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Review - SPN ep.13 The Purge

Wow, way to not sugar-coat it, Sam! Really not liking him very much right now...

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fanspired
Feb. 5th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm not finding either of these characters particularly likeable these days, but then they're not the characters I used to like.
ferrous_wheeler
Feb. 5th, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
I think I liked them best in the early seasons.
Imo, Sam has always been a more self-centered character, looking for attachments that are specifically not family, but at least he cared back then. Now he's so insensitive to his brother that he's surprised that Dean is upset because he told him the 'truth'! Really?! It's almost like a bit of soulless Sam coming back, and I didn't like him much either... *sigh*
Here's hoping the writers have a plan and can fix this... (no I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested! lol!)
fanspired
Feb. 5th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Like I say, neither one of these characters resembles the characters from the original show for me. They're not even consistent from week to week. We're not watching the same show any more and if I find myself making comparisons with the original show and characters I just wind up angry, so I try not to.

Adam Glass, who wrote last week's episode, may still retain some of the original show's core values I think, but all last night's episode seemed to be doing was taking the arguments of the extreme poles of the fandom and putting them in the mouths of the characters. The original Sam and Dean were never as limited as the exreme poles of the fandom.

It seems to me that the current showmakers are actively encouraging that polarity, encouraging the fans to take sides and fanning the divisions and acrimony. They actually want the fans to be angry at the characters and each other. I won't buy into it. To me, the whole point of the original show was to find a point of view that understood and embraced the diverse viewpoints of the characters within it. It was ultimately about harmony, not division.

Edited at 2014-02-06 12:03 am (UTC)
ferrous_wheeler
Feb. 6th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
You're so right about the extreme fandom viewpoints!! When I was watching and heard Sam talking about Dean being afraid of being alone, I thought that it sounded almost exactly like something out of a fic or a blog.
They do seem to be going to extremes in all things - good/evil, angels/demons, Sam would rather not have a brother/Dean desperately wants family. Rather ironic that Sam is the one who left to make himself a permanent home, when it's Dean who really wants it more.
It's fine if the characters are dissimilar, it makes the show more interesting, but having them be so far apart and distancing themselves from what the core of what the show is about, does nothing but hurt the show and, imo, do a disservice to the fans.
Here's hoping for an improvement after the two week hellatus!
fanspired
Feb. 6th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
I agree, it does a disservice to the fans, and to the original show.

The show finally returns to Aussie TV next week. By the time your break is over, we might actually have caught up!
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