We’ve come a long way. After binging (almost) 15 seasons of Supernatural and reviewing them this month, I want to conclude with two final posts. Now that I’ve taken it all in I’m ready to pick out the bits about the show I liked best – and the ones that didn’t work for me.
So, today I’ll bring you all the things that annoyed me about Supernatural (a post full of spoilers)!
Make sure to come back tomorrow for the best bits!
The Female Characters:
If you look at all the reviews I did this month, you’ll notice that my thoughts on season #1 weren’t posted this year. Actually, I had watched that a while ago and wasn’t exactly blown away. One of the reasons as to why I didn’t immediately continue watching was how women were included in the show. They all seemed super shallow and the same in every episode. I was disappointed and annoyed.
When I got back into the game I noticed that although the female characters on the show became more varied, they somehow just didn’t hit the mark. For the first couple of seasons, I just couldn’t get into any of the ladies, as much as I wanted to cheer for them. You can tell that I’m not the only one who felt that way as for example Bella was quickly written out of the show after it became evident that fans didn’t like her.
As the show progressed we finally got some amazing female characters that are so important for this show: Mary, Charlie, or Rowena are absolutely kick-ass and some of my favorite parts! It’s just a shame that it took so long for the show to finally work that out.
The First Season:
As you can tell from the previous reason, season #1 didn’t exactly manage to hook me. Apart from failing all the ladies in the show, even the two Winchester brothers were lacking some depth. While I was initially inclined to forgive that as there were 15 more seasons for character development, I now think that they should have worked harder on nailing that bit. They had 22 episodes after all! In retrospect, you can clearly tell that during the early season the show was still looking for its identity in a way and especially season #1 simply shows that not everything was in place yet.
The Middle Seasons:
After that came a rather funny season #2 and it seemed the show had found its groove. Things were pretty well for a while but then around season #8 I just got so annoyed and bored. It was just too much of the same. Like they were working off the same blueprint again and again.
Despite the occasional funny episode I really enjoyed, I wasn’t sure whether I would actually continue watching until the end because that part of the show almost killed it for me. I actually had to take a break after season 9 for a couple of weeks before I got back into watching because I was so annoyed.
While a catchphrase per se isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in Supernatural they went a bit overboard. We are actually talking about the same seasons I mentioned just before which just further underlines my argument. It felt like Dean said “we got ’em by the short and curlies” about five times in every episode. I kept thinking, “If I hear ‘a snowball’s chance in hell’ one more time, I’ll yeet my laptop out the window”.
Thankfully, in the later seasons, they got a grip on this and now I can actually enjoy this bit of the show again.
So, Crowley is really gone?
If you followed my previous reviews, you know that Crowley was one of my favorite characters on the show. When he died in season #12, I expected him to come back, as that’s what we do in this show, right? I kept on waiting, but apparently, he really is gone and I don’t like it.
Jack’s first Death:
Okay, so I wasn’t sure whether to put this on tomorrow’s list or on this one. The thing is, the first time Jack died really broke my heart and brought me to tears. It was extremely well-written and executed even better. It’s one of the worst bits in the show as in “it’s the saddest thing I saw in fifteen seasons and my little heart can’t take it”.
As we are talking about my heart…
Supernatural can certainly pride itself on ripping my heart out and tearing it to shreds again and again. This show made me feel all the feels! Again, just like with Jack’s death, this is actually praise. It’s awful how much this show hurts to watch, but they certainly did a good job with it.
Finally, let’s address the elephant in the room. I’m reviewing and writing about Supernatural although the show isn’t done yet. You see, I had a plan. I started watching in November 2019, thinking that by the time I’ll get to season #15, all episodes will have aired and I can basically binge the whole thing without having to wait in-between season like the other fans had to do for the past years. My plan was going so well until Covid-19 hit. I waited fifteen years to start watching this only for Covid-19 to kill me off at the last minute. Only so few episodes were left to shoot, yet as it is we have to wait.
However, I had already started writing the reviews and made space for them in my blogging schedule, so I just decided to roll with it as planned.
That’s it for now. Make sure to come back tomorrow for all the reasons I love this show!
Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!