Supernatural Recap: The Wolf of Maul Street

Over the course of its nine seasons, Seinfeld famously had a "no hugging, no learning" policy that served to keep its characters trapped in amber mentally. Not only did this enable the four leads to remorselessly wreak havoc on those around them in comforting, familiar ways, it ensured they'd always live in the same apartments and eat in the same restaurants and have the same arguments over a ten-year period during which most other people experience growth, change, and life milestones. Outside of sitcoms is there any series more averse to growth than Supernatural? After season three evolved the show from a procedural into something slightly more serialized, it's maintained that dynamic by outright refusing to build an ensemble cast and by forcing Dean and Sam to repeat the same interpersonal conflicts over and over. But what might constitute a frustrating lack of growth for some viewers constitutes a fundamental rhythm for others. Can we really complain about the patterns of a show when those patterns are what have maintained it for nearly a decade? The question is rhetorical: Supernatural's going nowhere. Unfortunately, that also means it's going nowhere.  Read More...


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