Supernatural is a show about two brothers who fight Supernatural bad guys. At least, that’s the simple version. It’s also about two brothers learning who they are and how they relate to each other in a complicated world. It’s about the importance of family. It’s about defining good and evil, and how sometimes that’s much harder than it seems. It’s about surviving in a world where you know just enough to be scared and too much not to try and help those who don’t know enough to help themselves. It’s also a show about knowing when to be serious and when to laugh at yourself and why that’s important for survival. Starting to see why I like it?
Supernatural, season 1 starts out with the death of a woman who turns out to be the two main character’s mother. Sam, the younger, cuter (IMHO), brother, is off at college and is confronted by Dean, the older brother. They clearly haven’t spoken in some time, and Dean needs Sam’s help tracking down their father who has disappeared. The two boys go off on a ghost-hunting adventure that is the start of a journey about much more than a runaway father.
1967 Impala, almost as important as Sam and Dean!
There are a few major things that I like about Supernatural. It has a well thought out, continuing thread that has woven well through five seasons of the show. This is mainly due to creator and showrunner Eric Kripke’s vision. He had preplanned a five-year story arc and brought it through to completion. My two other favorite scifi series also had excellent story arcs: Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica. Supernatural is a show about the characters and really lets you get to know them. Even most of the recurring guest stars and many of the one-time characters are complex and interesting. You feel like this world could be real. The acting is mostly excellent, especially Jensen Ackles who plays Dean. That boy is incredible, and has sold me on more episodes than you can imagine. Misha Collins and Jim Beaver are also great and their characters are absolutely solid. Jared Padalecki who plays Sam is the slightly weaker link, but he’s so adorable I barely notice. Also, for the crummiest actor on the show, he’s still pretty good.
Bonus points: Jared and Jensen (Sam and Dean) are the best eye candy on television right now, and Misha is not bad either. I’m personally what’s known in the fandom as a Sam-girl because he has these cute puppy dog eyes that I fall for every time. However, if you are the bad-boy type, then you’d probably be a Dean-girl. Hot boys hunting demons? Yes, please!
Yeah, Kripke knows what we like!
The major musical setting for the show is classic rock. This is a major feat for the CW, which airs the show, since teeny bopper pop is their usual thing, but Kripke insisted. I think that’s an important aspect to the show. It simply wouldn’t be the same without ACDC and Bad Company in the background.
This is a good time to get into Supernatural because Season 5 just came out on DVD and Blu-ray, meaning that the complete 5-year arc is available for you to devour at your convenience. However, almost everyone I’ve ever known that has gotten into this show takes it down incredibly fast. Also, Season 6 is about to begin on September 24th. Now, Season 6 picks up a period of time after Season 5 ends, and it has a new showrunner and is promising new directions and storylines, so I have no idea what’s going to happen. I am still pretty excited for the new season, and the new showrunner, Sera Gamble, is just the woman for the job since she’s been working on the show the entire time and really seems to understand the feel and universe.
The Supernatural fanbase is another reason I love being obsessed with this show. Really, the fans are amazing. There are a number of fan sites with a huge variety of news articles, archives, and media associated with the show. The Winchester Family Business and Winchester Bros. are both great fan sites with news, reviews, pictures, and other fun. The Supernatural Wiki is the best place for details about almost any aspect of the Supernatural universe. There’s even a dedicated fanfiction site Supernaturalville Unscripted Genius to fill in gaps when the show’s not on. Jim Beaver and Misha Collins can also be found on twitter, along with a number of other guest and recurring stars, and most are great when it comes to chatting with fans online. Misha also runs a charity known as Misha’s Minions run by fans. We have been known to trend topics on twitter on a pretty consistent basis as well. Watch for #SPN666 on Sept. 24th.
That’s who I want saving the world!
Okay, I’m going to stop being all obsessive now and just tell you to check this show out, because everyone I know who has also got hooked. Plus, then there will be more of us to geek out over it together!
Fair warning: Supernatural can be scary. Especially if you believe in ghosts and other such things. If you scare easily, don’t watch it at night before bed.