and questionable things female character endure in this show.  But the two nuns who were so devestated by their love lives such that they actually became nuns just seemed so cliche and dated (as in so 1960's).  It was just really unclever and easy and terribly lazy in conception.  Boring really.  And because of all that it was insulting as in I'm-not-sure-I-believe-I'm-watching-this insulting.  And don't get me started about the whole "jilted women scorned" thing.  All I could think of was THIS WOULD NOT PASS THE BECHDEL TEST in any way, shape, or form.  Of course, this was written by my most unfavorite pair of writers, so what could I expect, right?  I just hoped maybe it wouldn't be a disaster.

Another thing that seemed off point and, again, had me thinking lazy writing was the fact that Rowena was physically beating up Olivette.  Rowena is a witch.  Wouldn't demonstrating her prowess using spells and curses be a much more appropriate, interesting, and ironic way to torture Olivette?  Furthermore we've seen how clever and manipulative Rowena is.  Those who use their minds and tongues to inflict damage usually do so for a reason: because they can't or don't want to dirty their hands (never mind that Rowena looks to be a tiny thing, with more of the physique of a ballerina than a brute).  Also, at the risk of sounding like an ass, women fight differently then men.  Women generally don't slug it out.  Woman fight dirty in more nuanced, catty, and underhanded ways.  Think passive aggressive.  So, again, this whole thing pushed me straight out the story and had me thinking that it was concieved by writers with little imagination (or else writing under a deadline?).  But either way, it was lazy and boring and I was insulted that show thought this was acceptable to sell to us (me) as an audience.

I'm getting a little fed up with the unevenness of the writing skills and how laborious and drawn up the MoC story is this season.  Dean seems to be all over the place emotionally, sometimes he wants to die, sometimes he doesn't want to die, sometimes he's ready to "fight", sometimes he just want to give in.  I'm not saying that he's got to have static feelings, it's fine if he's feeling all of these conflicted things (and probably realistic).  It's just the execution leaves much to be desired.  I feel like as soon as we're given a glimpse into Dean's headspace and feel like maybe we can dig in and actually get to the core of "something" and have a chance to connect, suddenly Dean's done an emotional 180 in the next episode.  And perhaps because we don't really have a Big Bad this season and the quest is being driven mostly by Dean's emotional journey (because I feel like with the exception of the awesome Cain episode, we've not really had a memorable mytharc episode ... maybe we have? IDK.), this season feels like a long string of Monster-of-the-Week cases with the boys shoved into the corners and saying the same thing in the car: Sam, "Talk to me Dean." Dean, "I'm fine, Sam."  I feel like SPN is tractionless the season, the story is skidding and hopping all over the place, and it's difficult to get invested.

And then there's Sam.  Sam who is Sam in voice and action, but who isn't Sam because we don't actually know who Sam is anymore because Sam's emotional story has been superceeded by most everything else.  And I will stop there because this is the ONE THING over all other things that's disappointed me to the point that if I start talking about it, I won't be able to stop.  And it won't be pretty or constructive.  And when I care about things a lot, either I blab endlessly about them OR I don't dare say anything at all.  Obviously this is the latter.

Finally, and this will conclude this hopefully single occurance of a post like this, this is the first time in SPN's 10-year run that I actually think a 10-episode season would be a benefit, something I'd be willing to watch if it meant actually getting a compelling and exciting story, a much less offensive version and the exact opposite of whatever this episode was.

Shape up, Show.  You can do so much better.
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