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I rewatched "Threads" last night. I know that due to the network the show is on, SPN has limitations, simple as that. But, I couldn't help thinking anyway that Ruth Beckett's ordeal makes Dean, Sam, Cas and Bobby all come off like total pussies complaining and crying about their (non)apocalypse (which is, as per usual in SPN, 90% bro-angst. Just like "Titanic"! The maudlin love affair more important than the thousands of people dying horrible deaths!). Shit, Ruth makes Future!Dean come off like a pussy. At least there was still companionship in 2014 and not everyone dying of radiation sickness or starving to death around him. Still some sort of structure from the previous, since-collapsed society. Ruth had... a hobo campfire and a newborn baby to take care of when she wasn't tilling the dead, irradiated land for any morsel of food.

I might rewatch "Children of Men" now, just to make me extra disappointed about SPN's apocalypse-that-wasn't. *sighs*

Date: 2010-05-01 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Don't mention Titanic to me. That's three hours of my life I'll never get back. I just don't get why the movie was so popular (same with Avatar).

Agreed! I had such high hopes for the apocalypse, but it's just a mess of bad writing. Don't get me started on how the underused Cas.
Edited Date: 2010-05-01 04:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-02 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I honestly believe the writers in them had it in them to deliver something truly epic. They dropped the ball rather spectacularly. Though it's not like this season is bad. I've said before, as SPN seasons go, this one has been okay. As an apocalyptic storyline though? Total and utter joke. They really need to quit trying to be Kubrick or Gaiman, because they're really not either of them. At all.

Date: 2010-05-03 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
'I've said before, as SPN seasons go, this one has been okay. As an apocalyptic storyline though? Total and utter joke.'
So true. I'm guessing they were trying for an anticlimactic Apocalypse (as in Good Omens) but that's very hard to do on tv. Maybe if they had had more time to tighten up the scripts (like they did in season four because of the writers strike) they would have been able to pull it off.

Date: 2010-05-02 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dear more things for me to watch.

Btw "Children of Men" amazing movie.

Date: 2010-05-02 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of my favorite movies bb! XD

Date: 2010-05-02 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, ugh. Now you have me all depressed, thinking about how goddamn awesome a CoM-style SPN apocalypse would have been. fmllll.

Date: 2010-05-02 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I swear to God, dude. S4 & S5!Dean = Theo Faron. The characters have the same damn demeanor (bone tired and apathetic facing the end of the world, yet still are the hope of the world and somehow have to dig deep to keep going), Dean's just more of a bruiser. I honestly believe the SPN writers might have been able to pull off a CoM sort of story arc for the season. Maybe not at the level of Cuaron's artistry, but, after S4, I think they could have managed to come close. It would have been glorious. Something truly poignant and urgent that built off of S4's momentum... instead of basically tossing it aside for the "party apocalypse".

Though it's not like I think the season has necessarily been bad, but one really does expect more from a word like "apocalypse" than maybe two or three directly apocalyptic eps.

Date: 2010-05-03 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's true. If they'd cut out the filler and ramped up the stakes, this apocalypse could have been stunning, but instead they wanted to get their dose of MOTW in, their pointless comedy, introduce plot points and then leave them hanging, and have Sam and Dean wander the countryside doing NOTHING instead of having any plan of action. *sigh*

Date: 2010-05-03 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The best apocalypse stories are incredibly humanistic stories IMO. CoM, Threads (though on the completely tragic end), On the Beach, Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice, etc. Kripke always claimed that that's where he believed the bread & butter of SPN was, the humanistic story. Though instead of giving us that, he gave us largely recycled Dean & Sam BRO-ANGST and poor attempts at "gallows humor" (Edlund mentioned they were going for that at the SDCC last year. Too bad they ended up more on the "Tommy Boy" side of the fence rather than "Dr. Strangelove" or Good Omens). :/ Lame.

Date: 2010-05-13 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luminare_ardua
I see now where you got your wanting for nuclear winter-style apocalypsoi that you mentioned in your email to me. :P I agree. Apocalypses are supposed to be horirble. Not the 'meh' laughfests they've been pushing on us with overdone family histrionics and bro-angst (which isn't quite convincing).

Date: 2010-05-13 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luminare_ardua
IDK bb. I've not watched Strangelove, so I can't comment, but-- Even in Good Omens you got the sense of "Oh crap the cow manure is about to hit the oscillating device" but at the same time there was this bizarre sense of calm underlying it all; granted said calm was more of a DON'T PANIC WE'RE NOT DONE FOR YET variety. But still! There was a sense of urgency, understated, but there impelling the events forward. With luxuriant lashings of snark and PTerry's wonderful offbeat humour of course. And Gaiman's darkly mythic imaginings.

Going OT: How do you like my new user avatarpic? Pretty yes? I'm going to try and redesign the journal, but not till next week, or possibly Sunday at the earliest.


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