6. So this season seems to be rebuilding the stable of secondary characters SPN had after so many have been eliminated (at least until Andrew Dabb gets a hold of them). Are you liking this effort or not? Is there any [not dead] character you'd like to see brought back or a character type/proposal you want to see created?
Bardicvoice: I didn't like the "strip everyone away" decision; I always thought that took too much away not just from the brothers, but from the show's world overall. I particularly loathed the way the entire Campbell family was simply swept off the board after supposedly surviving for hundreds of years; that felt like such a waste to me. Oh, well. I'm glad to see the brothers slowly rebuilding their contacts in the hunter network and having more secondary characters survive. I love the rich depth of Jody Mills, and the idea that hunter-savvy cops could help provide the brothers with legal cover and support. Given his careful introduction and the attention paid to his background, I'm currently wondering whether Cole might become the core of a new spin-off attempt. I'd be interested to see what Linda Tran chooses to do next, if Kevin has indeed made it beyond the veil.
Metamorphic Rocks: It's always a good idea to expand the Winchesters' universe and give them other people to care about, but those secondary characters have to be interesting. I like Jody because she is multi-layered; On the other hand, Donna and Kate didn't work for me. Donna felt like a caricature, and I had no investment in Kate at all. I'm ambivalent about Charlie - she's not one dimensional any longer, but she is sometimes written a bit over the top. It was great and sweetly nostalgic to see Chuck again.
I don't know that there is a specific "not dead" character I would like to see again (though there's a bunch of dead ones - Bobby, Henry and John Winchester, for starters), but rather old storylines that I would like revisited: Sam's demon blood addiction, Croatoan, The Thule Society, and many others that have the potential to produce exciting, compelling episodes. I don't think we'll see it happen, because TPTB seem to want fresh material (even though this new material can fall short - ex: Bloodlines). What they don't seem to understand, however, is that a good portion of the audience (especially those that talk about the glory days of the show) would enjoy seeing some of those older storylines pop up again. That's why I thought having an episode that connected Castiel back to his vessel's family was a great idea. However, it turned out to be the (somewhat) wrong execution and bad timing (mid-season finale) of the right idea.
Nate: I'm still wanting to see the young recruit type come into play (which I was hoping we'd get with Cole or the Bloodlines guy after the series tanked) and them reform the MoL or a hunter organization.
Pragmatic Dreamer: This is a GREAT idea. I always appreciated seeing the brothers through another's eyes. (My brother through another - could it catch on?) I like seeing how Sam & Dean interact with & build a relationship with characters that return several times. That being said, it's Season 10 and it's unlikely the show will be on another 10 years (blasphemy, I know) which means we'll never get the aged and long-term relationship they had with someone like Bobby. Am I wrong or do Jody & Crowley now rank as their oldest acquaintances/friends? Both were introduced in Season 5.
I still miss Bobby and that wonderful fatherly realistic supportive bind. Still think killing him was a major misstep. Rufus, at the time of his death, was becoming a nuanced character. And Kevin was just too young and Gabriel was just too snarky to die.
Standard response but it's how I feel tonight.