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Supernatural: News -- and More Sam

Ackles-Padalecki.jpgKim Manners passed away on January 25. He was 59. For those new to Supernatural, Kim was an executive producer and a director for the show. He'll be missed.


The Season 3 episode Ghostfacers is up for an award. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has nominated the episode for its Media Award in the category of individual episodes that don't feature a regular gay character. Glad to see this episode get some recognition.

More about Sam

I wanted to update my post last week about the focus of the show. A lot of people seem to have misinterpreted my post to mean that the focus of the show should be Dean, or that the focus of the show was all about Dean.

No, that's not what I'm saying..

It's possible I'm missing something. Part of the brilliance of the show is that you can be a fan of either of the brothers and find your way into the story. But I don't like one character more than another - I'm a fan of the show, in its entirety. I may be blind to things that don't fit my theory, but I have given it a lot of thought. I've tried to think of scenes that would argue against me. If I'm blind, then I've done the best I could to overcome it.

But here's how I see it.

The Theme

The show is about the entire Winchester family, how they got into the situation they're in, and their destiny. It focuses on the interaction of the 2 brothers to lead us into this story.

As part of that focus, the show has to, from time to time, let us in more on the psychological life of one character more than another. For the last 2 seasons, that interior life has been Dean's.

Originally, I thought that the show was more about Dean's interior life in Seasons 1 through 3, but I wasn't remembering everything that happened. Now I think they're splitting it up, with Sam being the focus of Seasons 1 and 4, and Dean being the focus of Season 2 and 3. Season 5 will be a balance of both (or more likely, neither).

And it's still possible I'm biased, and a Dean fan, etc.

But I don't think so.

The Clues

Obviously the show has to feature both brothers. But you don't measure whose story is being told by how much screen time a character gets, or how many lines, or who gets the best lines, or even who the story seems to be about. You measure it by how much you get to know about a character's psychology, how they think, how and why things matter to them.

Season 1 may have been more about Sam. We met Sam's girlfriend, learned of his ambitions, knew how he was haunted by Jess's death, found out how he felt about John. It's been a while since I watched that season, but I can't think of much we learned about Dean other than his love of classic rock (Led Zep would be his favorite) and his fear of flying.

Season 2 and 3 were all about Dean, while Sam has been a bit neglected.

What did we learn about Sam in Seasons 2 and 3? I can think of 2 things - that he's afraid of clowns, and that he has faith in God (and didn't we really learn that in Season 1, Faith?).

What's Sam's favorite food? What music does he like (learned it only this year, in the Season premiere, and we still don't know his favorite band)? What supernatural creature does he hate fighting the most? What does he care about more than anything, other than Dean? How does he feel about kids? What does he do for fun when they have down time?

You can answer all those questions about Dean, but only one of those about Sam, and we just learned it this year. What do we know about Sam that we don't know about Dean? That's he's a technogeek?

Coming Attractions

All that being said, I think this season has been about Sam. How did he deal with Dean's death? How does he feel about his powers? We've learned that, and more about Sam this season.

I also think the remainder of this season will be about Sam's struggles to find the way forward. You can see it already by the interludes with Ruby, the little things they're throwing in (tonight's episode will be a lot of Sam, I'm guessing). We're finally going to see what Sam fears, and what he hopes.

Am I biased? A Dean fan? Blind to things that don't fit my theory?

Maybe. But I don't think so.

Posted by Miller on January 29, 2009 6:52 AM
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