I watched October Faction so you don’t have to…

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So, I have kind of been on a roll with Netflix Original titles lately so I thought I’d continue with October Faction. This 2020 title follows a family of supernatural hunters who travel around with an organisation called ‘Presidio’.

While I started watching it expecting to see a Supernatural rip-off it was really more similar to Shadow Hunters with the righteous (humans) who attempt to kill all the ‘monsters’ whilst also doing horrible things to them and massacring people. Kind of reminds me of the Clave in Shadow Hunters. As well as just how much politics is going on between these groups. So, if you liked Shadow Hunters maybe you’ll enjoy October Faction.

The moral of the story is; if you want to watch some hunters + family dysfunction (and magic babies). Just watch Supernatural instead. You still get the angst and hunting (in fact more hunting), still got those family dynamics (in particular daddy issues), however, without the high school experience. So, while they are different, if you have the ability to watch Supernatural instead, for instance on Aussie Stan, do that. If not then sure you can check out October Faction.

Anyway, here are all the things that didn’t make sense to me in October Faction;

Oslo? Someone explain to my why they would be being transferred to Oslo, that is actually quite far from the Finland-Russia boarder. It isn’t that close? Why Oslo? Why not Helsinki or even Stockholm? Not many people know this but I’m obsessed with Norway so I know a bit about it, and I know it looks small but in actual land size it is pretty big so, that is really far, even by plane its several hours away…

Yes, Oslo… right by the border?

**Oslo is in the south of Norway by the Sweden border**

The whole burial thing made no sense because he couldn’t possibly not give this one guy a proper burial but he walked over all his other soldiers who also just died. And you can’t say its because of the mission because the mission wasn’t over either time.

It wasn’t snowing then it was only moments later…

Murder vs torture. Can we really act like they’re so different and one is off limits when their jobs are to murder.

How could no one know about the secret prison and why was it a secret? They raised all these soldiers to believe everything else was a monster and the enemy, wouldn’t lots of them not care about the torture cave?

Why were they the only two without masks or helmets on?

So who’s kid was she putting in danger

Seems like it was kind of all Alice’s fault to me.

How’d she cut her own umbilical chords and tie them off on her own?

How did no one find Alice screaming whilst giving birth to twins while there were soldiers everywhere killing her town?

What was the actual purpose of fake killing the grandfather – it wasn’t to bring their family back because they tried to transfer them right after. Seems like everyone hated the old man so who would have known?

Just because they’re ‘free’ why’d they become assholes.

None of the big reveals shocked me, not the “they’re my children” or the “old man isn’t dead” or the guy with the weird eye being the dead brother. I’m sorry, I don’t know if that was just me but they all felt pretty obvious to me…

What did shock me was Alice over-writing all the innocent humans to bring back the warlocks. And like, Viv and Geoff didn’t care?

Lowkey the story of Alice being imprisoned underwater by whoever would’ve made a better story. Show me that flashback. I believe the show would have been better if we watched the events at Harlow then watched what Alice did after as opposed to basically the whole show. Sorry.

So anyway, if you liked Shadow Hunters you probably won’t mind October Faction but I won’t say it isn’t flawed… clearly. It is available on Netflix, the first 10 episodes, so check it out if you’re interested and if you did watch it, please comment down below and let me know what you thought!

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My thoughts on ‘Supernatural’…

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SO, I’m sure most people have heard of Supernatural and even potentially how after a 15 season run, Supernatural is coming to an end in a few weeks. I started watching Supernatural many years ago and I still really love it. I think supernatural is a great show which mixes crime and well, the supernatural. I think it is done incredibly well which is why it’s been able to garner 15 seasons. I am truly sad to see it end but excited to see more from Jared, Jensen and Misha.

So, I personally prefer the early seasons of Supernatural because they weren’t quite so story oriented. There was a lot more of what my dad calls ‘monster of the week’, introducing new supernatural beings and travelling around. Over the years Supernatural got a lot more plot driven with season long story-lines getting more and more outlandish and I feel like this is because they started too hard. Supernatural introduced God and Angels and the Apocalypse in season 4 and 5 respectively. There are 15 seasons. I recognise they were shocked by the response and longevity the show has gotten but they kind of shot themselves in the foot introducing all these concepts so early. Because it meant that Lucifer and hell and purgatory all happened quite early. Then it became – well how can we scale up the story-line because you can’t just go back to something basic.

So then we end up with, ‘The Darkness’ supernatural got stuck in a God and Bible related story-line and had to keep pulling from that. We had the ‘Mark of Kane’ and ‘The Darkness’ which was literally them pulling a second all powerful being from nothing. Then we move on to all powerful nephilim and parallel worlds. Which, fine, but, for me this is why I prefer the early seasons. I liked seeing these two brothers road trip around fighting vampires or demons. They really lost a lot of this when they went down the bible path. And we saw when they tried to steer themselves away from such a powerful story-line to the British Men of Letters stuff it just wasn’t as good. At least to me. I just couldn’t care that much about British Men of Letters after they beat the original apocalypse in like season 5.

I also just constantly wonder what the deal was with Sam’s superpowers. He had them and then they just stopped being a problem? Why? Unless I’m forgetting something I just wonder where they went. Like he had them before he had his demon blood kick, was it something to do with him dying or losing his soul? Please let me know if you remember.

There is also the constant killing and resurrecting characters. Like, I honestly stopped feeling sad seeing them die because I knew the show was renewed or that it wasn’t the end of the season. So I watched Sam die in the other world and I was just like, eh, he’ll be back because that is season 13. They really did kill them way too many times for me it was just outrageous. So outrageous in fact that all the Reapers and Death himself were after them because they were so pissed off about all the resurrections.

So, while I still love Supernatural and watch it constantly and will til the end, I feel like they shot themselves in the foot plot-wise going too hard too soon and locking themselves into Bible stories.

However, I do think it is great that they were able to get 15 seasons, it kind of shows the prevalence that these more typically ‘sci-fi’ ‘nerdy’ shows have grown. It was a little show about two brothers fighting monsters because that’s all they knew and they got 15 years, 15 seasons out of it and millions of worldwide fans. For me, Supernatural made it possible for so many other shows to garner views and mainstream popularity like ‘The Order’, ‘October Faction’, ‘Falling Skies’ and even shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’ or ‘Teen Wolf’ were likely influenced in some way by Supernatural’s success.

They also just had so much fun with Supernatural, they didn’t shy away from taking risks and throwing things out there. For example, an animated Scooby-Doo episode is pure genius. There were many black and white episodes, some time travel just for fun and we also got to watch a random wild west episode. They just went for it which I think is amazing. Let’s not forget them creating the Supernatural fandom in the show through the ‘book series’ and having them go to fan conventions. I will always love the episode where they come to our alternative universe where Supernatural is just a show with Jensen and Jarred, gold.

So, I am absolutely gutted to know Supernatural is about to end it’s 15th season, I am so appreciative to it for so much watch time and success. I am a sci-fi fan myself, and I feel like Supernatural has given me the ability to enjoy so many more sci-fi shows down to it’s success and The CW clearly saw this success and produced more shows with supernatural undertones. ‘The vampire Diaries’ had 8 seasons, Falling Skies with 5, Teen Wolf with 6 or 7. Although, I must still pay homage to Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis) and Startrek  for also being an incredibly long-running and successful sci-fi franchises prior to Supernatural. But, I feel like Supernatural did something in TV for my generation.

Also, I recognise there are many opportunities for The CW to create spin-off shows with all the characters through the years. For instance, we could watch bobby making his way before he had met John or we could follow on afterward with Donna, Jody, Claire and Alex as the next generation of hunters. We could even go back and watch the mother daughter duo from Season 2, Ellen and Jo and see their story before they met Sam and Dean. There are so many unique characters who have been met over the years and any of these could warrant their own shows where the fans could watch hunters in the past learning all the tricks John left in his journal or the future and see where it goes. Even watching Garth hunting would be fun. I am hopeful a form of spin-off will come from Supernatural, especially if it could allow any of the original cast to return even as guest stars once in a while. There is so much we could still explore in the Supernatural world that it’d be a shame if this truely is the end.

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