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30 Days of SPN - Day 3

Why am I doing this to myself? The questions are getting harder!

Day 3 - Your favourite season
Holy crap, how do you choose? Um. Well, for sheer weight of awesome episodes, I’m going to have to go with the pedestrian choice of S2. In My Time, Bloodlust, Suspects, Crossroad, Croatoan, Hunted, Nightshifter, Bad Sign, Tall Tales, Heart, Folsom, What Is, All Hell pt 2 were all high quality, and nearly all of the rest were good strong episodes. It was still close to the S1 dynamic, while being thrown into utter disarray with John’s death, and his deal, and the Big Secret, and Sam’s visions getting worse, and YE’s plan taking more of its shape.

Plus it had the Trickster, and Henrickson, and Fred Lehne’s YE, and Ellen and Ash and Jo, and Andy and Ava, and Gordon, and Madison, and Bobby and Ellen stepping into more parental roles for the boys. And holy crap Sammy died, back when it was still a big deal and shuffling off this mortal coil didn’t automatically mean shuffling it back on again, when it cost so very, very much. It was bookended by John and Dean’s deals, by giving YE the Colt and killing him with it. It was when the Colt was still steeped in mythos, when every shot was precious and actually useful.

Having said that, all the seasons are distinct and do amazing things. This is not a show that coasts by on momentum, they keep churning ahead, come what may. Each season is necessary and worth a lot of attention. So S2 only just squeaks ahead of the rest, and that only because you’re making me choose.

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deepbluemermaid
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ohh, yes. Season 2 is definitely my favourite!

Having said that, I was most active in SPN fandom back then. So many of my favourite fics are set in season 2, and most of my favourite vids. So I'm reminded of S2 more often than the other seasons.
themonkeytwin
Aug. 12th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Well, it's at that juncture between finding its feet and its rhythm, and the inescapable, inexorable sense of impending dooooom of the later seasons. Back when we were all starry eyed and ignorant, and could still simply enjoy the gorgeousness before us without being distracted by the glaring crippling emotional wounds. (Sera Gamble, I'm looking at you.)

I watch the early stuff now, and I'm just ... they were so young!!!

*wibble*

On the other hand, Mr Gumby FTW! \o/

[Edited because of I can't spell today WHY CAN'T I SPELL TODAY]

Edited at 2010-08-12 02:45 am (UTC)
fleurlb
Aug. 13th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I started catching up on SPN just before S5 started, so I was very late to the party and binge-watched bunches of episodes at a time after taking a few weeks to get through S1. (No knock on it, it was just uneven, but once it started to seed the mythology aspects it really took off.)

I never noticed that S3 was shortened, since I wasn't watching it in real time. I just enjoyed the overarching drive of the season, to try to find a way to get Dean out of his deal. So for a long time, I thought that S3 was my favourite.

Until I went back and started to a random rewatch and found that S3 kind of bored the pants off me. After I knew that there was no easy escape for Dean, the narrative drive that I'd enjoyed so much lost its power.

Then I went back to S2 and found that I really, really enjoyed it. The episodes were still eminently rewatchable and something about the season was satisfying on several levels.

Which is a very long-winded way of saying that I concur with your assessment. :)
themonkeytwin
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
very long-winded way of saying

The door is always open to the people of the long wind. :)

I can't remember when I started watching, exactly, but I think it must have been late into the writers' strike in S3. I know I caught the very end of Mystery Spot on tv. I remember watching it, not knowing who anyone was or what was going on; Sam was meeting "Bobby" at the Mystery Spot, and just watching Jared's performance I knew that the other guy wasn't Bobby. So I was all, "yeah, stab the evil impersonator!" And then he did. And then there was some random Trickster talk and I lost interest and probably changed the channel, because I don't remember the hug or anything.

I guess that put it sufficiently on my radar to consider renting the dvds some time later when I had nothing else to watch, and the rest is etc. But I'm pretty sure I was watching the S3 finale around the time the rest of the world was (so yeah, as you can tell, lots of binge-watching for me, too).

it was just uneven, but once it started to seed the mythology aspects it really took off

The front half is a lot like watching S1 of Buffy – monster of the week format, still figuring out the characters and the dynamics. But it just nestles there in my heart, regardless of technical merit just because ... just, because. *snuggles*
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