I found this article particularly perfect in it's timing, since I was getting ready to kick off a series of articles leading up to Comic Con about season seven. The series is called, "Closing the Door on Supernatural Season 7." In this first installment, my dear friend Mo Ryan has done it again!
For those that don't know this story, Mo Ryan is a nationally renowned TV critic and was the first major name to give "Supernatural" weekly reviews and the spotlight. She fell in love with this show and became a major fan. She still thinks "Supernatural" season four critically is one of the best on record. However, come the second half of season six, she could see the problems. It's one thing when I notice such things, but when a national critic does, that speaks volumes. Come the middle of season 7, Mo couldn't take anymore and dropped her "Supernatural" reviews. Her critical commentaries before then though drew HUGE backlash from this overprotective fandom, and she and those fans didn't part amiciably. I found the whole thing rather disappointing, for she was only speaking the truth. Sadly, the truth hurts.
Mo has decided to come back and offer her thoughts about season 7 overall, especially since she like me has high hopes for what Jeremy Carver will bring to season 8. Jeremy Carver has his coming out party next week at Comic Con so now is the time to reflect. Mo even quoted me in my "A Deeper Look at Season Seven Dean Winchester" and "A Deeper Look at Season Seven Sam Winchester" articles, agreeing wholeheartedly that the characterization of season 7 was awful. It should be noted, that those two articles on this site have easily become our most commented ever. It isn't just me or Mo that sees the issues. Many fans are aware as well, and that only intensifies the pressure on Jeremy Carver for season 8.
Here are some of Mo's finer points:
- She thinks that season seven had the right materials, but they all didn't come together to make anything practical. She did a great analogy about stairs. All the pieces to make stairs were in front of you, but you didn't get stairs.
- The Leviathan failed as villains. A term she often brought up in her review was "resonance" and the Leviathan lacked that.
- Prior seasons did a really good job of tying each episode together and building off of one another. This didn't happen in season seven. I was particularly struck how she mentions that paying attention to clues used to be fun and they gave you a payoff. I recall earlier this season when I paid attention to clues and came up with a theory, turned out that there were not clues and it didn't mean anything. Talk about a major disappointment.
- This is a repeat of her criticism from last season, but killing off characters has gotten pointless. The return of Ghost! Bobby was particuarly a major fail, and she commended Jim Beaver, Jensen Ackles, and Jared Padalecki for at least making some of it work.
- Why was Meg brought back? It didn't seem like she belonged. Kevin Tran also turned out to be a stereotype.
- This: "In Season 7, for the most part, "Supernatural" was like a cover band, rehashing old themes and conflicts without enough creativity, energy, vision or passion."
Anyway, I IMPLORE every one of you read this article. If you have thoughts, I highly suggest leaving Mo a comment on what you think. She really does love getting constructive feedback. Also share here what you think of Mo's opinion. There's going to be a few more in the coming week, so let's send off season seven with a bang.
Okay, maybe not this bang. Or maybe this is accurate?