Monday, December 28, 2015

Supernatural Review: Season 7 First Half

It's been three months since my last Supernatural review. Not the quickest amount of time. To be honest, at this point watching Supernatural has started to feel like a bit of a chore. There are times where I actually feel like watching it, but it's far more likely that I'm forcing myself to watch an episode because I know I need to.

That's not to say this season is bad. Overall, I'd say it's a good season. It's just that I've reached the point where I feel like I've seen all of it already, and nothing is new enough to really excite me anymore.

Cas hasn't been in this season since the very beginning. I miss him a lot. I almost feel like I would be enjoying this season more if he were in it, but I don't know if that's true. I probably only think so because he's not there and has become any easy thing to point out and say could make things better.

Sam starts off the season hallucinating about Lucifer, and then that just seems to stop. Aside from a few mentions here or there, it hasn't been talked about since the beginning of the season either. From what has been said, I'm under the impression that Sam is still hallucinating at least sometimes, but it's not a focus of the story anymore. I don't really know what they're doing with that. I would like either some closure or for them to actually deal with it. Maybe they do in the future. I can't possibly know, but even then, it will feel like there was this far too long gap of it being shoved in the background. I don't like that.

Another thing that feels shoved in the background is the leviathans, who are apparently supposed to be the overarching villains in this season, but they don't feel adequately a part of the story. There there, yes. More than Sam's hallucinations at least. But they haven't really done anything major since the beginning of the season either, and they don't feel as threatening as past antagonists despite how much power they apparently have. I know they're influencing a lot of what Sam and Dean are facing this season, but how it's handled just doesn't emphasize the threat they pose for me. The effect of it all just doesn't have me as excited as past threats.

Of course, I can't not talk about Bobby's death in this review. I knew ahead of time that it was coming, so I sensed that this was finally it before it actually happened. I think it was an attempt at shaking things up a little, which I can't blame them for considering my overall feelings about this season so far. To be honest, I'm surprised that happened at the point in the season it did. Because in reality that's only a couple of episodes away from where I am now in the season, but it feels like so much longer. I guess that's a sign of how much it's dragging for me.

None of this is to say that there weren't good points of this season so far. There have been plenty of moments that I enjoyed, but I think the problem is that they've mostly just been moments. It rarely translates into full episodes, and it definitely doesn't translate into the whole season so far.

All of that being said, I don't want this review to read as if I feel extremely negatively about things. I don't. It's more that I don't feel much of anything. Everything is fine. Each episode taken on its own is a fine episode. All of it together though just isn't that remarkable, and while I know I'll watch the rest of the season and the rest of the show, it's become more of a chore than anything now.

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