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04 January 2014 @ 11:22 pm
s8 Supernatural  

So I watched s7 Supernatural because they introduced Amanda Tapping as a character in s8 and I wanted to know how they got there, and they’ve just done it, but my God, s8 has been a snoozefest so far. I mean, I’m one of those who thinks the show ended with s5 and that they’ve been beating a dead horse, pretty boy style, since then, but this is worse than s6. Particularly since the meta commentary with the classic rock has apparently been canned (Laura Anne says this is themeatically appropriate with s8′s development, which may be entirely true, but since I gather they have licensing issues with the music for Netflix and have to change it anyway I’m pretty well feeling that they said “oh, forget it,” which obliterates half the remaining fun of the show for me).

Furthermore, in a twitter discussion about all this, somebody got genuinely incomprehensibly shitty and insulting toward a friend of mine for expressing a different opinion, and now I’ve got an extra-bad taste in my mouth about it all. :p

Anyway, people are telling me the back half of the season is better than the front half, so I might keep slogging through, but gawd.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Laura Anne Gilman: Cas bitchfacesuricattus on January 4th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
Pish, by internet standards she was a rank amateur at her shittiness. Don't let her get to you.

Season 8 had its ups and downs - there were a few eps I was unutterably meh about and one I hated, but I loved "As Time Goes By," and "Goodbye Stranger"still makes me a little sad-eyed. And the last three episodes cranked it up significantly (which may be why I feel let down a little by S9 so far, although from a story-arc perspective what they're doing is both interesting and ambitious, and I respect ambition in network tv shows.)
irishkateirishkate on January 4th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
I can't remember them all - but I do know there were some I liked - I did like the Charlie episodes. And Mark Sheppard was just wonderful. But I was never driven to watch them the way I was up to the end of 5. I had unconsciously noticed the lack of the music and I think it affected the show more than I had allowed for.

I haven't yet started to watch the new season which says a fair bit. But I'll probably catch up in the next couple of months.
ruford42 on January 5th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Aye the latter half is better than the first half. S9 suffers a bit from this as well, though the episodes with Charlie interject some much appreciated geek humor. Otherwise, both s8 and s9 spend a bit of time in basically scene setting -- Though I think the mix of action and geek humor helps the pacing of s9 over s8.
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on January 5th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
The twitter twit was just -- baffling......
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on January 5th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
Having read the twitter exchange out of morbid curiosity I find myself compelled to say that I like Charlie's episodes. I love that she's a female semi-regular in the boys' world and especially that she becomes important to Dean and that romance has no part of it. I also love that as a character, every time we see her, she's increased her knowledge or skills in some way without the boys leading her to it.

So there.
Childlightchildlight on January 6th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
I see your point on the later seasons. I guess I find Dean so handsome that I will watch it anyway. But even with the lacking story lines I have found a few episodes I like.
kit: fanboy_spn_wewinmizkit on January 6th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
Dean's outrageous beauty is about 85% of why I continue to watch. I just like to look at that beautiful face. :)

Also Sam has particularly L'Oreal hair in s8. :)
Alix (Tersa): Supernatural - Priests (iconografia)tersa on January 6th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
I mean, I’m one of those who thinks the show ended with s5 and that they’ve been beating a dead horse, pretty boy style

That's pretty much why my interest has fizzled out.

But I'll keep reading your reviews anyway. Kinda like watching it vicariously through you without having to actually watch it. :)
kit: fanboy_spn_carryonmizkit on January 6th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I'll let you know how it's going in another half dozen episodes or so, then. :)

That's a very funny icon. :)