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SPN 7.01 - Meet the New Boss

Turns out I did stay awake during the season 7 premier. But that's just about it. I'm woefully unengaged by the storyline. The highlight of the episode for me was Crowley. Actor Mark Sheppard was fabulous. His less than 2 minutes appearance sparked my delight. Death's appearance was enjoyable too. It's always a treat to see actor Julian Richings on screen. With that being said, I had wished a bit more (threat maybe?) from Death.

Dean looked extraordinarily pretty during the hour. Sam too, handsome that is. But saying that is like stating the sky is blue. The sad part is despite looking delectable on screen, Jensen Ackles was relegated to a background supporting role here. His character only had as much to do as Bobby in this episode.

(Spoiler alert: highlight to read) I'm glad they didn't restore Cas at the end. In my opinion Cas's existence dulls Winchester Brothers' struggle. After all, there isn't real danger for the boys if Dean's angel can swoop in and whisker them away from whatever tight spot they found themselves in. I was mildly amused by the fact that Misha Collins is the only actor on the show to date that when they get rid of his character, TPTB find another character for him to play so that he will stay on the show.

The episode promised a prominent Sam storyline with galore of hurt. Unfortunately for me, I am as uninterested in hurt!Sam as ever. I've always been a sucker for powerful and protective Sam. But as the story leads, that seems would be a long way to come if not ever. As an unabashed Dean!girl, I freely admit I'm bothered by the glaring lack of a Dean storyline. Earlier in the month, I caught up a little with what came out of ComicCon this summer. The consistent theme from every interview I read seems to be there's not much happening with Dean except he's worried about his brother, et cetera, et cetera. This episode does not ease my fear that the current showrunner Sara Gamble is uninterested in developing a story arc for Dean except relegating the once fabulously nuanced character to drive around, shoot some gun, and look pretty.

In a nutshell, as premier goes, this episode failed to pump up my enthusiasm for the new season. I give it a D- in my ranking of Supernatural episodes.

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xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Hee. In regard to Dean's hair, I think it's a bit longer than what we used to. In majority of the episode, he was sporting a little wisp of a bang which makes him more like Alec than Dean IMHO -- younger, prettier, but with less of a badass attitude.

Even though i disliked the main theme of season 6, which is this business with the souls, I can't say season 6 was a complete waste of time. The fabulously entertaining western episode came first to mind. Then there is the Dean vs. Rock moment, although brief, has gone down as one of my favorite TV moments. I believe we saw a decided character growth of Dean in "Apointment in Samarra", and lastly but not the least, season 6 saw a new challenge for Jensen to go behind camera and direct an episode. He did great. I'm relieved to learn Jensen isn't itching to switch his daytime job, but I believe the experience has made him a better actor, more aware and sensitive to the entire process of TV/film making.

The problem I see is those Dean/Jensen centric moments are few and far between. Don't get me wrong, Sara is smart enough to have Jensen's Dean appearing in almost every scene, but as Jensen he himself said in his private Q&A session at Vancouver Con that the first half of S6, the story was about Sam, without much real exploration of Dean’s character, yet told from Dean’s perspective. In that sense, I agree with you that Jensen, as still growing actor goes, was a bit stuck.

The way i see it, Sara really isn't as interested in Dean as she is in Sam. Every showrunner has their vision and favorites, which is fine. But her lack of interest in developing intriguing story arc for Dean translates to less acting challenge for Jensen here.

Jared however, is a different story. I saw Sara threw his character in all kinds of directions, one of which I liked least is Souless!Sam (may it be that I hold unpopular opinion, but I can't be convinced a forceful flatten of a character to 2-Dimensional is good for the character development or the actor who's honing his skill). The bottom line is I sorta see what Sara's doing to Sam as similar to what RDM & Co. did to Kara, which is overwrite the character IMHO. For those diehard fans of Jared and Sam, I can see they welcome the direction the show goes. Even Jared, judging by what he said in ComicCon, seems enthusiastic about the new season. However, all these is not enough to keep my interest as what it once was if TPTB keeps leaving Dean's character in the dust.

Edited at 2011-09-25 12:56 am (UTC)
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mrsr58
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
LOL, i'm not a crowley fan though i dig his choice in music. :P since i'm a spoilerphobe, i was thrilled to see julian ritchings and mark pelligrino's names in the credits!

ITA - dean looked gorgeous but then, what else is new? i thought his hair last night looked like it did in 6.01. and dayum, sam's hair!
i'm a dean girl thru and thru but am happy to let him step aside to give someone else a turn. i'm not big on hurt!sam at all, either. (but then i'm not big on fanfic, angst, HC, etc) -- robo!sam was more my thing.
in all fairness, i thought that most of the series was more dean-centric and in deference to our sweet jared, am happy that perhaps this season will give him more free reign to show us what he's got.
TPTB aren't dumb -- they know the popularity that is misha F'ing collins and i am happy to see them fit him in whenever possible.

i love this show unconditionally, as no other series has touched this cold, cold heart of mine like this one has.

i hope you're not going to give up on this show! this is only the first episode; who knows what the rest of the season will have in store? i'm still trying to figure out the message behind the titlepage. ;p



Edited at 2011-09-24 11:57 pm (UTC)
xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Lol BB, as long as Jensen keeps appearing on screen, I wouldn't be able to not staring at my TV screen. With that being said, I have to admit my obsession will dwindle if Dean doesn't have a story arc as what it's appear to be based on this episode and what came out of Comic Con. By story arc, I don't mean Dean appearing in every frame, looking pretty and suitably worried. I mean his character actually going somewhere that hasn't been before.

I don't quite agree the show was Dean centric in terms of story arcs. Dean was only brought in directly into the Mytharc in season 4, and that had essentially fizzled out by the end of season 5. But even when Dean wasn't in the mytharc, it's true Kripke had still given him separate arcs that saw his character developments. Not so much with Sara though. In S6, what Sara did for Dean was mainly exploring how unfit he was in an apple pie life. But we audience already knew that. Normal life was what Sam craved once, it was never Dean's thing. Therefore, in my opinion, the entire effort was a pointless endeavor.

But you are right it's too early to say how this season would turn out. So I shall keep an open mind and see how subsequent episodes go. Meanwhile it's great to have unconditional diehard fans like you on my flist. Your enthusiasm certainly boost my mood when I'm feeling down after watching the episode.
mrsr58
Sep. 25th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
you know what's funny is that i'm seeing it from dean!girls and sam!girls - the dean!girls don't think he's got a storyline, and the sam!girls are mad at dean for not dropping everything to save sam last night! O.o
i'm just glad ours is a passionate fandom. :p

hmmmm, i pretty much think that as far back as season two, it was pretty much dean-centric; true that the focus was on sam and the demon blood thing, but it was really about dean's decline into his private hell due to guilt and angst over what his father did for him, and himself feeling powerless to help sam.
in season one dean was wistful for a normal life, as subtlely demonstrated in "something wicked"...and then of course, in season three's "DaLDoM" and "AVSC."

until i find something else that rocks my world more than SPN, i'm going to enjoy the ride and i invite you to come along! ♥
if nothing else, my friend - we have to drool over jensen!

Edited at 2011-09-25 06:38 am (UTC)
i_o_r_h_a_e_l
Sep. 25th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Right now I'm just watching it for my pretty Dean and nothing else. It helped with my feeling with Castiel. I don't even care if he's on screen or not. :)
xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
Alas, if the show is going in the direction I think it's going based on what I see here, it will very much be the case for me too -- Just watching the show for pretty Dean. Sadly it would be a pale shadow of what the show used to mean to me. I don't think I would ever abandon the dhow entirely as long as the gorgeous Jensen continue to grace the screen, but if there's not much happening with Dean, I certainly wouldn't be dropping everything I had going just so I could catch the show any more.

As a fan of Jensen, I can't help feeling bad for the actor to be stuck on a show with his calibre of talent when the showrunner isn't even interested in developing story arc for his character.
anastdean
Sep. 25th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Dean looked extraordinarily pretty during the hour. Sam too, handsome that is. But saying that is like stating the sky is blue. The sad part is despite looking delectable on screen, Jensen Ackles was relegated to a background supporting role here. His character only had as much to do as Bobby in this episode.

(Spoiler alert: highlight to read) I'm glad they didn't restore Cas at the end. In my opinion Cas's existence dulls Winchester Brothers' struggle. After all, there isn't real danger for the boys if Dean's angel can swoop in and whisker them away from whatever tight spot they found themselves in. I was mildly amused by the fact that Misha Collins is the only actor on the show to date that when they get rid of his character, TPTB find another character for him to play so that he will stay on the show.

My dear Jane, it's like I wrote your whole review. I will say my thoughts exactly plus you know I love the show and I will watch no matter what, but I will not be writing reviews cause there's not much to write really. Thank God J and J are still more beautiful than ever and for now that's enough but Gamble and her crue only know how to lie every single year. When will we see the return to the old days?? Never. I know that now.
Hugs you tight hope you are well.
xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hee, sweet Anastasia, at least we still have the supernatural gorgeousness of the boys. That is constant. ;)

Even though I didn't explicitly state in my review, but I'm with you here that I would keep watching the show as long as the boys stay on. No matter what, the show has established as one of my favorite programs of all time, and Dean Winchester is one of my favorite fictional characters I've encountered, so I won't give up on it easily. But I'm beginning to think Sara probably is a very good screenwriter, yet she's still too green to be a showrunner. I just hope the protracted stay on the show won't affect boys career negatively. Who knows, Hollywood is fickle, so much rides on luck. I just wish our boys the best. They deserve a shiny career.
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xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Holy sh*t! How did the thread get frozen?!? I didn't even know it can be frozen until you pointed out. I'm so sorry hon, I have no idea how that happened, but I found the "Unfreeze" link and clicked it, so I think it's fine now.

Sweetie, you would never offend me, and I always love to hear your thoughts, whether you share the same opinion as mine or especially you thought of something different.
layne67
Sep. 26th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm giving it a 5/10 rating. But then, that had been my rating for the show ( except for a few stellar, 10/10 eps here and there ) from season 4 onwards.

But Jensen continues to rock my world. I LOVE his hair!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 29th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I just watched the episode, and I totally agree with what you said (no surprise ;) ). I have to admit to fforwarding through Sam's hell stuff, though. I am not the least bit interested. I am still bitter over how they handled (or didn't handle) Dean's hell story. My only hope is that they will insta-fix his issues in one episode like they did Dean's!

I LOVED Crowley/Mark!! And Death was awesome, too! I hope these two show back up sometime.

I am also in agreement about Cas. I still want him around--I like the chemistry between Cas and Dean--but I don't like that he can always fix things for the boys.

I am just not that excited about the show anymore, sadly. I love seeing JA on my screen (and, yes, he was looking hot!) but, like you, the lack of Dean is disturbing. It's the seventh season--can he please get something more than being a big brother? And can stuff just stop being wrong with Sam? In fact, I say get rid of all the mytharc stuff and just go back to hunting the monster of the week...no feelings, no angst, just "saving people, hunting things."

I don't know that I can quite give up the show (and JA), but I think that my fast-forward button will be getting quite the workout this season!

mick
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