It is a bitch to change the television over from gaming to actual television because of how many peripherals are connected to it. That said, it is not something that I like doing, so I only do it when it is… necessary….
And the last time it was necessary was when I watched the most recent episode of Doctor Who.
That should tell you all some of the things I haven’t watched or didn’t watch. Surprisingly, Supernatural fans that were supposed to be “on my side” began to block me on Twitter because I made the decision not to watch The Winchesters until at least the end of the first season with the explanation as to why so much of what we knew about John and Mary was retconned. That said, the more I think about it — even though I like the cast, especially Jojo — the more I don’t think I’m going to watch it at all unless something drastically changes in subsequent seasons. I knew from the start that it was going to be explained by way of alternate universe (bingo) or memory wipe, and being able to guess exactly how it was going to fit into the established Supernatural world in a way that wasn’t comfortable to me didn’t sit well with me. John and Mary’s stories continue to be things that I am not exceedingly interested in, even changed as they are in The Winchesters. I would have loved to see Wayward Sisters come to screen, but that’s neither here nor there.
If you’re expecting me to watch The Winchesters at some point, it is almost assured not to happen. I’m sorry.
There’s also the fact that I am completely neutral about whether or not it does renew for subsequent seasons. I’m not an avid television show watcher. I’ve probably only liked five or six shows my entire life.
I haven’t done a thorough rewatch of Supernatural since the show ended, and I’m not sure that I’m going to for at least a little awhile. It’s just not something that is high on my list of media-consuming priorities right now, sparse as those continue to be (I’m continuing to make my way through The Boys, and I want to watch the David Shaw documentary, the movie made about the Nutty Putty tragedy, and rewatch 65_RedRoses at some point… I will make time, and find the spoons, for that last one). Some of the people that I know on Twitter are already through several rewatches of it, and that’s actually pretty impressive given how many episodes Supernatural has. Hats off. Although I do make time to rewatch some of the things that I like a lot, it tends to take me a long time to do so, and even still — this doesn’t make Supernatural special in a good way, nor does it make it special in a bad way. As the saying goes, I’ll get around to it when I get around to it.
People that met me because of a mutually shared interest in Supernatural might be surprised to find out that I am just not that much of a movie or television show buff. I never have been… and I probably never will be.
Obviously I have not watched The Winchesters yet, as I continue to have mixed opinions on that (and am not the sort of person who has intense brand loyalty to a movie or television show franchise, even if I liked the mothership). For instance, I liked The Vampire Diaries but have not gotten around to The Originals yet (Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries were probably the only two recent television shows that The CW made that I liked… see the above statement made on me and just not being a movie or television show buff). As I’ve stated a few times now, I felt like John and Mary’s stories were told well enough on Supernatural, and neither of them happened to be two of my favorite characters. I also had concerns with how The Winchesters‘ deviations from canon would still manage to fit into Supernatural‘s world and wanted to reserve final judgment on that until at least the end of the first season, where everything about that was supposed to be revealed in a satisfactory manner. To be honest, I still have mixed opinions on that, and I’m going to continue to wait to watch it even though I like what I have seen and heard so far about the cast…
I’ve continued to wish everyone well who has tuned in, though, and who will continue to tune in if renewed.
People who like or liked Supernatural, who are or would be considered Hellers (a nickname for those who ship Dean/Cas, or Destiel), essentially continue to be considered anathema within a lot of the fandom for not completely trusting Jensen Ackles’ explanation of how all of the retcons will make sense with what we already know of the show’s lore and not tuning in each week — or catching up, which is essentially the equivalent of — to “help boost ratings” and “make sure it doesn’t get canceled”. It’s actually those last two bits I hear more about than anything else… how I “must not be a real fan of Supernatural” and “(clearly) don’t like it enough” because me not tuning in for the reasons that I’ve been candid about since the start somehow equates to my lack of viewership jeopardizing its renewal. Somehow I am to blame for this. People who think the same way I do… are to blame for this. This isn’t to say that we don’t already know how we’re a minority within the fandom — at least for those who participate in that sort of thing and consider themselves members, or would consider themselves members — but it’s worth pointing out the train of thought behind.
Truth be told, even if The Winchesters completely fits within Supernatural lore, John and Mary’s story has never interested me beyond what we already find out about them over the course of Supernatural. There are multiple reasons that I have chosen to hold off on watching it, should I ever even watch it at all. If this means that I am “not a real fan”, or “less of a fan”, well, classify me however you like if that helps you sleep at night.
I’ll keep curating my own media experience tuning in to what I want to tune into, when and for how long.
I’m continuing not to watch The Winchesters, in large part because I want to know how it is intended to fit into Supernatural lore and am presently unwilling to “wait until the season finale where everything will be explained”. The amount of people who are supposed to be “in my lane” or “on my side” — I could make a list of fandom terms that annoy me at this point, and I might actually do that for the sake of a blog post one day — who “ship the same thing that I do” (Destiel, or Dean/Cas, whatever you want to call it), who have sought me out to block me for curating my own media experiences has been a bit surprising if not wild. Every few weeks when there’s fandom-related discussion on Twitter that I manage to see on my feed, I find out that more Destiel shippers have blocked me for not tuning into The Winchesters sight unseen on the plot, who have criticized me for not even “hate watching” claiming that I am not a real fan of the series, not enough of a fan of it… you get my drift. They continue to make the case for why I do not actively participate in fandom-related things… that, and the fact that so many of them, which I have seen on my feed as I continue to curate it to see less and less of this, think that the show Is Seriously Speaking to Them is concerning. This is a manifestation of potential psychosis on the parts of some of the people who do this, who wholeheartedly believe what they themselves say — or type out — when they think that a scripted show… is somehow personally speaking through their screens To Them. This is a thing that actually seriously concerns me now.
“Why won’t you attend fandom conventions?”
“Why won’t you meet up in person with people who are fandom members? Members of fandom?”
At this point I’m going to let the cases continue to make themselves and gesture to the worst Tweets.
Meanwhile, I’m listening to this song as I write in here because this is one of the few things from the Supernatural franchise that I like… fandom drama turned me off to nearly the entire thing, and I’m still not watching The Winchesters. I still feel a bit weak from the actual COVID infection, but some of the worst side effects of it and the Paxlovid that I was put on for it are finally going away… we hope! I hope they stay away, for one. And I hope never to get COVID again or, worse, long COVID. I know that long COVID is now a risk…