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Remember when Supernatural was one of my favourite shows? Back when it was everything I wanted in a fresh, You and Me Against The World, ghost story, gun slinging, Impala driving, raise a little Hell CW show? I stopped watching last October (okay, IMDB tells me Nov. 1 - "Bedtime Stories," an episode that under Season 2 circumstances I probably would have liked) when the overall week after week effect of the show started having a "Meh" effect on me. But when I heard that they brought back the Creature of the Week from one of my favourite season two episodes, I was willing to give it another go. Oh Kripke, you disapoint me.

In point form: Supernatural, the irony of life imitating badly conceived television, and Blood Ties one, so brief it nearly didn't exist, moment of glory.

The Good

- I love time loop episodes. The concept of being stuck doing the same thing over and over again until you can get it right, only you're the only one who knows, I'm not ashamed to admit is one of my favourite over-exploited plot clich├ęs. I think this probably stems back to Improv Everywhere's Moebius Mission.

- I've missed Dean and Sam! Mostly just Jensen Ackles. But still. It's nice to see Dean isn't dead yet... oh wait, spoke to soon. Look at Dean die! Look at Dean die, like, a million times over!

- Awww, look at the cute sociopathic golden retriever! Who's a good doggy? No honestly, it says a lot about the show that this is one of my top five moments in the episode.

- Sam stealing the old man's car keys. Hehehe. "You do not want him behind the wheel. Trust me." ++++

- I'm kind of relieved to see the show acknowledge that it's got issues: I sacrifice myself for you. No! I get your soul saved! No! I spend my life keeping you alive! No! I sell my soul to the devil for you! I can not survive with out you! In the naaaaame of love.

The Bad

- The episode was ... splotchy? I can't think of a better word for what I mean. It lacked line. Phrasing? We went from "Okay, we're in a loop" to "loop loop loop" to "oopl? oopl? oopl?" to "EVIL DESTRUCTIVE SAMMY SEVERAL EPIC SEASONS LATER!"

- I wish they'd left the trickster out of it. He could have still be lounging with my fond memories in season two. But instead of thinking up something new they dredged him back up (It's like we're stuck in a Time Warp! Get it? Get it?) and made the episode into a compilation of rehashed, tired story lines. Wheee.

- This show has issues. They're the same issues that it had when I stopped watching. Relentless self-sacrificing, unrelenting misuse of characters that aren't Sam or Dean or part of the mystery of the week, weak writing and eye-roll inducing angst. Though I appreciate that even though Dean died 100+ gruesome deaths, they've cut back on the gore since I'd last watched (at which point they'd gone above and beyond the call of urban legend duty).

- And also, I was spoiled. Bad Fenella! It kind of lessened the impact of Dean's first, I don't know, two deaths?

The Ugly

- Okay, so a couple months back I wrote about a Blood Ties episode called 5:55. Blood Ties was a horrible show with few redeeming features. However, I got some enjoyment out of the aforementioned episode. Vicki, the main character, was stuck in a time loop. I'm not saying that these are the only two shows to have ever done time warp episodes because really, no. (Did Joss Whedon ever do one? I think he must have, but I can't think of one of the top of my head.) Supernatural probably came out on top in the acting category but I have to say that the Blood Ties episode had better execution. (Hee, totally didn't plan that as a pun!) Oh the shame, Kripke, upstaged by a ridiculous (and not in the good way) Canadian vampire and his groupies who come across Pandora's box. And what does it say that Sam gave up trying to change fate pretty quickly while Vicki was determined to determine her own? Vicki also figured it out a lot faster. Maybe Dean had better find someone else to get his soul back from the devil. Yis?

I found it interesting, though, what the two shows chose to say with their episodes.

BT: I would end the world for you. Maybe I should stop pretending that there's nothing between us.
Supernatural: I would end the world for you. Maybe this relationship isn't QUITE as healthy as I'd thought.

Which, you know, isn't exactly a new thing, show. Sigh.

Date: 2008-02-17 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ochre54.livejournal.com
Joss' time-loop episode: The nerd trio is testing Buffy's slayer skills. Andrew traps her in the magic shop and forces her to stick it out until she sells something to a customer. (The glory hand)

I have to say I laughed a lot when the piano dropped on Dean's head. Like, a LOT. I am a sick puppy. :S

Date: 2008-02-17 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyredenfers.livejournal.com
Hee. I think I missed that one.


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