Thought I might post my thoughts about seasons 9 and 10 in this forum; seems like a nice community, full of interesting ideas and open minded people (yes, I know it should be a given, but you must be prepared for Everything on the Internet) and I guessed I should speak my mind on what I perceive is a great show currently headed towards oblivion.
I´ve been a fan of Supernatural since 2005, but I´m not into fan fiction (guess I needed to clear that out). The premise of the show captivated me from the beginning; the idea that Every main supernatural belief comes alive and has been interacting with civilization since the dawn of man is a simple, yet exciting, rich and interesting one, in my opinion. However, as the characters evolved, so did my perception. Suddenly, it wasn´t Just about the ghosts and the demons. The supernatural dish, as with every other great thing in life, is complicated: it mixes brotherly love, with great acting chemistry, with a little occult vibe, with very special characters, and with a sexy yet morbid atmosphere, all seasoned with some rock music. It is a special one. I longed to see Sam and Dean every week, going from motel to motel, investigating strange murders, killing gods, angels and fae, then eating a burger, and finally driving that car into the night.
Now, don´t get me wrong, I understand that shows must evolve over time, but...what happened? Seriously, what happened? I just can´t find an answer, and that saddens me. I think Kripke did a good job, and Gamble also delivered (although I would have featured the Leviathans in a more Lovecraftian and less businessmen way); hell, I even liked the first Carver season. However, my thinking now is that Spn has become a parody of itself. Is that my answer to the question? Maybe. It definitely has something to do with it. Maybe nothing happened and I´ve just become too old. But I seriously doubt that. I sincerely believe they (the writers) perceive the spn audience as something different than what it really is. Of course I could be wrong, and they have apparently good ratings after all. But I can see plenty of flaws right now, allow me to express a few of them: I think Castiel is becoming some sort of fan service fetish. Nobody kills Crowley, even when they got perfect chances to do so. Introducing characters like Charlie is fine, but I´m kind of tired of the whole topic (they use the "look how pitiful this character is compared to the boys" topic too much). Speaking of which, I´m sick and tired of them featuring the same characters over and over (I feel confident that this isn´t the last we have seen of Garth, Jody, Charlie, Ellen...). They keep using the same old angels and demons. Admittedly, some of this issues have been going on since way back than season 9. But Season 9 and 10, in particular, feel so much like a soap opera, in my mind. The show features all kinds of magical stuff, but the magic , or at least some of the magic, at its heart, is lost.
If you have been reading up until now, thank you. I want to hear your input on the matter, so please, by all means feel free to answer.