Normally by Wednesday I like to have the recap up, but this week has been one extraordinary circumstance after another. I at least started the recap for “I Believe The Children Are Our Future,” so that’s a start. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I thought I’d share why I started writing recaps, even though they involve days of intense work.
My first fandom was The West Wing. I found the best community ever on a new upstart site called “Mighty Big TV.” The discussions were intelligent, fans were respectful to one another, and their full length recaps couldn’t be beat. Their mantra was “snark” which was intended to be fun sarcasm. They loved the show, but when something was just hideous, it would be brought out in a funny “what were they thinking” way. These recaps were long, thorough, very funny and thought provoking and I easily killed an afternoon each week at work reading them. That ended up often times being the highlight of my week. That went on for several seasons.
Well, something else happened. “Mighty Big TV” evolved (if you want to call it that) into “Television Without Pity.” Subtle snark suddenly became poisonous, and when checking out other shows recaps they became mean spirited and negative. So did the forums. Why would anyone recap a show that they weren’t a fan of? How does that appease the fans that come to check out the site? I’m not looking for cheerleading, but I don’t want brutal nitpicking either. Once The West Wing ended the site was unbearable.
I never found a site since then that gave me recaps that I enjoyed like with The West Wing. So, naturally, when I came into the Supernatural fandom, I started writing them. They weren’t good at first. As a matter of fact, my season three collection (when I started these) is bad and needs to be completely redone (except “Mystery Spot,” which I rewrote in pretty awesome fashion). In season four I found my groove though and I even get to do more than I got from reading others because I can do screencaps. Having flexibility with your own site is pretty fun.
So, this is the problem, but it’s one I usually look past for creative reasons. The recaps on this site are the articles that get the lowest number of hits. With the exception of “Yellow Fever,” which for some reason I have yet to figure out is one of the most popular articles on this site, they’re all in the basement of site traffic.
So, I thought I would do a little pleading, since there are a couple of these recaps that are my personal favorites that haven’t been getting the attention they deserve. One of the lowest viewed recaps for season four is “When The Levee Breaks,” which I find very odd since this is one of my personal best and personal favorites. So, if you need to kill an afternoon at work and are eager for a hiatus time waster, please check this out. Warning though, make sure you can control your laughter at work.
It should also be noted that a mediocre or bad episode actually sounds better through a recap. It’s that snark again. Check out my recap for “Family Remains.” It involves something I’ve only done once, vigilante recapping. Again, another one of my favorites. You might notice there are less screencaps in this one. That’s because it was too dark and I couldn’t get many good ones.
The lowest viewed recap BY FAR for whatever reason is “After School Special.” I read it again and it could just be my personal bias, but I didn’t think it was half bad. I thought it was good actually. I laughed. Why don’t you read it and tell me if I’m wrong.
Okay, that’s my pitch for now. If there is a particular reason you like or don’t like the recaps, send some feedback my way. Maybe it is foolish of me to keep putting in the work it takes to do these things, especially when I’m trying to go back and write ones for season one and two.
Nah, I love writing them too much. I always have had this philosophy that if I can get at least one person to read something, then I’ve succeeded. Actually I can get two. Sure, that’s the hubby and the dog, but it works.
Thanks, and new recap coming soon!