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Grand Finale: Season Eight (B)

I find that the longer I watch (and the more I rewatch) SPN, the more reluctant I am to say that I dislike a season, or even an episode. Perhaps a particular dialog exchange, prehaps an individual character--but no more than that. Just about every scene has something to redeem it, and the sum of the parts is astoundingly strong.















Grand Finale: Season Eight (B)

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I find that the longer I watch (and the more I rewatch) SPN, the more reluctant I am to say that I dislike a season, or even an episode.

Hear, hear! There's something good about every bit of this show (even if sometimes it's only how gorgeously shot the whole thing is).

Also, I don't know if I've spazzed about this particular cap yet, but that second-to-last one--mmmf. The smoke rising to obscure Dean's body! My goodness.
That Abaddon shot is just unreal--like, my god. The narrow hallway, the window, the dress, the ASYMMETRY OF THE FIGURES/THE FIGURE IN THE FOREGROUND. And then the window reflected in the mirror. Just, asfka'fka'flk'.
When Serge knocks it out of the park, it's gone, man. Just---gone.

I think discovering this shot is what started me on my "secretly Rembrandt" mode of thinking.
Goddamn, that Abaddon shot. It's so still yet so dynamic and classic noir cool.

I'm more picky when it comes to the stuff I do like, because I hold it to higher standards. You sometimes see people saying, well, even the worst ep of x prestige tv show is a cut above 90% of what's on the tube, and sometimes that's even true, but I want to be seeing the show perform at the best it's capable of. That said, expecting to be satisfied all the time - especially by network television with all it's pressures and conditions and especially by a longrunner that's traded authorship so many times - is just silly and entitled.

Anyway, there's never been an SPN season or even an episode that I could say I dislike entirely - on the other hand most of my favorites have stuff I could nitpick - but I think sometimes putting your critical cap on can get in the way of assessing a story on it's own terms, if that makes sense.
I think sometimes putting your critical cap on can get in the way of assessing a story on it's own terms, if that makes sense.

Oh, absolutely. My dad (who teaches discourse analysis) talks about it in terms of being open or closed to a text--and SPN by this point (as far as I'm concerned) has earned the right to be taken on its own terms. My default (which is very rare for movies/TV) is to give it enormous benefit of the doubt.

Which certainly makes it more fun to watch. ;D