(This post may contain Supernatural spoilers - wow, it's been a long time since I had to write that!)
"You know, you fight and you fight for this family. But the truth is, they don't need you. Not like you need them. Sam, he's clearly John's favorite. Even when they fight, it's more concern than he's ever shown you."
Supernatural is not the crappiest show on the planet, but it's also not a new West Wing or anything. It's littered with painfully bad dialougue and at times it makes the feminist in me want to pick up Germaine Greers The Boy and throw it at the TV, but I have to admit it does have something...something. The story arch is fantastically simple and makes for fantastically good TV, and the last three epsisodes of season 1 are pure awesomeness, nothing more, nothing less.
After season 2 I lost interest and I haven't really thought about the show in a couple of years, but at the moment I slowly find myself being sucked back in again. And it's all Dean's fault.
The one thing that turned me on to the show in the first place, was the wonderfully messed up character of Dean Winchester. The show makes it very clear that his childhood and his father fucked him up in every possible kind of way; mentally, sexually, emotionally. And, because season 2 is so dedicated to the Sam-is-he-evil-or-not storyline, it sometimes makes you forget what a stone cold killer the Dean character is. He obviously labels the world as either Family (Sam, John, possibly Bobby) and Other People. One category dispensable, the other not.
Except for children. Dean is always ready to sacrifies himself so no one else will have to lose their childhood. It's not exactly subtle, Kripke.
Not surprisingly, the other thing that turned me on to the show is John Winchester. Yes. I do love screwed up characters that I can gleefully deconstruct from the safety of my couch where I sit in front of the TV and judge. And the thing about John is that I can't decide if the show is negligent-father-apologetic or not. I sure like John in the show. He is obsessive, selfish and not a little abusive to his sons - one who worship him and one who hate him, both who follow the orders he barks at them with a well-trained "yes, sir" - but he is also an unmistakable hero character. It's a bit conflicting to like a father-character who put such an awful burden on one son when he was only 4 years old, and managed to completely alienate the other. It's not until season 2 that I start to feel more undividely warmly towards John, since by that point he does have an excuse for being a negligent father. Being dead and all.
John as a character also reminds me that I've definitely put my teenage years behind me, when I start finding the dads in tv shows more irresistable than the sons.
Sam holds almost no interest for me except now and again in a few wildly lovable scenes, such as when he pulls the trigger on Dean in Asylum.
I'm now a couple of espisodes into season 3 and I remember why I left it. I don't like the Dean-going-to-hell storyline. I don't like the religious theme of it. And during the summer hiatus, the show turned into some boys-club show where all the jokes are lame and all the women are cartoon characters.
But. But then there's Dean. I do like Dean. Dean and his angst. Dean who is so afraid of being alone in the world he makes a deal for his soul to save Sam.
I've already ordered season 4.
Gerard Way har blivit pappa. Det är så märkligt att bli alldeles warm & fuzzy vid tanken på en komplett främlings happiness, men det blir så när den kompletta främlingen har betytt mer för ens mentala hälsa än vad som borde vara möjligt. My emo is so money I don't even know it.
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