jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Worst Date Ever (Bobby's)
Dear Supernatural,

Through the last six years we've had our ups and downs, mostly up. Sure, we've had our disagreements and maybe I didn't always enjoy your choice of replacement demons (i.e. season 3 Ruby versus season 4 Ruby), but overall you've done the job so far as keeping me entertained and happy. And last season? Oh god, baby, it was fantastic.

But honey, we gotta talk. I think you've lost that magic touch, and I think you know why.

“SUPERNATURAL” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“The French Mistake” (TV-14, LV sptv050769) (HDTV)

SAM AND DEAN ARE TRANSPORTED TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY — Raphael (guest star Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel (Misha Collins) and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (guest star Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles)... In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called “Supernatural” and they are actors named “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki.” The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese). Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Ben Edlund (##615). Airs February 25, 2011.

Oh honey, no.

I'm trying so hard to remain faithful to you. I know, I know, I need to catch up on this season and in public I tell people you should have stopped after season five, but I still wanted you...just not as much as last year.

Look, I'll stick around until the end of this season and see if you can still turn it around, but baby, you really gotta try better than this. If not, I'm going to make a clean break of it and find someone else to fill my Friday nights. There's only so much Jensen Tears(TM) or Jared Ripped Abs(TM) can do to keep me around. I need more than that.

I need that magic back.

It hurts, I know, but honesty is important in relationships and I just thought you should know where I'm at right now.

It's not you, it's me. ...no, wait, it is you. It's totally you.

Longing for those demon-filled days of yore,

Jade

P.S.: Ben Edlund, I am side-eying you so hard right now. So. Hard.
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Castiel Air Quotes)
Over Christmas weekend, I re-watched Supernatural season five, the DVD set of which Mom got me as a gift. (I'd tried to buy it back in September when it was released, but I wound up buying NCIS season seven first, and then I couldn't find Supernatural ever again around here. I did manage to see it on my TOTALLY LEGAL I SWEAR! downloaded episodes on my computer, but I have all the seasons on DVD and I like being a completionist of sorts.)

Oh, friends' list, it made me realize how bad season six has been. Granted, I haven't seen the most recent two episodes of Supernatural (something I'm remedying tonight or tomorrow), but the writing was so much better in season five than it is now, and more importantly, things happened. There's also the fact that right up until the last two seconds of the final episode of season five ("Swan Song"), it's painfully obvious that Kripke intended for this to be it. It doesn't get anymore blatant than Chuck sitting at his computer sort of narrating the episode and saying "This is how it ends" for pretty-much the full hour. [Spoiler]'s reappearance at the very, very end of the episode? Obviously written in after the eleventh-hour renewal when CW decided to go for a sixth season.

But, whatever. Can I focus on how amazing season five was?

Here there be spoilers for Supernatural seasons five and six. )

I'll probably have more thoughts on this later. So far, however, I have to say that Supernatural is turning out a bit like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that it really should have stopped at season five, but maybe after a crappy season six, they'll be able to pull off a passable season seven and bring a mostly satisfying end to the series. Or maybe season six will surprise me. There's still a chance and hope srpings eternal.
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Dean iz confused)
There's lots of reasons why this recap is late, chief amongst them is laziness, but really it's because last week, while a lot happened, was rather underwhelming once we got to the end and then the promos for next (well, tonight's episode) totally spoiled a major plot point.

Anyway, let's do this.

Spoilers for Episode 6x05: You Can't Handle the Truth )

All I have to say about tonight is there damn well better be more to it than what the promo is telling us. :(
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Sam & Dean WTF)
This episode, you guys. You guys, this episode. OMFG I didn't think this season would offer up any surprises. I was so wrong. Words cannot express the sucker punch this episode delivered.

MAJOR spoilers for Episode 6x05: Live Free or Twihard )

Oh my god, next week is going to be tense.
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If you look at the #Supernatural hashtag on Twitter right now you will see it has EXPLODED.

OMG seriously, you guys, it's just...WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?

Dude, I can't believe this show surprised me this much. I'm sitting here with my jaw hanging open. O_O
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Sam & Dean WTF)
Hey, it's going up before tonight's episode! Not like anyone reads these things anyway. :p

Spoilers for Episode 6xo4: Weekend at Bobby's )

Overall a pretty entertaining episode, and I like that it was Bobby-centric. It's also interesting to note that the episode was directed by Jesen Ackles, and I think he did a great job all things considered.

Tonight's episode has Dean becoming a monster. Right.
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Castiel pass the ammuniti)
It's that time again!

Last night's episode was far, far better than last week, though really I think that's because Castiel came back and seemed to help bring the brothers back into some semblance of balance. However, I am hopeful they can avoid going over the cliff or at least not slam into the jagged rocks at the bottom of said cliff. This week will be less of a rehash and more of my silly thoughts derived from notes I took during the episode.

Pre-episode thoughts: Woo, Impala! Woo, Castiel! Woo, it can only go up from last week!

Spoilers for Episode 6x03: The Third Man )

Overall a much, much better episode, and it looks like the brothers can still get back on track. Of course, I'm going to say we need more Castiel and Crowley!
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Title: "Just One Call"
Fandom: Supernatural
Prompt: #219 - Rune Stone
Warnings: Major spoilers for end of season five and minor ones for 6x01: "Exile on Main Street." Angsty Sam.
Rating: PG
Summary: Sam wants to call Dean even though he knows Dean's better off thinking Sam is dead.
Word Count: 823
Notes: Written in a couple of hours while suffering from a pretty bad cold and a sore throat. Also, I don't write fanfic...well, yeah, I suck at this in general. :p

Read more... )
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Dean iz confused)
Time for another recap, though this one was disappointing.

Spoilers for episode 6x02: Two and a Half Men )

In spite of tonight's disappointment, I'm eager for next week because, yay, Castiel is coming back!
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So, since this is the first time in the show's history that I can actually watch the episodes as they air, I thought perhaps I would start my own weekly episode recap. Included in these recaps might also be some commentary on just a few of the many issues I've always had with the show's portrayal of women, but mostly I'll focus on the story and where I think they're possibly headed.

LJ cuts will be provided to avoid spoilers so don't click if you don't want spoilers.

I'm not going to be making too many predictions and am pretty much just going to rehash what happened in the episode. As the season wears on these entries will be more about my opinions over how the show is doing as a whole.

Remember, spoilers ahead.

Episode 6x01, 'Exile on Main Street' )

I was pretty much on the fence about season six as a whole before even watching the episode. I'm still there on the fence, but I know I'll keep watching to see what the heck is really going on here.

Moff's Law

Jan. 5th, 2010 09:11 am
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From now on, I am invoking Moff's Law anytime someone tells me I should just enjoy something without reading "too much" into it.

Of all the varieties of irritating comment out there, the absolute most annoying has to be “Why can’t you just watch the movie for what it is??? Why can’t you just enjoy it? Why do you have to analyze it???”

If you have posted such a comment, or if you are about to post such a comment, here or anywhere else, let me just advise you: Shut up. Shut the fuck up. Shut your goddamn fucking mouth. SHUT. UP.

First of all, when we analyze art, when we look for deeper meaning in it, we are enjoying it for what it is. Because that is one of the things about art, be it highbrow, lowbrow, mainstream, or avant-garde: Some sort of thought went into its making — even if the thought was, “I’m going to do this as thoughtlessly as possible”! — and as a result, some sort of thought can be gotten from its reception. That is why, among other things, artists (including, for instance, James Cameron) really like to talk about their work.

(Read the whole thing.)

I love Supernatural -- love it --, but I can still see the underlying sexism in some of the episodes, and I can complain about its portrayal of women (Note: I have seen none of the fifth season, but I doubt it's changed much). I love the hell out of the Vlad Taltos novels by Stephen Brust, but that doesn't mean I think they are without issues and that I can't say "Well, I would like to see more of X, Y, and Z." I can enjoy something for what it is while analyzing the hell out of it. It's what I do, it's what I enjoy, and I will share that with others.

Anyway, time to take my achy and sleep deprived self to bed for a nap. I hate how much headaches drain me, especially when I didn't get much sleep (see aforementioned asshat calling at two in the freakin' morning).
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
Allow me to preface this by saying that I am a fan of Supernatural. I have seen the first three seasons and I will purchase season four when it is available on DVD (believe me, I'd be watching the new episdoes as they aired if I could pick up the CW where I live). The writing isn't great, but some of the story elements plus good acting manage to make it look pretty (pun intended) and make it compelling. However, being a fan doesn't mean I can't find faults with it, nor does it mean I should turn a blind eye to the misogyny prevalent in the show.

I should probably do a whole series of posts on this, and I really wouldn't mind watching the episodes over again. I'm not sure I have the time for that at the moment, but I guess if I took it slow and life doesn't jump up and dump more "wonderful" surprises in my lap, I could do it. It'll depend on a lot, but I have been re-watching the first two seasons and I've noticed a few things I wanted to mention.

If there is a female character that appears, rest assured she will either wind up dead, turn out to be a demon or otherwise evil, need rescuing, will be hit on by Dean, or will serve no other purpose than to stand around and scream. Oh, and apart from the Very Special Episode in season one wherein we learn Racism Is Bad, Mmmkay, they are all thin and blond (ok, there are a few brunettes, but they're all thin and the majority are blond). You could say that Jo is an exception to this, and while Jo is something of a hunter, she always winds up needing to be saved by one of the Winchesters (Dean even saves her from Sam when Sam is possessed). Ellen I guess is the exception, but she's rarely seen outside of the bar even if she can handle a gun. Plus she's Jo's over protective mother, tough, and is meant to come across as scary to Dean and Sam. Oh, and she's the only mother in the show that doesn't wind up dead or nearly loses a child.

If there is a character of color he/she will either wind up dead or turn out to be evil and/or crazy. A prime example of this is Gordon. He starts out as an ambitious hunter, much like Dean, but quickly turns out to be too overzealous and downright psycopathic once he becomes a recurring antagonist. In the season two episode "Croatoan," the loan black man in town survives the demonic virus only to have his throat slit by a demon at the end. There is the psychic in season one (whose name escapes me) who is both good and she manages to live, but she's a plus-sized black woman and she's so sassy because all plus-sized WoC are sassy, didn't you know?

...yes, I think doing a review of seasons one through three would better serve my point.

Anyway, I bring this up because a show like Supernatural likely got sold and became popular because of another show in the same genre: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is rather ironic that a show lauded by many as the first one to get a great deal right when it comes to portraying strong female characters (though NOT perfect, especially in the later seasons) allowed a show like Supernatural to enjoy its success. There is a decided lack of estrogen in Supernatural, and what estrogen is there plays on the age-old stereotypes of evil, manipulative women. (Good gods, do not get me started on Bella and how shittily her character was handled...hell, I could do an entire entry on her and probably should. Oh, and the Nice Guy episode with the zombie.)

Really, when I sit down to watch Supernatural, I am entertained, but I do so because I can shut down the feminist part of my brain. Yet, I think it's unfair for me not to admit that I do see what's there and call it out for what it is. I suppose in some ways this does make me a bad feminist, and I'll admit that because I do support the show by purchasing the DVDs and by saying I'm a fan. I think maybe if I had more options for shows with a paranormal/horror theme that didn't portray women so poorly, I wouldn't like Supernatural as much.

And this is just me musing on all of this. I think I will sit down at some point, put on my Humorless Feminist Hat(TM), and do a couple of entries on Supernatural.

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