I first saw the news over on a supernatural.tv thread I follow.These are basically the same thoughts I shared over on that thread, but it's a small community, so... I thought I'd see what you guys thought about all of this. ErikaAoi posted the link to an article and novembersguest followed it up with some news that Kripke was planning on going intimate next season to differ from the apocolyptic size of the recent seasons.
I've enjoyed both the intimate feel of S1 and the world-affecting feel of S5 -- for differing reasons.
In S1, we got to know the boys, know enough of their past to care deeply about them, get engaged in their 'mission' and believe in them to the point of being devestated right alongside them when they lost their father. But there's only so long you can travel around the country hunting monsters on a TV show and continue to make it compelling.
You'd have to have some kind of formula that would keep your main characters from forming attachments and finding reasons to stay or places to go back to. Take Quantum Leap, for instance. It's a show that had the same formula for, like, what? Six years? Sam Beckett leaps from life to life, putting right what once went wrong and hoping each time his next leap would be the leap home.
Only...he never goes home. And it's the leaping that was the formula for keeping the show compelling. Sam was never able to form attachments (with the exception of Al, of course) and you never knew where or when he would end up.
Thus, the apocolypse entering the picture. There's only so long you can mess with the forces of evil before they start to mess back and make it personal, right? So, going big like they have has been a heart-wrenching, wild ride that feels almost too much for our heroes to survive. The fate of the world now rests on the (nicely muscled, very broad) shoulders of two blue-collar guys from Kansas.
But the thing is, because we started small, we were able to stand on a slowly-built, believable foundation that these two and their family could have caused enough ruckus to be on the radar of both Heaven and Hell. And not only that, we see (even if they don't always) that they are actually capable of not only fighting this war...but winning.
So, both the "saving people/hunting things" and the "the world is going to end and if I don't stop it nobody will and we'll all die" approaches have had me captivated.
My biggest pondering about a 6th season was mainly (at the risk of quoting Buffy) where do we go from here? And if it is indeed intimate, a look at what happens to the world and the people in it -- specifically our boys -- when the Devil has been defeated or stuck back in his cage, then I'm on board. There was evil in the world before Lucifer was released and it's not like once he's gone all evil goes away...or does it???? I'd be mainly interested to see how the guys handle hunting evil when The Big Bad is gone -- do the rest of the baddies just run amuck? Or are we talking, as Zach seemed to insinuate, Heaven on earth?
It would be interesting to see what Kripke and Co. think about that. I can see the possibilities for episodes with action, and I can imagine the episodes of humor...I do wonder how they'd pull the angst that Jensen/Dean's so damn good at portraying, but I have no doubt they'd figure out somehing. Because even if they DO go intimate, it's not like everything that came before would be forgotten.
He still had no childhood. He still lost his father. He'd still fought all of his life. He'd still have gone to Hell... And Sam? That boy has more issues than I have time to list. So yeah, angst.
Not only that? But what happens to Cas if the apocolypse is...ended? Does he simply return to Heaven after all he's been through and seen? After how much the Winchesters have changed him? Also...I'm not entirely convinced the writers are done killing off people (boys aside). Ellen and Jo broke my heart, but there's still one more player that would devestate me a bit and would certainly help carry out the angst we love into a 6th season if they weren't around: Bobby.
It would be encouraging, however, to know that a Season 6 was out there to aliviate a little concern that the boys wouldn't stay/be dead at the end of this battle. I could still see Kripke pulling a Butch and Sundance, though... since you never actually see B&S die at the end of the movie. It would be a helluva cliffie...
That said? I would hate for them to drag the apocolypse out into another season. The suspense is killing me. Let it end. And go from there.
One thing I do wonder, is how 'into' a Seaon 6 the actors are -- mainly because they both just got engaged and we've heard from them repeatedly how they miss their families in L.A. during the long months of filming. Not only that, but I would LOVE to see Jensen in a movie again... One that is outside the realm of horror. A western, perhaps??
What? A girl can dream, can't she?
I'll shut up now. Thanks for letting me think it out. What do you guys think about this?