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Crowley recently stated himself, "You and Sam don't understand, I'm not your bloody sidekick!" But that's exactly what he's become, a sidekick to the series as a whole. His current threats are empty, as are threats against him. Ultimately everyone is left standing and in good health. In fact, Crowley often gets someone out of one jam or another, even at his minor expense. So where's the tension or his purpose, beyond a lazy writer's quick plot fix? Meanwhile he's been painted into this character of a bored CEO/administrator overlooking "the new Hell". Upper management can be hell, we get it, ha, ha, ha. But all the real action is literally locked away in boxes with Michael and Lucifer - the original ruler of Hell - duking it out, which we never see. He lets others, like Rowena or the Darkness, manipulate him in ways "the old Crowley" would have seen coming a mile ahead, then stopped and/or used to his advantage. Again, lazy writing and character development. I could say the same for Castiel, but his character was always and deliberately much more bland, so seeing him leave is even more so needed. The whole Heaven/Hell story arc was a big mistake, I'm hoping this 'Darkness' will be a way of retiring it and getting back to basics - where Sam and Dean solved their own problems through the knowledge and environment they unearthed, not through the snap of some angel's/demon's fingers or as pawns in that game. Returning to presenting viewers to non-Christian supernatural lore with the same level of seriousness extended to those story arcs, so each season doesn't feel like an extended Bible study class with MOTW episodes treated as coffee breaks. In that context, perhaps as the ruler of the "new Hell" Crowley would be even more interesting, as he would acknowledge he has overtaken the realms of punishment of all wrongdoers in all faiths/beliefs of humans over the millennia. Yet he is one of many forms or part of a collective whole. This isn't being "politically correct" as is being literal that how people view who/what oversees how they are rewarded and punished for their actions in the supernatural realms.
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Smallville was also moved to Fridays which seemed like a death blow but viewing habits have changed and it continued to do fairly well. A lot of young people (target audience) don't even watch t.v. shows on t.v. so although this might feel like a demotion I don't think it spells the end for either Vampire Diaries or The Originals. Viewers who love both shows will find a way of watching them either Friday or on another platform. Of course it will all depend on the writing especially on TVD with one of the main characters having left it has to continue to be about reinvention without taking away from the core of the story which is all about the Salvatore Brothers' enduring bond. Consideration has to be given to actors' age as well, they're both getting a little long in the tooth (still very handsome) but portraying eternally youthful vampires can become a bit of a stretch eventually. That's a problem which the brothers don't have on Supernatural.
For a Thanksgiving episode, I found it to be quite depressing and dreary. The team wasn't together, in fact it showed them all going in different directions.
No panic, some time ago they were on fridays, too. and then moved back to thursdays.
Unrelated to the review I find the promotional photo at the top of Sherlock quite disturbing. Wasn't a fan of this episode. Making their wife a display skeleton overnight as a way of hiding the body? Too many elements I just didn't enjoy including a bullying cop abusing their position.
I felt very cheated that we didn't get to see the actual fight, or some portion of it. I did laugh out loud at the interview where everyone was pointing the finger at Denise; that was very cleverly edited. And I love Carolyn McCormack; she played one of my favorite characters (Minuet) in one of my favorite Star Trek The Next Generation episodes. I didn't think they made near enough of a to do over how unethical (I would almost say EVIL) that doctor was to basically torment those patients with expensive, grueling medical care they didn't need. For example, I was thinking of the woman with the baby-what if she wanted more children and couldn't have them because the chemo affected her fertility? I wasn't clear on if it was because he was incompetent or if it was part of a scam. Overall not my favorite episode, but there were still parts of it I really liked.
Thanks Carissa for all.of your well.written reviews. I often don't catch the little subtle things but love the fact that you do. This is a compelling show and I.hope HBO doesn't tank it.
loved this episode ... the chemistry between Jamal and Sky was of the roof, i mean when they were singing that song together i could feel my heart beat ...throughout this season the writers have concentrated well on one of the strengths of this show and that is Jamal's music ...every week we get great songs from him and the same thing happened this week.
They should of kept the bull and kept breeding the bull and cow together. Silly silly silly
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