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15 January 2011 @ 08:24 am
30 Days of Supernatural: Days Three and Four  
Day 3 - Your favorite season

Season Four

THIS SEASON YOU GUYS. THIS SEASON. ♥

Seriously, from the premiere you knew this season was gonna rock it hardcore. It brought something new and different to the mythological arc of the show, upped the stakes with giving Dean Winchester his own storyline that was separate from his brother's but still both were intertwined in this bigger picture, and gave us new and fascinating characters to play around with (Castiel obviously, Uriel, Zachariah, Chuck, Pamela, etc). To me, it was just so well-constructed and developed in plotting out how to handle the entire season, complete with Kripke keeping the angels reveal under wraps until the premiere had aired, it was new and exciting and I was utterly thrilled by it. Surely it was darker and had more angst, and had the Winchesters at odds end and pitted against each other, but that's something that was a necessity for character growth, since their co-dependency is rather unhealthy anyway and they needed some space sooner or later. There was also much discussion and exploration of angels and Heaven and their involvement, the developments of characters like Castiel and their empathy and compassion for humanity and the roles angels in Heaven are playing at and the complexity of their species as a whole.

I consider the fourth season a great blessing because it had everything we needed in completing the story of what we've been learning over the last three seasons. The beginnings of what needs to happen to wrap everything up, so to speak. It was a serious but fascinating season, even the episode titles were bookends of each other ("Lazarus Rising" and "Lucifer Rising", and everything else in between was of the religious theme that brought me much giddiness, not gonna lie) Season four was also when I started to fully engage myself into the show and the fandom itself because of this magnificent shift. Had the show not gone in this direction, I don't know how long I would have stayed with it to be honest with you.

Did I also mention the brilliance of Castiel, our favorite nerdy angel of the Lord? I mean come on, I cannot imagine the show without him at this point. This season brought the amazingness of him and angelical lore, and the incredible friendship and profound bond between Dean and Castiel and their journeys together, therefore it forever has my heart. ♥ ♥ ♥

TL;DR VERSION: I LOVE SEASON FOUR BECAUSE IT ROCKED HARDCORE TO THE MAX, IT BROUGHT EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT A SHOW LIKE THIS TOGETHER IN ONE SEASON. MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, CHARACTER GROWTH AND INTRIGUING ARCS AND THE DARK COMPLEXITY OF CERTAIN SITUATIONS THAT WERE HAPPENING THAT ACTUALLY MADE SENSE WHEN LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE. THAT IS HOW YOU DO A SEASONAL ARC, DAMMIT. LEARN FROM YOUR SUCCESSES SHOW. SO, YEAH. THERE YA GO.


Day 4 - Your least favorite season

Season Six

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, honestly. I have been displeased with this current season so far, hell even way before it premiered I had bad vibes about it since I hated the prospect of having a sixth season to begin with anyway.

Pinpointing the exact issue is rather difficult because it's a combination of many things, though I think at its core it is structurally disorganized. They have great themes and ideas like purgatory and the souls and the civil war in Heaven, but everything is just so scattered and all over the place, there's just no sense of direction whatsoever. There's far too many inconsistencies and characterization flaws and retconning and focusing on things that are irrelevant and aren't needed, that it gets to the point where it surpasses being ridiculous to just not really caring anymore, and that's disappointing. Even though the season isn't done yet and there's still some time to see if it'll redeem itself, it just is a huge letdown and disappointment altogether. I honestly believe that placing Sera Gamble in charge was a huge mistake. Making a sixth season in itself was a huge mistake, because they had something amazing going for them, something that could have ended last season, wrapped everything up in a nice little bow like they had originally wanted. But somewhere mid-S5 is where they lost that potential and started dragging their heels, and it's rather sad seeing it go down this path when it could have gone out with an apocalyptic bang.

Runner up: Season three. While it had its fun moments, it was just a filler season that didn't match up to the atmosphere of the show at all.


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no good eitheralanna_zero on January 15th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, honestly.
LMAO sad but true.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on January 15th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's unfortunate how unsurprising and popular this opinion is regarding the sixth season.
Tinka: Castiel 6x03gwaevalarin on January 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
&hearts and agreement to everything you said about season 4. I just was a brilliant season, and that season (and parts of season 5) is where I go back to, whenever I need to remind myself why I love this show.

While season 6 is a disappointment in many ways, and there are too many stupid decisions and inconsistencies by now to just led it slide, I'm still going to defer my judgement until I've seen all of it. And then I'll decide if I accept it, or if, for me, Supernatural has ended with season 5
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on January 15th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's just, season four was incredible with its build up of mystery and suspense, you were excited and enthralled and on the edge of your seat wanting to know more. It was cleverly constructed that way, and I'm not sure if that was because of the writer's strike that led Kripke to do some thinking about how to advance or further the plot or what, but obviously this concept worked more than any other season, imo.

I'm going to wait and make a final judgment myself, however I still remain that this season just sucks because they keep on with the badfic fillers and not enough of proper structure of the mystery, if you know what I mean. Comparing S4 to S6 it's obvious which one is more superior.
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Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on January 15th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
In my mind, I mesh S1 and S2 together since it kind of combines the entire story of them dealing with family and finding out the mystery of Sam and defeating the Yellow-Eyed Demon, particularly since the S1 finale and S2 premiere were connected to each other and all. But I agree, S2 had plenty of Winchester goodness. I especially loved how we got to see Dean's coping mechanisms after his father's death and how he was dealing with protecting Sammy, which is very different from S1!Dean with him being more lighthearted and carefree. It was a great shift and change for his character, I think. ♥

I know shows, especially shows that go on for several seasons, hit some rough patches. But dammit you'd think this show would have upped themselves from straying away from that instead of heading into the trainwreck it has become now. :/
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on January 15th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
S4 was definitely the best season of the show which made watching S5 so disappointing. All that build up and the payoff was that?! Whatever!

Plus, the introduction of Castiel and his relationship with Dean? MAJOR PLUS!

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, honestly.

LOL! Truer words have never been spoken! At this point, I just don't give shit anymore. I watched six eps. and felt bored to tears and eps. 6.10 with Cas kissing Meg? Ugh! No. Just No! I can only take so much.

They really should have just ended the show at S5 and spared us the clusterfuck that is S6.
Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, the payoff was lousy and sloppy, and I knew midway through the fifth season that they were half-assing everything at that point anyway. Which is a shame, they had something incredible going for them during the fourth season, with the setup and mythology and everything coming together, it was perfect. It really made it seem like they were going for an all-out apocalyptic ending which I honestly would have preferred.

The season is just one clusterfucked trainwreck. :/ It's such a mess.
Tori Sakanaepicycles on January 15th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
S4 was what got me into the show in the first place -- 4.01 is my pilot. :D And I haven't even watched S6 past 6.06...what does that tell you?

Shorter me: I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT
Renée: Castiel/Lucifer. Angels of the Lord.rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
I purposefully skip episodes of this season, what does that tell you? I know that should be bad but seriously, there are episodes I just cannot bother watching because I'm just not interested. I think I only legitimately have liked only two episodes this entire season.
just a small town girl: [supernatural] pensivecarameltrap on January 16th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Every single thing you said about S4, YES. It's my favourite season as well and the best. From the opening episode which started with a bang to that cliffhanger end.

I just sat and watch S6. I have complains about it but I'll save it for after it ends but yeah, stupid filler episodes. This isn't anime where you need stupid filler episodes to fill up the season, show.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
It was just so well-done I cannot help but gush. Surely there were little things that I could have done without, certain episodes or characters, but I think as a whole it was perhaps he most perfectly constructed seasonal arc next to them defeating the YED in S2.

I just wish the show would take itself more seriously especially when dealing with serious seasonal arcs like an apocalypse or the universe being out of whack or even about each other. The one thing that irked me about S5 was how they weren't treating it like it was the end of the world, some episodes they were but others they were just dilly-dallying around.
kaiyote: SPN ▪ heavenlykaiyote on January 16th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
SEASON 4 WAS SO AMAZING. NOT ONLY AS A WHOLE, BUT MOST OF THE EPISODES BY THEMSELVES WERE AMAZING TOO. UGH SEASON 5, HOW COULD YOU DROP THE BALL LIKE THAT. FUUUUU.

About S6... ONE of the many (many) problems I have with S6 is that I ultimately have no idea what it's about.

Like, each previous season there's been a clear focus and overall arc. S1 was finding their dad, S2 was dealing with Azazel & everything, S3 was trying to get Dean from going to Hell, S4 was preventing the seals from breaking, S5 was stopping the apocalypse. But what is the purpose of this season? I seriously could not tell you.

PLUS there's the fact that most of everything on the show this season has been dealt with, even though it feels like NOTHING has been accomplished. I mean... Sam's got his soul, the Campbells (and Lisa) are out of the picture (at least for now), Crowley is dead and he was the only one interested in Purgatory in the first place... most of the alpha monsters should be dead, if Cas killed them all in 6x10... The only thing that hasn't been touched on is the civil war in Heaven.

And while that is so completely relevant to my interests it just seems ridic that they shoved so much bs into the first half of the season that should technically be useless right now. Maybe some of the things will come back later, but it just really feels to me like... what was the point of the first half of the season? It seriously feels like NOTHING has been accomplished. Yeah, Sam got his soul back and everything, but... did it really have to take 'til the mid-season finale to get there? REALLY?
Renée: Castiel. Show some respect.rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
LATTER HALF OF S5 SUCKED BALLS. SEASON FOUR WAS PERFECTION, AND HALF OF SEASON FIVE WAS GREAT AS WELL.

But what is the purpose of this season? I seriously could not tell you.

WORD, JUST FUCKING WORD. I'm pretty much agreeing with all that you wrote in those paragraphs. lol I mean seriously though, they keep jumping all over the place that there's nothing solid to grasp onto. Everything's just scattered thus making me so disinterested, and you're so right. We didn't need an entire half of the first season to be about Sam's soullessness if all Dean needed to do was go to Death. I mean, had Dean actually been worried about his brother's soul he wouldn't have wasted all that time in between. There's no sense of urgency with this show, nothing is being taken seriously. Some episodes yeah, while others it's like "la-dee-da we're dealing with some irrelevant shit"

STOP WASTING OUR TIME SHOW AND GET TO THE POINT OTHERWISE ALL THIS WAS WORTH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, KTHXBAI.
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Becky: SPN: BAMF OF THE LORDbeckytheelf on January 16th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
FUCK YEAH SEASON 444444444! *BREAKS OUT THE JAZZHANDS* ALSO, GOOD GOD, I HOPE WE NEVER GET TO THE AMOUNT OF FOURS I'VE GOT WRITTEN THERE SRY2SAY. Also my second favorite season ever was about half of Season 5. IDK I never really thought of S3 as filler: I thought it was super exciting possibly because my fierce, fine free bitch Ruby 1.0 was there. LOL.
As for S6...it's no secret that I want it gone too. LOL AT OUR LIVES. But srsly, it is such an awful clusterfuck of a season. I thought they were going back to the roots: the roots of what exactly? The days of S1 when everyone was still figuring out what to do with themselves? LOL.

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Renée: Dean/Castiel. Profound bond.rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
SEASON FOUR WAS PLAIN AWESOMENESS RIGHT THERE. And yeah, the first half of the fifth season had its moments and I was really excited for, until they left it all in a ditch and I don't know what happened. FFFFUUUUU SHOW.

KATIE CASSIDY WAS PRETTY MUCH THE HIGHLIGHT OF S3 TO BE HONEST! LOVE LOVE LOVE HER. ♥ THE ONE TRUE FIERCEST RUBY, FOR REALS.

MTE! WHAT ARE THESE ROOTS THEY ARE SPEAKING OF? WHAT "BACK TO BASICS" ARE THEY REFERRING TO? I SEE NOTHING OF THIS, AND REALLY IF IT'S FIGURING OUT ABOUT THEMSELVES SORRY WE'VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. WE SHOULD BE PROGRESSING NOT STEPPING BACKWARD. AND DO WE EVEN KNOW WHAT THIS SEASON IS ABOUT? BECAUSE I DON'T.

JUST MAKE IT ALL ABOUT THE ANGEL CIVIL WAR AND I'LL BE HAPPY, KTHX.
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Renée: Castiel. I'm almost out of minutes!rogueslayer452 on January 16th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
BRAINTWINS Y/Y? ;)

AND YES, EXACTLY. THERE'S CHARACTERIZATION AWESOMENESS AND SEASONAL ARCS INTERTWINED WITH EACH OTHER, IT JUST FLOWED SMOOTHLY WITH THOSE SEASONS AND IT MADE YOU INTRIGUED WITH HOW THINGS WERE GONNA BE SOLVED AND WHATNOT. THEN IT ALL TURNED INTO A PILE OF "WTF?" AND SUCH A TRAINWRECK. THEY HARDLY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE ANYMORE AND IT SHOWS.

SADLY, I ALSO AGREE. SEEING CASTIEL GET CHARACTER ASSASSINATED IS PAINFUL AND I LOVE HIM TOO MUCH TO SEE HIM GET MISTREATED. :(
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