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7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine

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It was never 'natural', but courtesy of season nine it's not even 'super' anymore...

7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine ...

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was somewhat synonymous for its quotable dialogue (among a number of other things).  Most importantly though, it perfectly demonstrated the role of the protagonist and the strife of the hero, a bond that was, for all its darkness, somewhat morbid. However, no one character epitomised this more than Mr. Harvey Dent, the charismatic politician turned bittered villain Two-Face. And yet, before his untimely demise, Mr. Dent ushered one of the most powerful lines of modern film history (well, in this writer's humble opinion at least):

“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”.

Of course, in this instance Mr. Dent was addressing the issue of Julius Caesar’s famous betrayal at the hands of his own people, but the quote in itself is poignant enough to extend across almost any discipline or genre; and, while it pains me to say so, I feel it perfectly articulates my feelings towards Eric Kripke’s once wonderful Supernatural series.

Sorrow, I feel you...

Where once I was captivated, now I grow tired. Dean and Sam Winchester have battled, bloodied and blundered their way through almost every imaginable form of monster (and some unimaginable for that matter) and have done so with authentic gravitas throughout. However, as I drag myself through season nine of the aptly named series, I cannot - in all seriousness - see how it has anything left in the tank. Worse still, for the first time in my involvement with the show I am having to coax myself into watching the next episode, having been thoroughly disappointed by each previous week.

Now, while I cannot bring myself to write a documented piece on the pros and cons of the Winchesters adventures, I can give some incredibly strong reasons why Ackles (Dean), Padalecki (Sam) and co should walk away after the penultimate episode of Season nine...instead of continuing into season 10, 11 or beyond (as Padalecki seemed to hint at while at the San Diego Comic Con 2013).

Oh, and for the record this isn’t an easy piece to write… in fact it pains me to do so. It’s like the end to Of Mice and Men, but with less talk of rabbits...

1. A complete lack of plot or strength of writing

Supernatural does Oz...are you for real?!

Over the years I lorded Supernatural above all other fantasy series because of one thing...the strength of its writing. As the show unraveled Eric Kripke established himself as a master of the written arts, an individual with such an acute knowledge of the supernatural that every episode he produced was golden.

For me, cracks began to appear when Kripke stepped away from writing and left the show (from season seven) in the hands of previous executive producers Sera Gamble and Robert Singer. Episodes appeared to lose their balance, with the boys emotional journey now running precedent and originality waning thin.

Season nine, in my honest opinion, has personified these issues, and it’s destroying the show. As I’ve worked my way through the season - which I had fallen desperately behind on - I found myself experiencing an emotion I had never before with Supernatural...boredom. Heck, when things seemed at their darkest I was forced to endure a truly ridiculous episode about Oz, the Wizard and Dorothy’s real identity. I mean come on guys...are you kidding me?

The mark of Cain and the first blade story has my interest, but the crap we’re having to endure round the edges is souring even that. Direction has to be readdressed asap, so Mr. Kripke, if you’re reading, come back to help your sinking ship.

2. An inability to kill off anyone properly

No sooner was Kevin Tran killed off was he brought back as a ghost...

The most shocking moments of any series are when invested characters - ie characters that you have grown to love and expect to see on a weekly, or at least fortnightly, basis - are killed off...but it at least keeps things fresh. For instance, look at HBO’s incredibly successful series Game of Thrones - the show has killed off its biggest and most featured characters on a regular basis; but it is this shock factor that keeps you hooked.

As Supernatural fans we have come to expect a certain bit of continuity after death, as this is a book that can be written accordingly to suit its producers, writers and anyone else with investment in the show. However, such is the absurdity of the shows resurrections that it has gone beyond a joke now.

Killing Kevin Tran off in episode nine of the season was a truly shocking move, but one that pumped life into the series. It was a bold move, but something of its magnitude was needed to get the show moving once more. And yet, before Dean Winchester could usher his promise of revenge for Kevin’s death, the character reappeared...as a ghost. Worse still, his inclusion later on in the series seems almost certain, what with his soul being kept alongside his mother courtesy of a pocket-watch.

It. Loses. All. Its. Emotional. Effect. If. The. Character. Never. Truly. Dies. If no-one that has seen more than two or three episodes can be killed off properly, what am I watching for? What real threat exists? Who cares if Abadon wins...all our characters will still feature, just perhaps as ghosts or wandering spirits.

So guys...please stop altering supernatural folklore to suit your lack of originality. It’s getting boring real fast.

3. Just how many blows to the head can the boys endure?

Oh no...Sammy has been knocked unconscious again. Will he be OK? Haha, of course he will...

While this isn’t a fault of which season nine is purely responsible, it has suddenly dawned on me...and now I can’t get round it.

Think back for a minute...how many times have Dean and Sam Winchester been knocked out cold by a blunt instrument? Lets just say from season seven upwards… ten? Twenty? Thirty times? As such, just how has neither brother sustained some form of serious trauma? Other than mild concussion?

Metal pipes, chairs, baseball bats...the boys have been hit with them all, and bar a brief period of unconsciousness, both seem to shake it off pretty fast. Are their heads made of reinforced titanium? Perhaps season ten will unveil a plot that shows both are actually descendants of Wolverine, hence feature an Adamantium skeleton, or at least cranium? Whatever the case, it’s laughable.

I’m not saying I want to see season ten upwards (if the show makes it that far) featuring a paraplegic Winchester, but I would like to see the boys show some form of recognisable trauma...perhaps occasional memory loss, or the odd migraine or two? Just something to prove that, despite all the demonic/angelic possession and hellish mutation, the Winchester’s are still some part human.

4. The lack of new characters

Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard play Castiel and Crowley respectively. But isn't it time for a fresh face?

Castiel, Crowley, Metatron… all once seemingly on the verge of leaving, or being written out, and yet all key players in season nine.

While I love each and every one - Mark Sheppard’s portrayal of Crowley in particular is one that gets better and better - the show’s lack of character progression is leaving a rather stale taste in the mouth.

If rumours are to believed, however, a new character is to be introduced towards the very end of the season, one that may pave the way for a Supernatural spin-off. If this is true, it’s an interesting development - after all, a clean break would allow the producers to press the metaphorical reset button - but as a Supernatural fan it’s upsetting. The show is in need of improvement now, not at the very end. It’s a sick marketing ploy and I’m not falling for it.

5. The humourless joke that is Dean and Sam’s own mortality

Hey, don't cry Jared Padalecki...Jensen Ackles can't die remember?

Heaven hates them. Hell hates them. Most people on earth learn to hate them. Simply put, the Winchesters aren’t the most loveable of brothers. And yet, their friendship, their love, their on/off relationship is what brings us, the fans, back...week in, week out.

Over the course of its running we’ve seen the Winchesters defeat the most challenging of foes, from Lucifer himself to pretty much all of Heaven, and on occasions the boys have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

But actually...they haven’t.

You see, unlike the rest of mankind the rules of death don’t apply to the Winchesters. When one dies the other finds a spell, trades his soul or agrees a deal with any willing demon/angel in exchange for the brothers return. On one rare occasion we found out that Sam had given up on bringing his brother back and for once, the brothers appeared mortal.

Conversely though, season nine returned to the usual blueprint...and I for one groaned at the predictability once more. As Sam lies dying in a coma, Dean makes a deal with an Angel to heal him from the inside. Furthermore, this is just after big brother Dean had stopped his brother from closing the gates of heaven and hell to keep him alive.

Now, I appreciate that Dean and Sam are vital elements of the show. More so, the existence of Supernatural really does rely heavily on their involvement, as one would struggle to operate without the other (mainly as Ackles and Padalecki bounce so well off each other). However, the ambiguity of the pairs mortality means that its hard to take any threat seriously. Thinking back, I can think of at least three separate occasions where one has brought the other back from death's door. Worryingly, the Winchesters are regularly proving more immortal than angels and demons themselves...how can that be?

Honestly, I have no idea how this can be fixed without killing off one or other brother, but I feel the time has come for a change, of sorts, to this ridiculous formula.

6. The ease in which Dean and Sam seem to be ending their villains

A scene from S9E12 of Supernatural, Sharp Teeth...

The Supernatural formula has always been pretty similar - one main villain for the series; a litter of supernatural pawns to deal with on a weekly basis, and a few emotional moments peppered in between. Thing is, of recent the boys battles have required them even to break a sweat.

Like Steven Seagal, the Winchesters are disposing of their aggressors with minimal effort (Seagal’s was more to do with the expanding gut, and saw him using more weapons thus reducing the risk of breathlessness as a result of physical combat) and it’s a worrying trait. While the episodes remain the same length, the amount of time the brothers spend in peril before ending their supernatural foe is at an all time low. Particular thoughts must fall to the Reverend’s wife in S9:E12, ‘Sharp Teeth’, which was a painfully poor end to an interesting enough episode concept.

Ultimately, I’d like to see more peril, actual threat, and more strain in ending lives. Is that to much to ask?

7. Snooki

Snooki guest starring in Supernatural...

Does this need explaining? The show has got so low that Jersey Shore’s Italian meatball Snooki is guest starring as a demon. No joke.

What next… The Situation as an arch-angel? Ronnie as Gremlin? Please...stop bastardising our show guys.


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#1 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Luciano Coppini 2014-04-23 19:39
Im trying not to be angry but how could I? It seems that you have lost every bit of feeling for the show. I recommend you top watching it. I love the show, albeit some stories make me question the writers sanity (Slumber Party), the episodes are still extremely entertaining. Personally my favourite season was actually 8 although I loved all the rest. Season 9 is great but has many fillers, going back to season 1, I guess (something that has been begged, for from many fans). Just last nights episode was actually a filler, but fudge, it was one hell of an amazing filler. Also regarding the blows to the he'd, I agree they had a lot, but then how many times did Cas or some other angel or whatever, heal them for whatever reason? They won't just be healing one injury but everything, probably even the harmful bacteria are killed lol.
Another thing, you make it seem that Metatron is such an old character, when he actually got introduced at the end of season 8, so he is still new. Then there is Abbadon, Benny and a number of recurring new characters.
And death is a heat theme on the show but if a resurrection can be pulled off successfully, then why not. Look at Bobby although he made other returns he is still quite dead.
Mate if you are going to ***** about such an amazing show that reacquires many more amazing seasons, then STOP WATCHING!!!!
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#2 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine cheryl42 2014-04-23 19:46
Goodness quit watching!
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#3 Bravo! Ziggy 2014-04-24 08:38
I could not agree more. For me, the show got boring after the first angel season, but I keep forcing myself to watch just to see how it ends. Unfortunately, I really am just forcing myself to go on with little enjoyment. Sure, the occasional episode is good, but as you pointed out, there is no suspense anymore. Any fear we once had that a main character would die and STAY DEAD has been squashed by everyone's apparent invincibility (unless they're female). I mean, if you're going to bring characters back to life, why not Jo and Ellen? Why not John? Oh, right, fangirls don't like female characters and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is too expensive now. But I digress. Kudos to you for posting this article. I feel like I'm setting myself up for execution any time I say anything negative about how tedious the show has become.
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#4 Please Quit Viewing!!!! Susan Ladigo 2014-04-24 16:54
Why in heaven's name would you continue to keep watching if you are this dissatisfied with the show? Are there not enough options out there that you cannot just go find one of them to shower you opinions on and stop shitting all over our show. I for one just love this show and if you are "forcing" yourselves to watch just what does that say about you? So someone is holding a gun to your head, chaining you to the sofa with the remote out of reach and eyeballs taped opened so you have no other option. I feel so very sorry for you and please, first chance you get, go get some therapy because you are in dire need of some. JMO
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#5 It's an opinion piece... Author 2014-04-24 19:27
Quoting Susan Ladigo:
Why in heaven's name would you continue to keep watching if you are this dissatisfied with the show? Are there not enough options out there that you cannot just go find one of them to shower you opinions on and stop shitting all over our show. I for one just love this show and if you are "forcing" yourselves to watch just what does that say about you? So someone is holding a gun to your head, chaining you to the sofa with the remote out of reach and eyeballs taped opened so you have no other option. I feel so very sorry for you and please, first chance you get, go get some therapy because you are in dire need of some. JMO


Thanks for your comment. Not sure I agree I need therapy for sticking with a series that I love in the hope that it improves...but we're all entitled to our opinions Mrs Susan Freud...I mean Ladigo.

Yes, there ARE other series out there, but should this excuse Supernatural's dire performance of late? Are you sure you're not Sera Gamble working incognito?

Like Ziggy's comment, I WANT - neigh, pray - that the show picks up again...thus why I stay. I loved Supernatural from the start, but the script is so vague and ridiculous I cannot see past its problems.

But please...enlighten us. What EXACTLY do you like about the series? All the points are made are very obvious throughout...would you not agree?
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#6 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Buffy Fan 2014-04-24 20:43
I got bored before the first season was over.
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#7 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Storyaddict69 2014-04-24 22:23
you've made some good points. The writing hasnt been at the top of its game for a long time. I feel they do a lot of rehashing of old storylines. They seem to rewrite canon to support their whims. I did hate that they brought in snooki. I actually hate that they've killed off so many characters. In the first few years it was like shock and awe now its just disappointing because damn they really couldve taken the show in a NEW direction.

I think thats what bothers me the most is that they never take in new possible directions and relay on what previous writers have done and just re-do it over and over again.

I myself havent been watching because I'm not happy with yet again ANOTHER brother angry at the other brother angst to rile up fans and keep them watching. I'm sorry but there are more creative ways to add drama and angst without doing the same storyline over and over again.

I do still love the show and I suppose thats why I havent been able to watch the last so many episodes. Though I am planning to binge watch after the season is over,its not as must see tv as it used to be for me.

I would love for supernatural to continue ,but at the same time I dont want the writers to continue to rehash storylines or rewrite the history of the show or the brothers. I miss the amazing storytelling that we had in the first few seasons.,but if they dont get more creative the show is going to become stale.

I still want there to be hope for my fav show. I want it to succeed. I dont want to give up completely I want to be heard so that they improve the show and make it even more kick ass then it was in the first few seasons. but at the same time its making me sad that the creativity has went down. I want better for my fav show...but i'm starting to wonder if better might also mean the end. :(
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#8 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine KT 2014-04-25 14:57
even though I agree with some of your points, I still find the show satisfying and look forward to each new episode. some I find a little lacking but some fulfill my high expectation. Jensen creating a new Dean with the mark of Cain is very exciting to me. Jared is doing great at reversing the role of caretaker/watcher of Dean.
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#9 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural Victoria 2014-04-25 17:35
How about AXE the writers and get some new energy!! Don't axe the show!! I love Supernatural and I love Sam & Dean. I agree the writing lacks a lot, but the boys do the very best they can with what they have to work with - they are both fantastic actors and because of them Sam & Dean are truly alive to a huge fandom. There are some really great fanfiction writers out there and their stories are so much better, they stay true to cannon, they love the brothers and they keep the show bearable with their missing scenes and episode extensions.....maybe the show runners should take a look at fanfiction. I personally hope the show continues for many more years, because I truly can't bear to think of it ending, but I do hope for better writers and better episodes. They deserve it and we, as undying fans, deserve it. No way this show should be axed!! Just go back to monster of the week and Sam & Dean taking care of the family business and take care of each other!! That's what the fans fell in love with!
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#10 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Juliana 2014-04-25 21:27
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but if you OBVIOUSLY don't enjoy the show anymore just stop watching it, that's pretty much all you have to do. There's no need to write an article about how the show should be axed when there's still obviously a pretty big fanbase that does still enjoy the show quite a lot and is looking forward to the new season. Both my sister and I used to be huge fans of the show, however my sister is one of those fans who thinks the show should have ended with season five, so you know what she did? she just stopped watching the show! and lo and behold! she didn't die or in any way suffered permanent emotional damage. And so I stuck through the less loved seasons 6 and 7, and now I'm once again totally in love with the new direction of the show. And we both are perfectly happy to let the other one to their own opinion. So, have whatever opinions about the show that you want to have, but don't presume to talk for the entire fandom and proclaim the show should be cancelled just because YOU don't enjoy it anymore.
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#11 9 seasons is 4 too long joey 2014-04-26 00:41
I really liked the show for about 5 years and when they
had a season finale,it was excellent and it should
have stopped then,but since the show was a money
maker for the network they kept on continuing it &
continuing it & continuing it and.....well you get my
point.
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#12 Hmm.... deargoodbye 2014-04-26 06:19
I actually do agree that Supernatural should be reaching some sort of ending point. I've of course felt that way since season five concluded. How in the world is it possible to top the devil? As long as there are viewers and the actors continue to sign on for seasons I don't see it ending. It can't come as a complete shock that they're going to have a season ten. I read awhile ago that both Jared and Jensen had signed on through season ten. So unless viewership seriously dropped off the show would at least continue through then.

As one of those said viewers I have to say I don't agree with your assessment and not because I believe that Supernatural will continue until I'm wrinkled and grey. Since season six I have enjoyed those individual episodes you seem to dislike so much. A whole lot more than the overall plot for the season. To this day my favorite episode is clap your hands if you believe and I absolutely despised the overall plot for that season. Not as much as the leviathan plot but it was pretty much on par with that.

Honestly the only way I see this show ending well is with the last season revolving around God. I have hope that's what season ten is leading up to with the angel business but I'm not putting too much stock into that. What I am looking forward to most is to see if this spin-off gets picked up. I think it could prove to be incredibly interesting. They would obviously be exploring a different angle. I've just read a bunch of articles and comments so I'm not sure if it was within this article or another that I saw someone compare the spin-off to the Originals. As a viewer of all three shows (although my viewership of the Originals has dropped off) I can't help but disagree.

Supernatural has always been a world all it's own where the monsters are evil and the hunters are good. There hasn't been much room for grey area. We see it occasionally but it's spotty -at best-. I can't wait to see how exactly the writers go about justifying these characters to the viewers. I've gotten off topic though, this isn't about the spin-off it's about Supernatural. A show that I love endlessly, but I find myself wondering year after year for the past four years when enough will be enough. I was an avid fan of Smallville when it was on. Sure, I stopped watching a few seasons but when I picked it up again I was enthralled. Maybe that was because I wasn't quite as jaded as regular viewers but I thought they definitely did a good job of keeping the fans on their toes. I just hope that maybe when Supernatural has it's final season it will be satisfying enough that I can forgive the unimaginably terrible plots of the last several seasons and just enjoy the individual episodes.
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#13 Sort of agree... Adam Zacks 2014-04-26 07:51
I love supernatural with every fibre in my body!! Wen I heard season 6 and more was coming I was over the moon!! But I can totally relate to every comment made in that report, I'm sure most supernatural fans feel at least one of the seven points, we all now have very very high expectations for the final episodes, I totally relate with the deaths points!
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#14 Oh it's true... Akacia Darnell 2014-04-26 07:52
I completely agree with this article! Supernatural is by far my favorite show ever, but these latest episodes are not even close to how the show started in season 1. I have always loved learning about the different lore and legends people in various cultures believe in, but now, it is all about the brothers fighting and killing the occasional vampire nest. Bring back more variety where the audience is left guessing how to stop the new creature in the night.
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#15 The third part... Elena Heinisch 2014-04-26 07:53
So much truth in the third part. Last episode, when Sam was captured and bleeding for hours, he looked like he was gonna collapse any minute (afterwards he seemed fine)... Like jfc, give him a rest. Or a cracker, at the very least.
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#16 Thank you! Eva 2014-04-26 14:09
You made some very good points and I agree with most of what you've written.

I'll add that the Winchester brothers have become secondary characters in their own show in favour of angels, demons and guest stars. The horror is missing, the show isn't scary anymore and there's a notable lack of comedic episodes. I fell in love with its sense of humour but now it has totally evaporated.

I still watch because of Jensen and Jared but I don't recognize Sam and Dean anymore. The canon has been twisted and changed so much that it's like watching a totally different show. I don't enjoy it and I'm not excited for a new episode each week like I was before.

I wish it ended in a good note, painful as it would be to see Sam and Dean go, rather that keep it longer while it dies slowly leaving an ugly corpse, nothing to do with the beautiful SPN we loved.
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#17 Agree. wendigo 2014-04-26 18:48
I used to scoff at everyone who said Supernatural should have ended at season 5, but now I find myself sitting firmly in that camp. It pains me to say this, but I have stopped watching. I always thought I would stick it out to the end no matter how bad it got (because really, how bad could it get?) but as I'm writing this I'm 8 episodes behind on season 9 and I have no desire to watch any further.

This show sold me on the bond between two badass brothers driving around in their badass car hunting monsters to a classic rock soundtrack. There was a lovely gritty, blue-collar feel to the show, like Sam and Dean were a couple modern-day whiskey-soaked cowboys. And while there was occasionally tension between the brothers, the heart of the show was that they had each other's backs no matter what. And even when they were fighting, in the early seasons you still got the impression that they legitimately enjoyed each others company.

I don't get that anymore. Supernatural has become this hollow husk of a show. The writers have cut out and discarded the heart and left this shell of pop culture references, boring (convoluted) plots, zany side characters that I don't give a shit about (because they're going to die and come back again anyway), uninteresting villains, and rehashed brother angst. Sam and Dean don't even act or feel or sound like Sam and Dean anymore.

I'm so, so disappointed in the way Carver is running the show now. This is the guy who wrote Mystery Spot! Christ, I think all involved need to sit down and marathon the first 3 seasons and remind themselves of what made this show good.

The angels should have been jettisoned at the end of season 5, because their continued inclusion in the central arcs of the show are to its detriment. The writers are juggling three different conflicts and none of them are compelling. They've completely abandoned the urban legend, ghost-hunting, folklore that made the show great. There's no effort put into hunts anymore. It's all just 'stab an angel or a demon'. And you know, I would be kind of okay with it if at least the writing for the brothers was strong - because I can get trimming back on the detective aspects of hunting to focus on Sam and Dean's emotional arcs.

But the writing for them sucks, too.

It's a goddamn shame. Supernatural was my favourite show. But the jokers on the writing staff have killed it and are beating its poor corpse. I can only hope after it finally ends that Jared and Jensen move on to bigger and better things.

And to everyone yelling at the author to 'just stop watching then, omg why are you complaining so much': The writers hearing nothing but praise for the crap they are putting on screen is part of the reason why we're here in the first place. Criticism is important. It shines a light on the (numerous) flaws with the show. And while I don't have any hope for its improvement, criticism is the only way they can know what is wrong and attempt to fix it. If they attempt to fix it. I don't think they will.

Goodbye, Supernatural. I'm going to pretend you ended at season 3.
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#18 Agree 100% Lilo 2014-04-28 01:07
To all the angry Supernatural fans once again frothing at the mouth and lashing out with insults because OMG SOMEONE DARED HAVE A DISSIDENT OPINION(!!!1):

1. Grow up and stop posting angry, hateful messages at people who happen to disagree with your ass kissing.

2. YOU make the series look worse than it is.

3. The dissidents ARE correct.

The writers are horrible, the characters are FLAT, and it's mostly a comedic show now. IF THEY AREN'T GOING TO DO A COMPLETE OVERHAUL AND GET RID OF THE CURRENT 'WRITING' TEAM LET THE SHOW DIE WITH WHAT DIGNITY REMAINS IN IT.

Now come on over-the-top SPN fans, hit me with all your nasty little messages like you do to everyone who disagrees. Come make little angry fools of yourselves.

OP: Agree with you 100%. On all points. Good post.

Ending point: We are so screwed when longtime producer Robert Singer leaves next year. The show is going to spastically twitch until death.
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#19 Agree Chris 2014-04-28 07:16
Although I do still watch the show and enjoy it for the most part, it is not the show it once was. Seasons 1-5 were by are the best in every way, from then on they have just got poorer and poorer. I have to say that this is nothing to do with the acting, but rather inconsistent script writing and poor character development. It makes me quite sad really.
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#20 Debbie Downer Strikes Again crosscris 2014-04-28 13:09
Something must be really wrong with me? I'm still enjoying the show each week and Supernatural is top of the ratings leader board for CW shows. Maybe Luke should find something else to watch and stop spoiling it for the rest of us by blabbing about ending the series. My only issue is the constant breaks and reruns during a season in order to run the finale in Sweeps Week. Ruins momentum. The MoC and Dark Dean has my toes curling. Can't WAIT for season 10. Go watch something else Luke. There are a zillion other shows. Leave mine alone!
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#21 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Sara 2014-04-28 23:26
It's not being axed after S9. They've already been renewed through 10. So if you want to see it go, realistically speaking, that would be the one you'd want to see as being the last. It's what I'm hoping for, mainly because I want to see Jensen Ackles in a well-written vehicle that iscommensurate with his present skills and talent level and Supernatural simply doesn't fit that bill anymore for me. I hope that 10 will be the last, and that the actors will all move on.
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#22 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine GlaceEx 2014-05-20 01:12
Quoting crosscris:
Something must be really wrong with me? I'm still enjoying the show each week and Supernatural is top of the ratings leader board for CW shows. Maybe Luke should find something else to watch and stop spoiling it for the rest of us by blabbing about ending the series. My only issue is the constant breaks and reruns during a season in order to run the finale in Sweeps Week. Ruins momentum. The MoC and Dark Dean has my toes curling. Can't WAIT for season 10. Go watch something else Luke. There are a zillion other shows. Leave mine alone!

They have the breaks in seasons cause of a new law making it so they can't air new episodes during holidays actors have off, it's annoying...
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#23 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Brandy 2014-05-20 19:06
The show has the highest ratings right now in 4 years. This season has been so exciting. I'm in awe that they can still keep us on the edge of our seat and wanting more after 9 years. Bravo Supernatural!!
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#24 Mr Bruce Impelizeri 2014-05-21 07:27
PLEASE ENOUGH WITH ALL THE BORING ANGEL CRAP with CAss and so on.... bring the damn apocalapse already , WORLD WAR, mayhem panic!! Start bringing the real God into the script and make Oprah God in the final episode!!! haha
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#25 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Casey Inscoe 2014-05-21 08:13
1 reason Supernatural should continue on... Supernatural Season 9 Finale...
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#26 Angels & demons--boring! dolly 2014-05-21 17:25
After watching a few episodes of those gotta save mankind--destroy the demons! Bad angels all over the place! (BORING!) I just couldn't take it anymore & have stopped watching a show I used to enjoy very much. (Supernatural)

Get rid of them, pleasssse.
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#27 Angels & demons--boring! dolly 2014-05-21 17:30
BORING angel & demon story episodes DIE ALREADY! And do NOT come back to life!.
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#28 SPN Jules 2014-07-23 00:48
I agree with some of your points, and after going through some of the comments, a lot of valid points are made. There are some major inconsistencies with the show, and they have lessened in a somewhat large degree the enjoyment of the show. But that doesn't mean that the show should be Axed, per se. I have been a loyal and devoted fan through all nine seasons, and I am anxiously awaiting the return of season 10. Jared and Jensen are both amazing actors, and without them the show wold most likely have lost most, if not all, of its credit. But their acting and devotion has kept the show alive. I feel that there are things that could be changed that would bring back the essence of the show that was there in the first five seasons, and they very well might be addressed in season 10. Supernatural has an extremely large fan base and I am positive that it is not ready to say good bye to our show. My advice is to find a new show and hope that season 10 will exceed your expectations. THEN, maybe the love you had for the show would come back. In my opinion, the show almost never managed to disappoint.
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#29 The biggest hole in your argument Mr.Suit 2014-07-29 16:06
3. Just how many blows to the head can the boys endure?
MY GOD!! you say that as if Sam didn't spend half a season which is around half a year with an gel possesing him healing ALL HIS WOUND, not just the trial damage but any possible brain damafe he might have had from previous fights, and then and an entire day with cas in a healing session to heal all of his wounds and whatever was left unhealed

And then you completely forget that Dean is now a demon so his wounds, are either healed, or suppressed and he is now immortal

And you forget they have beeen resurrected with brand new bodies before and professional fighters take more blows in the head than they have since resurrected, heck even more than in the entire show

think things through, damn it!
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#30 wellp... caro 2014-10-10 21:48
I agree, especially the thing with Snooki. Its not funny, it's not cute, it's just stupid. I really wish Kripke would come back and slap them into shape with a kickass episode this season. I feel like the real story ended at the end of season 5, except I like to imagine that Sam never really came back soulless, that Dean just followed Sam's wishes and had a good life with a good family, with a good, painful, hole in it. The stuff after that was decreasingly amazing fanfiction, but I mean hey, I'll take anything it just doesn't ruin it for me as much as it does for you because to me, it's only fanfiction 8p anyway, good points, kinda miss the old, creative monster of the week eps, they were great in season 1. Will always LOVE the actors!
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#31 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Christian 2014-10-31 21:50
Quoting Ziggy:
Any fear we once had that a main character would die and STAY DEAD has been squashed by everyone's apparent invincibility (unless they're female). I mean, if you're going to bring characters back to life, why not Jo and Ellen? Why not John? Oh, right, fangirls don't like female characters.


Let me remind you that Jo and Ellen are brought back to life in 'My Heart Will Go On' as Balthazar changes the past, and Jo is brought back in 'Defending Your Life' when Osiris is weighing Dean's guilt...
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#32 The truth fallen 2014-11-08 20:17
What makes shows great are how we remember them. Shows need to end and not run forever. This ic coming from a smallvill/ battlestar and Naruto a ll good things come to and end why run it in to the dirt.
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#33 disappointed paige 2014-11-30 06:12
I unfortunately agree with you. there's a huge difference in the quality of season 9, and it is really disappointing. I really hope it gets better, but if it doesn't, I understand. they have 8 absolutely incredible seasons under their belt, which is a huge accomplishment if you ask me. it's gotta end sometime. and I would rather it end strong than end weak.
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#34 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Ana 2015-01-24 11:12
I completely agree. I still watch because I'm still attached to the characters and am eager to get some closure. Will sam ever have a normal life? Can dean recover from all this crap? Will cas ever find a place to belong on heaven or earth? I hope so for all of this but "the road so far" has been redundant and boring. Get to the destination already.
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#35 way over due cindy 2015-02-07 23:39
I feel like it should have ended around season 4. Ruby and Castiel was the death knell and it never seemed the same after Kim Manners died....
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#36 way over due cindy 2015-02-07 23:41
It was over by season four...... I love Dean/Jensen Ackles but that's still not enough to keep watching. Castiel is boring and Jared Padalecki even after all these years still can't act..... It's embraced the Glee audience to keep it going and now it's just embarrassing....
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#37 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Blazin 2015-04-04 00:52
Quoting Susan Ladigo:
Why in heaven's name would you continue to keep watching if you are this dissatisfied with the show? Are there not enough options out there that you cannot just go find one of them to shower you opinions on and stop shitting all over our show. I for one just love this show and if you are "forcing" yourselves to watch just what does that say about you? So someone is holding a gun to your head, chaining you to the sofa with the remote out of reach and eyeballs taped opened so you have no other option. I feel so very sorry for you and please, first chance you get, go get some therapy because you are in dire need of some. JMO


How very passive aggressive of you.

Season's 1-5 of Supernatural is some of the finest TV you will ever get too see. Unfortuntely after Kripke left they decided that the crazies that Kripke use to actively make fun off would be the new target audience. I call them the "Becky's". Now the Becky's are in control and in communication with the writers through social media the show is barely recognisable from what it once was.

And yes I have stopped watching since season 8. But I am still annoyed that whenever I reccomend supernatural to people that actually give a shit about story and not just how "pretty the boys are" I have to emphasise that they should stop watching at the end of season 5.
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#38 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Arno Makna 2015-04-07 22:41
LET IT BE

(This comment could mean a number of different things, take it as you will)
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#39 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Jess 2015-06-03 14:23
You've made some good points, but we actually have different tastes. I'm still enjoying it, more or less, and I'm going to admit that it also pisses me off at the same time, especially this latest season. I'm a big fan of this thing about angels and demons, it has always fascinated me, so I'm still more or less okay with it. I've fallen in love with the secondary characters, such as Crowley and Castiel, and yes, I am going to agree with you that they've had too many close calls that it just gets annoying and, no matter how much I love seeing Castiel (Misha), if it's really necessary, I'm okay with him dying. I think Crowley would still be important at some point so I don't think he really would be going any time soon.

I think one thing you missed is that they kept on piling one mystery or problems after another. They very rarely resolve things or questions that could and have come up.

But, yeah, if you're not enjoying it anymore, it really would be best if you stop watching it? I mean, I've had the same feelings as you have for this other show I was watching and I was just, "You know what? I don't think I like you anymore. You have a stupid story-line, you have a stupid, selfish as hell main character, and you've ruined the one character that I actually like by giving him a freaking girlfriend without a good build up and just made him look extremely desperate to me. I'm done." People are still enjoying (and are anticipating) the show and I just ask myself why. So. Yeah. It will stress you, and those who still love the show, a whole lot less.
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#40 RE: 7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine Becca 2015-09-10 17:28
I 1000% agree with this article. I was a massive fan of the show for the first five seasons, but unfortunately things really did head straight into the toilet after Kripke left, and they've never recovered. There's been the odd good episode since, but they've been few and far between, and I can't help but agree that it would have been better to end it with the season five finale.

The whole character of Adam seemed pointless and rushed to me, and I really think it would have been better (super sad, but really effective, emotional and kind of poetically good) if the boys had both gone down together in that episode, all the brothers together, Sam and Dean, Lucifer and Michael.

I don't watch the show anymore, since I stopped enjoying it, quite frankly, and found the writing was becoming absolutely atrocious. I still love Jared and Jensen though, and wish them all the best, and still think back on those first five seasons as some of the best in television. But I do think it's a little sad that the show has continued to a point where it's barely a shadow of its former self.
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#41 uh boo wyd ass 2015-12-02 04:59
first of all the show is now on season 11, sorry you didnt get what you wanted. i just didnt get what you were saying about how it wasnt original. half of the things they come up with not many other people can think of. also, this season [11] literally focuses on a prebiblical force and a monster baby that eats souls. so, of course the writers dont take the time to think of ideas. of course thats whats happening. right right.
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