You're absolutely right with one - or so - exception. Don't know if you watched Angel ever or to its end, but all I'll say is 'Illyria'. Fantastic use of a character who would otherwise be insanely destructive and how to deal with the philosophical quandary of irrelevance. But that's Joss Whedon brilliance at work.
It just immediately popped into my head, I had to bring it up. It would NOT work in what we're discussing here. I'm going to be so sad when everyone starts the whole "let's just forget this season ever happened and move on" pitch like with Season 6, which the more I contemplate, the more I loved it. Gah, Season 7 just started off so aggressive with a to-the-second premiere pick-up from the finale. It played like a three-part premiere. It shocked the crap out of us in the beginning, middle and end with some major characters whether you were thrilled or devastated. The stand-alones were amazing this season. They hinted at potential new recurring characters and teased us with others. They dealt with the "written-into-a-corner" plots better this season like Castiel absorbing Sam's affliction, but getting stuck with it. But dammit, I just cannot get on board with the Leviathan plot! And I hate that I am so underwhelmed! However they wrap it up or ramp it up, I know that how its progressed has actually disappointed me and, while the season overall has not, I can't wrap my head around what's going on in the writers' room! It's like it reads well on paper, but man... FIX IT! Like soul-less Sam took a half-season to reveal and it was worth the wait. The reveal about Dean killing Amy, Crowley working with Castiel, Bobby was a total shocker to me. But it all came through! This has been a whole season and I just don't know how long you can draw out a lackluster major plot point. Thoughts, libra113?
As for what you were saying about the progression of the story somethingoccurredto me while reading it. What if there's more to theLeviathan'splan than we realize? What if they're not just turning humans into cattle for themselves? What if there's something else, even above them (or higher in their command that Dick) that they'repreparingthe way for. Something that they can release only when all the parts of their plan are in place? Something they might be replaced with next season?