It’s that time again. This time, I want to talk about a certain supernatural show…called Supernatural.
When they were little, Sam and Dean go through a traumatic and inexplicable experience that cost them the life of their mother. Stricken with grief and anger, their father (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) changes career and becomes a full-fledged hunter, someone who goes around hunting supernatural beings that prey on humans. Naturally, the boys follow suit, but Sam has a falling out from his family and takes an interest in academic pursuits. Then the same thing that happened this mother so long ago happens to his girlfriend and his brother shows up on his doorsteps. The estranged brothers try to reconcile and hunt down monsters while looking for their father who slips under the radar. What transpires after this is a downward spiral into a literal hell.
I love how this show just continues to push the ante every year. Season after season, they are faced with an even bigger adversary that they as humans have no business trying to take on, but they do anyway because the world is at stake. The show is also pretty good at spinning old monster lores and dialing it down to make it work within the modern setting and their budget. CW is a network that is no stranger to cult shows, but this series plays out like a mixture of forensics and western, which is fascinating. The brothers go through internet articles and newspapers to spot any unusual cases all over America, ride into town in their 67 Chevy Impala, try to figure out what kind of monster they’re dealing with and how to kill it, and there’s usually a twist involving who the true culprit is at the end.
This show also has one of the best fan base I know. While this show can suffer in the ratings at times, it’s kept afloat by its strong, faithful community. As a token of appreciation, the show sometimes throw in jokes (ie. Wincest) or dedicate episodes (the one where they’re transported to our world where Supernatural is a just a television series) to show that they’re aware of their dedication. That might seem like a shallow fan-service to those unaware of Supernatural, but they’re really well done and flat-out hilarious.
Last but not least, this show is not afraid to kill off a crap load of fan favorite characters. It’s almost a given that you’ll probably die, unless you’re one of the brothers. Or perhaps a certain angel with a beige trench coat.
I have to admit, going through the first season was kind of a chore because they didn’t have a clear direction, but starting from season two is where it gets really interesting. What first begins as just another monster-of-the-week show with no real threat looming over the brothers, turns into a struggle against demons, angels, and everything in between. So yes, this show does come with a tough barrier to entry, but it’s well worth it for what comes next.
Also, as much as I like the interactions between the brothers, they tend to revisit a lot of drama they covered in previous seasons. It kind of gets tiring listening to them argue about the same thing over and over again, and while that might be realistic (I have a brother of my own that I argue with, so I know), it’s not something I find entertaining. I watch shows to be entertained, not to be reminded that I have to bitch at my brother for borrowing my jacket and getting it dirty the other night.
Lastly, this show uses the word “dick” a lot. I think the writers shouldn’t feel compelled to throw in swear words that were green lit for the show just because they’re allowed. At times, it feels like they confuse the context and using that word constantly makes the brothers look like little kids who just discovered profanity.
Somebody once told me that this show is like “The X-Files” with a mullet. I feel that is a little reductive, but it’s a good litmus test to see if this is your kind of thing. If it is, you’re in for a treat, but like I said, the first season plods around a lot so be warned. It’s also got a really good soundtrack for those who are fans of classic rock.
Before I go though, I want to leave you with this clip from the show.
Written by Daniel Lee