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Dear 'Supernatural' writers, what were you thinking?

SPOILER WARNING: Only read on once you’ve seen the May 6 episode of Supernatural, entitled “Dark Dynasty”!

Dear Supernatural Writers:

While I came to Supernatural before the fifth season started, I came into that season after binge-watching the first four seasons. So it’s fair to say that you and I have spent 10 years together—in TV years, if not actual ones. In all that time, I’ve never looked at one of your story choices and been so completely dumbfounded and saddened that I couldn’t understand or justify it as something that made sense in some way.

Until now.

Consider that for a second. I rode through how many deaths? How many resurrections? Trips to hell and back? Ash, Ellen, Jo, Kevin and Linda Tran, Benny, Castiel, people I’m not even remembering right now … even Bobby, as much as that sucked. While I’d miss the characters and/or the actors who portrayed them, I could see how it made sense for the story in one way or another. While I was bummed, I rode it out.

Then you went and killed Charlie Bradbury and, I gotta tell you, I think you blew it. Not because you killed another woman who got close to Sam and Dean. Heck, I’m used to that. It’s something that happens because, much as it sucks, the boys don’t have the ability to keep women close and do what they do for a living.

No—in this case, I think you made a mistake because you didn’t give any real thought to the repercussions of what her death would really mean to the brothers, because of the circumstances that preceded it.

In the beginning of the trailer for “The Prisoner,” Dean makes a promise: Find whoever did this and rip apart everything and everyone they ever loved. If that’s true, then the person he’s looking for is right next to him when he makes that vow.

Supernatural Brothers

The only reason Charlie Bradbury was where she was, alone and unprotected, was because Sam Winchester put her in that position. Sam hid the fact that he still had the Book of the Damned. He lied to his brother about both the book and the people involved. He involved Rowena, who drove Charlie to the point of needing to be alone and vulnerable.

Can you argue that Charlie was dead from the moment she found the Book? I guess you could, but Dean is already on edge, and he’s already going to blame himself for letting her die. The fact that Charlie was like a sister at this point and the fact that Sam was pretty much directly responsible for the circumstances of her death should lead him to an almost homicidal rage at his brother.

But it won’t. It can’t. Dean can’t get that mad at Sam. As fracturing as past events have been between these two, the idea that Sam just had a hand in the death of someone whom Dean loved as much as he loved Charlie should completely send him over the edge. But you can’t do that because we only have two episodes left, and we have the Stynes as the Big Bad, and that’s your focus.

What makes this even harder is that Charlie didn’t need to die for you to get the “vengeful Dean” storyline. There is no reason her death needed to happen. Plus, the whole “death as a motivating factor” trope is starting to wear really thin. The boys could have gotten there in time to save her, and Styne could have gotten away. Castiel could have gotten there in time. Heck, you could have done something where Rowena showed up to help Charlie and then everyone owes the witch a favor. All of those events lead elsewhere, and we don’t have to deal with an unnecessary death and an unbelievable situation between Sam and Dean.

By killing Charlie Bradbury, you get a vengeful Dean and an emo Sam—both of which we’re used to, and both of which could have happened without the death of one of the coolest female characters we’ve seen on SPN in a while.

You killed the Winchesters’ little sister and, by extension, killed the viewers’ little sister.

It wasn’t necessary. It was, frankly, lazy.

I know you can’t change it, and honestly, I don’t want you to … unless you make her some sort of avenging nerd angel that even God refused to let die in such a useless way.

I just want you to think about it and do what you can to not let it happen again. The Winchesters can’t take it, and I’m not sure the audience can either.

In 10 years, I’ve never wanted to walk away and say “screw it.” Not until last night. I’m sticking around, but I’m really hoping you’ll think about what I said and, just like Sam and Dean, try to do better next time.


Geek Girl Diva

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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