I mean come on. Even season 6 had a lot interesting things going on by episode 9.
My problem with this season is that I don't think they know where they want to go.
Demon Dean was interesting but they ended that in 3 episodes.
Cole was also interesting but they ended that by episode 7 and I don't think they'll be going back to that.
The stand-alone episodes are not good either. We just had 2 bad episodes in a row. It looks like aside from Ask Jeeves, every stand-alone episode is about a returning female character.
It seems like Supernatural is just concerned with appeasing its feminist viewers now rather than coming up with an interesting story-line.
I don't blame them. The angel vs demon storylines in seasons 4 and 5 is very hard to top.
I'm enjoying this season so far. I like that they have developed some characters that had stagnated to the point of ridiculous.
A couple of seasons ago I was complaining about the predictability of Castiel's actions and his innate ability to always make the wrong decision. It was so enervating! I wanted him to grow some brains and mature, and finally, this season I get to see a new Castiel so , in that sense, I'm satisfied.
I hated when the writers decided to use Metatron to accelerate the process of maturity in Castiel but I'm happy that they remembered that change the had introduced in the character to create a moment in the last episode. It's good that they've started to give importance to continuity. It was a major complaint last season, and it seems that they took good note of it.
I don't like it when they change the lore and I hope they stop that, no more hippy vampires, please. It was a really dumb idea IMO.
I wanted Dean to have his own story, to be as important as Sam. This season is focused on him, so I'm quite pleased. The problem is that I've got this feeling that everything is happening behind the curtains, where I don't have any access to and it's difficult to speculate when so little detail is given. It's frustrating
After Bobby's and Kevin's deaths, I wanted some regulars to fill those slots and so far we've been given Jody and Donna - whom I like and hope stay around, but for something more than stand-alone episodes. I'd like to have them blend in the story, not to be used as fillers.
I wanted a big baddie after last season's massive letdown - Metatron, that stupid clown - , I was hoping that they'd do something with Crowley or they'd introduce a new villain, and I found that the King of Hell has decided to spend some quality time with his mother to catch up for all those lost years. I don't know where the show wants to take us, but i'd better be a very dark and twisted place because these mushy-mushy demons are just plain pathetic.
And then comes Sam. I wanted Sam to make up his mind for once and for all. And it seems that he's decided he's going to stay with his brother and watch over him so that Dean doesn't go all berserk with MOC. Ok, nice change of roles, it was time Sam took some responsibilities and stopped giving certain things for granted. The only problem is I don't know if when they recovered his soul they left his stream of consciousness back in the cage, because I can't figure out what the hell is crossing his mind. I suppose he's worried about his brother, but only because of the despaired look he gives every time he thinks Dean is not looking.
The idea of having regulars was also so Sam and Dean could voice their concerns and obsessions by telling somebody else. Dean had used Bobby and Castiel for this, but Sam seems unable to find somebody he can confide in. He makes a good pair with Jody, but still Moose won't talk to her or anybody. And we're talking about the nerdy hunter, the bookworm who was studying to become a lawyer. Come on, Sam has always known his way with words! This lack of words is creeping me out, really. What did they pull out of the cage? Is there anything we haven't been told?
I don't hate this season. As I said, I'm enjoying it enough to watch the episodes but I remember when I couldn't stop speculating with my friends over what would happen next. And this season I'm missing the nail-biting element. It's a sci-fi/terror/drama/comedyish show and some tasty ingredients are missing this season. I hope they fix this before the end of the season. I'd really love for Supernatural to get its grip back.