I’ve got a lot of feelings over 12x21
So there’s a disproportionately large amount of things that were fundamentally wrong with this episode whether you think the episode was or wasn’t good and I’m about to outline the fuck out of them because I really disliked the writing in this episode and thought there was only ONE redeeming quality to it (which I’ll get to later)
1. EILEEN LEAHY IS KILLED OFF WITHIN THE FIRST 3 MINUTES.
Eileen is not only a fan favorite but a female minority being the only deaf character ever featured on the show and truth be told, I really haven’t seen deaf representation on any other tv show in the history of ever so killing off the only deaf character is a HUGE blow and another black mark on Supernatural’s extremely long record of killing beloved female characters and minorities. Not to mention, the way it was done was tactless. I understand that sometimes characters need to be killed off whether it be for an actor/actresses’s accommodation or because it was planned from the start but there are WAYS to do it. Having it be the opening scene and glossing over it so easily was rude, shocking and kind of a “fuck you” honestly. I am FURIOUS about this and will probably never shut the fuck up about this because I am so intensely bothered by it.
2. THE MARY/MIND CONTROL FIASCO
Let’s get this out of the way. I DO NOT like Mary. That’s not me being misogynistic. I like pretty much every single other female character on the show but the way Mary was written made me dislike her a great amount. I tried to like her. I desperately tried to like her but I just couldn’t. I understand that she made mistakes and so has everyone else on the show but making SO many mistakes in such a short amount of time overwhelms you with bad and not enough good to counter it and that’s my PERSONAL opinion. That being said, I don’t exactly wish her death and I feel like what they did in this episode was absolutely vile and her character didn’t deserve that. I knew this moment was coming but I was still unprepared. Seeing the boys pitted against their mom made me sick to my stomach not to mention HOW they got mary to want to betray her sons against her will. Buckleming have a history of using aspects of dubious consent and straight up nonconsent in their episodes and it doesn’t always have to be sexual in nature. The fact of the matter is, the whole brainwashing the victim trope is disturbing and classless because of the noncon aspects no matter who is writing it or how it is written. I really don’t like it and find it somewhat disheartening that the show keeps allowing this kind of content.
3. OVERUSE OF SEXUAL INNUENDOS
Once again, a huge problem with Buckleming. Do I find sexual innuendos funny sometimes? Yeah I do, when done tastefully and in context - which is never the case with Buckleming episodes. How fucked up do you have to be to think it’s a great idea to tease someone about their mother being imprisoned and having had sex with the person who imprisoned her as a kind of mockery? That’s not the type of thing that should be joked about, even for shock factor yet they insist on using this type of shock factor on their episodes. Its just fucking gross to use in any context and I’m shocked that Buckleming haven’t realized how grotesque that shit actually is over the years. The overuse of sex and innuendos in the episodes they write is ALWAYS problematic, from this kind of mockery about dubcon to straight up nonconsent in the past. They are ALWAYS the culprits and something needs to be done.
4. CROWLEY’S POWER REVERSAL WITH LUCIFER
Is the idea good in theory? Maybe. But there’s literally NO CONTEXT to it whatsoever? Like, Buckleming just thought “let’s say the powers are reversed, hooray” but forgot to give us any sort of explanation or reasoning and left us completely in the dark. We’re not children but even children would have enough sense to ask why/how that managed to happen instead of letting it be shoved down our throat and accepting it for what it apparently is. Buckleming episodes are notorious for having huge plotholes and I’m really unhappy with this one in particular since it’s the episode that is the buildup to the season finale which is pretty damn important. A lot was riding on this absolute shitshow of an episode and it leaves a lot to be fixed to the people writing 22 and 23.
This episode fucking sucked and I’m really bummed out to say this and jump on the witch hunt but I really do think Buckleming should be fired. People have been in agreement about this for a long while and while I wasn’t particularly happy with their episodes in the past, I didn’t think they were firing offenses. This however, put the cherry on top of the shit cake for me though. I thought it was tactless, distasteful and badly written. An overall disaster if you will.
There was only ONE redeeming quality in the whole show thought which for me was how SPECTACULAR David Haydn-Jones was as Ketch. Holy shit that man can act and I respect the hell out of him for that. Ketch may be a hateable character but I sure do LOVE to hate him and hope he doesn’t die (even though he probably will)