Posts tagged: 'this is the only way'
Eric Kripke really hated the roadhouse.
Fuck you Kripke. Seriously. I was excited about the roadhouse. If you didn’t think it made sense to have hunters in there all the time, then don’t have so many hunters there. Not everyone who frequents it has to be a hunter. They can be drifters or truckers or whatever.
And this is funny, because I was talking a while ago with my brother-in-law, and he was going on about his issues with Bobby, and how Bobby’s role didn’t make sense in the world of the show. How hunters are supposed to unattached and mistrustful, yet everybody knows Bobby, and he’s somehow this hub of hunter-dom. The Roadhouse made more sense as a hub for the hunter sub-culture, because it’s a place that people can drift in and out of, they can meet and exchange information without relying on other individuals. It allowed the hunter sub-culture to be more loose and fluid, instead of, like, this secret society, where you’ve got to know certain people, or you’re out of the loop.
The other thing is that having Bobby’s place be their home-base - an actual house - gives Sam and Dean’s life a feel of being much more domesticated. Which you would not get if their home base was the Roadhouse.
This is why I haven’t watched more episode commentary from Kripke. Because he pisses me off.
Really, what this is about, is that I wanted to see Jo’s story play out. And Ellen had a potential arc of her own - being her relationship with Jo. Bobby has very little story. So it’s another example of cutting off stories before they’re played out. And I really feel in my gut that there’s this double-standard, that Bobby was deemed to be a more appealing character than Ellen as a parental figure - because he’s a guy.
I won’t go as far as ‘fuck you Kripke’ because Sera Gamble’s commentary PISSES ME OFF way more.
But yeah, I remember listening to this commentary and also disagreeing with him. The Roadhouse could easily have worked. It didn’t have to be a ‘clubhouse’ as Kripke says. As the above says, it could be a place where shady individuals moved in and out, NOT where they met up together. OR it could have JUST BEEN A BAR run by Ellen and Jo, where no hunters ever went EVER except Sam and Dean, because their Dad used to go there.
It’s the same with Cas. They keep going on and on about how Cas can’t be a regular feature in the show because he’s too damn powerful and thus can fix everything too easily for the boys, which doesn’t work for the show. And every time they bring this up I’m like - well DON’T MAKE HIM SO POWERFUL THEN. It WOULD NOT have been hard to make the lesser angels like Cas NOT so superpowerful when it comes to healing and smiting. In On The Head of a Pin Cas says he ‘can’t’ fix Dean. I always assumed it was BECAUSE HE COULDN’T, because he wasn’t that powerful. But no, that got thrown out of the water and instead of working on fixing that, they just made him MORE powerful instead. Oy.
So ugh. Yeah. It bugs me when writers criticise something for not working in the show when THEY ARE THE ONES MAKING IT NOT WORK.
I think it’s more unlikely, in a world where hunters know other hunters exist, that none of them ever thought “oh hey, let’s get together, pool our resources, and tackle this paranormal problem in a strategic way” instead of going “fucking SHIT, I gotta hunt stuff because a monster killed mah wife/child/father/mother! I AM AN ARMY OF ONE or maybe two if I have a brother.”