What the headline says! :)
I don't how many of you are still following SPN. I sure hope some still are :)
Interestingly enough, SPN is the first ever TV series I follow from the beginning in Real Time.
When I first entered fandom, I was into Highlander:The TV series, but there were no downloads at the time, so my only way of following it in Real Time was to rely on the Big List after Episode Discussions and the tapes kind fans were sending me. To this day, there are still episodes I haven't seen (working to remedy that, though).
After that, I went back into The Professionals. I say 'went back' because I watched the series on TV in Italy when it first aired, and that was...uhm, 17/18 years previously. 57 precious episodes which I danced for when I saw them (on tape!) in a HMV shop in Manchester during the Highlander convention Chronicles 1997.
After that - and for the record, the series I love I keep loving, until now I've never gone completely off a series, the passion just leaves but there's always fire under the ashes, so to speak - after that...it was multifandom for a while: LotR and lots of other series, Harsh Realm, Krycek... (see my info page for the full list), many found following actors and actresses I liked.
And of course, there was roleplay writing in Theatrical Muse (once again, an amazing experience, and some true friends found).
But Real Time series? None, not really. I've watched many episodes of many series (still have to watch True Blood, though), but none from the beginning throughout not missing a single episode, and not getting as involved in the fandom.
Supernatural was the first one, and yes, I'm still watching it after 8 years. Wow :D
I quite loved it. I feel a clear return to season one dynamics between the brothers. The photography has peaks of amazingness, loved Dean's desaturated Purgatory back story (and that whole backstory? I hope someone is writing around it, cause there's so much scope for fun and exploration there!).
Sam is Sam. He never wanted to be a hunter, and I quite approve of this trait of his character not changing. It may well be a case of denial, but still. I like it.
Dean is always my favourite between them, but one without the other doesn't work :D (and no, I never slashed them, although I have enjoyed many stories that did).
The flashbacks are interesting. I think they are more for us, the audience, than anything else. I liked the silences between the brothers, as difficult as they were, and those are still there, only now we know what's in their minds when they're silent.
Narratively speaking, the series switched from a tighter pov to a close one.
Does it work?
In ways, but it does disrupt the narrative a bit, for me. I understand, of course, that it's another way to give the boys some days off from their filming schedule.
I fear for Dean's bond with the guy from Purgatory (can't remember his name, right now). I like it, and I don't want it to go.
And yes, I still cheer for John Winchester and what he's done for his boys :P
Looking forward to the more new SPN episodes!
In other news, I'm learning to become a Relational Dynamic coach (will specialize in coaching writers), looking after my father, and not yet finishing my novel. Bad, bad me!
How are you people? I want to see are Nick Lea's eps in Once Upon A Time, I hope it's a good role, and a lasting one.