“Balls.”

While the October 8th premiere didn’t disappoint, Tuesday’s episode of Supernatural kind of did.  At least for me.  The creators a while back said they want to keep the show at least somewhat believable…and then they venture into Oz territory.  No, not the prison drama, the Wizard of Oz, its main characters, the flying monkeys et al.  Oh, it’s ‘real,’ however, “more bloody” in the real-life version, according to the woman from the past that survived.

“More bloody.”  Of course.  And… try again.  The real story of Oz was actually a political allegory: the Scarecrow as the figure for the farmers, the Wizard for central government (big booming voice, little actual effect or good), and so on, so on.

Introduced to the Men of Letters via one of the Men literally tumbling out of 1958, we’re now introduced to a black & white 1934, plus green-glowing eyes, against the total desaturation of color, as a more “real” Wicked Witch wreaks havoc, only to now, in 2013, wreak havoc again, this time sans tongue, getting out of the…liquid containment jar.

This shows a draining of creativity that parallels Ezekiel’s draining to save Charlie (Felicia Day) while not having recovered even half his strength, how the show will struggle to recover.  And— great— more glowing eyes.

It’s a treat for someone, but a little confused.  The show takes from lore to make supernatural events that shape and reshape the lives of the central characters, emotional trauma and all.  Not fantasy for the sake of fantasy… unless Charlie wanted it that way.  But still, with detached magic, adding more yet rationalizing less and running out of relatable challenges?  Let Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s loss of coherence in late 2001 serve as a warning.  (A hardly watchable warning.)

The writers bungled it… they deserved their mention in Entertainment Weekly, a magazine that seems to mention only shows that have oft-misleading ratings, a certain cult popularity and/or are full of crap.  (Let’s just say I’m not a fan of Game of Thrones.)

But it’s worse: the mysterious key Sam and Dean got from the Letters man, that as it turns out, can open any door to another world, reduced to Oz, was written into the plot a whole frickin’ season back.  Like How I Met Your Mother, you can tell it’s scheduled to die sooner rather than later when the writers abuse the craft.  But maybe I’m judging too hard.

The mystery of the mysterious key is finally solved, and…“WHY?!”  The somewhat plausible fiction show shot in Canada has turned to colored goo in a jar!  Or, as Bobby (Jim Beaver) used to say in restrained frustration: “Balls.

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One thought on ““Balls.”

  1. Confirmed: the show is not in good shape, given the following episode.  A ‘Halloween special’ is no excuse for this quality. “Ruh-roh.”

    (Update: the show has improved a bit since these few episodes.)

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