Supernatural's Gay Incest Subtext
Let me first say that, quite by chance, I rented S1, Disc 1 of Supernatural on the very day that Russell T. Davies suggested we all go watch it because the pretty boys are pretty. To be perfectly frank, during S1, which I watched two weeks ago, I was not very impressed with the pretty boys or their writers. And I was a little bit puzzled by Russell's implication that watching the two brothers cavort would somehow satisfy the heartbroken Ianto/Jack fans.
I midway through S3 and I get the connection. But I really still wondering about why the Supernatural writers are turning up the incest-slash subtext in this show. I mean, was it just someone's idea of "hip" behavior to have the brothers insinuate intimacy? I don't dispute that the insinuations exist. They are there in the canon of the show. But Sam and Dean are brothers, as far as we know. Are there loads of people crying out for them to shag? Frankly, I am only on episode 4 of S3...so I could be wrong about this...but I would place good money on Sam being some sort of demon spawn. That would make them half-brothers, I would imagine, but still too close for the politically correct. And frankly, they don't have that much chemistry. I'm not sure I would believe them as a couple even if they weren't brothers. And don't get me wrong, Dean is really selling the "I love my brother, the fairy princess" to me. I definitely see that I'm supposed to be going along with this.
My FList being the eclectic group that it is, I suppose some of you are down with the Dean/Sam pairing. And knowing fandoms as I do, I'm sure it has a huge following. But it isn't translating to me despite the writers trying their best to sell me on the idea. I suppose considering the number of slash fans in sci-fi that's nice of the writers. Makes a change for the people who swing that way (toward slash I mean). What we are supposed to think, I guess, is since the boys are dysfunctional and hanging out in motel rooms...they are getting busy on one another, despite being related.
But I don't know...it just strikes me as desperate. A sort of "throw everything at the screen and see what sticks approach." But, other than that, I do like the show's gumption. They started out as a real piece of drek, where every episode ended with pit barbeque, and they've come around at S3 to something I am actually interested in watching. It's a show with redneck charm.
But honestly...does it need to be redneck, rock-n-roll, demon-hunting, salt-n-burn, slashy-gay, brother-on-brother incest charm? Really? Who is with me on the incest just being the writers trying too hard?