representation and the real girl

The thing SPN has consistently sucked at for the last three seasons is pacing. Whole episodes draaaaag, and then a bunch of exciting shit happens in one ep! And then zomg huge emotional episode! Followed next week by . . . fluffy filler? It just boggles me how they can’t seem to develop, sustain, and release dramatic tension in any kind of capable way. So, bearing all that in mind, I was well prepared to hate this week’s “LARP and the Real Girl,” having come off the amazing emotional roller coaster of last week’s episode. (Yes, I liked “Torn and Frayed.” Some day I might still tell you why.) But, here’s the thing—I didn’t.

I mean, I’m also not experiencing paroxysms of best. episode. ever., but as fluffy filler MOTW episodes go, it was pretty cute. I enjoyed all the pop- and nerd-culture references and I appreciate that the boys let go and got to have a little fun. But at some point as I watched I started to have a lot of Charlie-related feels of the feminist kind. She’s a tricky character for SPN, and the more I thought about her, and the more I scrolled through Tumblr, the more my brain kept spitballing. So, here. Have 1400 words of feminist-critique Charlie meta I wrote at work instead of doing my job today.

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hindsight is 20/20, or something

Useless retrospective Merlin meta because I am still grieving. And part of my grieving process is to do my damnedest to make sense of it all, to find the connective threads I missed the first time in hopes that it will feel like a justified end.

Shhhhh, just let me work through it.

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free will rises

It’s back, you guys! My favorite theme reared its head again in this past week’s episode of Supernatural, so, naturally, you all get subjected to a giant meta post. Comments, questions, additions, and contradictions are always welcome.

This is about free will. It’s about Cas and Dean and free will and choices and consequences and good and evil, because those are all my favorite parts of the show. And it’s about perception because Carver stated somewhere at some point (erm, Comic-Con, maybe? really I’m just quoting this HuffPo review, which you should also read for some nice speculation about Sam, but I remember hearing it somewhere else too) that this season would be about perception—or, more specifically differences in perception—and that was really evident in 8×07. And it’s about guilt. Because this is SPN. There’s always guilt. It’s the driving force of the entire show. (Which is maybe my other favorite part. Because I am a little twisted. And Catholic. These things are not mutually exclusive.)

SO. This gets a rambly. And lonnnng.

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my favorite complaint

I was scrolling through Tumblr during/after the season 8 premiere of Supernatural, as you do, and I saw a bunch of posts crop up after Crowely encountered the Winchesters to the effect of “WHERE IS YOUR ANGEL! YESSSSS DESTIEL IS SO CANON!” and I kind of wanted to bang my head against my coffee table. It inspired an annoyed tweet on Twitter, which inspired a short rant to a friend’s inbox, which inspired epic, pouty meta on ships, canon, and queer baiting. You know, again.

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