It’s already finished in the US, but Supernatural series eight has only just made it to UK soils. Better late than never, eh?
This time, Jeremy Carver has won the game of Musical Showrunners, and has taken over from Sera Gamble, who took over from Erik Kripke. Gamble’s run wasn’t met with the best reception from fans, and Carver’s interpretation looks to be steering the show away from impossibly powerful foes and convoluted multi-strand stories, and back towards the simple days of two brothers fighting demons. Which is no bad thing. Neither is Mark Sheppard’s Crowley finally getting to sit in the Big Bad seat – it’s been a long time coming.
But what I want to know is: Will Carver succeed where none of the other showrunners have, and finally hit upon a female character that sticks?
Now, saying that Supernatural kills off all their female characters is a bit redundant – they kill off all their characters, regardless of gender. My problem with Supernatural’s ladies is how rigidly they stick to the ‘Angel’ or ‘Whore’ stereotypes (or, in this case, Angel and Demon, I suppose).
While the male supporting characters are allowed to skip all over the hero-to-villain scale and all have their own little personality quirks, the women are all either paragons of (often self-sacrificial) virtue, or down-and-dirty bad girls. The Angel and Whore trope is well-known, and one Supernatural often takes hilarious literally, even down to having the Winchester’s dear departed mother and Jess making most of their appearances clad in long white nightgowns. Because they’re so good and pure, y’see.
We’re told that Dean’s love interest Lisa was a wild girl in the past, but all we see of her is a Good Mom hanging around in kitchens. Perhaps she’d have been more interesting and less underwritten if she was allowed to still be a tiny bit wild. Even Bobby’s dead wife just drifts around baking cakes and forgiving him for killing her – twice.
And as for the bad girls (the stereotypical ‘whores’), Bella, Ruby, Meg et al all seem to be held together entirely by snark and skin tight jeans.Tags: felicia day, Staying In, Supernatural