After reading some of the comments left on her review, I just wanted to cry. Mo is a very good person and doesn’t deserve this crap. No reviewer does. Some forget their humanity when hiding behind a computer. These comments were mechanisms for taking personal potshots and criticizing harshly her integrity as a critic, even though she has years of solid work ahead of this. I recognize it may not have been the most professional review, but why is she not allowed to make a passionate plea for a show that she loves? Why is she not allowed to do something out of turn once in a while? Maybe it’s not her normal behavior, and I’ll admit it was emotionally charged, but did anyone think that perhaps there’s a reason behind the frustration? Benefit of the doubt doesn’t seem to exist in this online world. People just love to trash. Most fans were so receptive to the attention she brought the show when the comments were good. Quite frankly, some of these angry fans scare me.
I know how it is though. I had an issue like Mo once, although on a much much smaller scale. I wrote a off the cuff, misguided review on “Sex and Violence” on my way home from New York Comic Con which pissed off a huge contingent of Dean fans. I wrote that review almost three years ago. People to this day still throw that in my face. Once you piss off some Supernatural fans, you’re scarred for life. Also, I’ve had writers come and go here with great frustrations because Supernatural stopped being the show they fell in love with. Breaking up with a show is hard. It really is like losing a love in a relationship.
I doubt you’ll see Mo writing another thing about Supernatural. Who knows, maybe down the road in season nine or something like that. I know many of you will say “good riddance” but not I. She’s been a fantastic colleague in this fandom and been very good for our show. She may be a professional critic, but she’s also a fan girl too. I’m very, very sad if we lose her and the wisdom she brought to her analysis of Supernatural.
The Mentalists - http://www.aoltv.com/2011/11/05/supernatural-season-7-episode-7-recap/
Slash Fiction - http://www.aoltv.com/2011/10/29/supernatural-season-7-episode-6-recap/
In case you missed it too, here's her article on "Tough Love For Supernatural" which stemmed for our conversation at Chicon along with Lynn and Kathy at Fangasm. I'm quoted in there directly and stand by every word.
As for the other links, Gerry Weaver is the new Supernatural reviewer for Blogcritics (taking the slot I vacated), and I couldn’t be happier. She has a nice, fresh view of the show that’s sorely needed. Read this reply on my recent review of “The Mentalists.” Talk about a refreshing POV.
Here are the links for “Slash Fiction” and “The Mentalists”, as well as a “checkup” on Supernatural season seven so far. All good stuff!
“The Mentalists” - http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-supernatural-the-mentalists/
“Slash Fiction” - http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-supernatural-slash-fiction/
Seventh Season Checkup - http://blogcritics.org/video/article/supernaturals-seventh-season-check-up/
Tina Charles of TV Guide calls “Slash Fiction” her favorite of season seven so far (except for the last scene). She liked “The Mentalists” but is hoping so see some more mythology episodes soon. I can’t disagree with that!
“The Mentalists” - http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/supernatural-2011/episode-7-season-7/the-mentalists/192272
“Slash Fiction” - http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/supernatural-2011/episode-6-season-7/slash-fiction/192272
Here’s Nicole’s reviews on Salted and Burned. I got to spend some time with Nicole in Chicago and I think she’s got an amazing mind for analysis and TV criticism. She certainly knows her X-Files!
“The Mentalists” - http://saltedandburned.com/2011/11/ramblings-on-episode-7x07-the-mentalist-spoilers/
“Slash Fiction” - http://saltedandburned.com/2011/11/ramblings-on-episode-7x06-slash-fiction-spoilers/
I also got to meet SweetOnDean in Chicago too! She has a great review for “The Mentalists” and shows in detail why she loved this episode so much.
Clarissa from TV Overmind loved the season one feel of “The Mentalists” and liked “Slash Fiction” although found the ending disappointing.
“The Mentalists” - http://tvovermind.zap2it.com/supernatural-tv-news/supernatural-season-7-episode-7-the-mentalists-review/102880
“Slash Fiction” - http://tvovermind.zap2it.com/supernatural-tv-news/supernatural-review-season-7-episode-6-slash-fiction-recap/101496
Bekah from Support Supernatural had some great things to say as well about both episodes.
“The Mentalists” - http://www.supportsupernatural.com/s7e7review.htm
“Slash Fiction” - http://www.supportsupernatural.com/s7e6review.htm
I’ve been negligent in sharing this link for a while. Check out the always entertaining “Stream of Consciousness” from Gaelicspirit.
“The Mentalists” - http://gaelicspirit.livejournal.com/125364.html
“Slash Fiction” - http://gaelicspirit.livejournal.com/124765.html
You know, this is terrible for me to lose track, but someone here on this site in some comment shared a link about someone who does visual type reviews on Livejournal. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, please share the link here. I’d love to check those out and recommend for the future.
Share any links I missed here! I know there are plenty. All opinions are welcome too about anything else I’ve said here too, but please, keep it civil. I’d like to see all of us put this ugliness behind us and have a fresh start.
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