<b>Super Junior:</b> "so many members??? so many sub-groups/units??? suju is literally every other kpop groups' dads. been in the game for so long and still run kpop. Trendsetters. Legendary. all of them are MCs. Why aren't they running SM by themselves???"<p/><b>BigBang:</b> "badass!! cars!!! sad?? emo??? party!!!! every group looks up to them and admires them.....your fave's faves. weird dancing(?) but they're always lit. it's always a bigbang concert whenever they perform. why is that one guy so tall? that one guy is popular in Japan!!! the difference between Jiyong & G-dragon is scary."<p/><b>SHINee:</b> "it feels like everyone has solo projects and they probably get together only for Christmas or to get turnt up. are they Japanese?? i think those 2 short guys are dating idk. wtf why is he called tofu....why is he called bling bling.......WTF IS A DIBIDIBIDIBI-"<p/><b>Infinite:</b> "wow they dance so in sync w/ each other. probably heard their catchy af songs before really diving into the fandom. created the scorpion dance, how epic. they just seem so real?? like they're brothers??? is that one a girl or a boy??<p/><b>VIXX:</b> "so tall. so violent. so shippable w/ everyone. pretty sure they have a confirmed gay sub-unit?? their maknae likes to bully them. jellyfish doesn't deserve them. so.....they're vampires, voodoo dolls, 8 year old kids, video game characters, Greek gods....what can't this group do????"<p/><b>BTOB:</b> "everyone knows about their reputation, they're wild af. hella tiny compared to normal human beings. i was blinded when looking @ that guy's smile he's an angel sent from heaven. their songs either make you wanna cry into your pillow or join a high school musical is2g."<p/><b>EXO:</b> "they seem kinda scary/intimidating bc SM won't let them fangirl. everyone's an exo fangirl and fanboy on the inside. iM crEEPin iN Ur HeARt BAbE. they literally glow on stage??? are they still wolves???? do they still have superpowers??? who is Chinese and who is Korean??? i thought there were 12....."<p/><b>B.A.P:</b> "so are they best absolute perfect or are they called rice? weird aliens/rabbits is a concept i never knew i needed. they sued their company together but there's always one guy who kills them all? why??? everyone who talks about b.a.p wants to skydive i'm so confused. so is that hot guy w/ the deep ass voice actually their grandfather??"<p/><b>Got7:</b> "so many different races in 1 group i'm living. bruh their dorms must be so wild, how are they raising a dog??? rapline is kinda weak........they could still get it tho. all of them have such vibrant personalities MUST. RESIST. STANNING. their second name is dab7? i don't know them."<p/><b>Seventeen:</b> "ok joke's on us, we all thought we couldn't remember exo's names but shitballs, seventeen exists. wow they seem so fun to be around, i want to be their friend. their leader must have approximately 8.9 breakdowns everyday. how are they always so happy??? they're legit stranded on an island ffs. dino is 100% their real baby."<p/><b>Monsta X:</b> "so THAT'S the member that everyone loves bc he's such a meme. do they always remix their songs when performing??? they're so lit???? i'm still confused as to why this group doesn't have a first win. came to check them out bc of got7 and wasn't disappointed."<p/><b>Day6:</b> "lmao that famous guy from twitter is in a kpop group???? why does it feel like JYP is just letting them run around the company and do whatever they want at this point....does JYP even know they exist?? their songs make you wanna hit up your nonexistent ex *jams sadly*. who's bob???"<p/><b>iKon:</b> "they shouldn't be the next bigbang or the next anything, they're low-key doing amazing already. bad first impressions always turn into good ones when yall take the time to know them. they literally have their own anthem??? what's a visual i only know ikon."<p/><b>NCT:</b> "there SM goes again, tempting us w/ new groups but depriving us of comebacks. how is taeyong supposed to hold the fort down when he has 40 kids he hasn't even met yet?? they're exo's biggest fanboys, everyone needs to stan them asap. if they didn't look and sound so good, i'd sue SM for dressing them like they're homeless. the dreamies are so spoiled by the hyungs and their company. MY CHILDREN????"<p/></p>
Actually, I’m not done. This is a problem I have not just with Cas, but all of Sam and
Dean’s relationships and is a symptom of a problem I have with Sam’s characterization in general.
First: Dean puts all the emotional work into all
of their relationships. He talks to Bobby about suicide. He talks to
Ellen about Ash’s death. Jo’s dying moment was with Dean; despite Sam
supposedly having a big crush on her, he didn’t reach out to her. Speaking of deaths, his reaction to Charlie’s was tepid at best. She’s supposed to be their friend, yet he didn’t react at all. I could be here all day complaining about Sam’s lack of relationship with Garth and Donna and Claire and Kevin and literally everyone who is supposedly friends with both Winchesters, but at the end of the day it boils down to this: Sam almost never has emotional moments with people. Dean is a way better friend to all of their friends. There’s no reason for Sam to be considered a friend to any of these people except that they’re Dean’s friends and he’s related to Dean. In 11 years since leaving school, Sam has no made a single other friend if you don’t count Ruby, who was lying to him the whole time and whose true feelings therefore cannot be assumed.
Second: this is a symptom of the larger problem
with Sam which is that his entire character is told, not shown. They tell us that he’s best friends with Cas, but he doesn’t
act like it. Every time Cas disappears Sam calls Dean out about worrying
about him. If Sam cared about Cas, shouldn’t he be worried, too?
Instead he always chastises Dean for caring about Cas. But it’s ok
though I guess because Cas tells us he would die for Sam even though we
aren’t shown any kind of bond between them. Dean and Cas share secrets and low points and talk about things that aren’t hunting–that’s how we’re shown that they are best friends. We don’t get that with Sam and Cas. It’s just suddenly “I would die for you” and we’re supposed to believe it. They tell us Sam is smart
and empathetic, but when has he ever acted those ways? As hunters, Sam
and Dean share pretty much equal responsibility for identifying
creatures and doing research. Dean has been shown to be quick thinking
and creative which are signs of intelligence, but Sam? He went to an ivy so he’s smart end of discussion. Where is the evidence? I’ve asked Sam fans and gotten no response. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon that he’s smarter than Dean because Dean says so, but where are the actions that say that? And as
multiple people have pointed out, myself included, he has no empathy at
all because he can’t relate to any issue he hasn’t gone through himself.
But they keep telling us he’s empathetic so we’re just supposed to
swallow it and not ask questions.
It’s terrible writing. It’s inconsistent af, too.