‘Supernatural’ season 8, episode 15 preview: Dogs and a debate

SupernaturalRegardless of whether or not Wednesday night’s new “Supernatural” season 8 episode is any good, it should be said first and foremost that “Man’s Best Friend with Benefits” has to be one of the greatest titles that the series has ever come up with. The premise is also somewhat interesting, given that it is not every day that you see a story about a man’s relationship with the human version of his dog.

However, we’ve heard all of the complaints already about this episode being somewhat filler, especially after the landmark “Trial and Error” from Wednesday night. This is not the first time that the show has done this, and the Castiel fans seem about ready to riot over how long it has been since Misha Collins has graced the small screen. (Considering the higher ratings this season, would it be a lot to ask to make him a series regular again?)

While we understand the passion behind a group of people who would rather see a “Supernatural” season of just one 22-episode arc, we also understand the difficulties relating to that happening. How many TV series of this lengthy do you see really able to do this? Even some shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have ones that are largely filler. It’s just next to impossible to tell a story of this lengthy with a definite beginning, middle, and end without there being some stuffing added in there. (The early seasons of “24” and “Fringe” season 4 are more the exceptions rather than the rule.)

For those of you who would prefer seeing a consistent story arc with more filler and presumably more Cas, the solution here is simple: shorten the order to around 13 episodes, and this gives you more opportunities to actually construct a story that is compact and fascinating. However, these standalone episodes perform much better in syndication, and The loves the ratings of 22 new episodes versus 13 that would not repeat very well.

Are you excited for next week’s episode, and are you okay with more standalone episodes so long as they are done well? If you want to check out some more scoop on what is coming up later this season, you can do so here.

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