wayward daughters would be amazing and I want to write it
OK no but shh, listen to my wisdom:
Donna is unfailingly kind and cheerful and supportive of the girls, and it drives Claire nuts, because this isn’t a game, this isn’t fun, her whole family is dead and you can’t just be all happy-smiley-sunshine after that, it’s not possible, right? And one day she just losesit, because what the fuck does Donna know about loss or pain, and what gives her the right to tell Claire or anyone else that it’s going to be okay? And Donna doesn’t falter; just says, very calmly, with a smile that’s only a tiny bit smaller than usual, that she might not know what it’s like to lose the people she loves to monsters, but that doesn’t mean she’s never lost them to anything else; that it takes a different kind of courage to watch your mother die of cancer and still be able to go to work afterwards. And she knows, she knows what people think of her: that because she smiles so much, she must not really understand how bad the world can be, but she’s still a sheriff, she’s still seen terrible things, and she’ll understand if Claire never sees eye to eye with her, but exactly because the world can be so bad at times, Donna thinks it’s all the more important to wring every bit of good from it that you can, even if you still sleep with a gun in reach or an angel sword under your bed. And maybe Claire cries in her lap, and maybe she just nods, but the next time Donna asks the girls if they want to bake with her and Alex rolls her eyes, Claire steps right up and grabs a spoon, and Krissy shrugs and says, “What the hell,” and joins in, and then Alex mutters something about how there’s nothing good on TV anyway, and they make stupid animal-shaped cookies and have a flour fight in the kitchen.
Jody and Donna having separate rooms, because most nights they want a bit of peace and time to themselves, but neither of them is really used to sleeping alone, so at first, they don’t sleep all that well. But one night, they both get woken up late by giggling coming from Claire’s room, and when they go in, all three girls are cuddled up in the one bed watching cartoons on an iPad with ghost!Kevin perched nearby, and when the adults look surprised they just raise their eyebrows and look at them like, “What?”. And when Jody looks at Alex in particular, Alex says, “Hey, you told me to find a healthy coping mechanism,” and it’s pretty hard to argue with that, so Jody just tells them to have lights out in an hour and goes back to bed, and when Donna says in the hall that she thinks the girls have the right idea, she says, “If only it was that easy.” But two nights later, after a really bad day and an hour of tossing and turning, she gets up and goes down the hall to Donna’s room and climbs into bed with her, and Donna just beams in her flannel jammies, and Jody just mutters, “Not a word,” and gets in beside her. (And this would make an awesome framing device for a specific episode that begins with everyone sleepless in their own rooms, camera sweeping through the house to Krissy’s narration about loneliness and secrets before we smash-cut to her in the midst of a crime scene, talking to the young girl who’s been witness to a supernatural death; the monster of the week preys on lonely people; the last scene is an identical sweep through the now-shared rooms, and the VO is Krissy again, but this time she’s writing a journal.)
An underlying theme of sexual autonomy and discovery where Krissy is the one that everyone else goes to for solid romantic advice, because Alex was used as sexualised bait for creepy dudes and Claire was nearly raped on the okay of someone she trusted and Donna still has anxieties about her romantic worth because of Doug and Jody once went on an actual date with the King of Hell, never mind the deaths of her husband and Bobby Singer, but Krissy’s breakup with Aiden was healthy and she’s confident and sensible and goes on dates and knows exactly what she wants, and has exactly zero tolerance for dudes who look like they’ll fuck with her ladies. Donna asking Krissy to vet her dates, and Krissy doing it the first couple of times, but then gently telling Donna that she’s awesome enough to trust her own judgement, and Donna believing her. (Which would also make an awesome lead-in for an episode about an abused incubus, where they have an argument about consent and saving monsters and humanity and sex and the creepy villain tries to win onto Krissy and it 9000% does not work.)
Kate and Josephine as girlfriends who work as supernatural scouts, travelling up and down the country looking for lost souls and problem cases: their cover is Josephine travelling to athletic meets (and don’t you love the idea of a human athlete having a werewolf trainer?) and they periodically either check in with the others at the Academy (as they fondly call Jody’s house) or call them out to see what’s going down elsewhere. Plus and also, it turns out that there’s more supernatural creatures than you’d expect hiding out in the athletic and sporting world, given the whole super-speed-and-strength thing a lot of them have, and it kind of pays to keep a finger on that particular pulse.
Bring me all the demonised female monsters of world mythology - the nagas and harpies, sirens and succubi, gorgons and furies and medusas - and give me a show where their monstrousness is made distinct from their femininity; where a group of female Hunters is in a position to question the frequently sexist lore that’s been used to demonise them, drawing new distinctions between monsters that are always threats, and monsters that just happen to be female, and monsters that are both.
All the girls have dayjobs that help them access different facets of supernatural crime and to help those affected by it, so that, in addition to Josephine the athlete, we have Krissy as a trainee sheriff, Claire working with kids in the foster system and Alex - well. Alex is a bit harder to pin down, because she’s sly and smart and she has no patience for bullshit; she tries her hand at a lot of different jobs, but she always ends up moving on, because she keeps ferreting out secrets and pissing people off, and then one day she ends up figuring out that the bartender at her equally new job is an undercover fed working what they think is a drugs case, but which Alex already knows has a link to something supernatural (literal magic mushrooms, YES), and, well, long story short, it turns out there’s a government agency with an eye on the Hunter world and once Alex pulls their rookie’s ass out of the fire, she gets tapped to train with them, so that she steadily becomes a link between Jody’s girls and the bigger world of supernatural law enforcement.
A story built around a strong ensemble cast, but which isn’t pinned to a single location, even though there’s a single place they all come back to, so that everyone gets to develop in different ways and directions; each episode picks a different focal character, and the story goes where they take us, but there’s always the overarching theme of the Academy and their togetherness, even when they’re apart.
Linda Tran as a total BAMF who periodically shows up with a case or an artefact to hide. Linda Tran challenging Jody to a drinking contest, and the two of them sharing an amused glance when Donna asks to join in. Donna and Linda subsequently drinking Jody under the table, the two of them carrying her up to bed and tucking her in before going to sit outside and bonding over a shared love of gardening.
Hannah restarting the process in Heaven for the creation of prophets that Metatron turned off. The first new prophet is a teenage girl who ends up at the Academy. She’s our introductory character, and once the others realise what she is - or rather, once ghost!Kevin does - they summon Hannah to explain her purpose.
Dorothy comes back from Oz and resurrects Charlie with Gilda’s help. FIGHT ME.
Whenever someone says, but where are the strong females, I roll my eyes. Hannah, Charlie, DARK Charlie, Abaddon, Rowena, Eve, Lilith blond Ruby, Gen Ruby, blond Meg, Meg 2.0, Ellen, Cassidy, Ava, Jo, Lisa, Sarah, Missouri, Donna, Dorothy, Anna, Naomi, Gwen, Hester, Bela, Pamela, Tessa, Mary freaking Winchester, Linda Tranthankyouverymuch, JODY EFFING MILLS!
“But they’re all flawed! Some were even evil things!” Um, yeah! So is every other freaking character!
“But they had sex!” That’s right. Because sometimes strong females like to have sex. Sometimes they like to have a lot of sex. Sometimes they aren’t ashamed of their bodies. If you see the characters as just serving as a love interest, the problem just might be you, not the storyline. That lovely flight attendant in Phantom Traveler who couldn’t be possessed because her will was too strong and she wasn’t afraid? Nobody slept with her. She had just dumped her boyfriend, as a matter of fact.
“But they died!” Show me a character who hasn’t been killed. Also? JODY EFFING MILLS. Just saying. She’s a badass mother figure, and is still kicking ass and taking heads.
“But they stayed dead!” First of all? Charlie. Even Mary, who burned on the freaking ceiling in the very first scene of the pilot, was in 13 episodes, and appeared in every season except 3, 7, 9 and (so far) 10. Six out of ten seasons. Ellen and Jo each came back, one as an AU version, and one as a ghost. Meg’s vessel even came back as a Witness.
“But they aren’t series regulars!” Oh come on. It took Mark Sheppard like four seasons to become a regular. It’s a technical term. It doesn’t mean they’re going to be in every episode.
“But they’re pretty!” Uh huh. So are the guys. “My god, you have delicate features for a hunter.”
“But they’re too girly!” Really? Are we going to do that? First of all, stop trying to force folks into or out of gender roles that society assigns. If you think a feminine person can’t be a badass, you are the problem. If you think someone who is badass can’t be feminine…you get my point, right?
“But they’re too weak! They show emotion!” Again, really? Count how many times you’ve seen a woman on Supernatural cry. I dare you. Put that number up against just ONE of the Winchester boys. There. Feel better?
“But they’re too cold!” No. You do not get to do that. These are well-developed, beautifully portrayed multi-layered characters. Some of them are bitches. Some of them are tough. None of that negates their strength or their importance.
“But some of them are only in a few episodes!” Yup. Your point? Guest stars are expensive. You know how many Balthazar was in? (Hint: Not very many.) The only GUYS who are in every episode are the stars. And we like them. So shut up.
“But some of them were only in ONE episode.” It’s Supernatural. They roadtrip in a freaking Impala. They can’t carry everyone around with them everywhere they go. Only being in one episode doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome characters. How many episodes was Jared in before you loved him? Or Jensen? Or Misha or Mark?
Every time we bitch about the lack of strong female characters, we negate the hard, awesome work of those we’ve enjoyed for ten whole years.
Jody effing Mills.
“There is no GOD!” “Maybe. Or maybe not. But there’s still ME.”
Sam and Julia - oh look another chance to reveal in the glory that was MLH! Everything about this interaction is wonderful. It reminded me of S1 Sam, the way he interacted with her, so gentle and sweet, taking his time to listen to her story. He’s not just using her to get information, he makes sure she’s comfortable, he brings her the cup of tea. And when she’s done Sam doesn’t judge her, even though he knows that if she’d told Henry about Abbadon he’d probably have lived and who knows how that might have changed their lives. He just shows her compassion and offers her absolution.
Sam and Linda - oh god this moment broke my heart into a thousand tiny pieces. Sam realises that there aren’t words to express what has happened, what Mrs Tran must be feeling, so he doesn’t try to tell her how sorry he is or how guilty he feels, he knows this isn’t about him. Sam is good at saying the things that can’t be said through silence and through gestures and he does that right here.
Sam and Cas - I mean pretty much everything about Sam and Cas in S9 was delightful, but this hug right here takes the crown for me. Yes Cas’s little speech wasn’t by any means perfect, but I think Sam’s reaction proved that it meant something to him, that it was enough that Cas cared enough to try. We actually see the moment Sam makes the concious decision to give Cas this hug. That in and of itself should show just how much it meant to him, Sam is the kind of person who does have to make those kind of concious decisions, especially since his whole sense of trust just came crashing down around him. This moment isn’t just about Sam showing his gratitude to Cas, its about choosing to let down his carefully constructed walls, even if just for a moment, and that is huge.
Sam and Jody - ok, look at that cap of them up there. Look at it! Who else made Sam smile like that pretty much all season? Who else made him feel so at ease? His whole body language in all their scenes together in Rock and a Hard Place is so much more relaxed than his, now sadly common place, stiff hunch. Most of these moments I’ve talked about have focused on how Sam has interacted with others but this is all about how the two of them interact together how they are on totally equal ground together (something which is sorely lacking for the rest of Sam’s life).
Sam and Dorothy - I just really liked the way they seemed almost kindred spirits of a sorts, they didn’t get a long interaction, but again it felt like they were on even ground with eachother, there was a mutual respect and understanding there.
I also feel that its no coincidence or surprise that most of these moments are with women, although it might seem that way given how male dominated the show is, but Sam has always been good at interacting with women, because he treats them with respect and understanding and compassion and he doesn’t assume weakness.
Honourable mentions go to: Sam and Alex - when he switches to using her preferred name and he asks very gently why she ran away. Sam and Ennis - I wish we’d have gotten more of these two together because there was potential for a real connection there.
Jody doesn’t really know how it happens. One day she’s settling into her new life with Alex, and they’re tentatively beginning to trust each other, and the next Alex is stumbling through the door, carrying an injured werewolf girl. Turns out, three hunters kids are after her. Their names are Krissy, Josephine and Aidan, and somehow, one week later, Jody has four new charges living under her roof. Then, she finds a young girl hitchhiking on the side of the road. Her name is Claire Novak, and she looks so lost that Jody doesn’t have the heart to send her on her way. She’s even more surprised to find a woman named Linda on her doorstep one night, trailed by her strangely corporeal ghost son.
So yeah, Jody doesn’t really know how it happens, but suddenly she has to deal with a houseful of supernatural creatures, a ghost falling in love with a werewolf, Claire setting her curtains on fire whenever she has a nightmare, three damaged hunters wannabe, and her ever-growing feelings for Linda. Her life has become somewhat complicated. For some reason, though, she wouldn’t change it for the world.