Ok, so over the last couple of years I have taken to reading a lot of the comments on Supernatural’s Facebook page after each new episode to see how other people felt about it. Now most people tend to be right along my wavelength but I’ve also seen a bunch of negative, “wow, that episode sucked, running out of ideas, huh writers” kind of comments. And they really piss me off.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a writer and I feel sort of connected to other writers because I know what they go through, but no matter what the reason, there is absolutely no reason for comments like that. If you didn’t like the episode, fine, just say that. Don’t be a child about it. There have been over 200 episodes of Supernatural written so of course a few of them are not going to be up to par with the rest. Even I, a die-hard fan who is not the best at being critical of things I love, am not a fan of a couple of them. But I don’t blame the writers or the actors or the creator of the show or anyone else. Because there’s no reason for blame. No one episode can appeal to every single person out there. Everyone has different likes and dislikes and personal experiences to draw upon that might make them feel a certain way about the episode that is completely different from someone else’s opinion and also has nothing to do with the writing of it.
Take the last episode ((“Just My Imagination”)) for an example. If you had an imaginary friend as a kid, you might be more prone to love the episode than if you didn’t. That’s not the writers’ fault. And if you didn’t like the concept of that episode, or any of the others, that’s not the writers’ fault either. The brothers relationship with each other was the same, their personalities were the same ((Dean with his quick tongue, Sam with his compassion, etc.)); the writing was spot on.
Every time I see one of those types of comments I really just want to be like “ok, then YOU go write an episode and let’s see how well you do.” I mean, everyone involved in Supernatural works incredibly hard to produce this wonderful show and tearing them down and saying things like “this show is slipping” just because you had a bad reaction to an episode is ridiculous.
So in conclusion, if you didn’t like an episode, I can almost guarantee that it’s not the writers’ responsibility. You don’t need to go looking for someone to blame or punish. Just say you didn’t like it. Politely. Be an adult.