In defense of...
Okay, so going into the reviews section of an episode on IMDb is probably not the right move to make in the first place but I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised and impressed at all the Wayward positive posts there. Considering all the negative noise about the show I was expecting a bit more hatred but a lot of reviews were really positive.
The main point brought up in the negative reviews was, would you believe, an issue with Kaia specifically. There were a lot of complaints about how SJW the show has suddenly gone and that the writers should keep politics out of the show (these people clearly don’t understand gothic/horror stories or one of the main points of storytelling in the first place - spoiler alert: it’s not for entertainment but lessons)
Politics have been brought into Supernatural many times, s7 comes to mind and of course last season with President Rooney. This isn’t a new thing. All stories have ideologies portrayed in them, whether passively or not, and arguing that Supernatural has all of a sudden become political is laughable - every story you have ever consumed and every single one that you will in the years to come will be full of politics. You just may not notice them but that doesn’t mean that they are not there.
Another common complaint in the reviews was the inclusion of a racist character. I had to stop and reread that I’ll admit because really? The line in question was Kaia’s outburst of how she’s “not white. [She’s] not blonde.” Clearly bringing up legit issues that are running rampant in our media now is apparently racist. Kaia’s not wrong here. Not many people will care about her - I mean, look at how much mainstream media coverage has been given to the Dakota pipeline? She’s bringing up real issues that are seen in our world - which good storytelling should do - and now she’s being accused of being racist against whites? She never once says anything against white people, her complaint was based upon how she is portrayed in a white-dominant society. She is not given equal opportunities.
Another complaint made, linked to the previous one, was how she’s done drugs and that she’s complaining that no one likes her. The drug thing is a delicate issue but it never once was portrayed in a positive light. Kaia acknowledges that it’s not a good thing - it was her last resort to escape her trauma.
Because Kaia is traumatised, deeply, by what she is forced to go through every single night. There is no escape for her and so she tried to stay awake to avoid the thing that caused her pain.
Kaia has lost her entire family and feels cut off. She lives in a world where her voice isn’t heard and she has no one to turn to. She can’t escape her trauma forever - she has to sleep sometime - and she’s terrified of her powers. She hates her powers and what she is. And yet Kaia is still going to face what her powers have done to try and save two strangers? Yes, she may not be overly willing at first (can you really blame her? Look at what just happened when she did use her powers) but with the support of the other Wayward women Kaia returns to the ship where everything went down and clearly fights to help bring Sam and Dean home.
How could anyone hate such complex character who is far stronger than she believes she is?