Some of our dear readers have been asking me why I haven’t returned to recapping Supernatural since . . . oh, 2010. That is a long time, isn’t it? So, it looks like I haven’t recapped since Sam came back. Real Sam instead of my beloved Soulless Sammy. Part of is the obvious: recapping takes a long time, and I’s be busy. Part of it, and maybe the bigger part of it, is the same thing I’ve been struggling with all season: I’m just not loving Season 6. There have been good episodes here and there (stand out: “Weekend at Bobby’s”), but nothing that much seems to happen anymore. I don’t feel like we’re building anywhere (plus, Season 7?!), and “The Man Who Would Be King” just furthers my point.
I’m going to have to go way off topic here to illustrate my point, so please hang in there, because there is one.
Okay, do you remember “I am God,” Season 2, Episode 18 of Veronica Mars? It directly followed “Plan B,” which was flat out one of the best episodes of Veronica Mars ever (it might just be my favourite). “Plan B” wrapped up the mystery that had carried over from the Season 1 finale (Felix’s murder), whereas “I am God” focused on the mystery that began Season 2 (bus crash). Here’s the difference: Felix’s murder was a huge deal. Solving it was important to multiple main characters (Logan and Weevil primarily), and they all put a lot of effort into it. The bus crash, despite being a mass murder of which Veronica mistakenly initially believed she was the target, just wasn’t. It wasn’t addressed for episodes at a time, Veronica never seemed to put that much thought into it, and, aside from Meg, we didn’t really know any of the victims. Yet suddenly, five episodes from the end of the season, we’re expected to believe that not only has this unsolved mystery been on Veronica’s mind all along but also that she’s being HAUNTED by the victims. Yeah, in her dreams, but still. Haunted. It felt like the writers realized too late that they had broken the arc incorrectly over the season and jammed an episode in to correct the pacing.