I wouldn’t say I’m angry, per se, at least not any more. Just disappointed. And—worse—kinda bored.
As of now, I have no intention of watching Season 9. Maybe I’ll change my mind when the show restarts in the fall, who knows?
But I do know that life’s too short and my free time too precious to spend it on entertainment that doesn’t set me on fire.
- Source [x] (warning: spoilers at the link)
No. No, no, no, no, no. NO. In the immortal words of Meg Masters, “We learn. We grow.”
Or does character growth only count for demons?
I suspect Supernatural might end like The Lord of The Rings.
[Made rebloggable by request. :D]
Well, the thing you have to remember is, Supernatural very much caters to the Male Gaze. When a female character is presented like this:
The viewer is meant to see her as a sexual object, and not much else. The script writer and director of the episode Simon Said deliberately chose to set up the scene so that the viewer would jump to the assumption that Andy had slept with her, because Andy’s entire intro is about juxtaposing Andy’s surprising success with his apparent status as a slacker/pot-head/man-child (as suggested by his clothes and lack of hygiene). His intro frequently cuts to Sam’s surprised and confused expression, which helps inform our opinion of Andy as someone who does not belong, someone who is breaking social rules, someone who is defying conventional expectations of men like Andy. One of those assumptions is that men like Andy don’t get to be with women like the one seen in Simon Said.
If the director and writer had intended the viewer to see her as a non-sexual friend, they would not have sexualized her so deliberately, period. They knew what they were doing when they had the actress dressed in lacy black underwear and hang out of an open window.
As for how we know Andy used his powers, again, we as the viewer are meant to assume that in the natural order of things, a beautiful woman who has her choice of men would not pick a man who smokes weed in a painted van and walks around in a robe in public. The scene is then immediately followed by a demonstration of Andy’s powers, when he takes the cup of coffee from the man. The writer and director put these scenes immediately next to each other for a reason; they want the viewer to associate these two scenes, and to remember them when Andy is revealed to have mind control powers that he uses to get what he wants.
Everything you suggested is perfectly possible, but that is not what the director and writer were attempting to tell their viewers. They wanted us to assume that he slept with that woman, and that he used his powers to do so.
And honestly, what makes it even worse, to me? Is that Andy knows it’s wrong. He says he’s never used his powers on the woman he has a crush on, because he knows it’s wrong and doing so would destroy her trust in him. So yes, I believe Andy Gallagher raped that woman, and that he raped other women too, and that he knew what he was doing when he did it, even if he managed to justify it to himself or somehow minimize the psychological trauma to those women.
Thanks for making this rebloggable! You put it so well, it deserves to be shared.
If you’ll allow me to piggyback on your post, I also discussed Andy here for those interested in more discussion on the matter.
Excluding Team Free Will (because, please, that’s not even a contest), here they are, in no particular order:
I have such a thing for Lawful Good characters. SUCH A THING. The sheriff in a lawless land is pretty much my favorite character archetype ever. And, well, Victor doesn’t just push every one of my buttons, he smashes them. Plus he’s really, really hot. *fans self*
Also Flutie catnip: Conspiracy nuts. Those discoverers of Secret Truths, who keep the faith when nobody else does, and who of course never live to learn that what they believed was real. Cliff from Doctor Who, Emeric from Dragon Age II, and Ronald from Supernatural all fall into this category.
Bela Talbot is a fucking goddess. She’s clever, confident, cool under pressure, and she owns her choices, even the bad ones, in a way that I find personally inspiring. If I’m in a situation where I’m feeling nervous or out of sorts, I just think to myself: What Would Bela Do?
Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, rising to the occasion, becoming heroes. This is what the first four seasons of Supernatural were all about. I’m glad that they returned to it with Kevin and of course…
I’ve written about why I love Jody in far greater detail elsewhere, but suffice to say, if you don’t like Jody, sorry, but you’re wrong.
Talk about an actress far exceeding her material. Ava’s debut episode was mediocre, at best, and if you examine her lines on paper, she comes off as shrill and superficial. That Katharine Isabelle was able to take this whiny secretary and turn her into a sarcastic, charming Everywoman who was the Donna to Sam’s Doctor, well, it speaks volumes about the depth of her talent. Of all the many characters that have come and gone over the years, Ava is the one who has most left me wanting more.
The perfect counterpoint to Dean, Gordon’s shadow lingers over the show even still. Gordon looked too long into the abyss, and the abyss looked back, and thus he became as the things he hunted. He represents what Dean could have become, and the inclinations Dean still fights against to this very day. Now that Dean is back topside, I expect to a return to these themes in Season 8.
Kubrick was probably the most colorful bit character we’ve ever had on this show. I loved his strange attachment to kitsch Jesus, and his mission from God, and the fact that he lived in an RV, and his ability to be easily swayed by the promise of fried onions, and god, that is how you write an awesome bit character.
Unlike almost everyone else in the fandom, I thought the Leviathan were brilliant — not just thematically appropriate but genuinely terrifying in a way that many of the other monsters on the show really aren’t, because personally, I find the idea of a faceless corporation turning me into a brainless, consent-less cow pretty goddamn terrifying. Dick was the perfect face for that efficient evil: Beautiful, charming, always smiling, always baring his teeth, never looking back because he’s not a sheep, he’s a shark, and sharks don’t have necks.
Yep. Totally Dick Roman.
She’s subversively powerful and unapologetically vile in ways you don’t often see afforded to female television characters, and I love how both Nicki Aycox and Rachel Miner have interpreted the character. I’m glad the writers kept Meg around, and let her kill off Jo and Ellen, and squeeze her way in between Dean and Cas, and just generally be as vile as she wants to be. Whenever she shows up, I know it’s gonna be good.
Just saying, nonny, this list was incredibly hard to come up with. Some of my other favorites that didn’t make the cut: Lisa Braeden; Tessa; Jeffrey; Dr. Corman; Frank Devereaux; Charlie Bradbury; Ed Zeddmore; Raphael; Crowley; Chuck Shurley; Lilith; Rachel; Fate; Layla Rourke; Molly McNamara; Azazel; Rufus Turner; Dr. Cora Roberts; Krissy Chambers; the Trickster (pre-Gabriel revelation); Uriel; Hester; Edgar; Becky Rosen; Demian and Barnes; oh, and that cute and flirty morgue assistant from “The Slice Girls”.
I’ve often said that Season 7 convinced me of the canonicity of Dean/Cas, and to this day it boggles my mind that so many fans blame Sera Gamble for “ruining” the characters’ relationship. So I thought I’d step through my favorite season, episode by episode, and point out exactly why I’m so convinced their love is not only of the romantic sort, but also very, very canon.
Previously: Out With the Old
Author’s Note: I’ll be traveling for the next several days, so I won’t be able to get to part 2 and beyond for some time, until at least mid next week. But this part’s a little longer to make up for it. So settle in for a book, friends. Hopefully it will tide you over until I get back. :)
17: The Born Again Identity, Part 1
If “Death’s Door” is a masterpiece, then “The Born Again Identity” is Sera Gamble’s magnum opus, her crowning achievement, the one Supernatural episode for which she should be remembered forever. Fine; I’m being a little hyperbolic. But it’s also really that good.
Subtle and complex, darkly humorous and painfully cathartic, “The Born Again Identity” packs in enough content to last three episodes, yet somehow it never feels rushed or forced. Pop culture and literary references abound in equal measure, but it’s also highly self-referential, in that it calls back to almost every other Supernatural episode Gamble ever wrote. Those who’ve carefully watched and re-watched the series are thus rewarded with additional context and deeper meaning for the scenes now taking place. This is fangirl catnip at its most potent. I love it.
“The Born Again Identity” is a love letter to Dean, to Cas, and to everything the Supernatural universe has come to represent. Yet I think it remains one of Gamble’s most misunderstood episodes, certainly one of her most overlooked. If I remember correctly, at the time of airing many fans were disappointed, and I’m not sure why, other than maybe the fact that the reconciliation between Dean and Cas is saved for another episode.
As well it should be. Damage that big can’t be fixed in one go, and besides, this isn’t an episode about reconciliation. This is an episode about death, and fear, and facing both head on, only to come out the other side in one piece, stronger than you were before.