On the Bubble (Still): Supernatural

Posted on February 27, 2013

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39th Annual People's Choice Awards - PortraitsNine seasons? Really?

Why do I still watch this show?

From the Beginning

We missed the first episode or so of Supernatural, but we have been watching since the first season. As I mentioned in December, 2011, I thought that the overtly Judeao-Christian setting, and the complete and utter disrespect for other cultures was a problem. The war in heaven storyline went on too long. I got restless.

Let me try to clarify my opinion: When you only present a Hebrew/Christian interpretation of the world, you are implicitly saying that all other cultures and religions are wrong – false, nonsensical, obsolete, whatever. You are entitled to that opinion personally, but when you use a TV show to express that, I start getting an itch in my First Amendment.

I mentioned in that previous post about this show an episode called “Hammer of the Gods” (S5, Ep19, April 2010). There was a chance for the series to demonstrate some respect for other cultures and religions. There was a chance for the show to explain why other gods lost their primacy and their power. Instead, we got humor and ridicule, reinforcing that only the Christian faith was worth attention.

And Yet…

And yet, we’re still watching. So what happened?

When the war in heaven storyline ended, Castiel vanished and the Leviathan became the series villain(s) (Sep 30, 2011, “Hello, Cruel World”).

While the Leviathan was specifically tied to mention in the Bible, it was also specifically described as pre-dating Christianity. Since the show made very little mention of Christianity, angels, or demons while fighting the Leviathan, it felt like we were moving away from commenting on real-world religion and getting back to weekly scares.

We got an episode with the wonderful Felicia Day as lesbian hacker geek Charlie Bradbury.

The boys lost an ally when Bobby got shot, but ultimately they overcame the Leviathan.

That was good TV. We really enjoyed the mix of storylines (James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter as a feuding witch couple was priceless).

Now…

This season is all about closing the gate of Hell, forever.

Now, ignoring the complete lack of insight into any kind of philosophy or theology, I’m pretty sure that would end the show. If I remember correctly, the whole premise of the show is that demons get loose (originally, from a non-specific place) and their magic causes monsters and all kinds of problems. So it seems like the show has jumped onto the Gilligan’s Island Syndrome bandwagon.

That would be fine, if they admitted they were wrapping up the series. Hey, after nine seasons, if you want to move on, then I will clap and cry at the series ender and wish you the best of luck. They haven’t said that, though, so I don’t understand what’s going on.

This week, Zeus pays a visit to the series. So, once again, we’re going to see deities from a non-Christian culture. Any chance of insight? Pathos? Compassion? I seriously doubt it, but I hope that I’m surprised.

Thoughts

Have you ever watched a show forever, and one day wondered why you still watched?

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